Mark Geragos isn’t famous for representing the worst of the worst, he’s famous for representing the most famous of the most famous. Wynona Ryder, Michael Jackson, Chris Brown. These are the people who he is famous for representing. Probably the most ordinary of his clients is Scott Peterson, who was found guilty in a similar sort of circumstantial evidence case.
Of those cases above, the only one that was a victory was Michael Jackson, but MJ replaced Geragos as his attorney well before trial. Geragos didn’t follow the same etiquette Johnnie Cochran followed with Michael Jackson: Notoriously when OJ Simpson called up Johnnie Cochran, Cochran said, “I’d love to take the case, but you have to understand, Michael always comes first.” He then called Michael Jackson and then cleared the representation with him.
The thing about Mark Geragos’ clients, is they’re getting phone calls from Barbara Walters anyway. Chris Brown is going to be on Good Morning America for every album anyway. Wynona Ryder is going to be profiled on E! for a cameo on Star Trek anyway.
Casey Anthony is going to be vilified forever.
A criminal defendant, like any human being, has two choices for any situation: talk about it, or don’t. Even saying “no comment” is on comment on something. The media and the “Nancy Grace machine” have created Casey Anthony into, for lack of a better word, a celebrity. In the same sense as Heidi Montag or Nicole Ritchie or Kim Kardashian, Casey Anthony has now become a household word. The question is, what her reputation will be.
Kim Kardashian made a sex tape. Remember that? That’s why she’s famous. No question. Now she’s parlayed that into a minimum of three (four?) TV shows for her extended family, a line of perfume, make-up, clothes, clothes stores, basically everything. She’s given careers to about 11 family members. She’s on Trapper-Keepers. I blame Ray J. Why? Not because she commented on her sex tape, but because she took control of her destiny. Rather than allow that to be the only thing important about her, she decided to give people who wanted to report on her hundreds of other things to report.
Mark Geragos suggests that Casey Anthony allow the news to recycle the same stock footage they have of her. Suggests that she allow other people to write her story.
I suggest to her this: Get out in front of it. But choose your spot. He’s right as far as: it’s not the time to sign a book deal and do a pictorial in a magazine. But after a week or more of solid preparation, or staying indoors and ordering delivery, she needs to sit down with Barabara Walters.
Barbara, my lawyers told me I couldn’t tell anyone what happened. I was locked in there for three years. Three years! Everyone said horrible things about me. And all I did was miss Caylee everyday. All I wanted to do was scream “I didn’t do it!”
I don’t know what happened. I wasn’t there. I don’t want to blame my mom, I don’t want to blame my dad. I love them more than anything.
The problem is Barbara, I know what being falsely accused is like, so I can’t say anything that would sound like I blamed someone else. I’ll say this: I don’t know anyone who would want to hurt Caylee. She was a joy, my joy.
Of course I drank and partied, my daughter died!!! I would wake up in the morning with this emptiness in my life. I got a tattoo to remember her. Drinking is the only thing that took that pain away.
Barbara, 28,000 other babies died in 2008 in America alone. I’m the only one on TV for murder.
I don’t know how the body got there, I don’t know anything about my father’s duct tape. I don’t know about this car smell. I know I miss my daughter, and I know no one wanted her hurt. And I know I prayed everyday that I would see her walk in the door and scream “mommy”.
One interview, get out in front of the story, and then go underground. But as of now, that picture of her grinning through the verdict is the last shot anyone has of her. Forget that, That’s not allowed. Take your own destiny. Tell your story to whoever will listen to it, without compromising it’s integrity by doing something negative with it.
And figure out what charity you need to team up with in six months. My suggestion is Mandatory Pool Cover lobbyists. Less rehabilitative but more interesting is the Innocence Project, Richard Jewell‘s (remember him?) wrongly accused charities, or maybe creating greater ethical rules for purported “journalists” and/or “pundits” who have been accusing her of murder for three years. Richard Jewell won settlements in some of his cases. Casey Anthony needs to follow that road.
But before she gets the money, she needs to serve a “punishment”. This kind of public “mea culpa” followed by community service bringing knowledge to parents about home dangers is exactly what they need to get her started. It’s not enough to atone for killing your daughter. But it’s more rehabilitative than hiding, publishing a sequel to the book “If I Did It“, and then suing people who did you wrong. And then coming out and saying I told you so.
Mark, I’m sure you’re not an idiot. And I’m sorry for my harsh words, but this one suggestion is idiotic. Bob Shapiro would never agree.