In one week Casey Anthony has gone from crying, giggling. laughing, and flirting to being very stoic in her demeanor. Perhaps it is the bombardment of Jeff Ashton, Judge Perry, and Ann Finnell’s taking about her possible death sentence that has sobered her up. Perhaps it is hearing so many of the jurors saying that they thought she was “guilty” that made her stop her aberrant courtroom behavior.
There is no doubt that this jury selection process has had a tremendous effect on Casey, not only emotionally, but physically as well.
We constantly see her literally gasping for air as she takes in a huge gulp of air and visibly heaves her chest as she exhales. Hearing all of the talk of death makes her want to subconsciously hang on to the breath of life and that is why she is breathing so heavily.
She is somber and there are bags of worry under her eyes. The reason Casey was so happy go lucky in the past was because Jose Baez kept pumping her up and Cheney Mason assured her and everyone else that he would walk out of the courtroom with her arm in arm. She felt bolstered up by the two of them as she sat between them playing touchy feely with Mason and flirting with Baez.
Now they sit away from her and leave her in the middle fo two female attorneys who don’t seem to pay much attention to her as we have seen over these past few days. The only time Ms. Simms paid her any mind was when she tried to calm Casey down during the anxiety attack where Casey had to be escorted away by two marshalls.
Her wiping the spittle from the corners of her mouth also indicates that she is nervous . There is no doubt that hearing all of this death talk as it pertains to her, has given her a case of “cotton mouth.” So the saliva has dried on the corners of her mouth which she attempts to wipe away.
Casey has also shown that she is nervous, as her body temperature appears to be dropping. She is getting cold. Casey’s suddenly getting cold may be indicative of her autonomic system taking over. We have seen people who are nervous, start to shake uncontrollably. Their body suddenly gets cold.The shaking is nature’s way of helping them get warm and regulate their body temperature.
Casey wraps herself up in her white Menendez- type soft sweater to ward off the chill she is feeling. We have never seen Casey this covered up before. Getting all cuddled up in her sweater is a self soothing device for her, much like it is for a baby who needs their blanky to calm them down.
As she bundles up, we also see her raised shoulders which are indicative of tension and a reflection of her feeling cold. When people get cold, they often raise their shoulders in an automatic attempt to physically protect themselves from the cold.
Here we see her wrapping her hands up with the bottom of her sleeve in a further attempt to keep warm.
Now it is more extreme as she completely covers her hands with her sleeve while still managing to rest her fist on her chin. The fist- like gesture also indicates anger on her part. No doubt she is angry at having to listen to people say negative things about her and how they thought she was guilty. Her glaring stare is also indicative of her anger towards what she hears.
Casey also appeared to have a shiny nose and what looked like perspiration above her upper lip. That may also reflect her nervousness. Very often she had a flushed appearance which was also an indication of her nervousness as there was increased blood flow as she listened to what the jurors has to say about her.
While she may appear stoic on the outside, there is a lot of turmoil going on with her on her inside, as we can see from the above photos.
I have always believed Casey should be wearing a black suit in the courtroom for a number of reasons. For one, it shows respect and an impression of maturity that the defense team wants to get across in sparing her life.
The defense team has essentially said that her young age was a mitigating factor. If she keeps wearing those baby pastel colors and cuddly sweaters it will be hard for the jury to not keeping thinking of Casey as that young girl who killed her baby and not someone who has since matured. www.drlillianglass.com