We are in for a busy time in the murder trial of Casey Anthony. Today, Judge Perry issued an Order setting hearing dates.
Thursday, May 6, at 9:00 AM will be a hearing concerning the budget.
Monday, May 10, at 9:00 AM will be a hearing about all pending motions that are "ripe for consideration". I do not believe the motions will be actually heard, rather, it seems as though the judge might want to know the details of which ones need witnesses and/or evidence. I can't imagine a full day of actually hearing all the motions at one time.
Tuesday, May 11, at 9:00 AM will be a hearing for all death penalty motions.
There is also a hearing on Tuesday, May 4 at 1:30 PM in the civil trial.
I will not be able to see the hearing in the civil case if it is available, but I will be watching all the others.
There are many motions involved and they are listed in another article HERE.
There is now a direct link to motions in the case by the Ninth Circuit Court. All the motions mentioned in CFNews 13 two weeks ago are now on this site and easy to open. The only exception is the motion for "impermissible motive" for the State to reinstate the death penalty. That is the one where the defense stated that the purpose of the State was to impoverish Casey Anthony so she could not have the lawyers of her choice.
There is also a motion entitled Motion to Seal Jail Visiting Log Records filed April 29 with an accompanying Memorandum of Law.
In addition, there is a Defendant's Motion for Protective Order With Respect to Penalty Phase Discovery and Memorandum, filed April 30.
I haven't had a chance to read these two, but from the titles alone, it would seem that the defense doesn't want the prosecution to see which experts visit Casey. As for the motion seeking to seal death penalty discovery, I am making my best guess and say that, should the case reach the penalty phase, the defense doesn't want the public to find out what witnesses they would call.
I will be going back to the article I linked above to attempt to link all the death penalty motions. Be patient, and I will find them all!
As a final note, the judge has issued an Order Regarding Deposition Schedule.
1. Both sides shall submit to this Court a Deposition Schedule by May 17, 2010 with the names and addresses of the witnesses to be deposed on each date.
2. If any witness fails to appear for a deposition, counsel shall give that witness a courtesy call. If the issue cannot be resolved immediately, the Court will issue a Rule the Show Cause why they should not be held in contempt.
Judge Perry is living up to his reputation as being a no-nonsense judge. It is wonderful the judge has the time and disposition to get this case moving along.
It's about time for justice for Caylee Marie.