While Jose Baez may lack experience and may have made mistakes, he is no dummy and no bozo. He has cleverly managed to get some FREE help on Casey’s case, by making Casey serve as her own legal assistant. She’s now filing papers, organizing them, and underlining them , as well as taking things in and out of legal notebooks. Jose hands her papers and she has obviously been instructed what to do with them.
Doing this, makes Casey actually looked focused for the very first time ever in the courtroom, But I don’t think a jury will like to see this. In fact they will be distracted by this. They will want to see her paying attention to what is going on, not serving as her own legal assistant. I refuse to label Casey as a ” paralega”l becuase it takes a lot of intelligence and formal training to be one. So I will refer to her as an “assistan”t who is given specific tasks and told what to do.
Prior to this we have only seen Casey playing with her hair, fiddling with what she is wearing, grooming herself , and looking vacant at whomever is in front of her, crying fake tears, wiping her eyes, and poking her fingers in her eyes to eek out some tears. And of course, smiling inappropriately and flirting.
Her flirting smile was seen as soon as Casey walked into the courtroom. This unnerves me when I think of the torture she most likely inflicted on that innocent little girl. After doing the analysis on how Casey treated little Caylee when she sadistically ignored the child on videotape, one can only imagine what Casey did to Caylee when no video was present.
As soon as Casey is seated, she immediately begins to search through Baez’ files. Here she is handed a file folder by Jose.
Even though she manages to keep busy, when she has a millisecond or two of time on her own hands, she still manages to groom herself as she tugs at the bottom of her form fitting sweater. Her smirk is uneerving as well. She is LOVING her newfound job which has given her a purpose in life. The smirking indicates that she is feeling self satisfied.
As the K 9 officer is asked questions on the stand by Jose Baez, Casey is wtiting away like a maniac. Either Jose asked her to write down everything the officer said or he asked Casey to write down her personal thoughts for an uncoming book she may be writing . Even though she writes and writes and writes, she still manages to sneek in her grooming, with a pull at her sweater .
In all of my years, I have never seen a client act like this where they serve as an attorney’s legal assistant in the courtroom. As Jose has handed her the trial book, Casey had trouble physically manipulating it. That is probably the only thing in her life she has ever had trouble trying to manipulate. We all know how her life has been spent trying to manipulate everyone with whom she comes in contact.
Casey is all spread out all over the table. I can assure you that a jury will HATE seeing this. They will wonder why SHE is doing this work and not the attorney’s staff. If she continues to do it in the courtroom, it will defiantely detract from any positive perception of Baez as well.
Casey frantically searches through the pages in the notebooks. It is clear that she has no previous experience in doing this. It is very disconcerting to watch her do this, in light of the fact that she is on trial for killing her daughter. This is not her role. Her role is to sit there and to be defended and not to function as a legal assistant.
Above we see her consult with one of Jose’s other attorneys on some of the deposition papers in one of the notebooks.
The bottom line is that Jose has finally put Casey to work so he doesn’t have to hire an extra pair of hands to do what he needs DONE. While I give him a lot of credit for that, I don’t think that Casey should be those extra pair of hands. He needs to get an intern, a law clerk, or a voluteer, or even a family member to do the job. He needs to get anyone else other than Casey Anthony to assist him. www.drlillianglass.com