June 7th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

Watch CNN.com Live for the latest on the fallout over Rep. Anthony Weiner's confession.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony trial - Testimony resumes in the trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her young daughter.

9:15 am ET - Merkel visits White House - German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins her day at the White House, where she's the subject of an official arrival ceremony.

11:00 am ET - Race to 2012: Pawlenty on economy - GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty discusses his economic plan in remarks to the University of Chicago.

11:35 am ET - Obama, Merkel briefing - President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a briefing for reporters at the White House.

7:30 pm ET - Merkel honored at state dinner - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a state dinner in her honor.

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    A forensic expert testified Monday that the odor of human decomposition in an air sample taken from the car of a Florida woman on trial in the death of her daughter was "extremely, overwhelmingly strong."

    Arpad Vass, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was the first witness called Monday by the prosecution as the third week of the murder trial of Casey Anthony began. Vass is one of the state's key witnesses and began what is expected to be lengthy forensics testimony this week.

    "I jumped back a foot or two," Vass said of the odor he observed when opening a can containing an air sample from Anthony's Pontiac. "It was shocking that strong of an odor could be in that little can."

    Prosecutors are trying to prove that Anthony suffocated her daughter, Caylee, with duct tape in 2008 and contend that traces of decomposition were found in her car. Anthony has pleaded not guilty. Her defense attorney says the toddler drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool. If convicted, the 25-year-old Anthony could be sentenced to death.

    Vass has pioneered a novel technique for detecting human decomposition from air samples and detailed for jurors his research on the chemical compounds observed when a body decomposes.

    He also presented charts showing high levels of those compounds in samples taken from Anthony's car. One of the compounds present, chloroform, Vass said was found in "shockingly high" amounts on a sample taken from a stained portion of carpet in Anthony's trunk. Chloroform is a chemical associated with decomposition but also can be used to render a person unconscious.

    Lead defense attorney Jose Baez made several objections to Vass' testimony throughout the morning, attacking both his credentials and methodology used in doing his research.

    He briefly was permitted to question Vass' methodology outside the presence of the jury, but was stopped after Judge Belvin Perry said the questions he was asking him were outside the scope of his original objection. His objection was then overruled and the jury was brought back in.

    Perry previously issued a pretrial order denying a defense request to exclude the air tests from the carpet sample taken from Anthony's car. Tests for odors associated with a body's decomposition were run on the carpet sample and the tests identified chloroform in the sample.

    Until now, the tests had never been admitted in a trial in the United States.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    And then?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Engelbert has been cast in all of the "Aging Countess" roles in any opera company.
    Those lines are limited to, "e poi?...e poi?...e poi?"

    June 7, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Anthony's Case Posts

    Caylee Anthony was reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff's Office (Orlando, Florida, United States) on July 15, 2008,, by her grandmother, Cynthia (Cindy) Anthony. Caylee had lived in her grandparents' home with her mother, Casey Anthony, until June 15, 2008. According to George Anthony, Caylee's grandfather, Casey Anthony left the family's home on June 16, 2008, taking Caylee, who was almost 3, with her. Cindy Anthony asked repeatedly during the month to see Caylee but Casey stated she was too busy with a work assignment in Tampa. At other times, she said Caylee was with a nanny at theme parks or the beach.

    Casey Anthony was first arrested on July 16, 2008, and was charged the following day with giving false statements, neglect of a child, and obstruction of a criminal investigation. The judge denied bail, saying Casey had shown "woeful disregard for the welfare of her child."

    In mid-July 2008, Cindy and George Anthony received a notice that their daughter's car was in a tow yard. George Anthony told an employee at the tow yard and later the police that when he picked up the car, the smell of the car had made him afraid that his daughter and granddaughter could be deceased in the trunk. When the trunk was opened it contained only a bag of trash.//

    June 7, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |