There has been a major change in Casey’s courtroom demeanor from Day 1, to Day 2 to Day 3 to Day 4 to now Day 5. While she is less frigidity she still leaks out some significant body language cues,. Here she is with apparent “cotton mouth” as she licks her lips and purses them, indicating nervousness right before jury selection begins on Day 5.
Here we see her touching her throat area which indicates that she is feeling vulnerable.
She holds on to this are which is one of the most vulnerable areas of the body for a significant length of time as she looks at the newest member of the team Rosalie Bolin. The fact that she is pressing hard on this area which controls her breathing and airstream is also significant in my view. It is especially relevant in light of the fact that she is accused of snuffing out little Caylee’s airstream and respiratory life line.
Here we see Casey with a very happy and genuine full- on toothy smile. We don’t usually see her with such a broad smile and happy face.
The fact that her fingers are intertwined and clasped together shows she is trying her best to contain herself. This incongruent body language indicates that she has most likely been told how to act (more contained) . Even so, she can’t help leaking out her real emotions.
The bottom line is that no matter how coached Casey is to sit still , she always leak out significant body language tells because THE BODY DOESN’T LIE! If she gets on the stand, we will salso discover that her VOICE AND SPEECH PATTERNS WILL NOT LIE either.
When people hear what you have to say and listen to the tone of your voice, there are such significant tells that people pick up which show that you are lying. So if Casey takes the stand she cannot help but leak out these signals to a juror.
I belive her team knows this and that is why they may not want her on the stand. If she is grilled by the prosecution there may be all kinds of speech, vocal and body language slip ups on Casey’s part.
While she may be coached to sit still making jurors less distracted by her , over a two month period, seeing her on a daily basis, jurors will be paying very close attention to her. As a result they wull scrutinize her every move as they continue to form their opinions of her.
It is interesting to note that Casey has been in much better spirits since her mitigator Ms. Bolin has arrived on the scene. She is chatty and smiley and happy.
Even though Ms. Bolin’s personal life has raised eyebrows with her having left her attorney husband and children, only to be married to a man on death row who is a convicted serial killer, Ms. Bolin project does manage to project a warmth and friendliness towards Casey.
This warmth is complete with physcial touches, pats, and back holding, for which Casey no dount hungers. After being deprived of human contact for so many years, Casey thrives on the warm touch of another person. Ms. Bolin is now there to fill this role.
When Baez and Mason kept touching her it gave mixed signals and the impression of flirtation which could even be misconstrued as sexual harassment. But now that motherly looking and acting Ms. Bolin is on the scene to provide touches and caresses towards Casey, it gives an entirely different impression
As the jury sees Casey’s and Ms. Bolin’s warm and friendly interaction, it may reflect a sharp contrast of Casey’s realtionship with her own mother Cindy, whom Casey and her team will portray as “abusive”.
The bottom line is that Casey’s change in body language indicates that she is extremely happy about the new addition to her team . www.drlillianglass.com