Closing arguments begin today in the murder trial against Casey Anthony. In the charging conference prior to closing arguments today, Judge Perry ruled against Baez stating that he would not be allowed to bring up the allegations of sexual abuse by George and Lee Anthony because there was no evidence in the case supporting the allegations.
The question many are asking is can George and Lee Anthony sue Jose Baez for making damaging allegations accusing them of sexually molesting Casey Anthony?
The answer is no. Any information that is brought out in court is privileged and cannot be used in a civil suit. This is unfortunate when cases like this one are televised for the whole world to see and you are falsely accused of something so disturbing. However, I see the point in the information being privileged. Otherwise, it could sway persons in the future from testifying truthfully for fear of such allegations.
Casey Anthony is accused of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee Anthony. If convicted, she could face the death penalty. The trial has been on a roller coaster of surprises and shocking accusations. Defense attorney Jose Baez’s opening statement accused Casey Anthony’s father, George Anthony of molesting Casey at a young age . Baez also accused George Anthony of helping Casey dispose of Caylee Anthony’s remains after the defense claims that Caylee’s death was an accidental drowning and not murder.
However, throughout the trial neither of these accusations have had the proper evidence to support these claims. The defense rested without providing any evidence nor barely even questioning witnesses to this account.
There was a surprising turn of events when Cindy Anthony claimed responsibility for the chloroform searches on the home computer. These searches were suspected to be performed by Casey Anthony months before Caylee’s disappearance. This suggests premeditation and is what holds the charge of first degree murder. When Cindy took the stand to testify that she was the one who made the searches, it was thought that if proven true her accusations would throw out any premeditation in the jury’s eyes. However, in the prosecution’s rebuttal case, it was proven through work records that Cindy Anthony was indeed at work at the time the searches were performed. It is not yet known if the prosecution will press for perjury charges against Cindy Anthony for lying under testimony. Many analysts believe she was trying to take the factor of premeditation off of the table to save her daughter from the death penalty.
The defense has tried to disprove the prosecution’s case of murder by attempting to discredit such witnesses as Roy Kronk, the Orange County meter reader who found Caylee’s body. Baez has accused Kronk of holding on to the body for months to collect reward money. The defense may have made a small point with the testimony of Krystal Holloway aka River Cruz. She claims that she had an affair with George Anthony during the time of searching for little Caylee. George took the stand to refute all of this, but was not as convincing as his prior testimony at other times. He denied that he ever had an affair with Holloway but raised questions after admitting he did visit Holloway at her home on two or three occasions. Holloway claims that George Anthony visited her home on about 12 occasions and that their relationship was intimate.
Holloway was adamant that George Anthony told her that it was an “accident that snowballed out of control.” The prosecution was able to show her the original transcripts of her initial conversation with police where she indicated that George Anthony said that he “believed it was an accident that snowballed out of control.” The prosecution was also able to make the point that she took $4,000 from the National Enquirer for her story and insinuated that she sought out the Anthony’s for publicity and monetary gain.
The jury is expected to deliberate on July 4 th with the verdict at any time thereafter.