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High Profile Trial, Tax Payers, and Product Placement

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posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:03 AM
I've been watching the Casey Anthony hearing when I thought of something.

The whole thing is being watched Nationwide - maybe worldwide - and is televised daily. They're saying for maybe 10 weeks this is going to drag out.

Who's footing the bill? The tax payers of Florida.

Well, movies will often get funding from companies for stategic product placement. We all know this and I shouldn't have to expand upon it.

My point being is that several companies and products are being plugged almost daily from this trial. What if the following companies helped alleviate the burden on the tax payers and helped foot the bill?

Here's a list of a few of the companies/products that are getting free advertising from the trial:
Universal Studios
Milwaukee's Best
Valencia Community College
Full Sail University
Home Depot
Dora the Explorer

I know that this may seem silly to many of you, but we really need some out of the box thinking in these trying financial times.

During the questioning yesterday, one of the Defense's tactics was to discredit the forensic specialist because he was possibly going to be making money off of the invention he had a hand in that was used for the air samples. This is neither here nor there though, but it got me thinking about how many other companies are going to be making money off this trial - everyone but the tax payer footing the bill.

Well, the companies who are getting plugged by no fault of their own and out of their control, could alleviate some of the pressure on the tax payer and maybe throw some money towards the Justice System and Joe Tax Payer and help fund this long, drawn out trial.

I know this may seem a bit ridiculous, but seriously. Think about it. Even if they threw in $100 every time their product was mentioned. They're going to be making four times that from all this anyways. Why not help out Joe and Jane Tax Payer?

I'm interested in your thoughts about this because you know that these products will also be used in the movie, too. More money for them while the struggling tax payers are still paying off this circus.

I'm not saying that these companies should have the responsibility of paying for her defense. Hell, I don't want to be paying for this pathological liar's defense, but the burden does fall on the citizens of Florida.

In this day and age where everything is placed into the public eye, maybe we need to start thinking about who is getting endorsed and where the money is going.


posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:08 AM
How much extra is this trial costing? The judge and everyone in the courthouse goes to work everyday and does the same thing regardless of what trial they are working on.

The lawyers are prosecuting just like they do every day so no extra charge there, the defense isn't paid for by florida, any news coverage comes out of the news companies pockets...

so what exactly is costing florida so much?

posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:13 AM
reply to post by kro32

Here - this will put it into perspective for you and everyone else.

It is about money,and how much the defense can suck out of the tax payers.


This article even has the price and costs for many aspects of the trial and paperwork involved.

posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:17 AM
So the only thing I see there is that he waited to get some depositions done till he was out of money and now the state has to pay for it.

And it doesn't add up to very much money at all so I really don't see how this case is costing much more than any other case would.

posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:26 AM
reply to post by kro32

Well, it's more than that.

The simple fact that the citizens of Florida have to pay for her non court appointed defense team is a HUGE bill. She has what, five attorneys?

I'm not sure how much each attorney is getting paid, but I believe we can be in agreement that a murder defense isn't cheap. Also, each expert witness makes at least $150 per hour for court appearances. I used to work for an expert handwriting analyst and she made big money every time she was asked to testify.

Yes, the prosecution's witnesses are always paid for by the state, but not the defense's. The tax payers will be paying for their experts, too.

Because Miss Anthony is indigent, the tax payers will be paying for her attorneys and everything else. And I'm not even at the appeals process, but I'm not sure how the finances work according to this stage.

posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 09:32 AM
Here's an article from CNN

From the article:

The 20 jurors to be selected in the Orlando, Florida, murder trial of Casey Anthony will cost the court system an estimated $361,000, according to court administrators.

This is just the cost of the jury.
The cost of simply CHOOSING the jury was $4000.

posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 07:04 PM
And it's just what we need: MORE corporate influence, only now in the courtroom! Excellent idea!


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