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Sadness Revisited

This recreation of the crime of murder that was Caylee Marie Anthony’s fate at the hands of her mother, gives us a short look and audio clips of the beginning of the crime. At least the beginning as we know it to date. It had been going on for a long time and I really believe that Cindy and George were next if she hadn’t been caught at this point. She was looking for freedom, money, the house  and more. The sad wail is why couldn’t it be stopped earlier to save Little Caylee’s life?

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Will They Even Understand What the Scientists Say?

The Casey Anthony defense team traveled to  Knoxville this week to depose key scientific expert witnesses who intend to use new scientific evidence in the case. Witnesses are affiliated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The testimony of these experts covers  air samples taken from the trunk of Anthony’s vehicle and it’s trunk. The scientists found particles indicating a decomposed body spent time there. Those scheduled to be deposed Tuesday include Michael N. Burnett, Madhavi A. Martin and Mark Wise, according to court documents.

A fourth scientist scheduled to be deposed today is Arpad Alexander Vass. They all hold doctorate degrees and are affiliated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, according to the documents. The defense has argued that this science is largely untested. They’re expected to continue challenging the use of this air-particle analysis in court, where it has never been used before. From what I see, the fact that it hasn’t been used before, is foolish since all scientific evidence at one point was unproven in any court at the time. I believe that Judge Perry will admit this evidence and lead the process of having it included in testimony and worthy of admittance into court proceedings. As thorough as Judge Perry is, you can bet he has been reading and studying up on it voraciously so that he is prepared.

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Y’all Come on in…

The new lawyers seem to thrive in the spotlight.  One has a book out and another was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.  Now, joining lead attorneys Jose Baez and Cheney Mason are Ann Finnell, a Jacksonville attorney and expert on the death penalty, Dorothy Clay Sims, an Ocala attorney who specializes in cross-examining medical experts, and Charles Greene, an Orlando attorney who will handle Casey’s civil case.  The defense is replacing lawyers it lost and says it had a tough time doing that. One of the new attorneys appears to be involved in helping the defense fight crucial evidence found in Casey’s car trunk.  Casey Anthony’s defense team held a news conference Tuesday to talk about its new lawyers. Sims was there and told WFTV about her expertise in cross-examining medical doctors and other expert witnesses.”I go around the country and cross-examine that expert to determine whether the science is legitimate or whether it’s junk science,” she said.Sims admits to not having extensive criminal experience, but it appears she’s helping the defense try to get air tests from Casey’s trunk, showing chemicals of human decomposition, thrown out. The tests have never been used in a criminal case before and the defense  will be questioning the experts who did those tests.”The revolving door of changing personnel does not change the facts in this case,” WFTV legal expert Bill Sheaffer said. “The facts are the circumstantial evidence that form the chain to establish guilt.

“Finnell, who will work on death penalty issues, was not there Tuesday. Her claim to fame is winning an acquittal for a 15-year-old boy accused in a tourist murder 10 years ago. It was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. With her, the defense team is now up to five.”Is this an indication that you’re worried?” WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked attorney Cheney Mason.  “It might be to you, but it’s not to us. It’s an indication of total confidence. We’re up against the State Attorney’s Office that has changed its mind about the death penalty, not the death penalty, unlimited resources, a law firm of 150 people,” Mason said.    Orlando attorney Charles Green will be representing Casey against a defamation lawsuit filed by Zenaida Gonzalez, whose name is the same as the alleged nanny Casey said disappeared with Caylee, a woman investigators say does not exist.  “They all believe in the cause, our cause for justice, to try to get justice for Caylee, for Casey,” Baez said.Sheaffer says that could be, or there could be another reason.  “For notoriety, for financial gain,” Sheaffer said.    But they could suffer financial drain instead. Former defense team lawyer Andrea Lyon, who, despite having new book out, asked taxpayers to pay for her flights from Chicago because she could no longer afford to.”A case like this could be so polarizing that you, as a lawyer, are associated with your client and the act of your client,” Sheaffer said. If Casey is convicted and, especially if she’s sentenced to death for murdering her daughter Caylee, these lawyers could face humiliating finger-pointing from Casey’s appellate attorneys.  “You will be attacked. You will be caused to defend your actions,” Sheaffer said.  Four other attorneys have already come through and left either Casey or her parents.  In November 2008, Mark NeJame stopped representing Casey’s parents, partly because they wouldn’t follow his counsel during the search for Caylee.  In April, Todd Macaluso was disbarred and withdrew from Casey’s defense.  Three months later, lack of finances cost Casey her death penalty specialist, Andrea Lyon.  Last month, Brad Conway quit Casey’s parents over claims that Casey’s lawyers made false statements about him.

Now comes the time when we wait and watch.  We wait for new jumping back & jumping forth by the defense looking for a smidgen of reason of doubt. They can’t find it of course.  It never existed. So they will be left with creating it and that is the hard part. Created reason of doubt just screams out, “look at me! I am reasonable doubt that was created by the defense and their gaggle of Limelight seeking lawyer.


Facts that you don’t know

Okay, are you ready for some historical facts that  you didn’t know and you don’t know how y0u g0t along until now without knowing them?? How’s that for a sentence?  From the murky paths  of Ancient times to the early dawn of our quirky modern times, these are all entries that have not appeared before on Listverse. Please be sure to add your own unusual or little-known facts to the comments.

1. Saint Simeon Stylites (pictured) was a monk who gained fame in the 5th century for spending 37 years standing on a small platform on top of a tall pillar in Syria. He did it for ascetic reasons and his example was followed in later years by other well known stylite saints. His story is quite amazing and you can read more about it here.

2. In the First Dynasty of ancient Egypt, hoards of staff and family members were walled up with the body of the dead king. The humans and animals buried with the king were expected to help him in the afterlife.

3. In 1927 Otto Rohwedder invented sliced bread. He made the first machine to slice and wrap bread and he won a patent for the process. In only six years from the invention, more sliced bread was sold than unsliced.

4. In 1911, pigtails were banned in China because they were seen as a link with its feudal past.

5. To save the effort of sailing boats upstream, Mesopotamian traders build collapsable boats which they would sail downstream with a donkey on board. At the other end of their journey they would sell the frame and when they finished trading, they would use the donkey to return home.

6. In ancient Rome the punishment for killing one’s father was to be drowned in a sack along with a viper, a dog, and a rooster. The reason behind this? I have no idea.

7. Alexander the Great (pictured) invented a spying technique still used today – he had his soldiers write letters home which he then intercepted and read to discover who was against him.

8. In Gubbio, Northern Italy, a race has been run every year since the 12th century – and the outcome is rigged. Villagers carry three statues in the race, Saints Ubaldo (for whom the race was started), Anthony, and George. Every year Saint Ubaldo comes first, Saint George second, and Saint Anthony last.

9. When anaesthetic was used for the first time in childbirth in 1847, the mother was so amazed and relieved at how painless the birth was that she named her child Anaesthesia.

10. The last time a cavalry charge was used in war was in the Second World War. A mongolian cavalry division charged against a German infantry division – the result? Not one German was killed and 2,000 of the cavalry were.

11. The grid layout used in many cities around the world is not a new invention – it first appeared in the city of Mohenjo Daro in India 4,500 years ago. The houses to the side of the streets had bare walls facing the street to keep out the sun and dust from carts.

12. The first policewoman was Alice Stebbins Wells (pictured) who joined the LAPD in 1910. Because she was the first (and only) policewoman, she designed her own police uniform. Four years later Britain had their first woman policeman.

13. In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.

14. In circa 3100–3050 BC Egypt was ruled by its very first Pharaoh – King Menes. It was said that he was the first human rulers – inheriting the throne from the god Horus.

15. Gorgias of Epirus (3rd century BC), a Greek sophist, was born in his dead mother’s coffin! Pallbearers heard him crying out as they carried his mother’s coffin to the grave.

In conclusion, let’s hear about some little known facts that you have picked up along the way.

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Another New Person Onboard the Casey Anthony Bus

Hold on to your seat belt, the bus is flying around the corner to picked up yet another lawyer type person to somehow fill the empty seat left by Andrea Lyon after she took the high road back to Chi-Town. Her name is Dorothy Sims and she operates out of Ocala, Florida. Dorothy’s specialty is to cross examine medical experts like the famous Dr. G who will undoubtedly be called to testify at Casey Anthony’s trial next May. They are hoping that her cross examination of the State’s experts, will show them as manufacturing facts. Personally, I believe that she will add nothing to the case and may in fact be shown as foolishly trying to create doubt where there is none.

I suggest that she will have a very limited role and will have virtually no meaningful input. Just another lawyer who is stepping into what they perceive to be the limelight so that they might be able to write a book or make some income with interviews, etc. Richard Hornsby has weighed in on the situation below in a video.

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Where is the Birthday Boy?

This year as in years already past. the families of Kyron Horman will celebrate with two birthday parties. There will be cakes, balloons, heartfelt cards and loving relatives, but the guest of honor will be missing. He was born 8 years ago today, September 9th.

“Regardless of where he is, I’m going to celebrate the fact that we brought him into this world,”

Kyron’s father, Kaine Horman, told The Oregonian.

“It will be hard him not being there, but we’re going to do something that he loves to do.”

That includes listening to “Abracadabra” by the Steve Miller Band, “Say” by John Mayer and “Fireflies” by Owl City — three songs that will be played at his party in Medford, hosted by his mother, Desiree Young, at the West Main Church of Christ. That also includes putting around a mini-golf course at the

Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle’s Restaurant in Wilsonville, where a second party and fundraiser will take place Sunday. At both, the focus will be the boy with a goofy grin who has captured hearts across the country since he disappeared from Skyline School in Portland on June 4. Investigators have focused on his stepmother, Terri Moulton Horman, who is living with her parents in Roseburg.

She has not spoken to anyone since Kyron’s disappearance and since she left him at his grade school with his science project. Terri’s 16-year-old son, James, who first met Kyron as a baby, described his stepbrother as highly intelligent with a knack for math. Kyron was also timid but gained confidence with each landmark in his life. The first huge landmark was just before his second birthday when he got glasses. “That was huge,” said Kaine Horman. “He would fall down a lot when he was younger learning how to walk. And I don’t think any of us correlated that with the fact that he couldn’t see very well.”

Once he put glasses on, Kyron’s fuzzy world snapped into focus. “He got that grin

on his face and started walking around looking at everything,” Horman said. His fears eased as well, Young said: “He didn’t have separation anxiety as much after that.”

Kyron was born about three weeks after his mother filed for divorce. As a baby, he attended day care and spent time with both parents, though Young maintained primary custody. That changed in 2004, when she sought medical treatment in Canada, giving Horman physical custody of Kyron.  When Young returned late that year strapped with medical bills, she moved to Medford to regroup with her family. Kyron stayed with his dad in the Portland area but visited his mom in Medford, where he has a Batman-themed room with toy collector cars and a yellow Labrador named Ernie. “They’re inseparable,” Young said. “Ernie follows him everywhere.”

In Medford, Kyron enjoys playing with his 7-year-old cousin Mayson,  looking

for bugs in the backyard, casting his fishing pole and going to family barbecues and on camping and boating trips. Kyron also loves the Oregon Zoo, playing video games and going bowling with his dad, who took him to Seaside for one birthday. The highlight of the four-day trip, Horman said, was a hot rod show. Horman, a software engineer at Intel, has always taken the day off for his son’s birthday. This year, with Kyron missing, he can’t sleep, feels scattered and is emotionally and mentally exhausted.

Tears fall daily — for both parents. But they’re determined to focus on the boy with infectious enthusiasm who performs silly stunts and makes them proud.  “He’s not like other children,” Young said. “He enjoys hard work. He likes to pull weeds. He likes to vacuum. He likes to clean the house.”  Kyron leaps at opportunities to share work with his dad, too.  “He learned to do his own laundry,” Horman said. “I don’t know how many kids do their own laundry at 6. … He also cleans his own dishes. He has enthusiasm even towards fundamental

things. I’m always proud of him for that.”

Before his 5th birthday, Kyron entered Skyline School with approval from his parents, his pediatrician and a psychologist.   He showed an interest in science and a talent for art, which he applied to projects on airplanes, bridges and the red-eyed tree frog display in the science fair the day he disappeared. His parents cherish his artwork, including a self-portrait that hangs in his blue bedroom full of toys in Northwest Portland.  “It’s amazing for someone his age,” Horman said. At school, Kyron became more outgoing and adventurous. Once fearful of the water, he took swimming lessons, ventured down slides and swam underwater. He also played soccer, developing skills in teamwork.

“He grew a lot from the beginning of the season to the end,” Young said.  But perhaps his biggest advance was in reading.  “It was very hard for him,” Horman said. “He would like it if you read him a book, but him reading a book — not so

much.”  Kyron went from testing below grade level to being slightly above.  “Now he reads me books,” Horman said. “He’s enthusiastic about it.”

About a year ago, Kyron announced he wanted to be a police detective, investigating crimes like his stepdad, Tony Young, who works for Medford police.  The day Kyron disappeared, he was wearing a “CSI” T-shirt, though Desiree Young never let him watch such a graphic show.  She said organizing his birthday party has been tough. “It was an extremely difficult decision to make,” she said. “But the way I look at it is … if Kyron were to see it, I want him to know that he’s loved. I want him to feel that we care. And that we’re going to find him. I’m hoping we have a good turnout to show Kyron that everyone’s caring for him.”

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