"48 Hours Mystery" producer Paul LaRosa questions Ira Sutow - an Emmy-award-winning producer who has worked for CBS News for 38 years - about his recent "48 Hours" broadcast on the Casey Anthony case. The Florida woman is set to go on trial for the murder of her toddler daughter, Caylee, in May.
You've met Cindy and George Anthony. How would you explain their relationship with their daughter Casey?
From everything we've heard or read from friends and other family members, the relations might best be described as strained. But this is strongly denied by George and Cindy Anthony themselves. Cindy calls Casey her "best friend."
Are Casey's parents paying for her defense? With all these experts and lawyers, the costs must be very high? How can they afford it (are they wealthy) and are some of the experts doing this free?
Many of the experts reportedly are doing this free....but lead defense attorney Jose Baez declines to discuss any details about this. Casey was declared indigent by the court. Because of that, the state pays money toward her defense.
In regard to jury consultant Richard Gabriel, what type of juror does he believe will be most sympathetic to Casey Anthony?
The ones who know the least about the case going into trial, and who can put aside anything they have heard or read. Additionally, jurors must be willing to vote in favor of the death penalty if they find Casey guilty. Finally, they must agree to be away from their families, and their jobs and sequestered for a period of two months or longer.
Casey Anthony's behavior after her daughter went missing is damning, according to authorities. How will the defense attempt to explain that?
An excellent and crucial question - one her lawyers ducked when we asked them. But they told us there is a compelling explanation which they will reveal at trial.
The judge has given both sides five days to seat a jury. Is that possible in such a high-profile case as this?
Good question. The defense's trial consultant believes it will be difficult to impossible....to seat what he calls "an impartial jury" in that amount of time. The 'five days' is not a hard and fast deadline. The judge has said if they are making progress, he will extend the time.