Just in case anyone was doubting the overall incompetence of LE – here’s an excerpt from “Presumed Guilty“, pages 54-55:
“Every day, it seemed there was a leak coming from law enforcement. They had a well-orchestrated plan to convict Casey in the court of public opinion and to taint the jury pool, as the police began to serve the media a steady diet of leaks and false information.
They leaked that there was the “smell of death” coming from the trunk of Casey’s car. They leaked that cadaver dogs had sniffed the trunk of Casey’s car and alerted to decomposition. They leaked that a single strand of Caylee’s hair found in the trunk had the “death-banding” associated with finding a dead body. They leaked that they had found a stain in the trunk, and after testing it, had found DNA. And finally, they leaked that chloroform had been found after testing the air in the trunk and that experts had discovered that Casey had looked up chloroform on her computer.
As you will see, none of this “evidence” turned out to be based on fact. But that didn’t matter. Like in politics, this was all about winning. How they won didn’t matter. The prosecution and the police from the start were convinced that Casey had killed Caylee, put her body in her trunk, and disposed of her somewhere, and they were going to make sure she was convicted, no matter what facts or evidence got in the way of their version of reality.
As a public relations and prosecution strategy it was brilliant. They may not have had the evidence but they figured if they could inflame the public and the possible jury pool, it would give them a clear advantage when selecting a jury. And if they could intimidate Casey or her so-called “rookie-lawyer”, maybe she would fold, accept the plea, and tell the police where Caylee’s body was so everyone could go home.
I knew this was their game, but I also knew that it was all a fishing expedition. I thought to myself, If they really had all of this evidence of her guilt, why do they need to talk to Casey so badly? Why are they resorting to cheap tricks to get her to talk?
Her “rookie” lawyer decided we weren’t going to fold just yet. For the entire first year, whenever there was new discovery, the first place I heard it was the television set. It was never given to me in advance.
The public records law in Florida is counter intuitive to a defendant’s right to a fair trial, and early on, I filed a motion with the court asking it to delay disseminating the information about the case to the media and the public so I could have an opportunity to review it first to see if there were any objectionable reasons to making it public. Strickland denied my motion without even a hearing.”