by Jeff Gore
After Lee Anthony testified yesterday that his sister Casey--you know, Casey Anthony, the one accused of murdering her two year-old daughter and all that--had once described herself as a "spiteful bitch," the local news sphere was abuzz with chatter, which was summed up in this clunky meta-analysis by an Orlando Sentinel blog:
“Spiteful bitch” will show up in closing arguments, WKMG-Channel 6 legal analyst Mark NeJame predicted tonight. “This is the cornerstone of the prosecution’s case — the fact that she wanted to go ahead and live a life of freedom, free of what she considered to be the shackles of her daughter,” NeJame said.
WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said the “spiteful bitch” comment could have greatly influenced jurors. “I don’t know that they can ever look at her the same,” Sheaffer said.
At the end of the blog, it's easy to conclude that the press is as squarely against Casey Anthony winning this trial as Orlando Magic fans are against the Miami Heat winning the NBA Finals. Scratch that--it's evident at the beginning of the blog, as it's titled "Casey Anthony: How crucial is her ’spiteful bitch’ comment?" Even though the comment was gleaned second-hand from testimonal of an acrimonious family member with no recorded audio to back up the statement, the press seems to have made up its mind that Casey most definitely said such a thing, spiteful bitch that she is. WFTV seems especially convinced; its headline reads: "Witnesses, Recordings Heard In Court Expose Casey's Lies."
In that piece is a bit of creative writing that really puts the reader at the scene, right after Lee Anthony dropped the "spiteful bitch" bomb:
WFTV reporter Kathi Belich immediately looked at the jurors for reaction. One or two of them turned to Casey right away, and then one by one several others looked at her. Casey sat staring coldly back at them.
The use of the word "coldly" reminds this reporter eerily of Jared Loughner's supposed "smirk" after entering a courtroom for the first time.