HLN’s Nancy Grace said Thursday that the claims made by Casey Anthony to her own lawyers' mental health experts about her childhood and what happened to her daughter -- as revealed in newly released deposition transcripts -- are “practically unbelievable.”
In the depositions conducted in April 2011, Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz recounted statements Anthony made to them about being molested as a child and believing her father, George Anthony, was responsible for her daughter Caylee’s death. George Anthony’s attorney issued a statement denying the allegations contained in the documents Wednesday afternoon.
Danziger and Weitz were initially offered by Anthony’s attorneys as expert witnesses, but the defense later removed them from their witness list and did not call them to testify at her trial.
Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Grace said, “None of this was asserted in front of the jury because the defense knew it was a lie.”
ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams suggested that the depositions, and the differences between the stories Anthony told each doctor, indicated that the defense was still “evolving” into the one used during the trial: That Caylee drowned accidentally in the family pool and George Anthony helped cover it up.
“They looked at all their choices and they picked the defense that suited them the best,” Grace said of the version of events presented by attorney Jose Baez in his opening statement.
According to the transcripts, Danziger expressed concern during his deposition about sharing Anthony’s unproven allegations of sexual abuse, and Grace said that showed that “he did not even want to repeat the lies that tot mom Casey Anthony stated.”
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