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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    THAT casey is going to fry in the chair...

    June 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyJoe

      I'm going to roast marsh mellows on her when they flip the switch

      June 18, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      How would we know, CNN takes so many commercial breaks you can't follow the trial. CNN Headline's coverage SUCKS.

      June 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. amcma

    I wish Casey and family would just tell the truth and put an end to this terrible,sad trial.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ellis' Manager

    Steve Buscemi is coming to check out these blogs for Ellis's comedy today. If Ellis does post, just be natural.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marcia

    Why won't anyone try and get the truth about the father of the child? We all know she killed her child..and yes the tape was used as part of the murder! what other purpose would it have been placed there for?

    June 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marcia

    I hope this is not going to be another OJ case where a cold blooded killer walks free.

    June 18, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Inagadadavida


    What does Casey's paternity have to do with anything?
    Other than to satisfy your insatiable curiousity, that is.
    HE is not on trial.
    SHE is.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Inagadadavida

    I meant *Caylee's* paternity, of course.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. What? OK Who?

    How does that work? Does the judge say something like 'I hereby threaten you with contempt of court'? "Hear ye, hear ye. The honourable Judge has henceforth spoken! Ye are thereby forthrightly and with derision ordered by this court to be threatened by the Judge himself".

    June 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Inagadadavida

    The judge would say something like, "You're dangerously close to a contempt charge, counsel."
    that's how.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Duct tape has been found in the house, and on Caylee's body. Animals were involved...
    SCENE ONE: The Woods
    BAD WOLF: (eating) I got it, Bugs–let's have some fun! Now you hop up to Casey's room and get the duct tape...bring it down here while I finish this arm, and then we'll wrap her head in it and pretend she's King Tut.
    BUGS BUNNY: Gee that sounds swell, Big Bad! What do ya think–some of those pretty hearts her Mommy likes?
    BAD WOLF: Yeah, whatever. (Chomps.)

    June 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    The defense has no case, and they know it. Everything and all they've done is try to discredit the prosecutors case. All that has blown up in their face so far. These dirty tactics they are using will not save Casey. Burn baby burn.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    What the he ll where's Anthony's Case Posts? He always wants to post on topics that have nothing to do with the Anthony's and now that there is a topic he doesn't want to reply on it.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Joe:
    ACP understands Casey's mind, so he's showing us what she would do.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yaka

    Olyve oirl is trying to work up some more crocodile tears again

    June 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    @Joey Isotta-Fraschini: Ah it's all so clear now, thanks.

    June 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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