Casey & more friends

So Wednesday, day 25, was another day of testimony put on by the defense in the Casey Anthony trial that seemed to be unremarkable for the most part and at times even counterproductive.  To recap, the defense called an FBI geologist who testified that she did not find soil from the scene where Caylee’s remains were found on shoes taken from the Anthony home, which of course doesn’t mean that those shoes were never at the scene, nor does it mean that other shoes belonging to Casey couldn’t have been at the scene.  Then, the defense called a toxicologist who testified that no tranquilizers (there’s been speculation that Casey might’ve used the prescription tranquilizer Xanax — pronounced “zannaks” — to sedate her daughter and may even have referred to the drug as “Zanny the nanny,” hence perhaps the bogus name she picked for the bogus nanny she invented) and no chloroform were found in hairs taken from Caylee’s skull, but the witness also testified that a hair test might not reveal such compounds even if they were in Caylee’s bloodstream at the time of death (and I can add that it would actually be unlikely for such compounds, if ingested shortly before death, to have had enough time to make it into the hair).  Next up, another air sample expert testified that he didn’t find significant amounts of decomposition byproducts or chloroform in air taken from the trunk of Casey’s car but then clarified that his samples were taken after the carpet lining the trunk (which presumably would’ve largely absorbed whatever chemicals once were present there) had been removed.  Then there was a crime scene investigator who just briefly identified a couple of photos as having been taken at the scene where the remains were found.  After that, another chemist testified about not finding chloroform on several other items of Casey’s, which of course doesn’t really mean anything about where else chloroform might’ve been.  The same witness also testified that a beverage bottle found near the remains contained a syringe and a weird solution composed of cleaning chemicals and testosterone which, if anything, seemed to actually cast doubt on the defense’s accident theory.  Lastly, a forensic expert testified about finding hairs in Casey’s trunk that didn’t show signs of decomposition and about finding hairs near the remains that didn’t match Casey’s, Caylee’s, or any of the other players’ in the case.  The same witness then testified, however, that one hair found in the trunk did show signs of decomposition, and of course, hairs from other people could easily have ended up in an outdoor place without being related in any way to the case.  Interestingly, the same witness also opined that the duct tape found on Caylee’s skull did not appear to match duct tape used in the Anthony home, which again actually seemed to cast doubt on the defense’s theory (one of the defense’s theories at least) that it was George Anthony’s duct tape, applied by him.  And speaking of George, his attorney told the press on Wednesday that the defense’s “surprise” witness — the woman who supposedly claims to have had an affair with him and to whom he supposedly told that the death was an accident — is completely bogus.  It’s fascinating that after days of defense testimony, the only reasonable doubt that I can see having been established in a juror’s mind has little to do with any evidence presented by the defense — it’d still just be whatever degree of doubt is inherent in the prosecution’s inability to prove exactly how Caylee died (i.e. whether she was killed intentionally, was killed unintentionally but in the course of some kind of abuse, or died accidentally).  Stay tuned!

Now, here are a few more of those figurative “friends” of Casey (not actual friends, just infamous company in the headlines):

For those of you who have a hard time believing that Casey Anthony could kill her own daughter without being overtly psychotic, a California woman, who apparently wasn’t overtly psychotic either, is in jail after apparently murdering her baby by (DON’T READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RISK BEING DISGUSTED TO THE POINT OF NAUSEA)…microwaving the infant.

James Arthur Ray, the guy who ran that “sweat lodge” self-help retreat in which participants became overheated and died, has been found guilty of negligent homicide.  Looks like he’ll be spending the next several years in public lodging, i.e. prison.

Lindsay Lohan has flunked an alcohol test, which should land her in jail — not her home, actual jail — but does anyone think that’s really going to happen?  See what I mean — even if you think she’s so “sick” with addiction that she just can’t help herself, then the only way to “help” her is to make it impossible for her to access the substance(s), by putting steel between her and the substance(s) until such time as she conjures up the will to abstain on her own.

And finally, the man suspected of murdering four people in that shooting spree at a New York pharmacy over the weekend is in custody.  Nice, fast work by law enforcement in New York!


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