Whether you like it or not, image is very important when it comes to how people perceive you. It can make a huge difference in terms of whether or not people believe what you say. This is especially important in a courtroom where a jury decides your fate.
Image wise the entire Anthony family needs a complete overhaul in my view. The way they present themselves is unacceptable and this will no doubt have a huge impact on how the jury relates to them.
One thing I can say for sure is that Casey’s family will not be endearing themselves to a jury. For one thing, Casey, Cindy, and Lee all look and dress slovenly. The entire family including George dress and comport themselves inappropriately. This contributes to each one of them coming across as unlikeable.
George may be the cleanest looking of the group, but as a witness he needed to show some respect and come to court in a suit, or at least a tie. He needed to show that he was the man in the household, not the boy, wearing casual attire with his purple casual shirt.
What is totally inappropriate is his constant gum chewing! Here is a personal message from me to George.
“ George you are not watching a ball game where you can casually chew away on your gum as you watch the innings. This is not a baseball field or casual sporting event. It is a courtroom where your daughter may die a very painful death if she is found guilty of killing your granddaughter.
When you enter a courtroom you must always be respectful. Being respectful is NOT CHEWING GUM and looking like a bovine chewing their cud! So before you enter the courtroom, take a Kleenex that Cindy no doubt carries in her purse to dab away the tears she knows she will be crying as she watches Casey either get life imprisonment or the death penalty, and SPIT OUT YOU GUM!
Next stop mugging and making those ridiculous “poor me victim” facial expressions. Sit there like a man and not a little boy. Stop mugging and responding nonverbally when you don’t like what is heard in the courtroom. It was disconcerting when you did it while detective Yuri Melich was testifying. It made you look like an immature baby. You had your chance on the stand and now it is his turn to speak his truth.
Remember that jurors will be watching you and if you keep acting like that you will be creating more harm for your “beloved” daughter Casey, Besides finding this behavior obnoxious, it will affect your credibility with them. If you can’t contain yourself, for goodness sakes, don’t bother showing up!
How you can show up in the courtroom to watch Casey in the first place is beyond me.Your daughter has accused you of sexually molesting her when she was a young girl . This is a very serious charge that could land you in prison if it is true since there is no statute of limitations for a sexual crime.
If it is not true, how can you show up in the courtroom and look at someone who falsely accused you and where your reputation is now destroyed forever? Where is your self-esteem?
If it is true how, how can you show your face in public? How can you have the audacity to show up in the courtroom and add insult to injury? If you did molest Casey, there is no doubt that you contributed to where she is today, If you did what she said you did to her, then you deserve to be in a prison cell just like your daughter.
Lee has been beyond repulsive to watch and has made a horrible impression in my view, as he gave his testimony. The first thing was showing up slovenly and dirty looking in a casual black golf shirt with a tee shirt underneath, baggy non pressed pants and white sneakers. He needed to at least show up wearing a dress shirt and a tie to show some respect. Instead he looked as though he just crawled out of bed.
Unshaven and unkempt, he kept picking at the side of his face as though he was about to squeeze a pimple. If he wasn’t squeezing his face, he was scratching himself like someone does when they have scabies or crabs. I am not saying that Lee Anthony has this, I am saying that it makes him look like one would not want to get too physically close to him. It was a turn off. Jurors would find his disgusting and sickening behavior difficult to watch for any length of time.
I already did a blog on the content of Lee’s testimony which I am sure would never endear him to any jury as no one likes a sneak , a self entitled, lying two faced betrayer , who has no boundaries, and who is more concerned about himself and getting an apprenticeship with a private investigator than finding his niece Caylee.
Cindy has put in a lot of weight over these past 2 ½ years and no one can hold that against her at all. She is either stress eating to cope with all that this before her or she has perhaps been given some medications like antidepressants which may have contributed to her weight gain. Whatever the case it makes no difference if a person is thin or heavy.
What does matter is how you dress yourself when your body has changed.That also includes one’s hairdo. When one has put on excessive weight the last thing they should do is get a short haircut. Cindy’s hairdo was less than flattering. She needed to keep it longer – chin length like she has it this summer.
Cindy has dressed in ways that are less than flattering. She came into the courtroom with a white sweater , a mismatched long dress and casual flat sandals She wasn’t going to a casual pool party or walking on the beach. She was in a courtroom. She needed to wear a closed toe shoe to show some courtroom decorum and not show her bare toes and feet through barely there sandals.
While you may think this is superficial, it counts when you are talking about jury perception and likeability.
And speaking of likeability, while Cindy was a lot better on the stand than she has been in the past (remember her finger pointing and insulting remarks to Zanaida Gonzales telling her she was no 10 and making her cry?) she still needs to lose the “attitude. ” and negative defensive whine.
She needs to answer the questions psoed to and not interject in victim- like fashion “I’m trying to answer the question!” We regularly see Cindy’s controlling nature emerge and it is disconcerting. It will work against her in the courtroom as jurors will find her unlikeable and not credible.
The courtroom is the place where the lawyers and the judge has control- not Cindy. her try and take control Her defensive tones and hyper precise answers and contentiousness are complete turn offs to any jury . After a while they tune out and just hear a series of mean sounding bitchy tones that have no more relevance to them.
Cindy’s ‘attitude “ comes out in her facial expressions, She comes across mean looking and nasty. This will definitely not endear her to any jury. They will not like what they see or what they hear. Their negative perception of Cindy will definitely not help Casey.
If she ever pulls one of her “Caylee is still alive” stunts, a jury will become deafened as to what esle she has to say.
The first day of trial, Casey wore an inapproriate red sexy V necked tight form fitting pullover.
Maybe Baez’s jury consultant told Casey to put on a jacket over it which she did the next day. She wore an ill fitting grey jacket that was three sizes too big. Maybe it was one of the jackets that her former attorney Andrea Lyons left behind for her to wear. Needless to say, it was less than flattering. The shoulders were way too big and she looked ridiculous in it. This would be very distracting and annoying to a jury.
Day one Casey had her hair pulled back in a ponytail, yet she managed to fiddle with it and groom herself. A jury won’t like to see that behavior. They will perceive it negatively as Casey caring more about how she looks than about the trial.
Day three Casey had in the same ill fitting gray jacket with one of the Andrea Lyon puffy sleeved greenish blue blouses we saw early on.
The collar was too big as was the jacket and now Casey kept fiddling with the collar and with the jacket as you can see in the photo above. In addition, Casey did not tuck in the blouse. Instead, she wore it out and the bottom of the blouse could be seen under her short cropped ill fitting jacket. This made her look sloppy. It is perceived as her not caring – not caring to tuck her blouse into her pants.
Also gray is never the color you want someone to wear who may be facing death row. Unless it is a dark winter gray or a silver gray, it can be perceived as a sad color.
I am serious when I say sad color. Studies have shown that certain colors have a specific effect on people’s emotions. Pepto-Bismol pink or bubblegum pink has been show to have a soothing effect on people while red makes people feel agitated and light blue makes you feel sleepy. Gray has been found to be perceived as depressing. So never underestimate the perception of a color that is worn.
The Anthony family needs to take their lead from the attorneys and the other witnesses who have appeared thus far. Jose Baez is the best dressed with his crisp shirts, matching ties and matching pocket scarf and well fitted suits. Jeff Ashton looks decent with a suit and a tie. The Anthony men needed to have followed suit- literally!
The Anthony women needed to take their lead from Linda Drane Burdick. She wears a women’s suit to show respect. She does not wear a dress, a white sweater, or sandals or a form fitting sweater or an ill fitting jacket.
If Jose Baez’ team hired a jury consultant why has he not shared this information with the Anthony family? Why has he not informed each one them of how important their image is to a jury ?
Perhaps he isn’t aware of this. Some jury consultants may very well not be aware of this . They may be focusing on other things. But this is extemely important.
I certainly am aware of this as a jury consultant when I pick a jury. I make sure that all my clients are well groomed and appropriately dressed, and most of all that they and their families act appropriately so that they can get the fair trial they deserve.
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