Watching Casey Anthony’s attorney, Andrea Lyons’ body language and listening to her vocal tones, gives further credence “the body doesn’t lie and neither does the voice!”
Both her body language and her vocal tones are quite telling, as you will clearly see in this blog entry.I am going to show something about Andrea Lyon’s body language during her Today Show interview which may prove harmful to the defense.
USING HER 15 MINUTES OF FAME TO PLUG HER BOOK
But first , I must say something about why she may have appeared on the Today show. While I am all for book promotion and letting people know about your products, I think that Andrea Lyons, lead attorney for Casey Anthony, showing up on the Today Show to hawk her book just weeks before her death penalty client will go on trial for a criminal case, is not right. In fact it really rubbed me the wrong way. Timing is everything and this was definitely the wrong time in my opinion.
Her presence on the show is in my opinion, a manipulation ploy to get perhaps one sympathetic juror out there who may be called on Casey Anthony’s case, to not vote for her client to have a lethal injection running through her veins.
Based on the timing of her appearance and the timing of Casey’s upcoming trials, this is my opinion why she was there.
She could have discussed her book well AFTER the case. But she is doing it now because she is involved in a high profile case where she is obviously riding the coattails of Casey’s infamy to hawk her book.
I wouldn’t mind it as much if she went on the show just to discuss Casey’s case. But to throw her book in the mix smacks of a conflict of interest in my opinion and extreme manipulation.
ANDREA REVEALS HER FEAR OF LOSING THE CASE DURING MEREDITH’S INTITIAL QUESTION
As Andrea and Meredith were sitting in their respective sets in the studio watching the monitor of the Introduction where the reporter( via his voiceover) says ” Andrea Lyons is confident her client will walk,” Andrea under her breath, reveals to Meredith, ”I’m not.”
By the look on her face when Meredith relays Andrea’s comment back to her Andrea looks taken aback. She immediately changes her facial expression from a smile to a more serious one.
She looks down and speaks in a hesitant staccato tone with obvious upper chest heaving sighs, indicating her frustration that she may very well lose the case. This body language “tell” shows an uneasiness and a nervousness.
ANDREA PLAYING THE ” WE CAN’T GET A FAIR TRIAL ” VICTIM CARD
Andrea goes on to say” Of course not, there is always the assumption of guilt” as she gazes down as she breathes heavily.
She goes on to say. “The media scrutiny has made it difficult to get a fair trial.” The last I heard in the US was that “we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty.” It’s not the other way around as she stated.
Even though a lot of people may indeed presume Casey is guilty, Andrea needed to seize this opportunity to express this American tenant of “presumed innocence” to drive the point home. She needed to do that instead of using the victim card and saying the opposite.
I believe Casey will get a fair trial. Why? Because this is such a high profile case. Everyone involved will make sure every i is dotted and every t is crossed.
In fact I have no doubt that they will hire a jury consultant ( like what I have done in the past) to help select the jury and to weed out those with a bias and a mission.
So now we know the real reason she came on to promote her book- to help sway a potential juror against the death penalty. Perhaps she felt that her presence on the show would allow people to look at Casey more sympathetically through the eyes of her lawyer.
ANDREA’S FRIGHTENED TO DEATH CASEY WILL BE PUT TO DEATH
Whenever you see a person’s chest heaving as they speak, where their shoulders raise, know that this is a sign that someone is really nervous and really scared.
After looking at her body language, Andrea looked very scared about the case. I believe there is no doubt in her mind that she may feel that she may have already lost the case before it is tried.
This body language tell was validated by Meredith’s next question as she candidly reveled “You said you are scared to death.”
I have no doubt that Andrea may have made this off the cuff candid comment to either Meredith or to a producer. She clearly did not want that information out over the airwaves for the prosecution to see. There is no way she would want any prosecutor to see that she was scared was feeling weak about her case.
In fact, Andrea’s body language shows that she looks down in embarrassment. So does her vocal” tells” as she stammers and repeats her words “I’m, I’m (repeated) afraid she’s been pilloried in the press.”
SALEM WITCH TRIALS???
When someone stammers like that it is indicative that they are thrown off guard as was clearly the case here.
Andrea then compares Casey’s case to the Salem Witch Trials, which I thought was a rather absurd analogy. In fact my thought was that the only thing Casey Anthony had in common with the Salem Witches was that many people consider her to be a witch for killing her daughter.
But Andrea’s intention for bringing up the Salem Witch Trials was to make the point that regardless whether the women were guilty or innocent, they were killed through downing or being burned at the stake which she stated. Either way, according to Andrea, they were killed.
In essence, she brought up this story to say that even if Casey was innocent she he would still be killed. In essence through making this analogy, Andrea is setting herself up for the reality that she will most likely lose the case and that Casey will be put to death.
ANDREA SHOWS FEAR
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IT’S A SETBACK AND I’M ANGRY ABOUT IT!
When Meredith asked her what kind of a setback it was when the judge declined the death penalty, we see Andrea looking down and hesitating and then she opens her eyes wide and with an affirmative shake of her head.
She then shrugs her shoulders as if to say she was resigned to the fact that there was a setback.
Now, in a defensive, angry clear louder, snarky tone says, ”IT”S A SETBACK!” There is a flash of anger with her eyebrows raised.
Then her facial facial expression changes back to clearly show her fear, concern, and surprise at the judge’s not dropping the death penalty. Her heaving breathing and ill paced breathing pattern also reflects her frustration and fear about what will happen to her client.
When Meredith asks Andrea if it now puts a lot of pressure on Casey to plea bargain, Andrea’s facial expression turns into a smirk or a sarcastic smile to make her argument against the death penalty.
In essence, she saying “See, I told you so, that is what happens when you have the death penalty, there is added pressure on the defendant.”
HERE IS THE BOMBSHELL!!!!!!!NOW THE TRUTH IS REVEALED!!!!!!!!!!
Now Andrea goes on to objectively explain the effects of the death penalty on a defendant in THE THIRD PERSON , sounding like the college professor she is (DePaw University). She says “that is one of the effects of the death penalty on a defendant, even when they didn’t ……”
NOW SOMETHING VERY STRANGE HAPPENS HERE !!!! I have watched this section repeatedly, so I can give you the exact accounting of events which took place.
Andrea suddenly looks down and closes her eyes and repeats herself as she says “even though they (still in third person) didn’t didn’t (repeats the word) do it. (looking down and shrugging her shoulders) they ( still in the third person) didn’t kill ……
Now out of the blue, Andrea says something that is no longer in the third person (they). She immediately interjects “ SHE DIDN’T DO IT. SHE DIDN’T KILL HER KID.”
In the first place she was describing one fo the pitfalls of the death penalty and suddenly she changes course with WAAAY TOOOOOO MUCH INFORMATION, especially for an attorney.
In the second place, no one asked her if Casey killed “her kid”. She volunteered that information . The question was about Casey feeling pressured to plea bargain. It was not whether she killed her kid.
But how Andrea said those words and her body language behavior when she said them spoke volumes to me.
SIGNALS OF DECEPTION
As Andrea spoke the words “SHE DIDN’T DO IT. SHE DIDN’T KILL HER KID” I observed multiple signals of deception as well as signals of doubt- doubting what she herself was saying.
Andrea she raises her shoulders, tilts her head to the side as though she is questioning what she herself is saying. She raises her eyebrows indicating doubt – that she isn’t sure or that she knows what she is saying is not true.
Her voice also gives a lot away as she croaks out these words in a soft breathy voice. It is a voice without conviction. It is also a voice that dies off at the end of the sentence. When someone croaks out a tone and it dies off at the end, it is the body’s way of shutting itself off to the lie or the deceptive words. It is the body’s way of not wanting to say something that is not true.
Her tone was in large contrast to what she was saying before, when he sounded like a college professor. Then her voice was sonorous and rich in tone.
I can assure you that if I were the attorney and strongly believed my client “DIDN’T KILL HER KID”, unlike Andrea, I would look straight into Meredith’s eyes with my head held straight and in a LOUD, low rich resonant tone that was well modulated so that it would not croak off at the end of my statement. Instead, I would say “MY CLIENT DID NOT KILL HER DAUGHTER.” In addition I would never have referred to Caylee as “HER KID.” To me, under the circumstances, it sounds disrespectful.
DAMAGING TO THE DEFENSE!
What I have said here may be very damaging to the defense. In essence it is my impression and opinion that deep down as reflected by her body language, tone of voice, and the content of her speech, Andrea may perhaps not believe that her client is innocent of “ KILLING HER KID.” The discomfort in Andrea Lyon’s face as she spoke those words was clear as were the signals of deception which included the following:
repeating the words (they they didn’t do it)
(her once sonorous voice, trailing off at the end
her voice muscles choking off the sound.
volunteering too much information
ARE YOU COMPLETELY SURE?
Meredith was no doubt stunned by all of this as we all were, and follows up with a question “ Are you completely sure?’
Andrea answers “in a cracking closed off vocal tone, “without a doubt” then blinks. Then there is an awkward silent pause.
Shortly afterwards, Andrea gets defensive and feisty as we hear her rich and resonant tone, showing her confidence as she defends Casey saying “ There is no evidence of a homicide tying her to the crime.” It’s too little too late in my opinion. Now she sounds like a college professor defending the death penalty. But she doesn’t sound like an attorney convinced her client is innocent.
ANOTHER RED FLAG!
When someone is confident about themselves or their client,t they don’t make any negative or disparaging or non- winning comments about themselves. As Meredith discusses Andrea’s book, she says to Andrea, “ You have won every case.” Andrea immediately interjects the comment” So far!”
To me this comment may very well indicate her lack of confidence with regard to Casey. Her comment says that she has won every Case until Casey’s, which she deep down she may know she will lose. Otherwise, why would she have made that comment? When we are sure and confident about something we never make a disparaging remark or comment about it to negate it.
CONFIDENT BODY LANGUAGE AND VOCAL TONE WHEN PROMOTING HER BOOK
When she speaks of her book, Andrea is fluid, and articulate. Her throat muscles are open when she speaks, creating a rich and resonant tone. She has excellent eye contact with Meredith and her body language was relaxed.
It is in stark contrast to what we have seen in the first part of the interview when she discussed Casey Anthony. Her head is direct and she looks directly at Meredith, unlike she did earlier in the broadcast.
The bottom line in my opinion is that Andrea is scared she will lose a case for the very first time in her professional career. She is also afraid that her client may die with a lethal injection pumped through her system. And finally, even though she is doing her best to defend Casey and saying all the right words and phrases, her body, her face, and her voice show the truth ! www.drlillianglass.com