Another day, another dollar? Well, not so fast when it comes to white-collar crime. Yet, money does appear to be the motive in many of the murder cases that are capturing our attention right now. This may seem an odd position, but having lived and worked with all types of offenders, money is rarely the motive for crimes that on first look appear to be crimes of financial greed. Think Mike Milken, Martha Stewart and the current case of Raj Rajaratnam. These people have been convicted of financial crimes, yet absolutely did not need the money. In many of these cases it’s more about the arrogance and entitlement.
But, in many current cases like Conrad Murray, Robert Ward and Gary Giordano do appear to be about the MONEY. These three are yet to be convicted but money is for sure in play. With Conrad Murray there is no doubt that he let things go way too far with Michael Jackson because he was being paid $150,000 a month! In the case of Florida ‘millionaire” Ward, it seems his now dead wife was about to testify in a financial case against him and spill secrets that could hurt him. And in the case of Giordano there is that little matter of the “travel insurance” policy taken out on missing Robyn Gardner.
So, can money troubles spell MURDER? Absolutely. While money may not cause one to commit murder, it sure can help people make some extra cash. Just look at the Casey Anthony case and the people surrounding the aftermath. Jose Baez, Cindy and George Anthony and probably Lee Anthony are all looking to cash in. Skeptical? Why else would the Anthony parents go on Dr. Phil and why oh why is Baez “representing” Giordano?
I firmly believe that change is possible in most cases. But, when money is the motive it is very hard to learn that lesson. And, add in the media and we have the crime du jour-fame game greed.
The Casey Anthony case is winding down, so what better way to celebrate than a new “trial of the century.” And, this is sure to be much more salacious than Anthony ever could imagine. Who cares about wet T-shirts and tattoos, when we will soon have the old Michael Jackson cast and so much more. That’s right. The long awaited trial of Dr. Conrad Murray is set to hit Los Angeles in September.
The truth is that the cases are similar in so many ways. Both have victims who have ended up dead and both have very unsympathetic defendants. But, soon we will have a very different trial. That is because in the Murray case there are actually real defense lawyers like Ed Chernoff and Michael Flannigan. Gone are Bozo Baez and Perry Mason.
The Murray trial will also be star studded. This may even include a cast of Hollywood celebs who also received drugs from Murray and of course Dr. Arnold Klein. Klein is not charged in this case, but is sure to be a hot topic. Don’t worry. Klein will have his own criminal legal case soon enough. In fact, he has gotten the ball rolling with a Federal Bankruptcy filing.
Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is not charged with prescribing to an addict or other obvious charges. Is that a fair a charge? More on that later…
Gear up for this TV event. HLN never had it so good. Murray’s lawyers even asked for the jury to be sequestered so that there would be no “Nancy Grace Effect.” Really??? Too bad for the cable networks that this case will not be during the summer slow TV season, but during the much anticipated launch of the network fall schedule debut.
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The Casey Anthony case has more twists and turns than a ride at Universal Studios! As predicted, tot mom was not found guilty, pretends to be in rehab, and now I believe she and her legal team will face a Federal Investigation.
Why a Federal Investigation? Several reasons. For starters, the Florida department of Corrections SCREW up by allowing Casey Anthony to serve probation while in jail, Judge Strickland speaking to the media and the gross misuse of taxpayer funds to pay the Anthony lawyers and experts.
Now, this insider predicts that the IRS will investigate not only in regards to the lien they placed on the Casey Anthony payment from ABC, but the funds her legal team must have also received and not declared. Hello- tax FRAUD.
We also may see an investigation into the lack of a proper Police investigation, George and Cindy Anthony issues, and the quick determination to NOT file perjury charges against Cindy.
What else can go wrong here? Lots. Maybe in jail misconduct and the lack of a tax declaration on the funds received in jail by Casey Anthony.
This case shows the absolute tragic state that our criminal justice system is in.I spoke about this and more last week on Nancy Grace and issues with Jane Velez Mitchell. The lesson, as I always say is that change IS possible. This time we need to change the system. Less talk and more action.
Rumors are running rampant that Casey Anthony will get over a million dollars for an interview and maybe even a book. But look at the obvious. Anthony has a slew of legal troubles including IRS liens, her felony convictions, the appeal of her most recent convictions for lying and various civil suits. Even if she were to receive money, she would either not be able to keep it or she would lose her indigent status and therefore her defense in the criminal matter that is on appeal would have to be funded by her and not the state.
Add all of this to the fact that Casey Anthony cannot file bankruptcy easily and cannot make herself judgment proof. She simply will have to take this slowly and continue to accept the help others are giving her. Yes, others are funding her life now and her parent’s lives as well. How else do you think they are all living the life?
Certainly a network has not already paid cash directly to any of them, so who is?
The benefactors are front end paying the bills for their own reasons. Then, a network deal can come later after Casey cleans up and has proper coaching. Believe me, she is in therapy and coaching and maybe even having media prep.
And, at the end of the day if she does receive a money deal, she will have to pay her debts and then make a long term plan. Even a million dollars will NOT last forever and this high school dropout needs forever.
As for the parents, Cindy and George, who is funding them? Somebody is and we will soon learn. Expect them to do an interview before Casey.
No doubt Casey Anthony needs cash, but she also needs therapy and long term planning. Where she gets this or if she gets this is anybody’s guess. But, first Casey Anthony must stop playing the victim and start doing something for somebody else. How about donating a portion of any proceeds to charity? That could start what is truly needed here-some Restorative Justice.
Stay tuned. Change is possible. Maybe!
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The verdict is in for Casey Anthony. Not guilty. Contrary to what most people think, this does not mean innocent. But, this is our criminal justice system. We must turn our attention to the bigger picture. What lessons can be learned?
The truth is that this case can be a lesson for all of us and a catalyst for change. After all without awareness there cannot be change. And, this case has drawn loads of awareness. So, some facts:
Child abuse, child trafficking and child neglect are everywhere. In the United States alone the figures are enormous.
FIVE children die every day as the result of child abuse.
It is estimated that over 65% of child fatalities due to abuse are not recorded as such on death certificates.
More than 40% of women in prison were abused as children.
Children who have been abused are more than 60% more likely to be arrested as adults.
These are sobering facts and apply only to the United States. The numbers are even higher in many other countries.
In many cases of child murder the family has turned their attention, energy and passion to evoke change. In this case the family of Casey Anthony has baggage beyond belief. Will Cindy and George Anthony be able to make child abuse and neglect their platform? Better question, can Casey Anthony do the same?
I believe that change is possible. I always urge my clients to make changes and actually do the work. Best place to start for any criminal defendant- COMMUNITY SERVICE. I doubt that Anthony will be ordered to perform community service, but it would be the best result for everyone involved. For now let’s shine the light and STOP child abuse. There is no excuse. Especially in America.
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