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Casey Anthony Defense: "This is Cruel"

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Casey Anthony appeared in court today with some new legal council and more questions about the jailhouse video.


Will the videotape of Casey Anthony reacting to the discovery of a toddler's body near her home ever be made public? Lawyers representing Anthony hope it will never be seen -- by the public or during the trial.

The video in question, which allegedly shows Anthony, who's charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, hunching over and hyperventilating in the Orange County Jail medical center where she was brought for observation upon hearing the grisly news.

Listen to an excerpt from Lt. Tammy Unser on Anthony's demeanor when she heard that the remains of a child had been found in her neighborhood.

The defense maintains, as it has from the start, that the video was deliberately taken to show their client in a bad light and violates Anthony's patient and medical privacy rights, since it was taped in the Orange County Jail's medical clinic. Todd Macaluso, one of Anthony's many lawyers, told the judge, "This is cruel. This is inhumane. This is illegal."

But, according to Allen Moore of the Orange County Jail, most of the jail is under some sort of video surveillance at all times. "If the content is on the hard drive, it can be pulled at any time by investigators," he says. The judge says he would take the defense's request under advisement.

Meanwhile, a new attorney was in court today, namely Andrea D. Lyon. The DePaul University law professor, reports the Orlando Sentinel, has an almost perfect record of sparing her clients from the death penalty. Will she be able to get Anthony off the hook?

See Casey Anthony's courtroom entrance:

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Leeza May 28, 2009, 9:33 PM

Casey is in dire need of 2 things,next time she comes to court. 1. A Blouse or top that is her size!( The buttons on her blue shirt were ready to rip open due to her large breast.She kept pulling the shirt down.That didn’t help because the blouse was 2 sizes too small. 2.Casey needs to wear her hair in a ponytail or something where she isn’t constantly fussing and fixing it like a 13 yr. old girl. Cindy needs to take a day off from going out on the boat with George and go buy her daughter that she loves and “supports” so much, a few blouses that do the same!

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Patricia May 28, 2009, 10:36 PM

Of course you see Cindy looking straight ahead at what appears to be the new lawyer Lyons ( who is facing towards her ) and shaking her head in a negative fashion and then whispering to George… I imagine she was judging a book by its cover… and thinking to herself and then whispering to George , ” This is the new lawyer that is going to get our daughter off the hook????”” And this one is definately not a ten either” !

The constant hair fidgeting by Casey and sly little smirks and smiles to the male attorneys drives me crazy also. I want to wipe that smirk off her face .

Laurie May 29, 2009, 7:25 AM

Showing this video is CRUEL? What she did to her daughter is not CRUEL? How she treats her family is not CRUEL? How she is going to blame ex-friends and lovers on this is not CRUEL? How withholding the truth and putting everyone through this entire process is not CRUEL? The authorities have protected her in jail - maybe they should just put her in general population - no, that would be CRUEL.

Sara Jane May 29, 2009, 9:57 AM

It is obvious that the defense is going to be examining Casey’s former friends and lovers and ”throwing them under the bus” as suspects and alternative choices in who committed the murder of Caylee Anthony. But the truth is only one did this and that was her mother, Casey Anthony. Whether it was an accident that she hid or deliberate murder - which from the discovery it would appear to be so, Casey is responsible and to blame anyone else is offensive to everyone! To blame Jesse Grund is perhaps the most offensive of all, he was the only one to have really loved Casey and Caylee, he even went so far as to become engaged when he knew that Caylee was not his own. When Casey accused Jesse of loving Caylee more than her, well IMO that just proves one thing, Casey did not love Caylee more than her own self. From that point on Casey became increasingly out of control - no job, lying and thieving. All of which came to a crescendo on Father’s Day 2008 and the fight with her mother, Cindy Anthony, which precipitated Casey’s murder of her own child, Caylee Marie. Cindy Anthony bears moral culpability in Caylees death. To hear a video of Casey’s reaction to the finding of Caylee’s remains would in no way cruel. Cruel is what was done to Caylee. Cruel is what the defense will do to Jesse, Amy, Tony, Rick, Annie and a dozen others.

Me May 29, 2009, 10:40 AM

COUNSEL. Legal counsel.

Danna May 29, 2009, 10:56 AM

How can this be cruel? They couldnt anticipate her reaction. She had no reaction the last time something was supposedly found. She has shown little to no emotion throughout this entire ordeal.
I think they were smart to tape it as it definitely shows she knew it was Caylee. Otherwise why did she react this time, but no other? IMO the only reason she reacted is because it meant trouble for her, just as the last time she cried it was because of no bond.

april May 29, 2009, 11:18 AM

cindy is cupable for covering up the murder she did not cause it just because she fought with her outta control daughter i give cindy a hard time but not about that and god will protect jesse, amy and anyone else that comes under fire.

Sally May 29, 2009, 12:05 PM

Every attorney on the defense team is defending Casey because there are cameras in the courtroom and so we are going to see lots of drama. The constant theme through this entire trial will be: Why is law enforcement picking on this poor innocent mother? Videotaping Casey’s reacting to the discovery of her daughter’s bones is “cruel.” Arresting her and not allowing her to search for her missing daughter is “cruel.” Not allowing her out of prison to attend her daughter’s funeral is “cruel.” The long flowing hair and old blue blouse and gray slacks is designed to make Casey look like a school girl so the jury can look at her and say how could this young delicate looking flower commit such a horrible crime. Baez brought on a six foot drama queen who loves to “perform” in the courtroom while her sister films documentaries of her crying before a jury, pleading for her client’s life, bullying a witness until he jumps out of the witness box to strangle her, yelling to the roof tops that her client is innocent and the state is framing her. Casey’s trial will be like watching CSI or Law and Order with all the dramatic performances by the attorneys and magic tricks by the experts like Henry Lee, who is flamboyant and dramatic himself. I wonder if the attorneys will all go through hair and makeup before they enter the courtroom. Lyon and Baden could use a professional haircut and style. They both look like they just rolled out of bed.

Diana May 29, 2009, 9:51 PM

Good Luck, Casey! I hope you get out soon! I know you will have SO many welcome home parties that you wont know which to attend first. And, I am sure that you will get the justice you so richly deserve on the outside so much more than if you were convicted…

On second thought, maybe that is why you have the council that you do.

Just sayin’

Anonymous May 31, 2009, 7:37 PM

The most cruel is the death of that beautiful child…at the hands of her so spoiled (and cold ) brat mother. Casey should be dead by now, no justice for the innocent!!

Sandy June 1, 2009, 11:25 AM

Someone needs to also let Casey know that the nervous playing with her hair is not showing someone who is NOT GUILTY. Her guilt shows in her actions - rubbing her hands together - just as she did after tossing that horrible smelling bag in the woods. “gotta get this smell outta da car and off me hands me lady”. Maybe the new attorney can help with that - she obviously doesn’t care about her hair or how she looks.

penny davis June 4, 2009, 8:56 PM

Hello!!!!!!!!!!! What’s cruel about this? This is called doing bad things and going to jail!!! You have no privacy in jail, that’s a privelage not a right in jail!!!!!!!!!!!

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