Jury selection moves ahead in Casey Anthony case, swearing in may begin Monday
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Judge Belvin Perry has previously declared that the Casey Anthony trial would officially begin on Tuesday and after a 10 hour long session on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in a Tampa Bay courthouse, twelve jurors were selected, moving the trial closer to that goal. Judge Perry has announced there will be twenty jurors in total, consisting of twelve main and eight alternates. Though only twelve will sit on the main jury panel, Judge Perry said he will begin swearing them in after three more are selected. Jury selection will resume on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8:30 am, ET and once three more jurors are selected the swearing in process will begin.
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At this rate, it is possible that jury selection will be completed in time for Judge Perry to keep to his May 17, 2011 trial date or close to his intended start date. This is supposing that everything goes smoothly and none of the selected jurors are dismissed before being sworn in. Judge Perry has also stated he expects the full trial to complete within four- six weeks, including the death penalty phase.
Casey Anthony is charged with first degree murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The state alleges that Casey Anthony murdered her daughter and drove around Orlando, Florida with her deceased body in the trunk of her car. The defense has promised to deliver “bombshell” information during their opening statements of trial. In the past week of jury selection, the defense has asked potential jurors questions regarding their opinions on sexual abuse. It is unclear what role a defense strategy of sexual, verbal or physical abuse against Casey Anthony would have upon the trial, or what the defense is planning on using to prove Casey Anthony’s innocence, but one thing is certain, the eyes of the nation have been glued to Tampa Bay as jury selection continues.
The Tampa Bay residents selected as the jury panel will commute to Orlando, Florida where they will be sequestered throughout the remainder of the trial. Judge Perry brought an element of humor to the proceedings when he promised the jury would enjoy fine dining and wonderful activities to engage in throughout the weekends. Still, in light of great food and entertainment that may include weekend trips to Disney World, some potential jurors made it clear they did not want any part of the Casey Anthony case.
Throughout the past six days of jury selection some potential jurors were eliminated due to the fact they openly expressed their belief that Casey Anthony was guilty, one potential juror initiated a conversation with television producers then admitted he purposely sabotaged his chance of being selected for jury trial, other candidates were ruled out after a look at their previous social media networking posts revealed they weren’t suitable candidates.
Of great concern has been ruling out the “stealth” jurors. These are the jurors who wish to join the jury panel so that when the trial concludes they can write books and maybe even see their novels turned into movies. It has been challenging to locate jurors who hadn’t previously heard of Casey Anthony or followed the case through the liberal media and news coverage the case has garnered since Caylee Anthony’s disappearance first became public in July 2008. More realistic has been locating potential jurors who state they can remain fair and impartial in light of the attention the case has received.
The twelve jurors and eight alternates will be prohibited from speaking about the case until after it concludes.
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