Thursday, July 28, 2011

Update: 7-28-2011 -Casey Anthony Sightings, Television and Book Deals, Masks For Auction, Car For Auction, Civil Case, More


Casey Anthony civil lawyer sees "safety issues" with October deposition

CBS News: We'll Never Pay Casey Anthony, Apologize to Lance Armstrong

Casey Anthony trial delays convicted Brevard

killer's appeal

Bennett claims he's innocent of 1983 murder

State prosecutors originally had a July 1 deadline to argue why convicted killer Gary Bennett should not be re-tried for the 1983 murder of a neighbor, Helen Nardi. Causing angst for Bennett's family, that deadline has been moved to the end of August.
State prosecutors originally had a July 1 deadline to argue why convicted killer Gary Bennett should not be re-tried for the 1983 murder of a neighbor, Helen Nardi. Causing angst for Bennett's family, that deadline has been moved to the end of August. / File photo
The Casey Anthony case is having an effect on a local man's efforts to win a new trial.
State prosecutors originally had a July 1 deadline to argue why convicted killer Gary Bennett should not be re-tried for the 1983 murder of a neighbor, Helen Nardi. Causing angst for Bennett's family, that deadline has been moved to the end of August.
Because State Attorney Norman Wolfinger briefly represented Bennett while working in the public defender's office, he asked the Orange County State Attorney's Office to handle Bennett's motions. But prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton was preoccupied with the Anthony case. He has since retired. His replacement will have to be briefed on this particular case before taking over.
"Because of the seriousness of the (Anthony) case, the state requests an extension of time until Aug. 26 to adequately address the claims," Ashton wrote in a motion for extension to Brevard Judge David Dugan before Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter.
Sentenced to life in prison in 1984, Bennett, now 54, has long maintained his innocence. He passed a lie detector test. He could not be tied to the case by a rape kit examination. And several people testified he was elsewhere when Nardi was sexually assaulted and murdered.

Caylee Anthony song unleashes tirade on radio airwaves

By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
Posted: Jul 28, 2011 06:27 PM
It started mostly as a way for Tampa radio jock Cledus T. Judd to vent on how little attention was focused on deceased 2-year-old Caylee Anthony after her mother's acquittal on murder charges.
But Judd has seen interest in the ballad he wrote, She's Going Places (Caylee's Song), become supercharged by passions over the Casey Anthony trial. It's spawned more than 700,000 hits on various YouTube videos, attention from R&B singer Brian McKnight and a profanity-laced fight Thursday between local radio guys Orlando Davis and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem.
"I never dreamed in a lifetime that it would cause this entire community of people who do what I do to start this gang war in a five-mile radius," said Judd (real name: Barry Poole), a co-host on the morning show at WQYK-FM (99.5) who could barely contain his anger over Clem's attacks on the song.
The local controversy erupted as gossip web site TMZ reported Casey Anthony may be seeking up to $1.5-million for her first media interview.
Judd, for his part, hopes to raise one dollar more to keep the memory of Caylee Anthony's tragic death alive.
"This was done as a labor of love," Judd said of the tune, fashioned from a song he originally co-wrote with Rascal Flatts singer Gary Levox for the hit country band. Levox contributed a few lines to the rewrite, which was sung as a ballad by studio vocalist Shane Hines.
"Bubba made the comment, 'How can you love (Caylee); you didn't even know her?' " Judd added. "But this song is just my way of standing in front of the courthouse steps and saying 'Don't forget about this girl.' "
And the message is about to spread further.
McKnight recorded an R&B version of the song Wednesday and Thursday, after Davis sent him a copy of the tune. Davis, who serves as program director and morning host on rap-centered WLLD-FM (Wild 94.1), said McKnight's rendition should appear on iTunes within days, with proceeds from the song's 99-cent fee going to charity. (Both WQYK and WLLD are owned by CBS Radio).
On Thursday, Judd appeared on CNN's sister channel, HLN, to talk up the debut of the country version on iTunes and last week, promising that all his proceeds from the 99-cent price will go to the anti-child abuse advocacy group at
But Clem, who has criticized the song on his show for WHPT-FM (The Bone 102.5), also took aim at the charity behind the website Thursday, insisting the National Association to Protect Children spends too much money on salaries.
Citing figures from the group's 2009 tax returns, Clem's producer Brent Hatley noted the NAPC spent about $319,000 on salaries and benefits on revenues of $489,031. But that category also includes "program service expenses" which could involve lobbying and advocacy. (The charity posted a note on its website saying it does not redistribute money, but works to lobby for new laws and law enforcement resources).
The conflict exploded over Tampa Bay area airwaves Thursday, as Davis confronted Clem over a call that aired on both hosts' respective morning shows.
"You do everything for attention ... you're a hack," Davis said to Clem, unleashing a string of insults accusing the rival host of unfairly criticizing Judd.
"First of all, you're a liar," Clem retorted. "Play the song on your air and let your listeners decide how ... cheesy it is."

Collectors want to buy Casey Anthony's car

Offers are rolling in for one of the most iconic pieces of evidence in Casey Anthony's murder trial: her white Pontiac Sunfire.

The car is still in the possession of the Orange County Sheriff's Office, which says the car can be picked up anytime by George and Cindy Anthony, who own the car.

Their attorney, Mark Lippman, says he's been getting calls from people interested in buying the car.
The car was thought to be key to proving the state's murder case against Anthony.

Numerous witnesses took the stand to say how the car smelled like it had at one point carried around a body.

"There are collectors of macabre things. Apparently this falls into that category now," Lippman said.
The Kelley Blue Book lists the normal value on a used Sunfire at about $3,000, but Lippman said it could go to a collector for more than that.

The money would be donated to the new foundation the Anthonys are establishing in memory of Caylee Anthony.

"I've had multiple offers to purchase it, but George and Cindy do not want to profit off it by any means," Lippman said.

Where would the car go? Not to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C., according to the museum's CEO.

The museum has items like the so-called Bonnie and Clyde car riddled with bullet holes and vehicles belonging to Ted Bundy and John Dillinger.

"There wasn't any proof it was part of a crime. It's not a true historic artifact, so its value should diminish in the wake of that," said museum CEO Janine Vaccarello.

She said she can understand why plenty of private collectors want to call the car their own.

Lippman said Tuesday the Anthonys have not yet made a decision on what to do with the car.

He said he isn't ruling out sending the car to scrap if that's what his clients want.

Prosecutors Total Casey Trial Costs

Prosecutors Add -$141,000 To Total Bill

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Prosecutors filed a nearly 300-page report late Thursday detailing how much it cost them to prosecute Casey Anthony.

Their grand total of more than $141,000 includes everything from court reporters for depositions to consultation time with experts and detectives.

Hotel and travel expenses for out-of-state witnesses and court appearance fees are also included.

The state's forensic entomologist, Dr. Neal Haskell, who testified about bugs found in the trunk of Anthony's car, charged more than $32,000. The bug expert claimed this case had the most samples he's ever had to analyze in 25 years.

The case's costs are nearing a quarter million dollars.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation released their totals Wednesday, adding up to more than $71,000 and $10,000, respectively.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has yet to release its final tally for the costs of the investigation.
A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25 to determine what costs Anthony will have to pay back. She is not expected to be present.

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Casey Anthony Jurors to Be Identified This Fall
The identities of the 14 Pinellas County jurors in the Casey Anthony trial will be revealed on or after Oct. 25.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Judge Belvin Perry made the ruling this week.

Names of jurors are usually public record in Florida, but Judge Perry had decided to seal their names to protect them.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that when he issued the ruling on Tuesday, Perry said, "No one spoke for the jurors and no one provided evidence concerning the jurors' safety or privacy concerns... No one argued the public policy consequences of releasing juror information."

A Pinellas county jury found the Orlando mother not guilty in the murder of her daughter Caylee in July. News of the not-guilty verdict prompted negative responses from the public and even drew some threats to jurors.

Three alternate jurors in the trial released their names, including Russell Huekler of St. Petersburg, who was the first to speak about the case. Huekler said he supported the jury decision.

Palm Harbor resident Dean Eckstadt also served as an alternate juror. Alternate juror Jennifer Ford, who is a nursing student at St. Petersburg College also spoke to the media about her experience.

In Clearwater, Judge Tom McGrady said the attention regarding the Anthony trial makes it difficult to find good jurors.

“Jurors are being criticized for doing their job,” McGrady said. “They are the only ones that heard all of the evidence and only the evidence. The jury made their decision based on the law.”

McGrady added that a not-guilty verdict does not necessarily mean a person is innocent; it just means the state didn’t have enough evidence to convict. In this case, McGrady said it showed the system works.

Casey Anthony Mask Fetches Nearly $1 Million on eBay

casey-anthony-mask-ebay-auctionApparently the public’s thirst for all things related to Casey Anthony knows no bounds as a latex mask resembling the recently acquitted “tot mom” sold on eBay for nearly $1 million.
In the item description of the latex Anthony mask, the seller said it was one of only nine “sculpted to precision for a parody video by enigmatic pop artist/sculptor Torro.”
“Forget Freddy, Jason, Meyers, here’s your chance to scare the *#&% out of everyone and win every costume contest with this amazing Tot Mom latex rubber mask, possibly the most frightening mask on the planet. And I can almost guarantee it’s the ‘only’ Casey mask on the planet,” the eBay description read.
The mask itself shows a relatively expressionless Anthony – a look that she became famous for as she stood on trial for the the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee – staring straight ahead, lips and mouth closed and her hair tied back in her signature pony tail.
The winning 105th bid, which was placed on Wednesday at 6:33pm EST, was totaled at $999,900. The buyer’s identity was kept confidential by eBay for obvious reasons –  he/she has more money than sense.
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Casey Anthony Trial Costs: Defense Team Charges State Over $147,000
By JESSICA HOPPER (@jesshop23)
July 21, 2011

Casey Anthony's defense team has billed the state of Florida over $147,000 to defend the woman acquitted of murdering her daughter, Caylee.

Anthony's lawyers, led by Jose Baez, have tallied their costs at $147,018.60 so far, according to records from Florida's Justice Administrative Commission. The state has already paid $118,847.75 of that bill. They've refused to pay nearly $12,000 of the defense's cost.

Things that the state refuses to pay for include some of the costs for deposition transcripts, the use of independent contractors and some of the defense team's travel costs.

None of the money paid by the state of Florida will pay any of the defense attorneys' salaries.

Casey Anthony, who lied about having a job at Universal Studios, was ruled indigent in March 2010 and the state took on the cost of her defense.

The largest expense was more than $67,000 on independent contractors to aid their investigation.

Another $21,000 was spent on expert witnesses. The state is paying all of those costs. The defense called several witnesses to cast doubt on the state's forensic evidence concerning the car abandoned by Anthony when Caylee disappeared, Caylee's remains and the wooded area where the 2-year-old girl was found.

Casey Anthony's Parents Announce Creation of Caylee's Fund

Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, intend to honor their grandchild by launching a foundation called Caylee's Fund on her birthday Aug. 6.
Weeks After Casey Verdict: Hotspot Faces Heat

Restaurant Receives Internet Backlash

FacebookORLANDO, Fla. -- The downtown Orlando restaurant where Casey Anthony's defense team celebrated the jury's verdict still faces controversy, even though it immediately claimed no association with its clientele.

Cheney Mason is pictured showing his middle finger to a reporter from inside the Terrace 390 restaurant shortly after his client's not guilty verdict was read.

Cheney MasonThe celebration captured by cameras following the trial led to an internet assault against the restaurant, which is just steps from the Orange County Courthouse. The restaurant is operated by University of Central Florida alumni.

At least two "Boycott Terrace 390" campaigns were launched on Facebook and threatening letters were posted on's rants and raves section.
July 25, 2011
No Heaven or Hell for Casey Anthony

James Kirk Wall, Author of Agnosticism: The Battle Against Shameless Ignorance

We need to have faith that our justice system will provide the proper verdict to the guilty. We need to have faith that jurors will not reasonably consider an accident as cause for a taped and bagged dead body. We need to have faith that when our justice system fails, adjustments will be made to prevent the same failures from happening again in the future.

There is no heaven or hell waiting for Casey Anthony. We cannot trust in fantasies to appease our fear of death nor eternal damnation meant to scare us into believing in falsehoods to provide justice. We cannot trust in a magical karma counter to uphold righteousness. As a society, we need to do everything we can to make sure that justice is served in this lifetime.

Caylee Anthony was robbed of the only life she had. Some feel the need to lessen the sense of loss and horror by believing that Caylee is in heaven. For the non-religious, we accept this atrocity at full face value. We swallow the jagged pill and face the raw reality of this crime.

Caylee no longer exists except for in our memories. This is the way it is for all humans before they were born and after they die. In the big picture very little matters as everything in temporary, but we live in the little picture where this is our time on this world and our lives matter very much. We owe it to ourselves to live deep and meaningful lives to the best of our abilities and promote the same for others.

Typically in life, the people who cause misery to others will bring misery onto themselves. Typically what goes around does come around though a natural course without any supernaturalism required. Often we can feel helpless as individuals in a world of billions of people. We watch disasters unfold with a sense of desperation to interfere and provide some kind of help. We must do what we can to fight the good fight and have faith in justice regarding the many things that are beyond our control.

You will not always have an opportunity to confront people who were intentionally harmful due to many circumstances including timing, location and politics. You will not always have an opportunity to thank people who have been kind and generous. When situations like this occur, we need to have faith that there will be a balance. What goes around comes around. One way or another, justice will be served.

The trial of Casey Anthony is over. What is done is done. A new law is emerging that will prevent this set of circumstances from happening again in the future. It’s time for everyone to disarm themselves of any hatred and anger induced by this tragedy and move forward with a clear mind and a clear conscience.

Casey Anthony's Parents Reach Out to Rascal Flatts

Casey Anthony's parents are trying to arrange a meet-and-greet with the band Rascal Flatts -- all to give the lead singer one big thank you for writing an emotional tribute to Caylee Anthony.


TMZ has learned ... George and Cindy Anthony reached out to the band's reps this week after hearing the song, "She's Going Places" -- which lead singer Gary LeVox (right) co-wrote with another singer named Cledus T. Judd.

But the band isn't exactly in a hurry to respond -- a rep for Rascal Flatts tells us the band is mulling it over and has yet to decide if they'll meet up with the Anthonys.

If you haven't heard the song, the lyrics are pretty heartrending -- "She was just a baby, barely 2 years old / A story that shouldn’t have to be told" -- so if you're in the mood to tear up, take a listen.
State Sen. Edd Houck to introduce "Caylee's Law" in Virginia. 
State Sen. Edd Houck to introduce "Caylee's Law" in Virginia. 
Date published: 7/26/2011

By Robyn Sidersky
Houck to introduce 'Caylee's Law' for Va.

Legislation similar to measures introduced in Florida after the Casey Anthony trial could come to Virginia.
State Sen. Edd Houck, D-Spotsylvania County, said yesterday that he will introduce a bill to enact "Caylee's Law."

The law would make it a felony if a parent, guardian or caretaker of a minor child fails to notify law enforcement officers within 24 hours of when a child is discovered missing.

The law is being considered in 32 other states.

Lawmakers will study Wyoming 'Caylee's Law'

By JOSHUA WOLFSON Star-Tribune staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:00 am

Public outcry following Casey Anthony’s acquittal has prompted Wyoming lawmakers to explore legislation that would punish parents who fail to report missing children within a certain time frame.

The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee will study the need for a “Caylee’s Law” when it meets next month in Sundance, a committee chairman said.

More than 20 states are considering versions of Caylee’s Law, which would make it a felony for parents or guardians to wait more than 24 hours to notify authorities of missing children. Other states are also contemplating making it a felony to wait more than an hour to report a child’s death.

An Oklahoma woman proposed the legislation in an online petition created after a jury acquitted Anthony of murdering her daughter, Caylee. Anthony waited a month before reporting her daughter missing.

The online petition has collected more than 1.25 million signatures. Many state lawmakers have also received emails from constituents urging passage of a Caylee’s Law in Wyoming, said judiciary co-chairman Sen.

Drew Perkins. Instead of individual lawmakers pursuing a bill, the Legislature’s Management Council assigned the judiciary committee to study the issue.

Perkins said the committee will first examine whether existing laws already address the issue. If they don’t, the committee could draft a bill to be considered during the 2012 legislative session.

If the committee decides not to sponsor a Caylee’s Law, Sen. Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, plans to introduce a bill on his own during next year’s session. The Casey Anthony case raises questions about why it took so long for people to acknowledge a child was missing, he said.

“We should have something in place,” Dockstader said. “It will be difficult because we are going into a budget session, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a look.”

Others question whether the law is necessary. Wyoming already has laws that protect against child endangerment and neglect, noted Linda Burt, executive director of the Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Burt questions the wisdom of adopting a new law in response to one high-profile case.

“It’s not really something that I see as a problem,” she said. “It seems to be a knee-jerk response to a unique circumstance that is not something that we see happening in any other instances. It is just not something that happens.”

Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, suggested the judiciary committee explore drafting a Caylee’s Law after receiving at least 20 emails from constituents.

Gingery, who works in the Teton County attorney’s office, said sending the bill to the judiciary committee will give lawmakers time to adequately study the issue and confer with experts before next year’s legislative session.

“They may get to the point where they say, ‘It’s not really needed here,’” he said.

Perkins agreed there are dangers of developing legislation in the heat of the moment. But the Casper Republican doesn’t expect Wyoming to simply enact the national proposal without study.

The committee will have a number of issues to examine, he said. A parent who fails to report a missing toddler puts the child at risk. But what about a teenager who doesn’t come home one night after a fight with his parents?

“You have to be careful about how you interfere with the family,” he said. “You don’t want to go out and criminalize behavior that is either unintentional or merely negligent.”

Judge Perry sends man with pamphlets to jail
The case involving Mark Schmidter is expected to be a free-speech battle with Chief Judge Belvin Perry presiding.

By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel
12:33 p.m. EDT, July 26, 2011

A man who violated court rules by passing out pamphlets outside designated "free-speech zones" during the Casey Anthony trial violated two of Chief Judge Belvin Perry's orders, the judge said this afternoon.

Perry found Mark Schmidter in "indirect criminal contempt."

Mark SchmidterPerry ordered him 141 days in the Orange County Jail for violating his first order, regarding jury pamphlets, and 151 days for his second order, regarding free-speech zones. These sentences are concurrent. Perry also gives him $250 fine for each violation.

Sudbury said he plans to appeal and wants Perry to set bond. Perry tells him to file a motion and he will get to it as soon as possible.

Perry's ruling came after hearing hours of arguments from Schmidter and his attorney, Adam H. Sudbury about free-speech issues.

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Perry this morning denied Sudbury's motion for judgment of acquittal. Schmidter is now on the stand in his own defense.

Schmidter just told Judge Perry that he thought the order regarding free-speech zones only applied to the Casey Anthony protesters and not him.

That's why he continued to distribute the flyers on June 29.

He said a strict reading of Perry's order "means nobody could carry on a conversation outside the free speech zone" and he said he is sure Perry did not intend that.

Schmidter also read aloud the First Amendment after pulling a copy out of his pocket.

Earlier, Sudbury had one of the court deputies familiar with Schmidter read the First Amendment aloud in court.

Sunbury is arguing that Perry's order is overly broad.

Perry noted that the 5th District Court of Appeal recently denied a motion arguing that the order was overly broad.

This trial is not being heard by a jury — just Judge Perry.

On June 29, Perry ordered the arrest of Schmidter, a local roofing contractor who was handing out leaflets at the Orange County Courthouse.

Schmidter was handing out a one-page flyer, which read that "juries had the right to find defendants not guilty if they disagreed with the law in question."

Perry had ordered that no leaflets be distributed on court property outside designated "free speech zones.",0,590769.story
WENDY MURPHY: Casey Anthony trial secrets cannot go unchallenged

By far the most popular recent story in the news that’s also about the news is the one involving the British Parliament and Rupert Murdoch. But the second most popular involves “sealed evidence” in the Casey Anthony case, including photographs of Caylee and search warrants for computer files. Unlike the Murdoch’s NewsCorp matter, the Casey Anthony murder trial is a story about the news because of what the media is not doing to find out what’s hidden in those sealed files. The public has a right to know, and the media is supposed to be the people’s advocate for full disclosure.

Information can be kept hidden while a trial is pending in order to protect the rights of the accused. These interests disappear when the trial ends. This is why, after the acquittal, The Patriot Ledger sent a public records request for full access to the sealed evidence – or an explanation for why such evidence would continue to be sealed now that the case is over.

The Ledger asked the prosecutor’s office, in writing, for a copy of the entire docket sheet as well as copies of “all search warrants,” and “all documents ordered under seal prior to and/or during the time of trial.”

Consistent with Florida’s public records law, The Ledger reminded the prosecutor that objections must be identified with specificity.

The prosecutor responded by directing The Ledger to an Internet link to records already available to the public.

In other words, they refused to comply.

A follow-up phone call got The Ledger’s request bumped up to a higher authority. They said that information available to the public is that which has already been released and that while they know nothing about information “under seal” such evidence could not be released without further order of the court. They left an email address for further questions.

The Ledger then sent an email reminding the prosecutor of its obligation to explain why information is under seal, and pointing out that they could not claim a lack of knowledge of “sealed” evidence because documents in the public realm already reveal the prosecution’s “agreement” with the defense to “seal” certain information.
Nonetheless, the prosecutor again declined to comply but noted that materials would continue to be sealed because the case was still “active” in that “a portion of it” is “on appeal” and “costs hearings” are pending.

So The Ledger sent yet another email wherein it was pointed out that Florida law is clear that a post-acquittal “hearing on costs” and Anthony’s appeal from convictions for lying to law enforcement are inadequate to justify nondisclosure. The prosecutor must assert with precision why the pendency of these things would require particular information to remain “under seal” after the trial ends.

How could a “costs hearing” justify nondisclosure of a search warrant for computer files when a search warrant for the Anthony home has already been released? Likewise, how could a “costs hearing” justify nondisclosure of sealed photographs of Caylee when grotesque images of her dead body have already been released?

Nor does Casey’s appeal from her convictions on the lying charges justify keeping any sealed information under wraps. Casey confessed to lying and has already served the maximum punishment. There is no legitimate basis for any appeal, much less a reason to worry that such an appeal might be negatively affected by the release of sealed evidence.

The prosecutor’s most recent attempted excuse for noncompliance with The Ledger’s request was that the public is only entitled to documents that have been “provided to the Defendant” as part of discovery. Say what!?

The prosecution and defense entered into an “agreement” to “seal” certain evidence, including photographs of Caylee. Clearly, the information has been “disclosed” to the defense if they agreed to seal it.

The Ledger pointed out these absurdities in another communication with the prosecutor and re-emphasized its original request for the release of sealed photographs of Caylee and sealed search warrants for computer files.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this frustrating situation came full circle when the prosecutor responded in a terse final email, “You have our written answer to your request, this is still an active prosecution …”

At least The Ledger was able to confirm that sealed documents do, in fact, exist, even though law enforcement officials ducked the issue in a press conference after the verdict.

It’s time now for other news organizations to join the fight for full disclosure of all the evidence, not only on behalf of a little girl who cannot speak for herself but also for the millions of people who came to care about justice for Caylee Anthony, and who believe that the truth about how and why she died matters.
Man Puts Foot Through TV, Says We Are All Like Casey Anthony
The Menomonee Falls man then allegedly went through a residence smashing things with a German helmet.
By Joe Petrie

"We are all the same as Casey Anthony"

That was the drunken epiphany a 37-year-old Menomonee Falls man shared with his roomates after a night of drinking. He followed up his statement by putting his foot through a television and smashed up a residence with a German helmet.

Shane A. Budiac was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of disorderly conduct domestic abuse. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in prison and $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, at 7 p.m. July 5, Budiac came home from a bar and put his foot through a television while telling his roommates “we are all the same as Casey Anthony” and then continued to complain about them living with him. He then continued to rant and started to throw items into the empty area where the television screen used to be.

The complaint states Budiac then continued to yell and grabbed a German helmet, which he then used to smash a glass coffee table and call a woman living with him a “whore” and that she “doesn’t know anything about the world.”

He then took the helmet and threw it against several horror movie action figures that were on a shelf and then took a gas mask that had been near the figures and smashed it against a wall. He then took the helmet and began using it to destroy a cat play land.

Budiac continued to rant and rave while walking around the residence until police were called. Budiac is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Aug.
Defense Attorney Wants Potential Jurors’ Opinions On Anthony Trial
Posted: 3:49 pm EDT July 25, 2011
Updated: 6:05 pm EDT July 25, 2011

GASTONIA, N.C. -- No one would mistake tall, lumbering Christopher Horton, a former Scout leader facing charges of sex offense and indecent liberties with minors, for the petite Casey Anthony.

But Horton's attorney, Jim Carpenter, worries that Anthony's acquittal on charges of killing her daughter may hurt his client’s shot at a fair trial. Carpenter is afraid people still outraged about the not guilty verdict in the Anthony trial in Florida may find a seat in the jury box in Gastonia.

Channel 9 found several people Monday in the area who still feel strongly about the Anthony trial and said those feelings could affect their future judgment if they were chosen to serve on a jury.

Johnny Kale said if he served on a jury in a case in which the defendant was accused of crimes against a child, he would be very critical.

Rita Ferguson said she would also have strong feelings.

“If I had an inkling they were guilty, I would stand by and say, ‘You are guilty,’” she said.

Carpenter said emotions like those are why he will ask potential jurors in Horton’s trial their opinion on the Anthony verdict.

Defense attorney David Phillips said that's a good idea.

“They may assume or presume that, that person is guilty or they wouldn't be in court,” Phillips said.

He said many people think the jurors in the Anthony trial didn't hear all of the evidence, so other jurors may try to compensate for that.

“(They might) try to find a person guilty, even though the evidence does not support it,” Phillips said.

Phillips said he thinks more and more defense attorneys will ask jurors for their opinions on the Anthony trial.


On the Books July 26: Casey Anthony book gets cover (already), Madrid is looking for Cervantes' bones

Categories: On the Books
++ The first major book—so far—to tackle the notorious Casey Anthony case has been given a cover.
++ Archeologists and literary historians in Madrid have begun the (possibly quixotic) undertaking ofsearching for the bones of Miguel de Cervantes so they can reconstruct his face from the remains and finally have a good sense of what the giant of the Western canon looked like.
++ Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides waspunched in the face by a drunk on a New Jersey train. The soused Jerseyite reportedly yelled, “Yo, Eugenides, dis is for not effectively integrating the historical elements of Middlesex into the main narrative thrust, bro!”
Casey Anthony's Lawyer Near Book Deal
Jose Baez could soon be a published author.
Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony's defense lawyer is in talks with Richard Pine - agent for Arianna Huffington and James Patterson among others. (Inkwell Management, Pine's employeer, has an impressive list.)
His client is also set for a payday, reported in theneighborhood of $1 million, but television stations and publishing houses are shying away from the duo because of public outrage.
Page Six reports that "talent agency Paradigm signed Baez after the trial, but quickly dropped him over negative backlash."
Baez is also seeking a television deal, hence the aborted affiliation with Paradigm.
Eventually, he will get his TV gig. And his book will sell a huge number of copies, although not as many as Anthony's eventual tell-all. But it's going to require some patience. That's just how these things work.

ABC Bans Paying News Subjects

After the embarrassment of giving Casey Anthony a huge payday, the network is effectively ending the practice. Howard Kurtz on why ABC is breaking from the pack.

ABC News has quietly decided to get out of the business of paying news subjects in connection with exclusive interviews.
With no public announcement or fanfare, the news division’s president, Ben Sherwood, has effectively taken ABC out of what had become a competitive bidding war for hot bookings.
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After taking a public-relations hit in several high-profile cases, ABC will no longer be buying photos or video as a way of getting a news subject to cooperate—a process that had become a fig leaf for purchasing interviews.
When asked for comment, spokesman Jeffrey Schneider confirmed the new policy, saying: “We can book just about anyone based on the strength of our journalism, the excellence of our anchors, correspondents, and producers, and the size of our audience. These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one.”
The new approach is not an absolute ban, but network sources say it would take an extraordinary circumstance to allow a licensing fee—perhaps once every couple of years—that would require approval at the highest levels.
ABC got a black eye after paying Casey Anthony $200,000 for photos in 2008, shortly before she was charged in the killing of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The network’s payment did not become public until a court proceeding last year. Anthony was recently acquitted of murder in a controversial verdict.
The network was also embarrassed when it agreed to pay $10,000 to a woman who claimed she had injected her 8-year-old daughter with Botox. After appearing on Good Morning America, the woman acknowledged that she had used a fake name and the whole thing had been a hoax. ABC withheld the promised payment.

Casey Anthony
ABC got a black eye after paying Casey Anthony $200,000 for photos in 2008, shortly before she was charged in the killing of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee., AP photo

The practice surfaced yet again when ABC paid Meagan Broussard, one of the women who had been texting with then-congressman Anthony Weiner, $10,000 to $15,000 for photos she had sent the New York Democrat.
“That’s one of the things we have to deal with in the business,” 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo, who conducted the interview, told me afterward. “I wish money was not in the game, but you know it's going to go somewhere else. You know someone else is going to pay for the same things.”
When Sherwood took over the news division in December, he began a broad review that included the licensing issue. What he found was that such payments could be approved at a relatively low level with little oversight, saddling the network with the fallout.

Network staffers say Sherwood concluded that the cash-register approach to journalism was starting to tarnish the network’s credibility.
Network staffers say Sherwood concluded that the cash-register approach to journalism was starting to tarnish the network’s credibility, even though the practice was relatively infrequent. Whenever ABC landed a high-level booking, 

Lawsuits stack up against Casey Anthony

By Amy Pavuk and Bianca Prieto / The Orlando Sentinel
Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 
ORLANDO, Fla. — Casey Anthony initially claimed 2-year-old Caylee Marie was kidnapped by a baby-sitter named Zenaida. But at her murder trial, defense attorney Jose Baez claimed that was a lie and that the toddler drowned in the family pool.

Although a jury found her not guilty of murder earlier this month, the contradicting stories may cost her financially.

In the weeks since Baez delivered his stunning opening statement and told the jury — and the closely watching public — that Caylee was never missing but accidentally drowned, Anthony has been slapped with several civil lawsuits.

ABC Will No Longer Pay News Subjects, Thanks To Casey Anthony Drama

abc bans paying news subjects due to casey anthony
We're just glad to hear that Casey Anthony won't be making more $$$ from all of this!
Last week, we were quite happy to learn that ABC, CBS, and NBC all confirmed that they would NOT pay Casey Anthony for an interview.
Now, we're hearing that as a result of all the drama surrounding the potential Casey Anthony interview, ABC has announced that they will no longer pay news subjects for interviews.
Here's what ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider had to say about ABC's new policy:
"We can book just about anyone based on the strength of our journalism, the excellence of our anchors, correspondents, and producers, and the size of our audience. These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one."
Sources say that the ONLY way ABC would pay a news subject for an interview would be under an "extraordinary circumstance" and approval would be required "at the highest levels."

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update 7-20-2011

Letter: Casey Anthony jurors did not understand what their duty was

Would Casey Anthony Make A Great Read? Mom Talk

Don't hurt her, ignore her.
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She’s out. She’s free. Now what?
Twelve citizens said Casey Anthony did not commit first degree murder of her baby girl.
She’s been secretly whisked away in a private plane to God knows where like the end of a John Grisham novel.
Now what?
The woman has no notable skills. She has no advanced training or education. She’s been portrayed as a party girl who needs a spanking.
Did she do it? I don’t know. What I do know is that some jurors said there was not enough evidence to convict on first degree murder. They said they would have found her guilty had the charge been merely manslaughter.
Hum. That’s one of the few details about the trial that I actually paid attention to.

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According to The Daily Mail ,
A producer claims he met with Casey Anthony in Palm Springs today to discuss a $1million television deal, the MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

Al Taylor, who on Sunday said Anthony's first interview was a ‘done deal,’ claims he was called to the early morning meeting in an undisclosed location by Anthony’s legal team this morning.

He claims to have met with Anthony, who was flanked by her lawyer Jose Baez, for 15 to 20 minutes to discuss his proposal, he said.

Claims: Freelance TV producer Al Taylor, left, seen here with Larry King, right, claims to have met with Casey Anthony and her lawyer Jose Baez in Palm Springs today
Claims: Freelance TV producer Al Taylor, left, seen here with Larry King, right, claims to have met with Casey Anthony and her lawyer Jose Baez in Palm Springs

‘I made a plea to her last night’ Mr Taylor said referring to his appearance on CNN's Issues show.
‘Jose's a great lawyer but he's not a great agent. Take the money,’ he had said.

Mr Taylor claims Mr Baez is reluctant for Anthony to work with him, but that she was keen.

‘She (Anthony) made them come to Palm Springs. She wants the money that's for sure, he said.
'No one else has the balls. I'm offering money from my own company. We're the only game in town.’

On the table: Mr Taylor said he has offered Anthony $1million for an exclusive television interview

Mr Taylor said he has offered Anthony $1million to be interviewed by an as yet unconfirmed host, through his own company Private Elevator Productions.

The money was raised by unnamed investors, he added.

Mr Taylor had said part of the proposed show would include Anthony taking a lie detector test. 

But after his alleged meeting with the 25-year-old this morning he said he would be willing to reconsider this aspect.
‘She was a little concerned about how she is going to look with the lie detector test,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘I said: "You're the most hated woman in America, if you have to do some weird things…
'We were worried she wouldn’t answer the questions. We wanted to get our million dollars’ worth.’

Anthony’s lawyer Mr Baez admitted he would meet with Mr Taylor to hear what he had to offer but denied the deal had been sealed during an interview with Fox News. 

Mr Taylor, a freelance producer, also claimed he had given the Jerry Springer show first refusal of the Anthony interview.
A spokesman for the Springer show denied the conversation ever took place however.

Mr Taylor claims he has a written and verbal agreement with Mr Baez’s law firm and said he threatened to sue Anthony should she back out.

‘She said "If you're gonna sue me, join the line,”’ Mr Taylor said of Anthony.

He refused to comment on what Anthony had been wearing or where she was heading after their alleged meeting but did say she ‘seemed normal.’

‘You would never know she had been in jail for three years,’ he said.

Mr Taylor also claimed Anthony asked him never to call her 'Tot Mom.' 

‘That was a sort of dig at Nancy Grace,’ he added.

While Mr Taylor said he would offer the interview with Anthony to a U.S. network for free he claims to have also contacted countries around the world – ‘even African countries’ – to discuss network deals.

The pair also discussed a potential $1million book deal at the alleged meeting, Mr Taylor claims.

The freelance producer said he told Anthony he had a ghost writer and also a title – ‘Not Guilty’ – in mind.


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, she's out. But where is Casey Anthony hiding out tonight? We all saw that video of Casey walking out of Orange County jail early yesterday morning, escorted by her attorney, Jose Baez. Baez says Casey is at an undisclosed location. No one else is talking. And the rumors -- well, they are flying!

...VAN SUSTEREN: Where are George and Cindy at this point?

BRISTOW: George and Cindy are back at their home. They actually watched Casey's release from jail from their home. I spoke with their attorney yesterday and again today, and he was telling me that Jose Baez actually asked Casey parents to try to create a diversion and drive one of the decoy cars from the jail to his office to try to throw us off their tracks a little bit. But they didn't feel comfortable doing it. They didn't think it was a good idea. So they said no.

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess that may be an indication of things at the home front not particularly good.

Well, do you think that Casey Anthony would want to be anywhere near her family after this case?  I'm not saying that I think she is guilty or innocent, but that she has a screwed up family!!!

Since her release, there have been Casey Anthony sightings all over the fact, it reminds me of Elvis Presley, which is kind of funny.

There have been sightings at restaurants - 

There have been sightings of Casey Anthony at an Orlando, Florida airport, being whisked away - 

Could she be in Morristown, Tennessee?  -

And there are more.  Well, I hope she has found a safe place where people cannot sight her because there are some irrational and angry folks out there. 

No outrage for Casey Anthony jurors

By Sue Carlton, Times columnist
In Print: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
...Jurors on the Casey Anthony murder trial are being vilified for finding her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. They have been called stupid and worse.
Because we know she did it, right? How could they not?
But the jurors sat through every moment of testimony for six weeks of trial. A lot of us followed the case closely, but it's not the same as sitting in the jury box, disregarding what the judge tells you to disregard, hearing the evidence, listening to the all-important jury instruction on what is "reasonable doubt."...
...I remember another trial not for the crime but the jurors in it. While deliberating a manslaughter charge, they sent the judge a note: Two voted guilty, it said, one voted not guilty, and the other three jurors were willing to go either way. Either way, with someone dead and someone's life on trial.
The Casey Anthony jury did not cop out. Those who spoke afterward clearly want the world to understand they went not on emotion but on evidence — or the lack of it — and the law. Jurors swear an oath to do that.
And speaking of the law, it's fair to say most of us observers didn't sit and listen to the judge explain the nuances and parameters of it in this case.
Jurors said they did not think she was innocent, but they did not have enough to convict her. Imagine how much easier it would have been for them to say: Oh, she's probably guilty. She's certainly a reprehensible person for how she acted when her child disappeared. But "beyond a reasonable doubt" is a high bar that applies equally to the innocent and probably-guilty. And lawyers who have been around will tell you that sometimes guilty people walk in a system that is set up to keep innocent ones out of prison.
Outrage at the death of a little girl is absolutely understandable. So is outrage that someone did something terrible and got away with it.
But unless we sat with them for those six weeks of civic duty, hearing what they heard, blaming the jury is not fair.

Casey Anthony Jury Hung, in Cleveland Church Retrial


On Sunday the “In Touch With Christ Christian Center” on East 140th had a mock retrial for Anthony,according to Fox8. 12 parishioners acted as jurors, and they were given instructions from Una Keenon, who wears two hats as a reverend and retired East Cleveland municipal court judge.
"Would it be better for [Casey Anthony] to go to death row and be killed for killing her child when she didn't? Because if that maybe is in there, then I would say 'no, it's not fair,' " Keenon said.
For all of you hungry for a guilty verdict, any guilty verdict, we're sorry to report the center's retrial ended in a hung jury: eight had Anthony guilty; four said no guilty.



Casey Anthony-Themed Dunking Booth Featured at Kentucky Fair

Published July 19, 2011
| NewsCore
...Video footage from WKYT-TV shows a young woman dressed up like Anthony, wearing a long brown wig tied back into a ponytail and a bright pink T-shirt and jeans -- similar to the outfit Anthony wore when she walked out of jail. In the video, she sits on the seat suspended over the dunk tank as she heckles fair-goers who can choose whether to aim their balls at a "guilty" or "innocent" target.

"I wanna see some real men -- I've been in prison too long," the Anthony impersonator says to one ball-thrower before plunging into a pool of water. She taunts another, "You think I'm guilty?"

Fair organizer Michael Kaplan told the station, "We're hoping that it's taken in a fun way so that people coming out can release some of their frustrations about what just happened in the last few months and they can show their opinion." The booth will be at the fair until Sunday.


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