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Early recess generates suspense in Casey Anthony case (Update)

Is Casey Anthony getting ready to enter a plea?  Jury selection was abruptly suspended after lunch today until 8:30 in the morning (Thursday).

Nobody seems to know what’s up.  I thought the judge seemed slightly relieved.  He was getting impatient with the slow moving jury selection and had announced the trial would begin on Monday.

Jose Baez was absent, Casey was wiping a tear from the outer corner of each of her eyes.  8:30 is early for court to start and just about enough time to take a plea, and if it falls through, they still can continue the jury selection at nine.

I’m guessing it’s a plea.  The suspense is maddening.

See Orlando Sentinel coverage:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/caylee-anthony/os-casey-anthony-trial-week-two-wedne20110518,0,2431463.story

UPDATE:  Well, Apparently it was something personal with someone.  No explanation, no plea, and jury selection continues.  In fact, they have 12 now and will choose some alternates this afternoon.

Posted:  05.18.11 @ 9:00 p.m.  Updated:  05.19.11 @ 12:27 p.m.

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Casey Anthony jury selection, second week

Usually pretty boring, the jury selection in the Casey Anthony case has had its moments.

The selection process has had its share of drama, including a jury candidate who posted his plans for writing a book on Facebook and another man was fined $450 and charged with contempt of court for talking to the media with the intent of getting out of jury duty.

          

More coverage:   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/caylee-anthony/os-casey-anthony-trial-week-two-20110516,0,3416892.story

Jury selection in the computer age, they are checking for truthfulness of potential jurors.  I’ve missed a lot of it, but one guy last week said he collected music memorabilia but had no interest in crime.  In fact, he had just written a post or blog only three weeks ago about a true crime story and they even knew about books he had purchased showing an interest in true crime. I guess they had this information in advance, but when he was deceptive in his answers, he was nailed.  It is reason to pause and think about all the information there is out there just waiting for a search term.

Interesting how many they catch in a lie or a misrepresentation.  They seem to be particularly looking for a “stealth juror” who is trying to get on the juror for publicity, to write a book, with a vendetta, or other reasons.

The earliest for opening statements will be Wednesday.

Posted:  05.16.11

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