New Defense Witness Provokes State Again
Florida Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton asked Casey Anthony's trial Judge Perry to sanction defense attorney Jose Baez for filing another late expert witness report.
Baez has routinely provided incomplete reports to the state, disregarding court orders to have expert witnesses list containing opinions or areas of testimony experts will cover in the court.
The latest proposed witness, Richard Eikelenboom, Ashton told the court, is going to testify about body fluids on the carpet sample, and DNA on duct tape which was not contained in reports filed before the trial but was filed June 19, 2011.
Baez told the Judge he filed a report in December about the witness testifying about crime scene analysis and DNA. Shorts Caylee Anthony was wearing when found and the bag she was found in were tested by the defense for "low copy" DNA. where very small amounts of DNA can be studied.
Low copy DNA has not been accepted as evidence by the courts in Florida.
The judge prohibited testimony about DNA fluid in the car trunk from this witness, and will read the jury some instructions about Eikelenboom's testimony, and said he won't sanction Baez, but won't "shut the door" on attorneys coming before the judge in the future to determine the expertness of future witnesses.