Questions Continue To Dog Case Against Casey Anthony - Page 2
Prosecutors have long held that the duct tape found on Caylee Anthony’s body was at one time placed over her mouth and nose, suffocating her to death. Rodriguez told Judge Perry that there had been no soft tissue evidence deposited on the tape, as would be expected. Rodriguez went further, stating to Judge Perry that Caylee’s remains had been moved by animals, so there is no way to know their original position in relation to the tape.
When asked why he had not included this information in his report, Rodriguez replied that he thought it was a “non issue,” that he had just noted in his examination, and did not know that he had to put this opinion in a written report. Perry then asked Rodriguez if he had ever been provided orders from the court about providing opinions in reports, to which Rodriguez replied that he had been advised as to his responsibility for full disclosure by defense attorney Baez via email.
Judge Perry became upset at this point, and again wanted to know why everything had not been included in Rodriguez’s reports. “What you’re basically saying, sir, is that you can pick and choose which court orders you comply with,” Perry said to the defense witness.
Perry went on to say, “both sides have engaged in what I call ‘gameplay.’ This is not a game,” telling attorneys that there would be a meeting soon to discuss whether or not Rodriguez and possibly defense attorney Baez himself violated court rules. “It appears to me that this was quite intentional. This was not some inadvertent slip,” stated Perry. He went on to say “The question is whether or not Miss Anthony should be punished for this,” in having the trial held up or her attorney sanctioned.
At this time, Perry removed Rodriguez as a witness, in order for the prosecution to have time to take his deposition. “Mr. Baez, this is not my first rodeo,” said Judge Perry, in what has to be the strongest rebuke of the defense attorney during this trial, putting a critical piece of defense testimony in jeopardy.
A forensic veteran questions the prosecution's findings
Noted pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz, who has 56 years experience in pathology work and who consulted both on the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations, took the stand for the defense.Continued on the next page