Anthony defense threatened with contempt
The judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial threatened to charge defense attorney Jose Baez, above, with contempt for calling a surprise witness.
June 18th, 2011
10:54 AM ET

Anthony defense threatened with contempt

The judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial ordered a defense witness off the stand Saturday and threatened attorney Jose Baez with contempt proceedings for failing to tell prosecutors about the witness' planned testimony.

Forensic anthropologist William Rodriguez told Judge Belvin Perry after the jury had been excused that he was preparing to tell jurors that no conclusions can be drawn from duct tape found near 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's body because of decomposition and movement of the bones by animals.

Rodriguez also said he planned to testify that a video prepared by a prosecution expert superimposing Caylee's living face with a picture of her skull and the outline of a piece of duct tape was an "unheard of" application of technology meant only to provide initial identifications of remains.

Rodriguez' opinions are critical rebuttals of the prosecution's theory that duct tape found clinging to the girl's remains was essentially the murder weapon, used to cover her mouth and nose after her mother knocked her unconscious with chloroform.

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  1. jamie

    CASEY MOTIVE WAS SHE WANTED TO GO ON VACATION THE COMPUTER DOES NOT LIE SHE WAS PLANNING TO GO WITH HER BOYFRIEND AND FRIENDS SHE STARTED PLANNING ABOUT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN TO PLAN THIS TRIP THATS MOTIVE

    June 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. jamie

    SHE KNEW WERE CAYLEES BODY WAS SHE SAID IN THE JAIL TAPE I FEEL SHE IS CLOSE I RIGHT AWAY SAID SHE IS IN THE WOODS NEXT TO HER HOUSE THAT IS THE ONLY TIME SHE DIDNT LIE.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tori

    if i hear one more time "she was a great mom" i think i may just get sick..so they said about susan smith and andrea yates, how soon ppl forget! they have enough evidence to convict, but not for the death penalty. the courtroom games are stupid! so glad i'm not a juror on this case, i would be very angry at the attorney's for wasting my time with their games! casey is guilty, but not enough evidence is there for the death penalty, not sure what the prosecution was thinking!

    June 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. renee

    I BELIEVE BAEZ REALIZES HE IS OVER HIS HEAD AND IS DOING A BAD JOB SO WHEN CASEY IS FOUND GUILTY SHE CAN CLAIM INADEQUET DEFENSE AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN AND WAS CASEYS BELONGINGS THAT WERE AT HER FRIENDS HOUSE EVER TESTED OR DID TUEY SEARCH THEIR HOME MAYBE SHE HID SOMETHING THERE NEVER KNOW

    June 22, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sylwia

    I'm thinking you need to re-attend Kindergarten, Vertigo. Your rianedg comprehension is so far out of whack, it's not even funny. I was talking about a 9-month a year construction job where the employee could take a temp job for the three months during the winter in order to surpass what I make annually. All seasonal construction workers I know (and I know several) are in the $25,000 a year range for the actual work they do, and they all draw unemployment during the winter. I also think you need to go look up the definition of the word neo-con . Your typical Vertigo argument: Blah, blah, blah, neo-con, blah, blah, blah. Neo-con, neo-con, neo-con, blah, blah. Blah, blah, blah neo-con! It means something when you use the term correctly. In your case, the word has become so cliche, it means nothing.

    April 22, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
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