Orlando, FL- The Ninth Circuit of Orange County is beginning to look like their own decay facility.
If your watching the murder trial of Casey Anthony, for the murder of her daughter Caylee as the defense is presenting their case in chief, you are watching Jose Baez et al building their own THE BODY FARM, of defense witnesses, that is.
For those of you who wish to maintain your decorum and have been advised to remove sharp objects from your reach, I offer the Blink hilight reel.
Fly In The Ointment.. Or Chew Lugie
Dr. Timothy Huntington, who was the defense entymologist expert , swarmed in, stating that the flies and larvae were attracted to the contents of the trash bag. In short, his opinion was the blowflies, known for their ability to smell “happy hour” within seconds, were nearly absent from the trunk, and that the ones found were attracted to whatever decomposing food products, or garbage, that were NOT present.
Yep, I said NOT present. Jeff Ashton opened the evidence of the soda can reflecting no chew spit, and the “salami” packaging which actually held a piece of paper disguised as a food item, apparently.
Dr. Huntington’s “pigs not in blankets” experiment, where he had someone kill pigs and stash them in the trunks of various cars to prove the rate and amount of blowflies present in contrast to those found in the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire, forgot to duplicate conditions in anyway, specifically, double trash bags wrapped in a laundry bag. Dr. Huntington was forced to admit he has zero relevant experience in this area.
Like a moth to the flame, State Attorney Jeff Ashton drew Huntington into his “web of truth”. Huntington, for purposes of this piece, was not at all comfortable on the prosecutorial flypaper; he said it “rides up” after a while.
It is not known if Dr. Huntington left any puparia in his seat when he was excused from the witness box.
From Founder To Flounder In Taphonomic Wikigate
William Rodriguez, Phd, the defense expert in taphonomy, or the study of decaying organisms over time through fossilization has an impressive resume.
founder- one that founds or establishes
flounder (v)- to make clumsy attempts to regain one’s balance.
The good Dr, under oath, claimed to be a co-founder of infamous THE BODY FARM in open court.
Not according to THE BODY FARM, or it’s actual founder, Dr. Bill Bass.
Dr. Rodriguez was already a subject of contention, or possible contEMPTion, for drastically altering the opinion and findings he reported, versus what he is now prepared to testify to, thus violating Judge Perry’s order for what is now going to be the third time.
However, it is a whole different animal to claim a co-founder status, than the actuality, which was a teaching assistant, and at times, window washer.
Because the State of Florida believes Rodriguez’s change in testimony is in effect a discovery violation, Judge Perry has since reserved ruling on the infraction until the trial’s conclusion.
Wait till he hears this BOMBSHELL.
Immediately Prior to Publication Update: Rodriguez is OUT. Details To Follow
Shoddy Is As Shoddy Does
By far, one of the more painful witness cross-examinations to date, Werner Spitz, MD, was like flying coach to Thailand seated next to a newborn with an ear infection, that has run out of booze in the first hour.
Dr. Spitz’s obsession with his pocket-cranial saw for all occasions not withstanding, his testimony under cross, following a celebrated 56 year forensic pathology career involving the Assasinations of President JFK and Dr. Martin Luther King was an affront to the profession, period.
At one point, he referred to the autopsy conducted by Jan Garavaglia, of “Dr. G” fame, as “shoddy” because she did not remove the “cap” of the skull, and therefore could not see the brain; although little Caylee Anthony’s remains were completely skeletonized with no soft tissue whatsoever.
When Dr. Spitz told the jury that he believed that the reason the mandibular bone appeared almost in full articular placement was because the duct tape was placed “on the left side only” after the toddler was completely decomposed, jurors were observed actually smirking at the man.
He was unaware there were 3 separate strips of duct tape affixed, and overall seemed to defy most Medico Legal Investigation of Death protocol in unnatural death investigation , which sadly, he is actually the co-author of.
Definitely A Fortnight…. Yes For Sure… Maybe Not
Dr. Jane Bock, the defense botany expert, as I have covered exclusively previously, is a lovely woman and accomplished professor.
She was also the benefactor of Jeff Ashton’s gentlemanly handling of her testimony during cross examination this afternoon.
Dr. Bock went from the sublime to the ridiculous in her assertion that Caylee could have completely skeletonized, and grown herself a “root wrap” via her Pooh blanket. Mr. Ashton was kinder than I would have been, to his credit, and to my “note to self about humility”, because I have written about her prior case work and it would have been entirely relevant as an impeachment item. That said, I will follow his lead.
With no personal disrespect intended whatsoever to these “experts”, professionally, you betcha, I have to ask, did Jose Baez pull these folks out of a matinee complete with the AARP discount for a COCOON screening?
How is it, these seemingly accomplished, highly educated forensic professionals with career paths the envy of many a grad student, were willing to throw their credentials behind such ludicrous opinions that were completely unsubstantiated by findings or evidence, simply to have their names associated with this case. Make no mistake, that is exactly what happened here.
Being an expert defense witness, real or perceived in this case, makes going into one’s twilight a solid 401K extender.
Blink discussing witnesses and developments after press-time LIVE tonight on THE DANA PRETZER SHOW.
Special Guests: Diane Dimond, Mark Nejame, and Blink, Editor In Chief, www. blinkoncrime.com
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