Sex, Lies and Duct Tape
Posted by thedarwinexception on May 26, 2011
Today marked the return of Anthony Lazzaro, the re-call of George Anthony to the stand, and then a parade of former friends and acquaintances of Casey’s. At least there were no more shot girls, and it seems we are past the Hot Body contest. But I’ve gotta tell you, I’d take 50 fucking hot body contests over any more fucking gas cans. For the love of God. If I EVER see a gas can again in my life, you can bet I’m going to kick the shit out of the fucking thing. And Jose Baez is beginning to irritate the shit out of me, too. I was giving the guy the benefit of the doubt. When everyone else was calling him “Bozo” and the “DUHfense attorney”, I stayed neutral, preferring to make no judgment until the trial began. So now the trial has begun. Yeah, OK, he’s an idiot. Well, no, maybe not a total idiot. But he’s definitely not very experienced in a lot of aspects of trial procedure. And he’s irritating me. If I was in the courtroom, I’d probably be tempted to hit him in the head with a gas can.
One line stood out today – a former girlfriend of Troy Brown’s, a friend of Casey’s, said that she witnessed Casey talking on the phone, and then hanging up, turning to Melissa and saying “God, I’m such a good liar.” I don’t think that any of the witnesses we saw today would dispute Casey on that observation. And that may have been the truest thing that ever came out of Casey’s mouth.
The day began with the cross examination of Anthony Lazzaro. Baez got him to say that Casey was a relatively good mother – Lazzaro never saw her yell at Casey, or torture her, or beat on her. Lazzaro testified to the seeing love and affection between mother and child – and Baez did manage a very sneaky “She wasn’t faking that, was she?”
Baez also got Tony to admit that she told him a “secret” before she was arrested. I’m sure he wants the jury to think that this was the “secret” about her molestation. But he’s not allowed to testify to the actual secret – he will proffer to the court exactly what the secret is later in the day.
After the jury is excused for the day, Lazarro retakes the stand to tell the judge all about the “secret” – which is that Lee Anthony, her brother, tried to “feel her up”. Lazzaro doesn’t know exactly when this occurred, bu tit wasn’t a current thing, it was something that happened to her when she was younger. Casey also told him that her father abused her – but this was in the form of “hitting”. Lazzaro took that to mean discipline when she was a child.
But the jury hears none of this. The judge is going to decide if they ever hear any of it.
Tony did testify in open court (again) about the whole gas can thing. (Which we heard more about than we ever wanted to know once George got on the stand. Good God.) Tony can’t remember if there was duct tape on the can when he took it out of the shed. And he re-iterated that he never saw inside the trunk and only smelled gas – not a decomposing body.
Then he leaves and the State re-calls George.
The state asks him all about the break in of the shed. How it was broken into, what kind of lock it was, what was in the shed, all about the gas cans. The state also showed George a diagram of the entire house and yard. George went through the entire story of how he had an interview that day and didn’t go to work, how Casey came in to the house during a time when George would normally have already left, and how she was surprised to see him there. They made small talk for a few minutes, with him asking where Caylee was, and Casey saying she only had a few minutes – she had to pick up clothes for her imaginary job, and Caylee was with the imaginary nanny. He told Casey about the gas cans being stolen and asked if she knew anything about that – she told him she didn’t know what he was talking about. He says that as Casey was leaving, he remembered he had to get some blocks or something out of Casey’s car – he needed the blocks to work on Cindy’s car. George testifies that Casey rushed past him and told him that she would get the blocks. When she got to her car trunk, she hurriedly opened it up, threw the gas cans in the driveway and told her father “There’s your fucking gas cans.”
George then tells the jury that he put the duct tape on the gas can because when he got the can back from Casey the little round air vent was missing from the can. He didn’t want the smell of gas to overpower the shed that he normally kept the cans in, so he covered the hole in the can.
Then we have the cross examination by Baez – which was as contentious as it could get, especially considering that it was only two days ago that Baez accused George of being a child rapist and complicit in the coverup of his granddaughter’s death. George was not happy, and he certainly wasn’t going to allow Baez any slack.
The cross focused on the gas cans. And really, folks, I don’t get it, I just don’t. I know that the same duct tape that was found wrapped around Caylee’s skull was found on the gas cans. I get it, I do. And I know that in its opening argument, the defense contended that if you “follow the duct tape” you would find who was responsible. But after that, yeah, I’m done. I don’t get it. I just don’t understand why these fucking gas cans are treated like they are the Holy Fucking Grail in this case. And maybe they are, and I just don’t get it. But I don’t get it.
Now, first off: Why the hell would George call the cops when he saw the shed broken into to begin with? I mean, he even admitted when Baez asked him that yeah, Casey stole gas all the time. It annoyed him, and he had told her several times “Don’t take the gas cans, I’ll give you money if you ask.” So when he found his shed broken into – why did he call the cops? And did he tell the police “Look, I think my daughter did this?” I think it was goofy that he called the cops – but, whatever.
Ok – so then the very same day that George reports this theft to the police, Casey returns the gas cans. Did George call the cops back and tell them that there was no theft? No one asked him, so we don’t know.
Baez then gets out these huge calendars on easels and tells George to mark this date and that date and when did he mow his lawn and when did he call the cops and when did they report Caylee missing, and it’s all a huge clusterfuck.
But we do get a few snippets of information out of all this (and in between the dick waving of George and Jose – who can be more arrogant and righteous – with George winning with his lines of “If you give me respect, I’ll give you respect” and “You’re badgering me and trying to upset me…”)
Anyway, in between all the fighting back and forth, we do learn that George bought other, different gas cans and never filled these gas cans with gas again – which makes you wonder why he needed the duct tape on the open hole. But that wasn’t explored. Baez also tried to impeach his testimony with an earlier statement to the FBI saying that No, he didn’t put the duct tape on the gas can, which was weird to me, because I thought Baez wanted George to be the one who put the duct tape on the can. So why would he try to impeach his statement that he did?
But, like I said, I don’t get all this brouhaha over the cans, anyway. So, I’m not sure what they want the jury to infer or extract from all this shit.
Baez then gets into a whole nother bunch of crap about George not telling the cops that Caylee was missing when they came out to take his report about the gas cans. Baez said “So you reported gas cans missing, but not your granddaughter.” Which was also weird, because either way – whether Casey killed the kid or George lifted her lifeless body out of the pool – neither way would George report her missing. In the first case, he wouldn’t yet know Casey was missing, in the second, she wouldn’t be missing. He would know she was dead.
Just goofy, all of it. And how it relates to the gas cans? Yeah, I have no idea.
And during all of this gas can shit, they finally pissed off the Judge because Baez, who I guess doesn’t know the rules of evidence, kept asking questions about a picture of the gas can which wasn’t yet in evidence. (And why the state didn’t object 42 questions into this, I have no idea….) But Perry finally took them to a sidebar, where he explained all this shit to Baez, who then went back to the podium and continued to ask questions about the gas can. Good God.
The defense finally offered to put Tony Lazzaro back on the stand to proffer foundation about the picture (how, I do not know – was he present when the picture was taken? And didn’t he say he couldn’t even remember if there was duct tape on it or not when he got it? ) But apparently, the state went over Perry’s head and told Lazzaro he could go to lunch, even thought the judge told him to stick around.
After a short break (during which the judge asked the lawyers about some questions the jury had – like if they can have pretzels and if they can watch the Lightning game), George comes back onto the stand. There is more questioning about the fucking gas cans, and then Baez asks George about his exclusion from the sequestration rule – and Judge Perry adamantly and quickly tells him “Mr. Baez – do NOT go there…” So Baez asks George if he had asked his lawyer to file….and Perry takes them all to another sidebar.
On re-direct the state brings forth that the gas cans were taken twice by law enforcement – once in August and then again in December, when their importance became clear (because of the matching duct tape.) George then states that he didn’t know the importance of the gas cans, and that he thought his granddaughter was alive and well on June 24th when he reported the break in to the shed.
The Baez re-crosses and asks George if he realizes the implications in the fact that the “biggest piece of evidence in this case” just happened to come to light because he made this report in June. And I certainly hope the jury realizes all these supposed “implications” because I don’t. I don’t know how you reconcile the fact that George admits putting the tape on the cans, and Jose’s supposed “Follow the duct tape to the truth” opening statement, and his arguing that there was no reason to call the cops, and his impeachment because George said originally that he didn’t put the duct tape on the can……
Whatever. Hopefully closing arguments will clear all this up. They better.
Next up we have Ricardo Morales. Another former boyfriend of Casey’s. She dated him from February of 2006 to April of 2008. He says that Casey and Caylee stayed over at his apartment “3 or 4 times a week” during that time. And he sold the pictures to Globe to prove it. For $4,000. The state shows the witness one of the photos he sold, and Morales says the picture must have been taken in January of 2008, because Caylee has that bruise under her eye. And there’s a flurry of activity, because there have been pre-trial motions about this very issue – that the jury will notice the bruise and draw inferences from it. (Does no one in the court know PhotoShop? Good God. ) So, there’s a stipulation quickly written up that acknowledges that the bruise under Caylee’s eye isn’t due to anyone abusing her. (Casey is charged with aggravated child abuse.) The state wants this picture in evidence because Caylee is wearing the same shirt she was buried in.
So, Morales continues that even after they broke up he and Casey remained friends, in fact he slept with her on June 7th, she and Caylee spent the night. They also spent the night on the 9th and 10th. The 10th was the last time he saw Caylee. He saw Casey gaain on July 1st when he woke up to find her in his living room with Amy – who was sleeping on his couch until she found an apartment.
During Cross, Baez shows Morales a picture that was found on Morales’ MySpace page – it’s a cartoon of a couple in bar. The man has a napkin that is reaching towards a woman’s face and the caption says ‘Win Her Over with Chloroform.” Classy.
Baez also asks the witness about the sleeping arrangements with Casey, Caylee and himself. He says that Casey slept in the middle. And they weren’t intimate when Caylee was in the bed.
Morales also testifies that mother and daughter interacted well, Caylee was not abused, and the only trouble Casey had with Caylee was the normal “it’s time for bed” stuff.
Next up is Melissa England. She was the girlfriend of Troy Brown. Only in town for the 4th of July weekend. Troy ended up having to work and Casey offered to take her shopping with Amy’s checkbook and Tony’s car. Neither of which she had permission to use, but, you know, I guess it wasn’t imaginary payday that weekend.
Melissa says that while they were out shopping Casey got into an argument on the phone with her mother. And then while they were in the car, Casey got a phone call from a friend. She says Casey told the friend she couldn’t hang out with her because she was having car trouble, and when she hung up the phone, she looked at Melissa and said “Oh My God. I’m such a good liar.” Baez’s cross consisted of asking “Did the state pay for you to come down here from Boston? Yes? Did they pay for your hotel room, too? Awesome! Do you know anything about the death of Caylee? No – OK – I’m done”
Next up is Troy Brown – the former boyfriend of Melissa’s. He is also a friend of Ricardo’s. I don’t know why the state called him. He testified to the same crap Melissa did – but in much less detail. And all Baez asked was “Do you know how Caylee died? No ? OK.”
Next up Lassen Donov. The State goes over some text messages between him and Casey about the nanny and how much Casey loves her. Baez asks if Lassen believed she really was a party planner – the witness says yes. Baez asks if he thought she was a nice, normal person. Lassen says yes. (I guess that’s to show the jury that Casey was just exactly what she told Melissa – A really good liar. ). Lassen also doesn’t know how Caylee died.
Then came Dante Salati – who lived at the Saw Grass apts. He was a mechanic and Casey used to bring Caylee to his job. That was pretty much about it – I shit you not. Baez did the whole “Do you know how Caylee died” thing. And that was that.
Then we have Matthew Crisp – he was the manager of an apartment building, and a High school friend of Casey’s. She called him to ask if he was still in the real estate business and he said yeah. She said her boyfriend was looking for a new apartment, and they set up a time for she and Tony to go look at his building. Casey showed up – she looked happy, normal, joyful. He didn’t show her an apartment because she didn’t have her ID (Guess he didn’t accept fake Universal Studio badges as ID.) Matthew did show an apartment to Tony, though. He and Casey then met for lunch on the 7th of July. Casey said that Caylee was at a play date in Sanford.
Surprise, Surprise – he doesn’t know how Caylee died, either.
The jury was then excused – and there was the proffer from Lazzaro about the sexual abuse. Before the jury left, the judge also addressed some of their earlier questions – and told them that they would NOT be working on Memorial Day.
I told you when they first asked that they wouldn’t be, remember?
I’m fucking exhausted after today.
And I want to choke a gas can.