Anthony trial evidence called into question; Zenaida Gonzalez sues for defamation

July 19, 2011

(This story INCORRECTLY identified Zenaida Gonzalez as a babysiter. GONZALEZ says she never served as a babysitter and is suing Casey Anthony for defamation. We apologize for the error.)

The murder trial for Casey Anthony might be over, but questions about the evidence in the case continue to emerge. The latest batch are about internet searches for ‘chloroform,’ a central part of the prosecution’s case. As Sarah Anne Hughes reported:

Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee, by a jury of 12 men and women. But the court of public opinion has found the verdict wanting, causing some to criticize the jury for their decision.

Now the software designer who testified that Anthony searched for the term “chloroform” and visited Web site sci-spot.com 84 times, a key part of the prosecution's case, is saying that information was wrong, the New York Times reports.

After John Bradley redesigned his software and found the error, he brought the information to the prosecution and police June 25, but the jury was never told about the discrepancy and the record never corrected.

“I gave the police everything they needed to present a new report,” Bradley told the Times. “I did the work myself and copied out the entire database in a spreadsheet to make sure there was no issue of accessibility to the data.”

The State Attorney’s Office in Orlando did not respond to the Times’ request for comment. The media relations commander for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the paper, “We’re not going to relive the trial again.”

One of Anthony’s attorneys, Cheney Mason, said, “If in fact this is true, and the prosecution concealed this new information, it is more than shame on them. It is outrageous.”

Anthony was released from jail Sunday, and her current location is being kept a secret to protect her.

Casey Anthony’s legal troubles are far from over. Zenaida Gonzalez, is suing Casey for defamation. As AP explained:

An attorney for a woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation will argue in court that the Florida mother should be deposed before she’s released from jail.

Zenaida Gonzalez sued Anthony for defamation, saying her reputation was maligned when Anthony claimed a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee in the summer of 2008. The claim later was shown to be a lie.

A hearing in Orlando is set for Friday morning in Gonzalez’s civil lawsuit against Anthony. Anthony is not expected to attend the hearing.

Gonzalez’s attorneys argue that they may not get a chance to depose Anthony once she’s released.

In a bizarre example of the nationwide media attention this case has received, an ex-judge in Ohio led church members in a mock replay of the Casey Anthony trial, producing a ‘hung’ jury. As AP reported:

A church service in Ohio has included a mock retrial of Casey Anthony, the woman in Florida found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

WJW-TV reports Sunday’s exercise at the In Touch With Christ Christian Center in Cleveland was led by the Rev. Una Keenon, a retired municipal court judge in the community of East Cleveland.

She asked the 12 church members who acted as jurors to consider whether it would be right to send Anthony to death row if she did not kill her child.

The church jury was hung, with eight voting guilty and four voting not guilty.

Bishop Prince Moultry, the church pastor, said the important lesson from the service was to protect children in Cleveland from the same fate as little Caylee Anthony.

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