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Monday, August 22, 2011

FATHER OF JENNIFER KESSE CALLS GEORGE AND CINDY ANTHONY'S DECISIONS ARE A DISGRACE AND INSULTING TO EVERY MISSING PERSON AND THEIR FAMILIES

The father of an Orlando woman who went missing five years ago has some choice words for George and Cindy Anthony.
Jennifer Kesse

 Drew Kesse blasted the Anthonys' decision to appear on "Dr. Phil," calling it "a disgrace and an insult to every missing person and their families".

"The bottom line is they have no right to be advocates," Kesse said. "They have no right to take what I would call blood money."

Kesse's daughter, Jennifer Kesse, disappeared in 2006 from her condominium near the Mall at Millenia. 

Kesse said that the Anthony's should not be a voice for the missing because Caylee Anthony "was never a missing person."

Joyce and Drew Kesse
Kesse was incensed that George and Cindy Anthony asked the "Dr. Phil" show for a contribution to their new foundation, which is named for their granddaughter, Caylee.

"He's pimping himself so I can stay on top. This is what I'm willing to do. Would I take it? Hell no," Kesse said.

He said that confusion and public distrust built up during the Casey Anthony trial has made people more hesitant to donate their time and money to help find children and adults who are missing.

"I think they have done so much damage to the missing persons in this country. They don't realize the damage they've done," Kesse said.

Drew Kesse said he and his wife have never asked for money for their own foundation --"The Jennifer Kesse Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship" -- that is maintained through the University of Central Florida to ensure Criminal Justice Graduate students become better prepared for their chosen field.


The Anthony's attorney did not return phone calls and texts for comment.

Kesse said he hopes that the Anthonys would move and start a new life far away from Florida.

                                                                                                        

only known image of the person of interest in the Jennifer Kesse case

This is the only known photo of the person of interest in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse.

Detectives aren't even sure if the person of interest is a man or a woman. They're asking the public to focus less on the person's clothes and more on the body style or hair style. Police even canvassed salons asking workers to pay attention.


Jennifer Kesse did not arrive at her place of employment on January 24, 2006.  Family, friends, and law enforcement were quickly notified.  Fliers blanketed the area where Jennifer lived.

On the morning of January 26, 2006,  a resident in the complex where Jenn's car was found watched the morning news and the story of Jenn's disappearance.  

While taking his children to the school bus he recognized Jenn's parked car and called police. 

Jenn's car was found 1.2 miles from her home.  The car was dropped off at noon on the day of her abduction. 

Video surveillance at the location where Jenn's car was found shows a suspect, meticulously parking her car, sitting in it for 31 seconds, getting out of the car and then he walks away.

It became clear the motive was not robbery, as items of value that were inside the car were left on the back seat. .




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Saturday, August 20, 2011

FLORIDA BAR INVESTIGATES COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST JOSE BAEZ -- OPERATION PROBATION

Jose Baez, the lead attorney for Casey Anthony, is reportedly being investigated -- again -- by the Florida Bar association after a complaint was filed against him.
Florida's bar association will investigate a complaint filed against Jose Baez, incurred while he was defending Casey Anthony, a spokeswoman for the legal group said.

Zannah Lyle, a spokeswoman for the Florida Bar, said the complaint against Baez concerns his handling of when his client Casey Anthony would serve probation for her 2010 conviction on check-fraud charges
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It's unclear whether the Bar initiated the inquiry on its own, or if someone filed a complaint against Baez.


As with all such complaints, a panel of attorneys in the area where the complaint originated -- in this case, in Orlando -- will investigate, said Lyle. That legal panel, after hearing from the accused, could turn over the case to a grievance committee consisting of other lawyers and citizens if it decides that rules regarding professional conduct had been violated.

The grievance committee would then decide if there is probable cause for a violation. Ultimately, the complaint may be heard by Florida's Supreme Court -- with possible penalties for the lawyer including probation, suspension or revocation of his law license, according to Lyle.

This newest complaint pertains to whether or not Anthony's defense team had an obligation to inform the court that Anthony was "serving" her probation while already in jail - an unusual circumstance that reportedly went against the intentions of the judge in the check fraud case and was brought on by what Judge Belvin Perry called a "scrivener's error." 

So, basically the issue is this-- if an attorney is aware of a clerical error that goes against a judge's ruling, is it his or her duty to report it?

While Baez's confidence and cockiness may appeal only to himself, Casey Anthony, and a handful of others, this recent investigation with the Florida Bar may just be the blow to knock Baez down a notch from his proverbial podium. Baez's recent comment that this new complaint will "go away just as all the others." - have many believing Baez is 'untouchable'.

Baez told tabloid TMZ that he's "looking forward to the bar completing its investigation, so that it can be dismissed just like the 20 previous complaints. It is part of the job whenever you fight an unpopular case." 


In summary, the complaint issued to the Florida Bar surrounds these events pertaining to Baez's handling of the terms of Casey Anthony's probation ordered in 2010:

Anthony was convicted of felony check fraud for stealing a checkbook from a friend and writing five checks for $644.25. Orange County Superior Court Judge Stan Strickland ordered her to serve the year of probation following her release in the charges involving her daughter, but a clerk misunderstood the judge and prepared an order that the judge later signed instructing that Anthony would serve the probation while in custody awaiting trial.

The order was updated August 1 to add the words "upon release." But Anthony's lawyers -- including Baez -- contend she cannot be made to serve probation if she served it while in custody under a signed order from Strickland, saying it would violate constitutional protections against having to serve a sentence twice for the same offense.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled  that Strickland's verbal order was binding, and that "to bar the court from correcting a clerical mistake and to permit the defendant to serve probation in jail while awaiting trial on a totally unrelated charge without any possibility of complying with the terms of the probation order would clearly thwart society's interest in extracting a full, fair and just punishment for a crime."
Anthony's attorneys filed an emergency petition with Florida's 5th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday, asking that court to overturn Perry's order before the required date. They also asked the appellate court to strip Perry of further jurisdiction in the case.

In his ruling, Perry wrote that Baez "was well aware that the probation was to begin upon the defendant's release from jail." To use a mistake to seek a result that wasn't the court's intent, according to the judge, "strikes at the very foundation of our justice system."

"While ignorance of the contents of a court order is one thing, the failure to abide by that order and the failure to notify the court of a known scrivener's error in the order may be a violation of an attorney's duty of candor," Perry wrote.


Baez has been the target of several other Bar inquiries since taking on Anthony's case in the summer of 2008.   The following is  a sampling of the many complaints filed:

*In September 2009, the Bar cleared Baez of an ethical complaint accusing him of getting paid inappropriately in the case.

*That same month, the Bar cleared Baez of ethics allegations made by private investigator Dominic Casey, who claimed Baez never paid him. He also said the attorney told him to walk away from Caylee's remains if he ever found them and contact Baez. Both complaints were dismissed based on insufficient evidence.

*Strickland wrote the Bar about the Dominic Casey incident, also resulting in no formal action against Baez.

*The Bar initiated its own investigation into Jose Baez after the state Attorney's office faxed news releases that seemed to be generated on his behalf by his former spokesman that were critical of State Attorney Lawson Lamar. The Bar found no disciplinary proceedings against Baez were appropriate.

*The Bar confirmed a separate complaint against Baez in early February. Specific details about that complaint have not been released.



Thursday, August 18, 2011

CASEY ANTHONY'S WHITE PONTIAC SUNFIRE CRUSHED IN JUNKYARD

Casey Anthony's white Pontiac Sunbird -once thought to transport the body of Caylee Marie Anthony -- is now a crushed slab in a Florida junkyard.


According a person in a law office close to the case, George Anthony drove Casey Anthony's white Pontiac Sunbird to a Florida junkyard where it was crushed into a metal slab.

An assistant in the office of Mark Lippman -- who represents George and Cindy Anthony, who owned the car before giving it to their daughter, Casey -- said Friday that the car was destroyed on Thursday. 

The assistant declined to be named.

The body of Caylee Anthony was suspected to have decomposed in the trunk of the car according to evidence collected by law enforcement, CSI, and FBI test results. 

More than seven people, including Caylee's grandparents, Cindy and George Anthony, testified at trial that they smelled "the smell of death", or human decomposition in the car. A cadaver dog also made a trained alert or "hit" on the trunk area of the car--indicating human decomposition. 

Caylee Anthony's body was believed to have been in the trunk of the car for as many four to five days, and no less than two, according to expert witnesses at trial. Casey Anthony stated in a text message to a friend at the time, that her car smelled like a dead animal and that her father "must have hit a squirrel". In a second text to the same friend, Casey's text read that she "found the source of the smell...a dead squirrel plastered to the frame of her car" -- causing many investigators and court watchers to believe Casey was in fact referring to the smell of the decomposition of her own daughter in the trunk of the car. 

Casey abandoned her car the same day, June 27, 2008, at an Orlando area AMSCOT. The Pontiac was towed to Johnson's Towing lot three days later. 

Simon Birch, lot manager for Johnson's Towing, was one of the State's witnesses that testified he smelled human decomposition emitting from the car when he processed the car. 

George and Cindy Anthony did not retrieve the car from Johnson's Towing until July 15, 2008, the same day Cindy Anthony made a series of 911 phone calls and Caylee Anthony was officially reported "missing" by her grandmother Cindy. 

A few hours later, Casey Anthony revealed to law enforcement that her daughter Caylee had been "kidnapped" by her babysitter of approximately 2 years, and had been missing for thirty one days.

Casey Anthony, was acquitted of first degree murder charges in connection with her daughter Caylee's death. However, Casey was found guilty on four charges of making false statements to law enforcement.


Photos of Casey Anthony's white Pontiac Sunbird were entered into evidence during her trial.
George Anthony drove the white Sunfire to the junkyard to have it crushed




George and Cindy Anthony originally purchased the car for eldest son, Lee Anthony. In 2005, Lee Anthony purchased his own personal vehicle - a 2005 Mustang.  


 According to law enforcement reports, Lee and Casey had a "verbal agreement" that Casey could drive the Sunfire and  make monthly payments - of an undisclosed amount - to Lee  in order to purchase the car.  Also according to Lee's testimony, while Casey did make "a couple of payments" on the car, she continued to drive the car. Lee stated that even though Casey only made a few payments on the car, the repayment was a "non-issue".  

Cindy stated in testimony that she understood  the "monetary agreement" regarding the purchase of the car was between Lee and Casey and neither she nor George  were involved.  

Before Thursday's events, the white Pontiac Sunfire remained registered to George and Cindy Anthony with Florida license plate number G63XV.    

Lee Anthony's 2005 Black Mustang has a vanity plate that reads "Vader 5"

The white Sunfire, and the odor emanating from its trunk, had been central to the prosecution's case in Anthony's murder trial.

On June 27, 2008, she abandoned the Pontiac at an Orlando business, saying it had run out of gas, according to testimony. It later was towed to a wrecker yard, where it remained until July 15 of that year, when George and Cindy Anthony found a letter attached to the front door of their home while doing yard work. That was the day George and Cindy went to pick up the car.

The prosecution alleged -- and expert witnesses testified -- that the odor was that of human decomposition. They claimed Casey Anthony duct-taped her daughter's mouth and nose to suffocate her, and then put the body in the Pontiac's trunk before disposing of it.

The defense rebutted these claims, with attorney Jose Baez blasting what he called "the state's fantasy of forensics" in his closing argument. Defense attorneys maintained the child, Caylee, drowned in the Anthony's above-ground pool on June 16, and that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked upon finding her there and covered up the death. George Anthony denied that in his testimony.

Baez claimed a "phantom stain" in the trunk should have included more in the way of DNA evidence. He said the state used "junk science" relating to the odor and stain in the Pontiac's trunk to reach its conclusions.

After Anthony was cleared on the murder charge -- and convicted on four lesser counts of misleading law enforcement -- alternate juror Russell Huekler told HLN that he had a difficult time accepting that Caylee's body had been in the car trunk.





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