Your semi-daily Casey, “eclipsed” Lawpsyc news, and some graduation sentiments

Day 7 of the Casey Anthony trial started out with the prosecution withdrawing its request to introduce evidence of Casey’s prior felonies “at this time.”  I expect this evidence to still be presented later in the trial.  After the friend who had been on the witness stand at the end of the day Tuesday stepped down, Casey’s brother Lee Anthony took the stand.  Lee testified about the series of lies that Casey had told to him before and after it was known that Caylee was missing and about the terrible smell of Casey’s car after their parents recovered it from the impound lot.  I think we’ll hear more from Lee, especially about the defense’s abuse allegation against him, as the trial unfolds.  The balance of Wednesday featured testimony from four cops who responded to the 911 calls when Caylee finally was reported missing.  These cops basically recounted the now-familiar “Zanny the nanny” story (that Casey had told to her mother and then-boyfriend) to explain Caylee’s disappearance, with the addition of actual trips to a specific apartment where Casey claimed that “Zanny the nanny” had lived.  The then-manager of that apartment complex briefly testified that no such tenant had ever lived there.  On cross examination of one of the cops, Casey’s attorney started to ask about some blogs that the cop had written (apparently not including any details about the Anthony case) under the pen name “Dick Tracy Orlando,” but the judge cut that detour off when the prosecution objected.  Knowing as we all now do, by the defense’s own admission, that the whole “Zanny the nanny” story was a lie, it’s fascinating to watch video of Casey telling it to a cop in elaborate detail (if you missed it, check out my last post, “Is Casey Anthony a Pathological Liar?”).  I think we’re going to see a lot more video like that, over the defense’s objections, as the trial unfolds.  Stay tuned!

The Anthony trial is pretty much eclipsing all other national Lawpsyc news right now, and you’ll kind of understand why when you consider that the “eclipsed” stories include:  Lindsay Lohan’s commencement of her “house arrest” (complete with GPS ankle bracelet), another case in which an international financial official (an Egyptian banker this time) is accused of assaulting a hotel maid in New York (not enough details yet, allegations could be true or false, but have to wonder whether the recent arrest of French banker Dominique Strauss-Kahn — who’s now out on bail by the way, but still in New York, on home detention, kind of like Lohan — on a very similar complaint could possibly have given anyone any ideas here), another case in which a married congressman (this time New York’s Anthony Weiner — yes, that’s really his name) is accused of sending an inappropriate photo of himself to a female college student via Twitter (he’s supposedly “not sure” if it’s him in the photo, says his Twitter account was hacked, and apologizes if his initial responses to press inquiries came across as “stiff” — yes, that’s really the word he used), and the “Octomom’s” fertility doctor losing his license to practice medicine (in part for professional irresponsibility in helping to impregnate her with octuplets — good riddance from the “healing” arts).  As the Anthony trial continues, I’ll try to keep you briefed on other Lawpsyc stories here and there.

Now, I know that the Anthony trial isn’t the only thing going on in your lives either.  Many people are attending or participating in graduation ceremonies at this time of year.  If you’re among them, or if you know someone who is, you might be interested in reading or passing along a column entitled “Bring on the Anxiety” that I wrote back in 2009 (on the WorldNetDaily site, here: as well as a piece called “Intellectual Nudity” that I wrote back in 2007 (in the April 2007 archive, here:, both apropos of college graduations.


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