As If the Casey Anthony Murder Trial Needed to Get Any More Bizarre … Judge Perry Calls for Court Recess Until Tomorrow
As if this murder case and the jury selection in the trial of Casey Anthony and the death of Caylee Anthony … As they came back to court following lunch, Judge Perry abruptly announced that court would be in recess until 8:30 tomorrow. This came after Judge Perry had discussed with the prosecution and defense attorneys that they needed to speed up the process in order to get through more jurors.
Mr. Mason, have you had a chance to discuss the matter with Ms. Anthony? Atty mason replied, Yes I have your honor. Judge, this case will be in recess until 8:30am tomorrow. At the time this occurred, lead defense attorney Jose Baez was not in court when this occurred.
The speculation was fast and furious following the adjournment as Judge Perry offered no explanation as to the reason for the recess. Rumors of dissension among the defense ranks, plea deal, firing of Baez and personal sickness were discussed across the Internet and legal pundits on TV. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Jose Baez sent the a text message explaining the adjournment: “Today’s adjournment was due to a private matter. Please stop the speculation, as jury selection will continue at 8:30 tomorrow morning. No further statements will be made.” The delay in the trial is obviously a head scratcher as it had been discussed prior to lunch by Judge Perry that much work in a short period of time was needed to finally chose the jury.
How do we go from a judge discussing a way to pick up the pace in choosing a jury, to lunch recess, to a recess for the day?
Earlier in the day, the Casey Defense team objected to the court’s procedure of jury selection and filed an oral motion against Perry’s court procedure. Judge Perry denied the motion.
After 20 minutes of arguments from the defense, Perry denied it.
“Potential jurors are not grist for a grist mill, just to be set aside, used up for inconvenience,” said Perry.
Just before everyone left the courtroom for a long recess, prosecutors struck another possible juror.
Perry called an unusually long lunch break on Wednesday, an hour and a half, and then Baez asked for more time.
“Can we make it one your honor? One o’clock,” said Baez in court.
Without any other indication that anything was wrong, Baez never returned from lunch.
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