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Post by lisette on Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:58 pm

Casey Anthony Defense Attorney Files Request In New Motion
POSTED: 2:59 pm EST December 1, 2010
UPDATED: 3:10 pm EST December 1, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez says his team's experts should be reimbursed for their prior travel expenses.
In a new motion, Baez asks to be paid back for the travel costs of five experts who came to Orlando in July to review evidence in the case.
Baez argues that Judge Belvin Perry agreed in October to pay such costs within strict state guidelines for travel expended.
Anthony was declared indigent in March. A state commission now doles out funding for her defense, at taxpayers' expense.
The new motion does not specify how much money Baez is asking for.

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Post by lisette on Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:11 pm

New Casey Witnesses Come With Doubt, Cost
Defense Team Uses Up Investigative Hours Finding New 'Key' Witnesses
POSTED: 5:36 pm EST December 1, 2010
UPDATED: 5:53 pm EST December 1, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's defense team revealed this week it has new witnesses that could unravel the prosecution's claim Anthony dumped her own daughter in the woods, but finding those witnesses may be coming at a cost to taxpayers.
Anthony's lawyers filed a motion on Wednesday asking that Judge Bevin Perry approve funding for even more investigative hours.
Perry approved more hours in late October. Defense attorney Jose Baez requested 300 hours. Perry approved 30 hours at a cost of $40 per hour.
Anthony was declared indigent in March, so a state commission doles out funding for her defense.
Many of the hours that have been spent have been used up by the defense in questioning dozens of people who claim to have searched Suburban Drive, the area where Caylee Anthony's remains were discovered in December 2008.
Defense attorney Cheney Mason told WESH 2 News this week the defense has 15 to 20 people who say they searched in the exact area where the remains were discovered months before the find.
Their statements by the volunteers could blow apart the prosecution's claim that Anthony dumped the remains there.
Other volunteers with Texas EquuSearch have testified under oath that the area where the remains were found was under water for months.
Defense attorney Richard Hornsby, who is not affiliated with the case, said it would be difficult for the witnesses to know exactly where they had searched two years ago.
If the new witnesses aren't exactly sure of where they searched along the long, densely wooded stretch of road, their claims could be easily discounted.
"Until these people give very specific accounts of where they were and what they did, you have to take anything they say with a grain of salt," said Hornsby.
It remains to be seen how many of the volunteers will be subpoenaed by Mason and the defense team to testify about what they saw.
"I highly doubt he found anybody who was in that exact spot and until he presents a witness list under oath, I'm very questionable of anything he claims," Hornsby said.
Mason said he plans to present the new witness list to Perry on Friday.

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Post by lisette on Thu Dec 09, 2010 3:12 pm

JAC On Excess Spending: No Way Jose
Response From State Agency One Of Several New Filings In Casey Anthony Case

POSTED: 11:46 am EST December 8, 2010
UPDATED: 12:47 pm EST December 8, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The agency that oversees the public money being spent on Casey Anthony's defense wants her attorneys to prove that additional hours from a private investigator are necessary.
In a new court filing, the Justice Administrative Commission responds to defense attorney Jose Baez's claim that he's already exhausted the 360 hours for an in-state investigator that have been granted.
The JAC said Baez must prove more hours are needed and that Baez must keep the cost to $40 or less per hour, the state's established rate for investigators.
"JAC objects to any compensation rate in excess of established rates," the response said.
Many of the hours the defense claims to have used up have been spent in questioning dozens of people who claim to have searched Suburban Drive, the area where Caylee Anthony's remains were discovered in December 2008.
Defense attorney Cheney Mason told WESH 2 News earlier this month the defense has 15 to 20 people who say they searched in the exact area where the remains were discovered months before the find.
Their statements could blow apart the prosecution's claim that Anthony dumped the remains there.
Other volunteers with Texas EquuSearch have testified under oath that the area where the remains were found was under water for months.
One such volunteer, Joe Jordan, is scheduled to be deposed by the defense on Wednesday afternoon.
Jordan indicated there was nothing in the area where the remains were found, but later told detectives that was not his claim.
New paperwork filed in the case also sets guidelines for DNA testing on two pieces of evidence in the case.

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Post by Guest on Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:19 pm

I am impressed the Prosecutors in this case. It is nice to see them watching over Florida tax payers money like this.
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Post by lisette on Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:03 pm

Casey Investigator Wasting Taxpayer Money, Motion Suggests
Defense Investigator Out Hours, Despite Recent Allocation
POSTED: 4:16 pm EST December 28, 2010
UPDATED: 5:25 pm EST December 28, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An investigator for Casey Anthony's defense team may be wasting time and taxpayer money, a new court filing suggests.

In a new 80-page filing, the Justice Administrative Commission said the investigator is already over his budgeted hours even after being allocated another 100 by Judge Belvin Perry just two weeks ago.
The JAC doles out taxpayer money to indigent clients, like Anthony, who was declared indigent in March.
Records show Florida taxpayers have already spent more than $18,000 funding an investigator for Anthony's defense.
JAC said in the new filing that investigator Jeremy Lyons has billed for 471 hours of work. He has only been budgeted 470 so far.
The JAC said the investigator is spending time on tasks that could be performed by a paralegal or secretary.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 28, 2010 7:21 pm

All eyes are on Baez, watching what he is spending and doing. I wonder if he wants to live in Florida when he is done wasting the tax payers money because he might want about relocating for his own safety.
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Post by jeanne1807 on Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:04 pm

This thing about Casey being indigent. Hummm.

I don't think Casey gets that part. She and Broadway Baez think the money tree grows in their garden.

The two of them don't have a clue what indigent really means. They will push all the buttons. What do they have to lose?

They aren't the 'Po folks' indigent refers to. They are above all that. Sometimes I think Casey thinks she is the "Rapture".
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Post by charminglane on Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:11 pm

My God, Jeanne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am busting a gut!!!

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Post by lisette on Thu Jan 20, 2011 11:34 pm

Casey Defense Wants $12K More From Taxpayers

New Motion Asks For Approval Of 300 Investigative Hours
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's defense team is asking Judge Belvin Perry to approve more taxpayer-funded investigative hours.
In a new motion, defense attorneys ask for approval of an additional 300 hours in the interest of "judicial economy."
Anthony was declared indigent in March, so a state agency now doles out money for her defense.
The state-approved rate is $40 per investigative hour, so if approved, the new request could mean an additional $12,000 in taxpayer money.
The defense said in the motion it is already 106.2 hours over what has been approved by the court. Defense attorneys note that prosecutors continue to submit new witness names and turn over discovery, both of which must be looked into.
Anthony's defense team has asked for additional hours several times in the last few months. Each time, Perry has approved a portion of the defense requests.

Up to this point, Perry has approved 480.7 in-state investigative hours, which equates to $19,228.
In a separate motion, the defense asked for approval of investigative hours for a possible penalty phase of the trial.
In September, the defense requested a $5,000 for such work, but Perry withheld a ruling on the issue pending the defense's submission of an itemized list of services that would be needed.
The motion includes the itemized list that the court requested.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Feb. 4. WESH.com will provide live coverage.

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Post by lisette on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:07 pm

Casey Anthony Hearing Set For Monday

Hearing Will Address Request For Investigative Hours

POSTED: 4:22 pm EST January 21, 2011
UPDATED: 4:24 pm EST January 21, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A hearing has been set in the case against Casey Anthony for Monday at 4 p.m.
Judge Belvin Perry is expected to take up a new request from the defense for more investigative hours.
Attorneys are expected to call in for the hearing. Anthony will not be present.
Defense attorneys asked for an additional 300 hours in a motion this week. If approved, the hours could cost taxpayers up to $12,000.
Anthony was declared indigent in March. A state agency now doles out funding for her defense.
WESH.com will provide live coverage of the hearing.
Anthony's murder trial is scheduled to begin in May.

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:08 am

300 additional hours? To do what? Come up with a dead squirrel? This is ridiculous!! If they don't have all their ducks in a row at this juncture when the trial is about 3 months away...they never will.

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