Jose Baez was trying to impeach the K 9 officer but he did not succeed. The K9 officer was forthright and held his own. He would not accept word twisting or having words put into his mouth. He made that perfectly clear.
Questioning of the blind and double blind studies of the dog’s behavior was quite comical at times. I loved the part when the issue of body language was discussed.
Jose said that “at times the dog Reads body language and then you read the dog’s body language and you and the dog have body language conversations.” It’s obviously a one way verbal conversation and a two way non verbal conversation.
I must admit that I was impressed that Jose brought up the importance of body language.
But then Jose appeared to be trying to put words in the officer;s mouth regarding the double blind testing as the officer stands up for himself and says that he was just referring to a specific time frame and insists the dog was trained double blindly.
Jose feeling uncomfortable that the K9 officer gained some ground here, gives a tight ambivalent smile as he tries to redeem himself and gain control over the witness and then asks when was the last time the dog was double bind tested.
Regarding the testimony considering “false positives” I have to give Jose credit for trying but it was “no cigar.” When the officer said to Jose point blank “ I didn’t call it a false positive, you did,” he gained a lot of points and credibility, especially with a jury
As Jose continues to try to poke holes in the K9 officer’s testimony, he and fails miserably because the officer is a very credible witness. He’s steady and calm and his body language indicates that he is being forthright. A jury would love him.
The officer gave reasons as to why a dog would make a hit in an area. He openly answered that “ someone could have cut their skin…, blood, tissue…. someone could have laid a person on the ground.”
The fact that the K9 officer said “ someone could have laid a person on the ground” was very powerful as to why the dog made hit. Even though there was no body there to be found, the fact that a dog can make a hit if a body was merely placed on the ground is very interesting and significant information to a juror. It is also a very powerful mental visual for a jury . In light of that knowledge one indeed wonders “when” Casey may have placed Caylee’s dead body on the ground.
Throughout his interviewing of the K9 officer, Jose appeared a bit nervous and easy. He didn’t seem secure in his questioning. Although he did his best in terms of the questioning and tried to remain in control , his inexperience, insecurity, and shakiness was evident. www.drlillianglass.com