just what these media people and so-called “legal analysts” are smoking. Can they really be this dense? From the Orlando Sentinel:
WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer saw “cruelty personified” when Anthony talked to her parents in jail. “The way that she keeps lying to her mother is just as cruel as it can be,” Sheaffer said.
Anthony’s loving words to her parents in jail take the wind out of allegations that she was sexually abused by her father, Judge Alex Ferrer said on WOFL-Channel 35. “They show that the defense is really not realistic,” Ferrer said…
Another tape of George visiting Casey in jail showed him professing his love and support for his daughter. In court, Anthony dabbed her eyes as she listened to the old conversation in which George repeatedly showed his compassion. He talked about his concern for missing children, and she agreed it was an important issue. But now we know Caylee was dead, a drowning victim, according to Casey’s defense team.
WKMG-Channel 6’s Mike DeForest highlighted how George Anthony was determined to find Caylee and help missing children. “Casey Anthony now admitting that at this point her daughter was dead – she says by drowning,” DeForest noted. Her conversation on the old tapes show that Casey Anthony was acknowledging “she is allowing her daughter’s disappearance to be publicized and basically knocking out other real missing children.”
Sheaffer said George came across as a caring father in the tape. “I cannot believe that Mr. [Jose] Baez reviewed these tapes and employed the defense he employed… that the child drowned, that it was an accident and implicating the father as a monster rapist of his child,” Sheaffer said. “I just wonder if he viewed these videotapes and did so before he gave that opening.”
The implication of the defense’s opening statement – although they didn’t come right out and say it, perhaps assuming that average people’s IQ is, well, average – is that George Anthony is the one who is seriously disturbed in all this. A real psycho himself.
George, being an ex-cop, knows that all the jailhouse tapes are being made, as they are being made. And that they can be used at trial. So he uses the occasion to profess his concern “for the children” and portray himself in a sympathetic, even heroic light, while Casey goes along because, well, that’s just what she does.
Now, given the defense opening statement, any idiot can see that this is what will be argued about those tapes. In which case the tapes would prove nothing about Casey other than what we already know, but would prove a great deal about George.
Why is it that even “legal analysts” seem incapable of considering the counterpoint here? What, is lively and reasonably intelligent commentary from other points of view bad for ratings or something? People just tune in to see their prejudices confirmed and that’s it, so you just have to go with the flow and get out in front of the lynch mob? To make the sponsors happy?
It really is pathetic.