Whenever I am discussing a trial I feel almost fraudulent unless I base my information off of the actual courtroom proceedings as I see them. I prefer to watch events in real time and analyze a transcript after the fact. So it’s been very hard to reconcile the fact that I won’t have much time to watch the trial uninterrupted until Adam begins summer school on June 6th– and even then I’ll be sharing that time with my daily responsibilities. Watching Nancy Grace, following various Twitter feeds, and reading the blogs of others are acceptable sources of material. Forgive me for my insufficient coverage thus far. These next few days will be pivotal for me in terms of catching up with the Caylee Anthony case.
Here a few bullet points from my notes during opening arguments:
Calling George Anthony as the state’s first witness was a smart move. For many, the bombshell allegations of sexual abuse came out of left field. If the jury believes VWD a victim; however, that will be taken into account though it is certainly no motive and/or justification for murder nor does it explain why there would be such an elaborate cover up if it was– as the defense suggested– an accidental drowning. Promptly placing George on the stand to vehemently deny that he ever touched VWD inappropriately addresses this ugly speculation immediately. Furthermore, if VWD’s father was indeed the terrible monster she painted him out to be, why in the hell would she allow her daughter to be around him?
On July 24, 2008, Cindy Anthony frantically dials 911 saying her granddaughter has been missing for thirty days. At one point during the exchange she tells the police that they need to arrest her daughter. If Caylee was missing, shouldn’t Cindy focus her efforts on apprehending the kidnapper? As if waiting an entire month to tell her wasn’t enough….Cindy clearly thinks her daughter knows something that warrants placing her behind bars. It is no secret Cindy thinks VWD is an unfit mother and this further solidifies that train of thought.
The prosecution’s use of a systematic, day-by-day time line of VWD’s whereabouts proved extremely effective. No two people grieve the same way– psychiatrists cannot provide a model for how to behave after a tragedy– but casually strolling into Target to buy beer and lingerie with your friend’s forged checks doesn’t exactly scream grieving mother of missing and/or deceased child. Neither does entering ‘hot body’ contests at local night clubs.
La bella vita.
Italian for ‘the beautiful life,’ this is the tattoo VWD inked onto her skin two weeks after her daughter was last seen alive. Sickening. Life must be pretty peachy for her– spending the days lounging around watching television with her boyfriend, nursing the previous evening’s hangover, and preparing to hit the club circuit come nightfall. No pesky toddler to interrupt her plans anymore. What a narcissistic, callous monster.
Overall the defense’s theory, according to defense attorney Richard Hornsby [who does not represent VWD, but spoke to People magazine regarding the case], “Jose Baez threw everything against the wall and is seeing what sticks.” I’ll let you ponder the risks and implications associated with such a technique.
No example demonstrates the bizarre family dynamics of the Anthony’s than the mention of ‘Zanny the nanny.’ This fictitious caregiver reveals so much not only about VWD but her parents and brother as well. My next post will further explore ‘Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez’ and her role in the trial.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,