Another Bizarre Factoid (Update)

About George Anthony:

Reports show the defense team filed a motion to add convicted felon Vasco Dagama Thompson to their witness list. Thompson was convicted on kidnapping charges in March 1988.

WFTV-Channel 9 reported that George Anthony had contacted Thompson a day before Cindy Anthony called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to report Caylee’s disappearance.

I suppose, being an ex-homicide detective, that he may have been undertaking his own investigation.  Still.

Update:  George Anthony’s attorney certainly overreacts:

This simply appears to be another attempt by the defense to attack my client. Mr. Anthony has and will continue to maintain the position that he had nothing to do with the death of Caylee Marie Anthony, or any of the events that occurred afterward regarding the actions of the Defendant Casey Anthony established by the State of Florida in the presentation of their case.

The “defense” is conducting an ongoing investigation.  They tried to talk to this Mr. Thompson but he turned them away and called the police.  They filed court papers to try to get him deposed and identify him as a potential witness, which I’m sure they had to do; they did not go running to the media about it.

How is that an “attack” on Mr. Lippman’s client?  What does Mr. Lippman expect, that the defense would refuse to investigate any lead that might implicate George Anthony?  That would be inexcusable.

Notice how the “statement” released to the media by his attorney subtly emphasizes that the State is on George Anthony’s side.

Over-defensiveness and manipulative arguments don’t betoken honesty and candor.

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12 responses to “Another Bizarre Factoid (Update)

  1. April

    Looks like George Anthony’s attorney already commented on this, and said George doesn’t know this person. It will be interesting to see what George says when he is back on the stand for the defense.

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    • There’s some indication on sort of populist web pages that the Vasco Thompson thing is all about George dialing a wrong number, or maybe some confusion about which number belongs to who. In any case, I guess the guy wouldn’t talk to defense investigators so they’re just following up and asking for a deposition, it seems. Amazing that these “websleuths” are mocking the whole idea as evidence of defense incompetence rather than appreciating the thoroughness. You chase a lot of leads when you are investigating that turn out to be bogus. The police should do more of that, rather than get locked into one theory and ignoring everything else that doesn’t fit it.

      I’m sure both sides have to put potential witnesses on their list but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to call them. It just means they can if they are so inclined.

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      • April

        “There’s some indication on sort of populist web pages that the Vasco Thompson thing is all about George dialing a wrong number, or maybe some confusion about which number belongs to who.”

        It’s not clear who called whom. I heard it both ways.

        “In any case, I guess the guy wouldn’t talk to defense investigators so they’re just following up and asking for a deposition, it seems.”

        This is mighty strange. What has he got to hide? One talking head said Thomson contacted police when the defense counsel tried to get his interview. Something is not right.

        “Amazing that these “websleuths” are mocking the whole idea as evidence of defense incompetence rather than appreciating the thoroughness.”

        Some of us would rather the defense cease and desist and let the prosecution do what it pleases to the accused!

        “You chase a lot of leads when you are investigating that turn out to be bogus. The police should do more of that, rather than get locked into one theory and ignoring everything else that doesn’t fit it.”

        I agree, but the longer the police investigate other suspects, the better the chances of defense using that information to raise a reasonable doubt. Searching for truth doesn’t appear to be compatible with convicting an accused!

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        • Some of us would rather the defense cease and desist and let the prosecution do what it pleases to the accused!

          April, I can see that not only are you able to run with someone else’s thinking, but you can do it with self-deprecating humor. Well done. I hope I haven’t underestimated you and wound up being outclassed on my own blog.

          I have a feeling you are connected to law enforcement. Not a cop, maybe, but you work with them. Am I getting warmer?

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          • April

            >I have a feeling you are connected to law enforcement. Not a cop, maybe, but you work with them. Am I getting warmer?

            No, no connection with law enforcement.

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  2. bluebird

    Wow. Cnn is reporting it and the call or calls took place on June 14.

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  3. Katie Satchell

    It seems to me that they’re frantically searching for some admissible independent information to validate Casey’s fictional “my Dad’s a perve and he slung Caylee into the woods after she drowned in the pool” defense – hoping to come up with some other way to prove this without their nutjob demon of a client taking the stand.

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    • bluebird

      These types of comments are mostly found on the mainstream sites. Perhaps you can still add yours in there which ought to chime in with the rest nicely.

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    • Or, they just want to talk to the guy and see if he knows anything useful so they don’t miss a potentially important piece of information. But the guy wouldn’t talk to them so they have to go ask the judge.

      You know, doing their job as defense lawyers. Maybe “frantically”. It sure feels that way sometimes.

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