Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Guest Entry By Ritanita

It was quite a week in Orlando. On Tuesday, October 14, a grand jury indicted Casey Anthony on charges including ffirst-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of false statements to law enforcement The grand jury heard testimony from Casey’s father George as well as a cadaver dog handler for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, an FBI special agent, and a lab expert. Two OCSD officers including Det. Yuri Melich also testified. It took the grand jury only half an hour to reach their decision on the charges.

Now, Casey is back in jail all by herself following a convoluted "surrender" which involved a ride with mom Cindy down by the airport, a quick switch to her bail-bondsman’s vehicle. In the end, police pulled over the SUV at a road stop and arrested Casey.

Meanwhile, her attorney Jose Baez and his PR representative, Todd Black caused quite a ruckus last week when Black made a statement on CNN stating, "This is a very serious case, involving not just the loss of the life of this little girl, but the loss of whatever is going to happen with Casey Anthony."

Baez called a news conference to state that Black was taken out of context, and Black himself has sent out a few press releases making the same assertion. Neither gentleman helped his own credibility in this tussle. Any person who viewed the original interview and the raw footage could clearly tell that this was not the case.

Listen to the original interview here: WFTV

Jose Baez’s press conference about this issue: WFTV

Todd Black’s response: WFTV

Sorry guys, no amount of spinning is ever going to take that comment back! Perhaps if you both had simply said that Mr. Black had mis-spoken you just might not have made laughingstocks of yourself in the media.

In addition to this circus-quality performance, Cindy Anthony added some of her own special spin. On the eve of the grand jury indictment, she gave an "exclusive" interview with Fox 35's Holly Bristow in which she rambled on and on about how Caylee is alive. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

My Fox Orlando

The next day, during the vehicle switcheroo, Cindy let Holly know she’ll get "no more exclusives" because she followed Cindy’s vehicle!

Now, Casey faces arraignment on the latest charges on October 28 before Orange County Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland at 8:45 AM.



Orlando Sentinel


WOFL/Fox 35 had just stated that charges of child neglect against Casey Anthony have been dropped.

The child neglect charges were based on the assumption that Caylee Anthony was still alive, according a court media release. Casey Anthony has also been charged with aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators.

Lawson Lamar, the State Attorney prosecuting the case, declined further comment. Officials said in the release that they don't wish to feed a media frenzy that would lead to a change of venue.

My Fox Orlando

Yikes ritanita! Many, many thanks!!!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates RN! I would have been lost without your fine reporting while I was away in New York (without t.v. newspaper, or internet access)! Thanks for keeping us caught up on this case. Will it ever end?

Kitty M.