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11 items from 2011


Reliable Sources On Whether Media’s ‘Legal Loudmouths’ Harm The Judicial Process

10 July 2011 1:52 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

After a week that was filled with news and commentary regarding the verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial, Howard Kurtz spoke with Lauren Ashburn and Diane Diamond about the role of legal pundits. All seemed skeptical over Nancy Grace's role in the coverage with Ashburn explaining that Americans just need to be entertained by everything and with Kurtz suggesting many other legal analysts may have simply viewed this trial as an opportunity to become a star, like many journalists did with the O.J. Simpson trial. »

- Matt Schneider

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Did They Get Her?

14 June 2011 7:47 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

The Casey Anthony prosecutors wrapped up their case yesterday. Diane Dimond analyzes whether they proved that she killed her toddler daughter-and what the defense needs to do to free her.

After 19 days of testimony, the prosecution wrapped up its case in one of the most notorious murder trials the state of Florida has ever put on. And with 25-year-old Casey Anthony facing the possibility she will be put to death for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, the state called the defendant's mother, Cindy, to tie up loose ends.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Amanda Knox's Second Chance

Cindy explained why the mitochondrial-matched 9-inch-long hair found decomposing in Casey's car trunk couldn't have been anyone else in the family's except little Caylee. She testified that the child's Winnie-the-Pooh blanket had mysteriously disappeared from the home along with black plastic trash bags and a canvas laundry bag that had »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey Anthony Speaks

3 June 2011 6:48 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

The accused murderess may not testify, but jurors got to hear from her nevertheless-through eerie videotaped jailhouse conversations that reveal Anthony's true moods.

The jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial heard dramatic and emotional words from the defendant herself as the second week of testimony in Orlando, Florida, came to a close.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Did They Get Her?

No, Casey Anthony did not take the stand-most legal experts agree her lawyers will never let her be exposed to prosecutor's questions as it's just too risky to put a known liar on the stand. What the jury heard was nearly nine hours of audio- and videotape of Casey Anthony displaying all sorts of emotions and revealing all sorts of information that makes her stated defense more difficult.

The stench of familial betrayal drips off these tapes. Recorded during late July and into August of 2008, the content is sometimes jaw-dropping, »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey's Mother's Anguish

1 June 2011 8:48 AM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

It was the ultimate tearjerker: a mother pointing a finger at her daughter, who faces death for killing her granddaughter. Diane Dimond on yesterday's drama at the Casey Anthony trial.

At the end of the highly acclaimed HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce, actress Kate Winslet runs away from her ungrateful, manipulating adult daughter one afternoon and finds herself alone at the bar of her restaurant. Her ex-husband appears at her side-he, the father of the horrid daughter-and tells Mildred it's Ok to hate your own child. He grabs a bottle and says, "Let's get stinko!" Mildred smiles knowingly as the end credits roll.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Did They Get Her?

Veda Pierce's betrayal (she sleeps with Mildred's new husband among several other unforgiveable transgressions) came to mind Tuesday while watching the testimony of Casey Anthony's parents during her capital murder trial in Orlando, Florida. The pain in their »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey Anthony's Lies

29 May 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

The murder trial's first week ended with riveting details of the defendant's double life. With all sides conceding Anthony was a liar, her fate now hangs on which fib the jury buys. By Diane Dimond

Casey Anthony had a monumental meltdown at the end of the first week of her capital murder trial in Orlando, Florida.  It came during a break in her mother's testimony, during which Cindy Anthony had been describing how she found out her unmarried 19-year-old daughter was pregnant and tearfully identified pictures of her dead granddaughter's bedroom and backyard play area.

Related story on The Daily Beast: It's Getting Even Weirder

After the jury left the room, her mother's attorney put his arm around an emotional Cindy to lead her away-and 25-year-old Casey pitched a tantrum befitting a toddler. Tears flowed down her reddened face as two of her attorneys moved in to calm her, gesturing and whispering wildly, »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey's Bombshell Accusation

24 May 2011 7:48 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Just hours into the murder trial, Casey Anthony's team had called the death of her 2-year-old an accident and her father an incestuous child abuser. Diane Dimond on the shocking opening arguments.

Casey Anthony looked like a tortured ballerina a la the "Black Swan" as her lead defense attorney delivered his shocking opening statement.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Evidence You're Not Allowed to See

The defendant wore her long flowing ponytail down her slender back.

But after lunch she returned, as if to prepare herself for what was about to happen, with her hair knotted up into tight bun.

"This is not a case of first-degree murder," defense attorney Jose Baez announced to the jury. "On June 15, 2008, Caylee Marie Anthony died in the family swimming pool." And there it was.

Casey, sitting at the defense table, sobbed into a tissue.

While all those searches for the child »

- Diane Dimond

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The Case Against Casey

22 May 2011 8:23 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As the Casey Anthony prosecution commences tomorrow, Diane Dimond analyzes thousands of evidence pages, including never-published photos of her 2-year-old's remains (warning: graphic image).

The top of her tiny skull peeped out from the entwining foliage in a garbage-strewn wooded area just around the block from the only home she'd ever known. Eighteen of her 20 baby teeth were found scattered nearby, as were many of her skeletal, underdeveloped bones.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Evidence You're Not Allowed to See

Not even Hurricane Fay, which rammed through the Orlando, Florida, area in August 2008, could wash away the child's legacy. It was as if Caylee Marie Anthony-or what was left of her-was patiently waiting for someone to find her and seek justice.

A photograph of her remains, revealed here for the first time, was taken by an Orange County crime-scene specialist and is, perhaps, the single most riveting and »

- Diane Dimond

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Mom or Murderer?

17 May 2011 10:42 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

As jury selection for Casey Anthony hits a second week, experts try to reconcile the multiple personas of the woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

There is no Miss Manners guidebook on how one is expected to behave at one's own murder trial. But after watching Casey Marie Anthony's behavior during jury selection at her capital-murder case over the past week and a half, observers are left wondering how many different ways someone can behave.

Related story on The Daily Beast: The Evidence You're Not Allowed to See

Every day a different Casey Anthony walks in the door.

The first day she appeared especially engaged and intense as she and her lawyers hunched around the defense table and quietly conferred. Anthony asked questions, locked eyes with her advisors, and nodded nervously at everything they said.

Once their chairs were shifted so prospective jurors could look directly at her from »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey Anthony's Risky Murder Defense

12 May 2011 10:59 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Family turmoil, sex abuse-the bombshells have begun during jury selection. Diane Dimond on the defense team's apparent strategy-admit her guilt to save her life.

It's now clear this is going to be a case of "The Parents Made Me Do It" subtitled, "Poor Me, Casey Anthony."

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Some people say jury selection is boring, but it's during the questioning of prospective jurors that the curtain of secrecy surrounding both the prosecution and the defense cases is first lifted.

During four full days of jury selection in a courtroom in Clearwater, Florida, some 100 miles from the scene of the crime in Orlando, it has become clear the state's case will be straightforward. It will center upon the facts in the case: A tiny child whose mother failed to report her missing for 31 days, a car trunk that smelled like a dead body »

- Diane Dimond

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Casey Anthony's Mystery Tears

9 May 2011 7:39 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

The Florida woman accused of murdering her 3-year-old daughter stopped the trial's first day with a meltdown yesterday. Diane Dimond, inside the courtroom, asks: Was it emotion-or an act?

The severity of her situation seems to have finally and completely dawned on 25-year-old murder suspect Casey Anthony. As Judge Belvin Perry began to read the specific charges against her on the opening day of jury selection .... "Child endangerment, first-degree murder which carries the penalty of death...." Casey stared down at the table and began to rock herself back and forth. Tissues were offered and she sat clutching them to her face. She nodded her head as if inside she was saying, "No! No! No!" And then the spigot of tears opened.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Amanda Knox's Second Chance

"On or about June 15, 2008, this defendant did cause the death of her daughter, Caylee," the Judge read.

Casey Anthony's »

- Diane Dimond

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The Casey Anthony Circus Begins

5 May 2011 7:39 PM, PDT | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Jury selection kicks off Monday for the latest trial of the century-did Casey Anthony murder her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee? Diane Dimond on how the sideshow is already baffling observers.

Jury selection in the capital murder trial of Casey Anthony is set to begin Monday at an undisclosed location in Florida. The judge has agreed to try to choose a jury from outside the Orlando hot-zone of this case-a hat tip to the fact that as legal circuses go, this one may top them all.

The recipe seems perfect:  A beautiful young single mother, who after a fierce fight with her mother in the summer of 2008 leaves the communal home with her 2-year old daughter, Caylee, and shows up 31 days later to proclaim she's somehow misplaced her child.  Ingredients include her abandoned car which smells like a dead body, a passel of incredible lies about a non-existent Nanny with the storybook name of Zanny, »

- Diane Dimond

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