The “84” Internet searches that were performed on the Anthony computer became a critical part of the prosecution’s case.
Linda Drane Burdick used the number “84” over and over when questioning Cindy Anthony about the searches for chloroform. Burdick kept questioning Cindy in a most accusatory manner – badgering her over and over in an effort to break Cindy down so as to leave Casey as the only one who could have done the “84” searches – searches done to research ways to kill little Caylee.
I thought, at the time, that Burdick’s efforts were masterfully done and made perfect sense – until I read a post by one of my regular posters on this site.
John Man, a regular poster, posted a link to a New York Times article dated July 19th, 2011 that had to do specifically about the “84” internet searches.
I am really shocked by the article and I am seldom shocked by what I read.
In the article, the programmer who wrote the code that analyzes computer activity such as searches, keystrokes, and where a person navigates from link to link and whether search parameters are keyed in or whether they are from earlier searches. After looking further into the program after his initial testimony, he discovered an error in the code and reran the queries and immediately notified the prosecution that the original results were incorrect and in fact only one, not 84 searches for chloroform was done.
The prosecution and the sheriff’s office were notified by the chief software developer in an email in late June but the Prosecution NEVER notified the defense of the new information about the searches.
Maybe this revealing information to the Prosecution was one of the reasons why Jeff Ashton chose to “retire” after the jury announced their verdict.
As the New York Times article clearly states, prosecutors are required to reveal all information that is exculpatory to the defense.
Cheney Mason said that not releasing this additional information about the searches is outrageous.
I will go one step further – I believe the D. A. should step down because not only was the prosecution’s action regarding the searches outrageous, it was inappropriate, illegal, unethical, unprofessional, and immoral considering a “death penalty” was being considered.
By the way, Nancy Grace, and several other HLN investigative reporters still reference the “84” searches as part of the circumstantial evidence that the jury did not consider before arriving at their “not guilty” verdicts on the three major counts.
As John Man so eloquently said in his post, “I would be willing to wager it will not be mentioned on Nancy Grace’s show”.
UPDATE: While writing this post, I also am currently watching HLN and it is 1:30 PM and they just announced the information about the “84” searches – of course they did not go into detail about the prosecution hiding the corrected results. So, will Nancy “Twin Mom” Grace discuss this shocking information tonight? Don’t count on it!
Here is the link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/us/19casey.html?_r=1
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