Casey Anthony trial consultant reveals social media strategy to go after George
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On July 14, 2011, HLN show host Jane Velez-Mitchell interviewed a trial consultant for the Casey Anthony case who revealed the defense strategy of monitoring social media networking sites for comments people were making regarding the trial. According to the interview with Amy Singer, reaction on blogs, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter caused defense attorneys to go after George Anthony.
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Jane Velez-Mitchell asked Amy Singer how she came up with the social media networking strategy. Amy Singer explained, “Well, actually, it was — it was a function of me being lazy and not wanting to be in the courtroom every minute. And of course, my daughter or someone was in the courtroom all the time. But what we found was that, when we were looking at the blogs and looking at the — the texts that were going on, we were finding that a lot of people were giving their reactions to everything from jury selection all the way on up to the evidence. And we found that that was invaluable. That we were able to give the defense team this kind of intel.”
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Jane Velez-Mitchell then asked Amy Singer about specific Tweets that were posted during the trial regarding George Anthony. She stated, “I`m going to read some of the tweets that we just found, casually, just checking the Internet.”George knows the truth, but will he ever come clean?” “I call for a full investigation of George.” “George Anthony is not the doting father everyone thinks.” “George is a complete liar.” “George Anthony was not a credible witness.” She then asked Amy Singer if the defense targeted George Anthony after learning that no one liked him.
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Amy Singer replied, “Well, we found — not nobody liked him. Some people did like him. Some people felt sorry for him. Some people, even after the — the affair was revealed, still liked him. “Oh, poor George.” They were mainly Casey haters who were going to hate Casey no matter what and find her guilty no matter what.
But those people who were on the fence, they began to turn their attention toward George, and they just didn`t believe some of the things that he said. There were certain inconsistencies.
One of the shockers was when he went to the impound, you know, there was testimony that he said, when he smelt the trunk, besides him saying, “I hope it`s not Casey or Caylee,” he said, “I`m going to get divorced over this.” That`s a strange thing to say. Why would somebody say something like this?”
Jane Velez-Mitchell then asked the question voiced by many who believe that George Anthony is innocent and was unfairly portrayed by the defense as a pedophile. She questioned Singer by saying, “OK. Let me ask you this, Amy. Do you have any qualms? Do you have any kind of feeling that, “Hey, I might have contributed to destroying George Anthony`s life? Maybe he isn`t a molester. Maybe he`s just a guy, a simple man caught in a very bad situation? And now that the defense targeted him, based on all these tweets, we`ve destroyed his life.” Any thoughts on that?”
To that, Amy Singer replied, “No. All I did was pass on the intel . All I did was decide to use the Internet and use the social media and cherry-pick comments and pass that on to the defense. And it`s just nothing more than a trial consulting strategy. It`s the 21st century focus group, if you will.”
What do you think about the defense strategy to throw George under the bus?