The state couldn't introduce any of that. However both mason and baez opened the door to have it admitted. The prosecution did not take advantage of their blunders.I really think the state should have focused more on Casey stealing and how her criminal behavior was escalating.
All the money she stole from cindy certainly caused financial distress in an already disfunctional family.
It was only a matter of time before someone would get hurt.physically.
"The newly released documents show photocopies of seven checks, drawn on Cindy Anthony's bank account, with forged signatures. The checks total hundreds of dollars and are written to local stores and pharmacies. Casey Anthony was originally sent to jail for stealing and forging a friend's checks"
Here's a cut and paste from WESH describing it.
"Dear Judge Eaton: What was the mistake that Jose Baez made on Tuesday when he opened the door to Casey?s prior felonies?-- Joelle
This is sort of a technical evidentiary question. The Florida evidence code, which is modeled on the federal evidence code, allows for either party to impeach or challenge the credibility of a witness. There are five ways the code allows to impeach a witness. One of the ways is to show the witness has been previously convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving dishonesty. Usually, this comes up when the witness takes the stand and testifies. However, there is a provision that allows impeachment by prior convictions of a person who made the statement -- if the person?s hearsay statement has been allowed into evidence. For instance, if the defense introduces a statement of the defendant, either as an exception to the hearsay rule or without objection by the state, the state is allowed to show prior convictions to impeach the declarant, also known as the person who made the statement. In this case, the statements of the defendant were solicited on cross-examination rather than from a witness on direct examination, and it is doubtful that the rule allowing impeachment was triggered under the circumstances. The state wisely withdrew its request to impeach the defendant?s statements at least for the present time. The defendant will no doubt be impeached by her prior convictions if she testifies.,,"-- Judge O.H. Eaton"