With weeks of testimony under way in Casey Anthony's first-degree-murder trial, followers of the case have questions about what has unfolded in trial.
Q. Will Casey Anthony testify?
A. We don't know. No defendant can be forced to testify, and until her attorneys begin their defense, we don't know whether they will put her on the witness stand. If she does, she will have to answer prosecutors' questions. Many experts watching the case think she will have to testify, though, considering the allegations and alternative theory voiced by her attorney in his opening statements. Court observers do not know which witness will be called to testify on any given day because there is no published lineup.
Q. How did Casey Anthony find José Baez?
A. Casey Anthony told her family an inmate at the Orange County Jail recommended Baez, a Kissimmee attorney relatively unknown until this trial.
Q. Why can't cameras show the jury?
A. Juror identities are not public until after the trial.
Q. What do jurors do on nights and weekends? Can they watch television? Are they guarded by deputies? Can they visit with family?
A. Jurors are always monitored by deputies and cannot venture out alone. When jurors do have free time -- nights and weekends -- they have to stay at their hotel. When they do activities, they travel as a group.
Court spokeswoman Karen Levey said activities are planned for them, though they can choose not to participate. The jurors may watch movies played in a group room, and they also have individual DVD players they can use. All movies are preapproved.
Their families can visit during a specific period on Sundays -- and some have visited already.
Before the trial started, the estimated cost of sequestering the jurors was about $361,000, but Levey said expenses are under budget now because there are three fewer jurors and alternates than the 20 originally expected.
Q. Why are Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, and her brother, Lee Anthony, allowed in the courtroom if they are witnesses in the case?
Casey Anthony's relatives filed requests with the court asking that they be able to attend the proceedings because they are also related to Caylee Marie Anthony. Their attorney, Mark Lippman, successfully argued that next-of-kin of homicide victims have the right to be present at trial, as long as it doesn't interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.
Q. Who is paying for Casey Anthony's defense?
Baez said Anthony paid him nearly $90,000 with that money. The rest was used for other defense expenses such as travel, equipment, investigation and for a media consultant.
In March 2010, Anthony said she was broke and requested that a judge declare her indigent so the state could pick up the rest of her defense tab.
Circuit Judge Stan Strickland, the initial judge assigned to the case, found Anthony indigent and ruled taxpayers must pay Anthony's defense costs except for lawyer fees.
Some attorneys who have been involved in the case have said they were working for free.
As of the start of last week, the defense team had billed the state Justice Administrative Commission a total $127,280.74 for expenses. Of that total, $79,685.68 has been paid, $35,337.80 remains unpaid and $12,257.26 will not be paid. Costs associated with investigative work and mitigation represent the highest total defense billings and payments by the JAC.
Q. Can the state file molestation charges against George or Lee Anthony?
A. Sheaffer says the quick answer to this is no. That's because the allegations described in Baez's opening statement do not constitute capital sexual battery, so even if prosecutors thought there was some credibility to the claims, the statute of limitations on the alleged crimes would have run out.
Q. Can Baez be sued by George or Lee Anthony after the trial for the allegations of sexual abuse Baez made against them?
A. No. Inside the courtroom, the attorneys are immune from civil action. "Once he steps on the other side of that bar, [the attorney] can pretty much say just about anything with impunity," Sheaffer said. "In the courtroom, you're just about as free as you can believe."
Q. Can the jury convict Casey Anthony of lesser charges?
A. Absolutely. "The jury can return a verdict of some lesser included offense," Sheaffer said. For example, the jury could decide not to convict her of first-degree murder as charged but come back with a second-degree-murder guilty verdict. A conviction on that charge would carry a sentence of up to life in prison, and Sheaffer surmised Chief Judge Belvin Perry would likely give that sentence based on the evidence the prosecution has presented so far.
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