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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.

Copyright © 2011 Orlando Sentinel

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