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We learned this morning that the reason the mysterious recess was called in the Casey Anthony trial on Saturday, was because the defense filed a motion to determine Anthony's competency to proceed. The court ordered for Casey to be examined by 3 psychologists over the weekend, who determined that she is competent to stand trial.
Judge Jeanine Pirro joined America's Newsroom to comment on the differences in Casey's demeanor when the jury has left the courtroom. She said, "She can look at photographs of this skull, the bones of her child, have no emotion before the jury comes in, and when the jury comes in, all of the sudden, she's emotional, she's taking out her tissues. Look, this woman has been prepped for this case. I've even had body language experts on my show to try to assess what is real and what isn't. But, her behavior totally changes. She laughs, she jokes with the lawyers, she's going back and forth with them. And, then when the jury comes in, she's got that flat affect, which they're trying to say is a result of her bring, of course, a victim of sex abuse by her father for all those years before she went to school."
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Saturday's delay in the Casey Anthony trial, due to an unspecified "legal issue," has caused some to speculate that a mistrial or plea deal could be in the near future. Jon Leiberman, host of the TrueFacts Radio Show, commented on the case and the reason for the delay. Apparently, the lead detective in the case says that the cell phone records of the person who found Caylee Anthony's body weren't completely turned over to the defense, which Leiberman says "could be a major, major issue because if that's true, and if these cell phone records are somehow exculpatory, this could be a mistrial in the works."
When Alisyn raised the theory that Casey may be seeking a plea deal after seeing videos of Caylee, Leiberman said he thinks it's too late in the game for a deal, claiming "In terms of a plea deal, we're much too far along, in my opinion, in this case to see a plea deal right now." He did concede though that the prosecution could seek a deal if they think the defense has presented reasonable doubt, saying, "Here's the thing about a plea deal, for one, and here's a problem for the prosecution. Cindy Anthony, the little girl's grandmother, is the most sympathetic figure in this whole case, we can all agree. She's the only one that anybody really likes. If you believe everything that she says, which is what the prosecution wants you to believe, then you also have to believe she searched chloroform on the computer, which actually hurts the prosecution's case. That could lead itself to a plea deal because if the prosecution thinks that they are never going to get first degree premeditated murder right now, they may say 'Ok, let's get what we can get because the defense has done a good job with raising reasonable doubt.'"
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Geraldo Rivera's at the courthouse in Orlando for testimony in the Casey Anthony trial. During the recess Friday, Geraldo had lunch with Defense Attorney Jose Baez, who Geraldo says is "extremely frustrated by Judge Perry's rulings limiting his ability to bring in evidence." Baez, who expects to wrap up his case on Wednesday, is trying to establish dysfunction within the family to back up his argument that Casey was the victim of physical and sexual abuse. Baez claims that it was because of the abuse she suffered that Casey acted so strangely in the 31 days after Caylee died.
Geraldo says that questions have been raised about the dynamics within the Anthony family, including the fact that Casey's parents didn't know who the father of her child was. Rivera says, "To believe these parents that they only asked tangentially, one time after 7 and a half months of pregnancy, 'By the way, who is the baby's daddy?' I don't know, it's just not...that's not the way my family works. It's not the way most families work." Geraldo goes on to say, "There's a disquiet here that may play to the defense's benefit, at least to stir a little bit of doubt, enough doubt to get this kicked out of the murder one category."
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On the stand in the Casey Anthony trial moments ago, Casey's brother Lee became very emotional during questioning about whether he knew that his sister was pregnant. Lee began to cry when revealing that he didn't think his mother and sister felt he was important enough to share the news with. Lee said, "I was very angry at my mom. I was also angry at my sister. I mean, I was just angry at everyone in general that they didn't want to include me. And, didn't find it important enough to tell me, especially after I'd already asked. So, I was very hurt and I don't think I wanted to believe it, you know?"
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In what's been emotional testimony this morning in the Casey Anthony trial, jurors were showed a photo of Cindy Anthony with Caylee in the backyard pool, where defense attorneys argue that the toddler drowned. The defense asked Cindy about how comfortable Caylee was in and around the pool.
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In previous testimony, prosecutors have claimed that Casey Anthony looked up 'how to make chloroform' on a computer in the Anthony home and then used it to subdue her daughter Caylee prior to killing her. In what some are considering "blockbuster" testimony Thursday, Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy, testified that she had in fact searched for chloroform because she her dog was getting ill from eating something in the back yard.
Criminal Defense Attorney Randy Zelin believes this destroys the prosecution's credibility, saying, "Not once have you ever heard that chloroform could have an explanation from someone other than Casey Anthony having killed her daughter. Now, all of the sudden for the first time, you are hearing 'Hey, wait a minute, it was me, mom' and they knew about!"
In a fiery retort, Arthur Aidala suggests Cindy is trying to protect Casey, "If your daughter is being questioned for murder in the first degree, don't you think in a deposition you'd say 'And, I also looked up chloroform?' Or do you only bring it up now because you are saying 'Wow'? You are sitting in the back row of your daughter's trial and you're like, 'Wow, my daughter's about to be killed by the state of Florida. Let me go up and do something.'"
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In what some are calling a blockbuster day in an Orlando court room, the mother of Casey Anthony took the stand to give shocking testimony regarding the much-discussed "chloroform" computer searches.
"I looked up 'chloroform,'" said Cindy Anthony on Thursday, blowing out of the water what has been a large sticking point for much of the prosecution's case against Casey Anthony. When asked if she looked up "how to make chloroform" 84 times in Google searches, however, Cindy Anthony said that she never looked up any such thing in such repetition.
Anthony asserted that she originally looked up "chlorophyll" in the search engine but misspelled the word, which resulted in a Google prompt asking if she wanted to change the spelling of "chlorophyll" to "chloroform."
Anthony also denied typing in searches for "self-defense," "household weapons," and "neck breaking."
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George Anthony's supposed mistress, Krystal Holloway, reports that George told her that "Caylee's death was an accident that snowballed out of control." She has been subpoenaed to testify in the Casey Anthony trial. Plus, a jury consultant says you can tell a lot about the juror's body language. Hear the latest from Phil Keating LIVE from Orlando, Florida.
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A fellow inmate of Casey Anthony had a son who drowned in a pool and a grandfather that found her child. Phil Keating agrees that they stories "are almost identical." They served in the same part of the Orange County jail for about five days in 2009. Prosecutors are trying to find out if they had any contact with each other. But could Casey Anthony have gotten this whole "baby drowning in pool" story from this other inmate?
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