Gone are the fun and games, chuckles, flirtations smiles and touches that Jose Baez appered to bestow upon Casey Anthony. Jose has dramatically changed his tune based on his body language and demeanor.
After losing almost every motion to stifle evidence, he has suddenly sobered up as he may realize that defending Casey will be a Herculean task. At this point, all he can hope for in my view is to try to save her life from the lethal needle.
BAEZ ALLEGEDLY TELLS CASEY TO NOT ACT LIKE A 2 YEAR OLD AS SHE CRIES
When Casey turned on the manipulative waterworks for sympathy for the entire jury pool, Jose was furious. We have never before seen Baez like this . He has never had such a serious and mean faced expression towards Casey as we see in the photo above in my view. Allegedly he told her to stop acting like a two year old.according to the press.
Not to get too Freudian here, but if this is true look at the choice of words Jose used- “two year old! Caylee was a two year old when Casey allegedly killed Caylee . He could have said ‘child’ but id he specifically said two year old” which I believe is highly significant in terms of how Jose may really feel towards Casey now.
After he allegedly scolds her, Casey gets upset and defensive and refuses to interact with Jose. She refuses to look at him. This is not a good idea on her part, since Jose may very well be the only thing that stands between her and the needle.
Jose was checking out the jury pool and being very observant. He was no doubt looking for certain initial impressions and tells which might indicate someone might not be a good juror. He needed complete focus and concentration. The last thing he needed was Casey’s manipulative side-show to distract him.
On Day 2 of jury selection Jose wanted Casey as far away from him as possible. He sat her between the two female attorneys on the team, Ms. Finnell and Ms. Sims. It was interesting to note that there was no flirtatious behavior and smiles and touching as there had been with Baez and Mason.
Jose sat right near Cheney Mason, who also distanced himself from Casey on Day 2. Mason also needed complete concentration without Casey’s whispers and touches.
Jose completely ignored Casey. This appeared to clearly upset her as we can see. She appeared to ignore him as well.
But she does manage to sneak a peek at him to see if he is looking at her, which he is not. It is clear that Jose’s attitude has completely changed towards Casey based on this interaction.
Today and perhaps everyday from now on, Jose will have no time for Casey’s nonsense. He is serious, focused, and nervous as we see by the praying hand position as he listens to Judge Perry’s response and subconsciously praying that it is in his favor.
JOSE GETS ON JEFF ASHTON’S NERVES
Jose’s inexperience and apparent lack of knowledge is a very sore spot for Jeff Ashton. The following three photo screen shots are actually quite hilarious in my view.
Look at what Jose is doing to Jeff Ashton as Jose speaks in front of Judge Perry. Jeff has his hand on the side of his head as if to say “This guy is giving me a headache.”
Exasperated with what Jose is saying, Ashton leans back in his chair with his mouth open and looks up at the ceiling as if to say “Heaven help me! I can’t take this guy!”
And finally Ashton shakes his head “No” three times and then appears to put his cupped hand near his jaw which is a body language signal for anger. He also cocks his head to the side which means he doesn’t believe or agree with what Baez is saying.
Even though Jose can frustrate any seasoned lawyer, he has done the best he can do with only a few years of practice experience under his belt.
CASEY’S CONTINUED STRESS AND FEAR
The jury selection process is taking a toll on Casey’s physical appearance. She is in fear most of the time as indicated by her bulging eyes where you can see the sclera or whites of her eyes.
The stress has also taken a toll on her skin as she has developed quite a few forehead wrinkles for a 25 year old. There are dark stress bags of puffiness under her eyes and her skin has broken out.
This is quite a contrast to the Casey Anthony of just a few years ago, where she was the happy-go-lucky party girl.
Casey also got a case of the “itchy scratchies” which often happens when people are under stress and tension. It is because the increased blood flow causes the person to feel discomfort and itch and scratch. We saw the facial expression of discomfort as Casey began to scratch her own back.
CASEY ENTERTAINED BY THE JURORS AND THEIR STORIES
But when Casey is occupied and entertained, she does manage to get out of stress and tension mode for a while. It shows in her facial expressions as you will see below.
Here Casey is amused with the story about the man leaving his son to his to care for his two cats when he was hospitalized and how it didn’t work out well. Casey tried to hold back a smile but she couldn’t. She may have identified with the fact that the man’s son was being irresponsible as she has been with Caylee.
Judge Perry found the story funny as well as he chuckled.
When Judge Perry said to the man ” You didn’t lose any of these animals as a result of the neglect.” Casey continued to smirk and smile. In my view it showed a bit of her sadistic nature.
Casey also smirked and smiled as she identified with a woman’s 30 something year old son whom the woman felt could not care for her younger 15 year old son. Obviously the theme of irresponsibility resonated with her.
Casey also leaked out a little disdain and jealousy when one of the jurors said that he was getting married.
It is interesting to note that Casey’s parents were not in the courtroom. They finally got the message that Casey doesn’t want them around her. But most likely they will claim they weren’t there becuase can’t afford the gas or the hotel accommodations in Clearwater.