Today, August 25, Jose Baez and Cheney Mason filed two more "objections". One has to do with the visitor logs and one has to do with the release of financial information. Each comes with an example of how the Sunshine Laws are being abused by the Media.
Renewed Notice of Standing Objection of Abuse of Florida Statute Chapter 119.01
2nd Renewed Notice of Standing Objection of Abuse of Florida Statute Chapter 119.01
In the first notice of standing objection, the defense did not only object to the release of information by Corrections (the jail), but also information released by Law Enforcement and the State Attorneys office. The second and third notices add the Justice Administrative Commission.
We will be having a Status Conference next week on August 30, followed by a schedueling conference at 1:30 and 2:00 PM. It will be interesting to know if the judge addresses these at that time.
Here we go again!
Yesterday, Casey Anthony's defense team filed a Notice Of Standing Objection Of Abuse Of Florida Statute Chapter 119.01.
Chapter 119.01, the Sunshine Law which prevails in the State of Florida, has very few exceptions and the defense has tried time and time again to get a judge to seal documents in the Casey Anthony murder trial proceedings.
They've asked for her jail visitation videos, visitor's log, and any other jail-related document to be cloaked in secrecy. Judge Stan Strickland and Judge Belvin Perry have pointed out time and time again that Chapter 119.01 is the Law of the Land there and there are few exceptions. They have also told the defense that they lack the power to rule on jail procedures. They have said over and over again that the Judiciary Branch cannot tell the Executive Branch what they should do. They have informed Casey's attorneys that they must abide by the laws as they exist.
Now, we have the defense boldly stating that
4. It has been and continues to be the Defenses (sic) position that the First Amendment rights of the media must give way to the constitutionally protected rights of the accused, especially when the State seeks the ultimate penalty of Death.
Compare this to the statement Jose Baez made November 28, 2008 when Judge Stan Strickland denied the State's gag order.
Citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Baez said the gag order wasn't necessary. "It's a whole lot of hot air and not a whole lot of law," he said, adding "when push comes to shove, I'm going to err on the First Amendment every time." (bold mine)
I guess he's changed his mind now. He states more than once, that the media is abusing the Sunshine laws because
7. The only purpose of this type of coverage is to embarrass, harass and humiliate the accused and poison the potential jury pool.
I suppose that, having prevailed in the gag order issue, the defense feels it has the right to poison the jury pool.
In their arguments, Baez and Mason refer to an attached WESH article which discusses Casey's latest commissary order!
Baez has a much larger agenda here, folks. He wants Judge Perry to order reverse prior rulings!
5. This objection is standing and continuous and the Defense invites this Honorable Court to either reverse and prior rulings as it relates to public disclosure or Sua Sponte order the aforementioned agencies to prevent any future abuses of Chapter 119.01.
It's not going to happen, people. Two judges have ruled and the defense keeps on trying. There is no way Judge Perry will reverse his and Judge Strickland's rulings. The laws clearly state that, with very few exceptions, the public has the right to know. If the First Amendment is good for Baez, it's good for Casey Anthony.
So, were Casey's parents to visit, we will see the videos. Should Casey have an intriguing new visitor, we will see the log records. Should Casey order a new bra, we will know.
BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY! I'm done!