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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I tried to post a relevant comment four times (reworded) and it was rejected.
    This is politically based journalistic bias, but I can't get my point through the filter.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hello, Big Brother.
    I knew you'd get here if we just got addicted enough to government butter.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Heavily armed.

    June 19, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
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  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    CNN uses computer to prevent my relating it to C.A.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That took much too long to get through.
    Freedom Of Speech!

    June 19, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Maybe I was wrong: censorship could be personal.

    June 19, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The sun is up. Maybe the computer filter is back in his Transylvanian-dirt-filled coffin.
    I meant, above, that the stores should use the guards, not the Robin Hood innocents.
    Oh. I do feel for these teens because of their sociological matrix.

    June 19, 2011 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Stay dead.

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