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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:28 am

By Amy Pavuk and Anthony Colarossi / The Orlando Sentinel
Friday, December 23, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. —Defense attorneys for Casey Anthony want former prosecutor Jeff Ashton to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court for including information from sealed depositions in his recently released book about the case.

Anthony’s defense attorney, Cheney Mason, filed the motion Wednesday. It asks Chief Judge Belvin Perry to compel Ashton to appear and tell the judge why he should not face contempt charges.

Ashton revealed details from those depositions in his book, but has said he was relying on his memory and notes to reference the material.

Ashton, now a former assistant state attorney, wrote about the depositions of two mental health experts — Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz — in his book, "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony."

According to Ashton’s book, Danziger said that Anthony told him she "believed that her father drowned Caylee deliberately or drowned her while he was molesting her, even though she had no evidence that George (Anthony) had ever molested Caylee in the past."

Danziger also expressed concerns about becoming a "mouthpiece" for these "very, very serious allegations" that lacked real evidence, Ashton writes in the book.

Weitz, referring to the account Casey Anthony gave him, gave a similar version of events. He indicated Casey Anthony asserted "that Caylee could not have died by accident and that George had murdered her," according to the book.

Casey Anthony said her father yelled at her, "It’s your fault. It’s your fault. You’re a bad mother," according to the Weitz version.

Ashton wrote that both the prosecution and defense agreed not to have the depositions made public "because the allegations were so sensational."

Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry agreed and sealed the documents before the trial began.

In the latest motion, Mason acknowledged that he hasn’t read Ashton’s book, but references a motion filed by The Orlando Sentinel earlier this week, in which the news organization seeks to unseal those two key depositions.

"Mr. Ashton’s violation of this Court’s Order has now been used as a justification for a request to unseal materials that this Court has determined fits the legal criteria for nondisclosure," Mason’s motion said.

"This Court issued a clear directive (’sealed means sealed’). Mr. Ashton has now violated this Order twice; once based on the flawed justification that somehow revealing ’substantive information’ from the depositions was not a violation of the Order. The second violation was strictly for profit. Moreover, the continued dissemination of Mr. Ashton’s book is an ongoing violation of this Court’s Order."

The Sentinel seeks to unseal the depositions of Danziger and Weitz. Casey Anthony’s defense team in March wanted to use both as witnesses but neither Danziger nor Weitz ever was called.

Their depositions are significant because they recount how Casey Anthony explained the disappearance of her daughter Caylee Marie in the summer of 2008 to the two mental health experts.

Orlando Sentinel attorney Rachel Fugate argues in the motion that Ashton "authored a book in which he discussed the substance of the sealed depositions, which came from his memory and his notes."

"At this point in the proceedings, there is no basis to continue the sealing of these depositions," Fugate argues. "Any sealing order must be narrowly tailored to accomplish its purpose. A sealing order is no longer necessary to protect Ms. Anthony’s fair trial rights."

A hearing date has not yet been set.

Anthony, 25, was found not guilty in July of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her daughter. Since then, she has repeatedly refused to answer questions about her daughter’s disappearance in two separate civil lawsuits filed against her.

The depositions offer another way to review one of her most recent versions of the account of her daughter’s disappearance.

During his opening statement in the criminal trial, Anthony defense lawyer Jose Baez told jurors Caylee died in a drowning in mid-June 2008 and also said George Anthony discovered the lifeless child and yelled at Casey. But many of the claims Baez made in his opening were left unsupported by the defense during the trial.

In the book, Ashton theorized that Baez wanted the two doctors to get Casey Anthony’s story in front of jurors without having her testify. They would also have provided an explanation for why she waited a month to report the child’s disappearance, Ashton wrote.

In the end, the defense pulled both psychologists from its witness list after the prosecution successfully argued to have its own expert examine Casey as well.

"We were surprised that Baez had not anticipated the request for our own expert evaluation and considered that before showing his hand like he had," Ashton wrote.

Mason’s motion also said that Ashton revealed the contents of the sealed depositions to George Anthony and that defense attorneys raised the issue with Perry during an "informal hearing."

The motion said Ashton justified his disclosure of details of the deposition by explaining that he relied on his memory and notes, and didn’t show the actual deposition to George Anthony.

"This is a distinction without a difference," Mason wrote.

At that time, Perry reserved ruling on whether or not Ashton should be held in contempt, the motion said.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:50 pm

Jeff Ashton to HLN: ‘Smarmy’ Jose Baez has ’superficial charm’

Caylee and Casey Anthony, George and Cindy Anthony, HLN, Jose Baez — posted by halboedeker

Do we really need music to accompany interviews?

The music backing Jeff Ashton’s Monday interview with HLN’s Vinnie Politan was melodramatic, distracting and unnecessary. What Ashton was saying about the Casey Anthony trial was dramatic all by itself. But I’m sure we’ll hear more of the music when the interview continues at 6 p.m. today on HLN “Prime News.”

Highlights from the first part of the chat? Here are my choices:

***Ashton said the biggest lie that defense attorney Jose Baez told at the trial was that Caylee Anthony drowned by accident. Even Casey Anthony doesn’t believe it was an accident, Ashton said. In July, Anthony was acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her daughter. (HLN replayed highlights from the trial at 5 p.m. Monday.)

***Ashton continued his complaints against the jury, which acquitted Anthony. The jury got four versions of Anthony’s story and needed to see through them, Ashton said.

It wasn’t proper for Baez to address the jury, but Chief Judge Belvin Perry let Baez do it, Ashton said. If the jurors fell for Baez’s saying good morning to them, they should be ashamed, Ashton added.

***Ashton dismissed problems with witness George Anthony, Casey’s father, by saying it was “George being George.” George disliked Baez from the beginning, Ashton said. “George is a lousy game player and liar,” Ashton said. “Casey was a phenomenal liar.”

Ashton also said he wished he could have “slapped George around” to make George snap out of it. (I’m sure there could be a pay-for-view event in that if both parties are willing.)LOL

***Gossip about a fight at the Anthony home shortly before Caylee disappeared was “third-hand hearsay” and couldn’t have been admitted at trial, Ashton said.

***Ashton expanded on his comments, made in the book “Imperfect Justice,” that he genuinely dislikes Baez. Ashton described the defense attorney as “smarmy” and having “a superficial charm” that doesn’t always ring true. Baez had been dishonest with the prosecution, the judge, the jury and Cindy Anthony, Ashton said.

I’d like to hear about what Ashton thinks he could have done differently at trial. Maybe we’ll hear that today. But Ashton received a great platform, with all that music, to promote his book.

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