Jose Baez, Casey Anthony – Day 2 of Trial
(RED HUBER, ORLANDO SENTINEL / May 25, 2011)
I have been following crimes and trials for a very long time. It was my friend Laura, who first introduced me to the idea that one could follow or learn about criminal cases. We were in college and she had the book The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule, it was the chilling story of Ted Bundy. I was hooked.
Of course the next biggie was OJ and then came Scott Peterson. I followed the Peterson story from the first day they broke into our news with the report of a missing Laci. Steve and I were at the thrift store prepping season one of Creative Juice when my husband called to say the jury had reached a verdict in the Peterson trial. We raced back home, grabbed paper bags (in case I hyperventilated) and plopped in front of the TV to watch Beth Karas deliver the news that Scott was guilty.
Other cases I have followed are Natalee Holloway/ Joran Van der Slout, Amanda Knox and Susan Powell. Thankfully the internet has many great resources for following. Forums like Scared Monkeys, InSession and Websleuths offer chat, photos, links and theory swaps with other armchair detectives.
My heart melted, when the first news of a missing Caylee Anthony broke. Her big brown eyes and sweet song to her great-grandpa were enough to draw me in. Then I learned about her mother…..How could a mother not report her daughter missing while she partied and carried on for 31 days? I was in disbelief and again, totally hooked on seeing this story to the end. I have read all the depositions, watch every “bombshell” on Nancy Grace and have even visited the key locations in the case.
When I got the news that I would be doing an appearance at HSN right around the date the Anthony trial was set to begin my brain started to race. By my calculations, I would be 85 miles away from the courthouse and my mom would be less than an hour away. I called mom and asked her if she wanted to meet me and try to attend the trial. It was an instant yes and my plan went into motion.
After flying from Los Angeles, I finally landed at 7:00pm in Tampa. The drive from the Tampa airport to St. Petersburg is very pretty, the sun setting on the water was beautiful. I am thinking…How am I ever going to get up at 3:00am to get to HSN at 4:00am for my 7:00am show….I am on west coast time. UGH.
I made it HSN – got my tables prepped, went into hair and make-up and waited to go live.
I was on pins and needles waiting for Linda Drane Burdick to begin her opening statements. She did such a wonderful job. While attending the trial, I got to quickly speak with her. I congratulated her on a job well done. She smiled sweetly and said “Thank You” – then her smile grew bigger. I was so excited to share an exchange with her. She is such a smart firecracker.
Woo Hoo!! It was time to head up to Orlando and for my adventure to really begin! I did not want to miss a moment so I streamed the audio on my ipad. For safety sake, I decided not to play the video…lol. Keep my eyes on the road!!!
Will they need them on verdict day?
George and Cindy Anthony arrive and the media goes crazy. I really can’t imagine being in their shoes for one moment. Life as they knew it is over. At the end of the day it got really hairy when a young man got in their face. Security quickly ushered him away. I felt really bad for them – it was scary.
During the past three years, I have not been a fan of the Anthony family and often felt that “Save Casey” became their focus instead of “Justice for Caylee.” As the trial gets under way, I see their shift to the state and for that I will take a second evaluation at my opinions.
I was furious with Baez’s opening statements and personally feel like it was criminal of him to throw everyone under the bus. At this point in time, I don’t believe anything he said about a drowning, George or Roy Kronk. It was just more lies lies lies from the Casey Camp.
I was really glad George Anthony was “Team Caylee” when he took the stand on Day 1. Holding out hope for the rest of the family. One thing to note is the during court, Casey never looked at her parents and I really did not see them trying to look at her. Also, they are positioned away from direct view of the jury. During court, Cindy and I made eye contact and exchanged a small acknowledgement of each other.
August 9, 2005 – June 16, 2008