Judge Belvin Perry has mysteriously recessed the Casey Anthony murder trial, still in the jury selection phase, until 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Anthony is charged in the killing of her two-year old daughter.
The court is in it's 9th day of jury selection, still looking for one more juror and eight alternates, The judge has suggested he will swear in jurors when they get to twelve, and begin opening statements next Monday in Orlando.
After a lunch break, the Judge asked defense attorney Cheney Mason if he had discussed a mystery "matter" with his client Casey Anthony. Mason indicated "yes." At 1:10 p.m. Wednesday afternoon the Judge abruptly recessed the proceedings until Thursday morning.
The court had recessed for lunch at about 11:15 a.m., and Jose Baez had asked the Judge to extend the lunch break until 1 p.m. instead of the 12:45 p.m. time the Judge had suggested.
Reportedly, Baez then did not join his colleagues at the courthouse lunch room as was his pattern. Baez also did not return to court after the lunch recess. Co-counsel Mason was there however, to represent Anthony in Baez's absence.
The defense attorney team is reportedly working without pay, although the courts do allow for costs to be reimbursed.
Some observers have commented on lead attorney Jose Baez's inexperience, having reportedly graduated from low-ranked St. Thomas University Law School in Miami, Florida. and having reportedly failed to pass the bar exam, and finally admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2005. Baez took on the Casey Anthony case only three years after being admitted to practice law.
Speculations For The Mysterious Court Recess:
1. A filing has been made with the District Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Judge denying defense motions on jury selection procedures.
2. Lead defense attorney Jose Baez is ill.
3. Jose Baez is withdrawing as Casey Anthony's counsel. The court would have to approve such.
4. The State has made an offer to Casey Anthony to settle the case in a plea deal, eliminating the death sentence.