The city of Orlando exhaled shortly after midnight last night.
Casey Anthony, along with her lawyer, Jose Baez, walked out of the jail and got in to a SUV and drove off to parts unknown.
Several networks estimate the crowd between 50 – 100 people.
There were mounted police guards, numerous policemen on foot, and a variety of police cars that provided crowd control and from all reports they did an outstanding job.
Jane Velez-Mitchell, the HLN “Drama Queen”, as usual, did her best to make a mountain out of a molehill. She tries to make every interview, every camera shot, every question so overly dramatic that one wonders if she is in some alternate universe.
For example, I watched a video of her showing all the signs that people were carrying – trying to make each one more spectacular than the prior one. There was one woman who was describing her own sign to Jane, which was quite detailed, saying: “I put together the whole sign the same way with Elmer’s Glue, but the picture of Caylee looks like it has red streaks on her face in the same area the duct tape was. “ She further said, “The Lord said we were doing the right thing protesting”. She also said “the Lord gives me revelations”. Jane said this morning “this was a sign that Caylee is applauding what we were doing”. The woman with the sign related the red in Caylee’s face to a religious revelation, yet Jane said “You maybe superstitious or not but it maybe a sign from Caylee in Heaven, telling everyone to go for what you are doing”.
Then Casey came out with Baez and after their vehicle drove away a handful of police cars sped off fairly quickly to provide additional security. Humorously, Jane described the mass exit of police vehicles as leaving “with tremendous urgency”.
All I can say is that Jane tries the best she can – she is obviously out of her comfort zone and out of her league.
So, today HLN will probably condense and rebroadcast their thousands of hours of the trial, the after party, every second of crowd footage, all the countdowns (the verdict countdown, the sentencing countdown, and the jail release countdown).
What I truly found interesting was the countdown clock HLN had up on the screen for the past four or five days. It was ticking down to zero, which was estimated to be at midnight last night. What happened, however, was that the two hours leading up to midnight were filled with Nancy Grace “reruns” – yes, reruns.
….and if you have not yet had your fill of Nancy Grace, there will be more reruns tonight. It might be labeled something like “Justice for Caylee” but it should be labeled “Nancy Grace and Caylee – getting ratings for HLN in our own way”.
….in closing, where was Nancy last night at midnight and where was Nancy on Sunday morning? I am sure she was doing something “in her own way for Caylee”, I just cannot, for the life of me, figure out exactly what that included.
Caylee is no longer with us and that is a tragedy but unfortunately the HLN coverage by Jane Velez-Mitchell was comical at best.