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Archive for June 15th, 2011

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Posted by 4love2love on June 15, 2011

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By Linda Melone, Special to Lifescript 
Reviewed By Edward C. Geehr, M.D.
Published March 5, 2011

Looking for new tools to fight fibromyalgia? Natural remedies – from exercise to acupuncture – can treat symptoms and ease pain. Here are 6 techniques to try…. 

When fibromyalgia stiffens limbs and makes muscles and joints tender and sore, you may assume pain medication is your only bet.

Fortunately, there’s new evidence that natural solutions – including breathing techniques, exercise and supplements – may assist your treatment of fibromyalgia’s symptoms and reduce stress, a common pain trigger.

The potential for natural treatments is great, says Howard Schubiner, M.D., director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. 

“In our research [a combination of mind-body approaches], 25% of patients were symptom-free after six months.” 

However, these treatments do require participation from the patient, Schubiner notes. 

“Some people like being an active part of their own healing, while others feel it’s too much work. Much of the successfulness of a program depends on what you think will be effective,” Schubiner says.

Read on to find out which science-backed alternative approaches are best for you.

1. Yoga
How it works: Besides lowering stress, yoga helps reduce chronic inflammation, which many researchers believe is a main cause of fibromyalgia-related discomfort.

In fact, women who practice yoga have lower blood levels of cytokine interleukin-6 – a protein causing inflammation that’s also linked to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – according to a 2010 Ohio State University study.

Danielle Miller, 45, of Lancaster, Pa., tried “every medication on the market” to treat her fibromyalgia pain. When a friend suggested a yoga class, she was reluctant at first but soon became hooked. 

The meditation, breathing and stretching exercises increased her flexibility, improved sleep and even eased her irritable bowel syndrome, a disorder often associated with fibromyalgia. 

“After 6-8 sessions, I began feeling better,” she says.

How to get started: Look for a yoga instructor experienced with fibromyalgia. (Your physician may be able to refer you.) 

Start slowly and build to a regular routine you can stick with. 

“When I attended classes randomly, I was in more pain,” Miller says. 

2. Nutritional supplements
How they work: 
Supplements can decrease chronic inflammation, which in turn may reduce pain, says Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., research director for Supplement Watch, an organization that evaluates scientific evidence for nutritional supplements. 

Anti-inflammatory supplements include grape seed extract, resveratrol (a chemical found in red wine and grape juice), bromelain (an enzyme obtained from pineapples), ginger, turmeric (the yellow spice used in Indian food), boswellia (an herb common in Ayurvedic medicine), decaffeinated green tea and purified fish oil. 

How to get started: Supplements can vary in quality, cause stomach upset or interact with medications, so consult your rheumatologist about which brands are best.

Also, check labels for information on purity and strength of active ingredients.

Changing your diet is another way to reduce inflammation.

Eat lots of colorful fruits and veggies. Trade refined carbohydrates for moderate amounts of whole grains. Lower consumption of saturated fats and increase the amount of “good fats” (including monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids) you eat with foods such as nuts, avocados, olive oil and fish.

3. Acupuncture
How it works: Acupuncture has been used in traditional Asian medicine for thousands of years to relieve pain related to a variety of conditions. New research shows it may also be effective for fibromyalgia.

In a 2009 University of Michigan study, women with the disorder were treated with either acupuncture or a “sham” (fake) version, in which their skin was pricked with a sharp device to simulate acupuncture sensations. 

Brain imaging showed that those who received real treatments got more relief from pain-killers with codeine and morphine (opiates). 

“We’ve seen a drop in 5-10 points on the pain scale [a 1-10 scale doctors use to assess discomfort levels] from fibromyalgia patients who’ve used acupuncture,” Harris says.

Annette Poizner, a 47-year-old psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada, says acupuncture reduced her discomfort. But those results took a long time, and she warns against looking at the ancient Chinese treatment as a quick fix. 

“It’s a gradual recovery, not a 10-session miracle,” she says.

How to get started: Find a licensed practitioner. 

Ask your doctor or look online for local clinics. The website for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine maintains a list of qualified acupuncture practitioners

4. Mindfulness meditation
How it works: Mindfulness – defined as a calm, nonjudgmental focus on the present moment – can be a powerful stress-reduction method. When combined with meditation, it may reduce fibromyalgia pain and other physical complaints, according to a recent University of Basel, Switzerland study. 

Researchers found that it helped patients cope better with the anxiety and depression that often go along with the disorder.

When women with fibromyalgia enrolled in an eight-week program of mindfulness-based stress reduction, they had significantly more relief from symtoms than those who received only physical or emotional support from loved ones and peers.

A follow-up found they were still benefiting from the mindfulness program three years later.

Because high stress levels can trigger or worsen fibromyalgia symptoms, it makes sense that reducing it brings relief, says Schubiner.

Still, he adds, meditation alone may not be enough. 

“Results depend on how you incorporate these practices into your life,” he says. “If you have a lot of stress at home, for example, you can reduce it with meditation. But you’ll need to address root problems too.”

How to get started: Some hospitals and medical clinics offer mindfulness programs for patients. 

You can also buy meditation CDs (such as those by Jon Kabat-Zinn) in stores and online, or find free downloads from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center

5. Breathing exercises
How they work: Deep-breathing exercises have been shown to lower stress, thereby easing symptoms. 

Even slowing down breathing can reduce fibromyalgia pain, according to 2010 research at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. 

Patients with fibromyalgia were subjected to moderately painful heat pulses on their palms. When they slowed their breathing rates by 50%, some reported a reduction in pain intensity.

The patients’ attitude was a contributing factor: Those with a positive mindset saw results. 

But those who said they felt overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and depression weren’t helped by the breathing exercises.

Researchers suggest that people with fibromyalgia have a stronger connection between pain and emotion.

How to get started: If chronic depression is part of your disorder, talk to your doctor about treatments.

For mindful breathing, Schubiner recommends a daily session in which you take long, slow breaths and pay attention to each one. 

“You simply notice each breath, and then let it go,” he says.

Many yoga classes incorporate breathing exercises, and many books and CDs on breathing are available.

Try this simple technique by Dennis Lewis, from his book Free Your Breath, Free Your Life (Shambhala Publications): 

The Smiling Breath
1. Sit comfortably on a chair or cushion and smile, even if it feels forced at first.

2. Imagine directing this smile inwardly throughout your whole body.

3. As you inhale, sense yourself inhaling through your smile, allowing the energy of the smile to combine with the energy of your breath, and direct this energy down to the painful area.

4. Exhale through pursed but relaxed lips (as if gently blowing on a candle without blowing it out). Do this for a minimum of five minutes.

6. Exercise
How it works: Physical activity is an important fibromyalgia treatment, but don’t dive right in to an intensive exercise program. 

“Too much too soon can have a rebound effect, where you’re worse off than before you started,” Harris says. “The key lies in finding the right amount.”

The proper dose is moderate bursts of exercise that add up to 30 minutes a day, 5-7 times a week, according to a 2010 Johns Hopkins University study that found that patients following this regimen had reduced pain and less trouble functioning after 12 weeks.

How to get started: Begin slowly, exercising for as little as three minutes at a time. 

Gradually increase activity level to 20-30 minutes a day, recommends Rae Marie Gleason, executive director of the National Fibromyalgia Association.

“Exercising helps you gain some control over your life, something often missing in those with fibromyalgia,” Gleason says. 

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ABC News – Friendly to the Extreme: Meet Kids and Adults With Williams Syndrome

Posted by 4love2love on June 15, 2011

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June 9, 2011


Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic condition — so rare, in fact, that few people have ever heard of it. Of about 7,500 newborns, only one will have it. But that one, should you ever meet him or her, will likely have a personality of unforgettable ebullience and warmth. It is the type of personality seen only occasionally beyond the world of Williams Syndrome.

When 20/20’s Chris Cuomo attended a camp for children with Williams he was besieged by hugs and slaps on the back. Then came the barrage of questions. “What’s your favorite color?” “Where do you live?” “Have you met Barney the Dinosaur?”

Children with Williams are also often identifiable by a variety of facial characteristics, from small, pointed teeth, to upturned noses, to a telltale puffiness under their eyes. But the camp is a place where everybody wants to be your friend regardless of who you are or what you look like.

“Little babies will come up to you, they will stare into your face, and it will be hard to actually disengage from that stare,” explained Helen Tager-Flusberg whose lab at Boston University studies the social behavior of children with Williams. “When they’re four or five…whether they know you or not, within about five minutes you’re their new best friend.”

One fascinating study by researchers in Europe found that children with Williams show no racial bias whatsoever. While children, even babies, prefer people of their own race, the neural pathway that imprints for race bias is somehow lacking in children with Williams.

What Causes Williams Syndrome?

Williams Syndrome is caused by the deletion of roughly 25 genes on chromosome 7. The deletion can occur randomly during the production of a sperm or egg cell. Though there are 20,000 to 25,000 genes in the human genome, even the loss of just 25 genes can have profound effects on a person’s physical, behavioral and cognitive make-up.

Why the deletion of genes causes such friendliness and social disinhibition is not well understood. The development of our personalities is a complex relationship between our social environment and our genes — both present and not.

If you think most children — with or without Williams — are warm and open, you’d be wrong. Tager-Flusberg’s research team has recorded hours of video comparing children with Williams to typically-developing children.

In one experiment to test empathy, the adult experimenter bangs her knee on a table and expresses a great deal of pain. In many runs the lab recorded, the typically-developing child just watched and expressed no empathy or concern. But children with Williams often went right over to the experimenter to rub her knee and ask, “What’s wrong?”

With such empathy comes a lack of fear. Watching a recording of a typically-developing child reacting to a hairy, moving, toy spider, Tager-Flusberg noted, not surprisingly, “She doesn’t want to approach it…and doesn’t have any inclination to go near to it and touch.”

What do most children with Williams Syndrome do when presented with the creepy spider? They pet it.

But this lack of fear has a scary side, too. In another experiment, Tager-Flusberg has a stranger enter a room. And not just any stranger, but one wearing a baseball cap and dark sunglasses. As you would guess, children without Williams avoid the stranger like the plague. Children with Williams, however, often engage the stranger in conversation, and in one case we saw a child even offered a toy for the stranger to play with.

Such social disinhibition and innocence can have real-life consequences, and that extends to adults with Williams Syndrome.

Kelley Martin, 34, of Westwood, N.J., has Williams Syndrome; she was bullied by a so-called friend into paying for that friend’s expenses. Kelley’s mother, Anne, realized what was happening $1,500 later.

“It’s very scary,” Anne Martin told 20/20. “Because I know what can happen to her if there’s nobody watching for her.”

Serious Health Problems Caused by Williams Syndrome


Friendliness and fearlessness aside, people with Williams often have a number of physical ailments, including serious heart conditions. Such conditions cause many adults with Williams to survive only into their 50s.

Michelle Self’s son, Alex, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome when he was four weeks old.

“He had his heart surgery when he was a baby,” Self told “20/20.” “Last year they put two stents in and, during the process, he had a stroke. So I had a nine-year-old that had a stroke. We had to re-teach him to speak, to walk, to use his hands.”

Now 11, Alex rides a bike, plays drums and piano, and attends a regular school.


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Orlando Sentinel – Casey Anthony trial: As the state prepares to rest, now what?

Posted by 4love2love on June 15, 2011

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By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel

June 15, 2011

It is time for Casey Anthony‘s defense team to make good on the promises in Jose Baez’s opening statement three weeks ago.

Now that the state plans to rest its case today, the defense is scheduled on Thursday to start presenting its own evidence and testimony aimed at convincing jurors that prosecutors got the story wrong — that Caylee Marie Anthony‘s death was not murder but an accidental drowning.

The defense team’s task would be far easier, legal experts say, if Baez had not told the jury in his May 24 opening statement that Casey’s father had molested her since childhood and that he helped dispose of Caylee’s body.

An opening statement with fewer outrageous specifics would have left the defense team with more maneuverability, many suggest.

“If they had gone with proof beyond a reasonable doubt, burden of proof, all those things that put it on the state, at this point they’d be in a pretty good position,” said defense attorney Brad Conway.
Instead, the defense will have to try to discredit the state’s case and prove its own alternate theory. It’s a burden that the defense never has to undertake, but due to Baez’s bombshell opening, it’s something that is now necessary, Conway and others agree.

“Casey has got to take the stand,” said Conway, who once represented her parents. “Nobody else is going to say George [Anthony] molested her.”

George Anthony already has denied under oath that he abused his daughter.

Another local defense attorney, Richard Hornsby, agrees that Casey must testify to support the defense theory. But her team may decide to shift emphasis somewhat and try to cast greater doubt on the heavy forensic science used by the state.

That approach might allow the defense to “aim for aggravated manslaughter” to avoid a first-degree murder conviction.

If Casey Anthony takes the stand, her credibility would be key. Jurors have learned, through testimony and recorded conversations, how she lied to her friends, her family and law enforcement.

“Would you believe her on that story [the molestation and drowning],” Conway asked, “when she lied about everything else?”

But Casey Anthony probably has no choice but to tell jurors her version. The 25-year-old could face a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

Time to confront damaging evidence

Casey Anthony’s defense team also may be forced to call witnesses it thought the prosecution would call, such as Roy Kronk, the meter reader who spotted Caylee’s remains off Suburban Drive in late 2008.

Baez made strong insinuations about Kronk’s involvement in the disposal of Caylee’s body. But since the prosecution did not call him as a witness, the defense likely would need permission to call him as a hostile witness and would only be permitted to ask him open-ended questions, not leading ones.

“It’s just not going to be as damaging to the state,” said Hornsby, who thought “without a doubt” that the defense had expected prosecutors to call Kronk.

During the state’s case, a lot of damaging evidence was presented, including duct tape discovered with Caylee’s remains, the smell and apparent signs of human decomposition in her car trunk and high levels of chloroform emanating from the vehicle.

Witnesses also talked about how Casey went out partying while 2-year-old Caylee was supposed to be missing. And jurors heard an audiotape in which she lied, over and over, to detectives early on in the investigation.

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ABC News – Casey Anthony Trial: Her Father Fights Back

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June 15, 2011


Casey Anthony’s father is fighting back after weeks of being accused by his daughter’s lawyers of sexually molesting Casey Anthony when she was a child and helping to hide the body of his dead granddaughter, 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

An angry statement issued by George Anthony’s lawyer refers to his daughter as “the Defendant Casey Anthony,” and insists he had nothing to do with her actions “established by the State of Florida in the presentation of their case.”

Casey Anthony is on trial for allegedly killing Caylee, and could face the death penalty if convicted of the charge.

What prompted George Anthony to publicly break with his daughter during her Florida murder trial was an attempt by her lawyers to introduce a surprise witness to their list of people who will take the stand when they start presenting their case Thursday.

The witness list includes Vasco Degama Thompson, an ex-convict who served time for kidnapping, ABC affiliate WFTV reported. The defense alleges that Thompson had phone conversations with George Anthony on July 14, just days before Caylee was reported missing, according to a statement issued by George Anthony’s lawyer.

In their opening statement, Casey Anthony’s defense said that Caylee drowned in the family pool, that the body was discovered by George Anthony and that he helped dispose of Caylee’s body. Casey Anthony never told the truth about Caylee’s death, they claimed in the opening statement, because she was trained to lie to cover up her father’s sexual abuse.

Caution: Some Casey Anthony evidence photos are graphic.


The reason for having Thompson as a witness was not explained by the defense, but it prompted an angry statement by George Anthony’s lawyer Mark Lippman in which he denied his client ever knew or spoke with Thompson.

“This simply appears to be another attempt by the defense to attack my client,” Lippman’s statement said.

“Mr. Anthony has and will continue to maintain the position that he had nothing to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony or any of the events that occurred afterword regarding the actions of the Defendant Casey Anthony established by the State of Florida in the presentation of their case,” the statement read.

The harsh language and the family split comes a day after Casey Anthony’s mother Cindy left the witness stand and mouthed the words “I love you” to her daughter across the courtroom. Casey Anthony looked away and rolled her eyes.

The family feud erupted hours after Casey Anthony’s lawyers ridiculed the prosecution’s murder case, saying they did not even prove that Caylee was murdered.

Defense lawyer Cheney Mason trashed the forensic evidence and the testimony of Casey Anthony’s friends and family, which was intended to build a circumstantial case proving that she killed 2-year-old Caylee in the summer of 2008.

“There is no evidence to establish when the child died…where she died, how she died, who if anyone was with her in attendance when she died,” Mason said.

Casey Anthony’s defense team was fighting for an instant acquittal, but Judge Belvin Perry denied that motion. On Thursday, the defense will call their first witness on the third anniversary of Caylee’s disappearance. She was last seen alive on June 15, 2008.

Defense lawyers must also decide whether to take the risky step of having Casey Anthony testify in her own defense.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for Casey Anthony. If she does take the stand and the tactic backfires, she could be convicted of killing Caylee, a charge that carries the possibility of a death sentence.

Will Casey Anthony Testify in Own Defense?

If Casey Anthony takes the witness stand, she faces a high wire act that requires her to convince the jury that she’s the victim of sexual abuse in a way that doesn’t appear coached and calculating. Her emotions must appear to be that of a victim and not of a killer faking remorse, experts said.

Experts contend that Casey Anthony’s defense team created a high burden for themselves by offering such a detailed opening statement that made graphic claims of sexual abuse.

“It’s one of the top 10 rules of criminal defense…you don’t create a burden for yourself,” said Lurvey. “When the defense comes out — and particularly in a circumstantial evidence case — and creates a competing theory, you sort of take on an obligation to prove your theory.”

George Dekle, a University of Florida law professor and a prosecutor in the Ted Bundy case, said that it’s unlikely that anyone but Casey Anthony can testify about the alleged sexual abuse.

“The allegation of sexual abuse that were made in opening statements was an indication that the defense is probably intending to call her to the witness stand because it’s highly unlikely you’re going to get somebody to take the witness stand on her behalf and say that, ‘yes I sexually molested her,'” said Dekle.

Casey Anthony’s defense team could ignore the molestation claims altogether and avoid putting her on the stand, but it will be hard for the jury to forget those shocking statements. It will also make defense attorney Baez and his team look foolish, experts said.

“They have this practical consideration that they promised all of this stuff,” said Florida defense attorney Diana Tennis. “They’ve got themselves all boxed in. They should not have given that level of detail so they could have given themselves some wiggle room.”

Tennis said that if Anthony doesn’t testify, she will almost certainly lose her case. The prosecution painted Casey Anthony as a compulsive liar. Jurors watched video and listened to audio of Casey Anthony building an elaborate lie that a nanny had taken her daughter.

“They know she’s a liar. She can’t do as badly as we all expect her to do,” Tennis said. “I agree that it’s fraught with danger, but I still think they’ve put themselves in a box that it’s either that she testify or you offer zero evidence of this opening statement.”

Other legal experts argue that Casey Anthony’s compulsive lying is the reason she shouldn’t take the stand.

“There’s no reason to think the jury will believe her. It gives the prosecution an open field to go through every inconsistency and go through every character flaw that she has to remind the jury that she’s untruthful,” said Robert Jarvis, a lawyer and professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Jarvis said that defendants typically make poor witnesses. When former boxer Mike Tyson took the stand, it virtually sealed his guilty verdict in a rape case, Jarvis said. O.J. Simpson didn’t take the stand, but his defense had the leather glove that didn’t fit which secured his not guilty verdict.

“She [Casey Anthony] will be on the stand for days and days and days and it will just be withering…every day will be worse than the day before. The only thing that she has going for her is if you put her on the stand, presumably she breaks down and she cries and the jury will have some sympathy for her,” said Jarvis.

Would Casey Anthony’s Testimony Help or Hurt Her Case?

But even the way Casey Anthony shows emotion if she takes the stand, could help or hurt her.

“Her breaking down on the stand and crying, most jurors are going to say these are crocodile tears or these are tears of remorse. She’s finally admitting what she did was wrong,” Jarvis said.

Mary Anne Franks, a University of Miami Law School professor, said that jurors tend to judge young women perceived as bad mothers very harshly.

“The jury will want to look in Ms. Anthony’s eyes to see if she’s telling the truth this time, and to see which image being offered of Ms. Anthony actually seems to fit, the heartless party girl or the traumatized sex abuse victim,” Franks said.

Franks said that Anthony’s potential testimony about alleged sexual abuse would add even more emotion to a trial that has been packed with gut wrenching testimony from Caylee’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, pictures of Caylee’s skeleton and a time lapse video of the decomposing toddler.

“You’re going to move into tricky territory if this trial’s narrative has gone from a beautiful little girl has died to there’s another victim in this case, Casey Anthony…it’s going to shift it into a higher emotional gear,” said Franks.

On cross-examination, the prosecution could attempt to debunk the abuse claims by asking about explicit details of the abuse, hoping to catch Casey Anthony in a lie. That strategy could also backfire because of the emotions involved, making prosecutors look like a bully, experts said.

If jurors feel that Anthony is lying on the stand, it could anger them and hurt Anthony, experts said.

The prosecution could still gain from Anthony’s testimony. Even if it is emotional, it might not provoke any sympathy.

“Many people, and jurors are no exception, have a strong sense of how they think an innocent person should look and behave, and if the defendant doesn’t conform to those expectations, the impact can be devastating,” Franks said.

Nearly all experts agree that putting a defendant on the stand is a desperate move.

“Putting a defendant on a stand in any case is a ‘hail Mary’ pass. It’s something you do when you have nothing else. It will be the defense conceding they have nothing,” said Jarvis.


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ABC News – Casey Anthony’s Mother Mouths ‘I Love You’ at End of Prosecution’s Case

Posted by 4love2love on June 15, 2011

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June 14, 2011


Casey Anthony’s mother mouthed the words “I love you” today as she left the witness stand in what was likely the final day of the prosecution’s case in the Florida murder trial.

The prosecution is expected to tell the Orlando court on Wednesday that it has concluded presenting evidence that Casey Anthony allegedly killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008. Casey Anthony could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder.

Casey Anthony’s lawyers asked the judge for a second time to declare a mistrial today, but the request was denied by Judge Belvin Perry.

Cindy Anthony was among the final witnesses for the prosecution, testifying tearfully at times as she recalled items like the remmants of a shirt found with Caylee’s remains and heart shaped stickers.

The dead girl’s grandmother said that she had never seen the pink shirt that reads “Big Trouble Comes Small” until she was asked by police about a photo showing Caylee wearing the shirt. Only shreds of the shirt survived during the the six months between the time that Caylee was last seen in June 2008 and when her body was found a short distance from the Anthony home in December 2008.

In addition, Cindy Anthony told the court that she noticed in May 2008 that Caylee’s Winnie the Pooh blanket was missing. Rotting bits of a Winnie the Pooh blanket were found with Caylee’s remains.

Caution that some evidence photos are graphic


The trial has touched at times on gruesome details that have repeatedly reduced Cindy Anthony to tears as well as grim photos introduced as evidence. Those photos have included such gritty details as Caylee’s hair, bones fragments, and a reconstructed skeleton of Caylee’s body.

As she left the witness stand, Cindy Anthony mouthed words “I love you” to her daughter.

Cindy Anthony also testified about the hair styles of her family, pointing out that her own hair and that of Casey Anthony had been treated, while the male members of her family have always kept their hair short.

The hair styles and treatment appears to have been intended to indicate that the hairs found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car belonged to Caylee.

Earlier in the day, Catherine Theisen, the FBI’s chief of quality assurance and trainee unit, told the court that the mitochondrial DNA from the hair found in Casey Anthony’s trunk was a match for Caylee and Casey Anthony or another person from the maternal side of the family.

Previous testimony also contended that the hairs showed signs that they came from a corpse that was in the process of decomposing.

Alina Burroughs, a crime scene investigator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, testified that she searched Casey Anthony’s room and found a sheet of heart shaped stickers in a box. Some of the stickers on the sheet had already been used.

The stickers, prosecutors contend, are similar to the outline of a heart shaped sticker that was found on duct tape that was attached to Caylee Anthony’s decomposing skull six months after the little girl disappeared. Three strips of duct tape were found over the child’s nose and mouth and prosecutors contend they were used to suffocate Caylee.

In addition, a heart sticker was lying loose in a box of letters and cards, according to evidence photos submitted in court today.

Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez got Burroughs to state that the envelope that the loose sticker was lying on had a 37 cent stamp on it. “Obviously this is a very old letter,” Baez said.

The defense attorney also noted that the box containing the heart stickers also had star stickers as well stickers depicting Disney characters. In addition, the box contained items from Caylee’s baby shower.

The final witness for the prosecution was Bobby Williams, a tattoo artist who told the court that gave Casey Anthony the “Bella Vita” tattoo on her shoulder July 2, during a time that Caylee Anthony was missing but the police had yet to be alerted.

When asked about Casey Anthony’s mood during the 30 minute tattoo, Williams said, “She didn’t seem upset about anything… She seemed pretty happy.”

He said Casey Anthony told him that he had a daughter named Caylee and that she would bring Caylee with her when she scheduled an appointment for another tattoo on July 19.


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ABC News – Casey Anthony Trial: Insects Found in Car Associated With Decomposition

Posted by 4love2love on June 15, 2011

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June 11, 2011


An entomology expert testified today that the insects found in Casey Anthony’s car were often associated with decomposition.

“All of these were consistent with extended post mortem remains,” said Neal Haskell, a forensic science professor at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana.

Florida mother Casey Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She is charged with first degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Haskell’s testimony seem to support the prosecution’s theory that Caylee’s body was in the trunk of Casey’s car for three to five days.

This contradicts the defense, which has been building its case on an accidental drowning for the cause of death of Caylee.

Over the past several weeks, the witnesses and experts have testified about the smell of a decomposing body coming from Casey Anthony’s car.

Caylee’s remains were found on Dec. 11, 2008 in a wooded area near the Anthony family home.

The toddler had been reported missing July 15, 2008, 31 days after she was last seen alive.

On Friday, the judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial ruled that an animated video that morphs from the face of a live 2-year-old Caylee to a skull with duct tape could be shown to jurors.

The video was first shown to Anthony, her defense team, prosecutors and Judge Belvin Perry.

The jury was removed before the video was played and it was not displayed on monitors for the rest of the court audience to see.

The prosecution asked to submit the video as evidence to prove that Caylee died from duct tape on her nose and mouth. The defense argued against the video.

“This disgusting superimposition is nothing but a fantasy. … It’s not supported by anything that can’t be testified to,” defense attorney Jose Baez argued. Evidence photos in the Casey Anthony murder trial .

Anthony, 25, watched the tape intensely but did not show emotion.

Once Perry approved the video to be shown to jurors, Anthony was visibly upset and did not watch the video a second time.

Caylee’s skull, found in December of 2008, had three pieces of duct tape on it. The duct tape is key for the prosecution in proving that Caylee’s death was a homicide.

Earlier on Friday, Orange County Chief Medical Examiner Jan Garavaglia testified that it was scientifically defensible to say that Caylee’s death was a homicide, but that because of decomposition she could not determine how the homicide occurred.

“The fact that there’s duct tape anywhere attached to that child’s face is to me indication that it’s homicide,” she said.

Garavaglia said that a number of red flags contributed to her decision to list the death as a homicide. The first was that nobody reported Caylee was missing for 31 days. Caylee was reported missing July 15, 2008.

The second red flag was that her body was hidden.

“The fact that it’s [Caylee’s body] tossed in a field to rot in bags is a clear indication that the body was being tried to be hidden,” Garavaglia said.

ABC News’ Linsey Davis contributed to this report.


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