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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ANA CARDONA BABY LOLLIPOPS

Jury selection started Monday for the third re-trial of Ana Cardona in the infamous "baby lollipops" case. The case has that name because the victim, an infant, was found with a lollipops T-shirt. 

The original Judge: David Tobin. Courtroom 4-6.  
Case Number 90-40892.
The original prosecution team: headed by Catherine Vogel, of late the State Attorney for Monroe County.
The original defense team: Ron Gainor and Andy Kassier. 
Original jury vote for death: 8-4.
Sentenced to death April 1, 1992. Cardona became the fifth woman sentenced to death in Florida. 


The original defense team of Andy Kassier and Ron Gainor 
Co-defendant Olivia Gonzalez, who pled guilty in a plea deal with the prosecution, was sentenced to forty years. 

Appellate counsel: Lee ("let em go free") Weissenborn. 

The second Judge: Reemberto Diaz
The second prosecution team: headed by Susan Dannelly and Kathleen Paulter.
The second defense team: headed by Edith Georgi and Lisbeth Boots. 
Second jury's vote for death: 7-5.
Sentenced to death June 10, 2010. 
Edith Georgi and the defense team react to the second death sentence. Cardona is hugging her lawyer Teresa Enriquez
The Third Judge" Miguel De La O(utta here after this case)
The third defense team: headed by Steve Yermish
The third prosecution headed by Reid Ruben.
The death penalty has been waived.

Cardona maintains she did not kill her son. There is a confession from a woman named Pi (really) which has never been presented to a jury because the police don't believe the confession matches their version of the case. Pi has since recanted her putative confession. 



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Q would have won this case first time out of the box.

Anonymous said...

The Gloria Pi defense (a 16 year old intellectually deficient child) was presented in the second trial and rejected by the jury.

Anonymous said...

Excellent bullet point summary for anybody who has not been around the whole time. Very nice job.

Anonymous said...

The person the Defendant is hugging in that picture is Teresa Enriquez, one of her lawyers in the second trial, who was not included in this post.

Rumpole said...

What chyou talkin about Willis?

Anonymous said...

Lol Rumpole. Very good 70's reference

Anonymous said...

Ron Gainor- the intercontinental man of mystery.

Anonymous said...

I always Gainor my death penalty case files.

Millennial Me. said...

I snopped around the Cardona case today a bit.

I may become a Reid Ruben groupie.

#letthegirlblog

I noticed North korea fired another missile today.
I'm having my own issues with my own Kim jong un who won't let me blog.

#letthegirlblog

Anonymous said...

You can blog all you want...just get your own blog and see if anyone would read it. Don't you want to build something yourself? Why not just ask rumpole to post a link to your blog? To me you seem like a copycat. why shoot so low?

Anonymous said...

do you mean snoop?

Anonymous said...

Cathy Vogel is a GREAT prosecutor and wonderful person.

Anonymous said...

The fact that death was waived in the 3rd trial is a huge win for the defense. Kudos,

Anonymous said...

Bancarotta Bernie!

Anonymous said...

Both trials reversed for prosecutor's misconduct. AND the Pi confession was presented to the jury in 2nd trial. Pi even testified, recanting.

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Anonymous said...

You can blame the prosecutors for the reversals but save room for criticizing Judge Diaz who overruled over 50 defense objections which the Florida supreme court said should have been granted. Let's hope Judge De la O can keep the prosecutors under control or there will be a fourth trial!!!

Anonymous said...

The defense team lead has not improved in the final bout.

Anonymous said...

Both sides are represented by the best their respective offices have to offer. The reality is this case is horrific and both sides, finally agree on that. The FL Supreme Court could have found the prosecutors closing harmless in light of the overwhelming evidence. But oh well.

Anonymous said...

Let’s give a shout out to the entire defense and state teams that start with openings on Monday... for the State, it’s Reid Rubin, Christine Hernandez and ChristineZaralban... and for the defense, Steve Yermish and Manny Alvarez. Let’s get ready to rumble...