Attorney Mark Lippman, who represents the rest of the Anthony family, makes a public point of saying that they think Casey Anthony is “guilty”.
In one way this is not surprising, considering that they have been testifying for the prosecution.
What’s more than a little bizarre, though, is that they decide to make a public statement through an attorney, who just goes ahead and does it. While the trial is still going on. While the defense case is being presented. Before George Anthony is recalled to the witness stand by the defense, which presumably he will be.
Now, this is not the first time their lawyer has weighed in on the prosecution’s side in a big way. If this conduct is gratuitous mob pandering, designed to influence public opinion and possibly the jury, it would be an ethically questionable pattern apparently designed to help deprive someone of a fair trial.
On the other hand, it would be ethically more defensible if he’s trying to protect one or more of his clients by keeping the focus of the fickle finger of blame on someone else.
But then that would mean he knows there is something he needs to protect his client or clients from.
The timing of this is also suggesting that the attorney is trying to intimidate Baez from calling George as a hostile witness, because there is now the danger that this opinion that his daughter is guilty, which has just been publicly announced, will somehow come up during the direct or cross examinations.
If that is the case, he’s going to great and ethically questionable lengths to protect George. But for now he’s on the state’s side, so he won’t come in for the withering barrage of Monday morning quarterbacking and second guessing that has been directed at Baez for months, or years.
Update: Apparently there’s some question about the accuracy of the CNN report. Or something. In any case, Lipmann has been all over the place “clarifying”. Whatever that means.