Judge Perry Not A Happy Camper. Court Cancelled. What's Going On?
I don't know if it's me or the fact that it is Saturday, but, when I look over what has been going on in the defense case, all I can think is that forensics have fizzled and the Anthony family is acting strange indeed. We've seen various versions of Cindy and Lee on the stand. I can't imagine what the jury must think about the ever-changing emotions and lack thereof. If Baez has now switched his focus to family dysfunction, he's sure done a good job of that. However, to tie that to Casey's innocence, there's going to have to be a few links in their chain. Now, we are starting to see the "slipshod" police bumbling. So far, that hasn't done too well either. Between Cindy Anthony's slip about Casey's check fraud arrest and the credit card fraud brought in through the door Cheney Mason opened, the jury is going to have those things in the back of their mind, even if it doesn't come into their deliberations.
At about 8:45, Jeff Ashton addressed Judge Perry. He said that he received documents at 8:40 from the defense. Dr. Furton has done more research since his deposition. New research since his deposition now identifies the sources of chloroform. He's been handed slides which are about the source of the odor.
Ashton indicated that the state had no prior notice of these new opinions and said that he wanted a full Richardson hearing at the close of testimony today.
Judge Perry said that he could testify to what was in his deposition and could come back next week to testify as to the new material.
Baez stated that it appeared that the state is incorrect. These are issues that are at the center of the case.
Perry asked if his opinion had changed since deposition and had he supplied supplemental report?
Baez said he didn't see any new opinions in the material he gave to Ashton. He said that Furton had arrived this morning, and he got his copy and gave one to Ashton. He also said that Mr. Ashton is making allegations for which he has no support.
Ashton replied that, from what he had read, Furton was making vague comments about cleaning products. The Powerpoint presentation has slides of sources of chloroform from the trunk.
Baez said that it all came from the testimony of Dr. Rickenbach, which was not in his report.
Judge Perry said that he wanted a copy of his report, since he doesn't have it. He asked if the demonstrative aid was the same sort of thing the defense asked to be excluded because it wasn't provided?
Ashton said that Furton's information cites studies not in the report.
Baez said he won't go through this. There's nothing secret going on. If Ashton had any legitimate issues, he'd be willing to pull some of the slides. He said he would be more than willing to tailor Furton's testimony to avoid the issue.
Perry said that all he can do is read Furton's report and deposition to see if he has not complied with the court's order. Once done they could move on from there. Perry's final statement to the defense was, "You would thing this would have grown old by now, but some things never change."
Just as we thought we were ready to begin testimony, Cheney Mason stood up to say he had a different issue. The attorneys first went to the side bar and then into the judge's chambers. I have a feeling there are going to be more fireworks going on! Sure enough, Bill Sheaffer, on WFTV reported that Kathi Belich had messaged him from the courtroom saying that she thought she heard Mason's voice loudly emanating from chamber.
I didn't have a video stream up when Judge Perry addressed the court. He said that a legal issue had arisen that necessitates the court be in recess until 8:30 Monday. He also said that the issue had nothing to do with Dr. Furton's testimony.
Now, we will all have to spend the weekend wondering what issue could keep testimony from taking place today. According to HLN, it has to be a VERY serious issue!
So, I'll see you all Monday morning at 8:30 AM. Enjoy your weekend!