On Thursday, March 31, 2011, defense attorney Cheney Mason, a man who predicted defending Casey Anthony from a charge of first degree murder would be “fun”, answered a local reporter’s question as he exited the court building, the same place he predicted he would stroll away from arm in arm with his client in late May or early June 2011.
The exchange between the reporter and Mr. Mason may be seen and heard at the following link.
Kathi Belich: “Do you believe the judge is biased?”
Cheney Mason: “You are probably the stupidest reporter on the face of the Earth. Get out of my way.”
“You are probably” – This is a weak statement. If Mr. Mason truly believed Ms. Belich is “the stupidest reporter on the face of the Earth”, he would not have needed to insert the extra weakening word “probably”. If Mr. Mason does not believe Ms. Belich is “the stupidest”, what does he believe about Ms. Belich? Most “probably”, he believes the opposite. In regards to this case, she is “probably” the most knowledgeable, at least in the mind of Mr. Mason whose use of an umbrella to shield himself from the questions of Ms. Belich reveals his fear of her tenacity which will not allow him to escape his past comments and court filings.
Why does Mr. Mason feel a need to use a physical shield? He feels a need to protect himself. A man who feels a need to protect himself feels vulnerable. A man who feels vulnerable fears a force outside himself. A knight in battle used a shield to protect himself from the attacks of others because he feared the damage such an attack would inflict on his body. Mr. Mason feels he is under attack by Ms. Belich and fears the damage such an attack will inflict on his psyche and his reputation.
Why does Mr. Mason feel he is under attack? The question of Ms. Belich reflects the words Mr. Mason employed in a recent court filing in which he stated the judge made a decision which went against the defense because he had a bias towards law enforcement. Mr. Mason fears his own words.
Why does Mr. Mason fear his own words? Mr. Mason used the same words as weapons to attack another. Therefore, Mr. Mason believes any use of the same words is an attack. Ms. Belich uses Mr. Mason’s words in the question she poses to Mr. Mason, who views such words as weapons aimed against him.
Mr. Mason flees from Ms. Belich, unable to stand his ground and compete in her chosen field of words even though his chosen field is the same.
We have learned Mr. Mason is terrified of Ms. Belich, so terrified he is physically unable to face her and mentally unable to formulate a coherent response to her question, resorting to hurling insults in a feeble attempt to drive her away, much as unarmed villagers might ineffectively hurl stones at an elephant to drive it from the streets of the town.
We have learned Mr. Mason hides behind an umbrella from his fearsome foe in a manner his co-counsel would “probably” describe as “like a little girl”, an insult Mr. Mason’s co-counsel hurled at the prosecutor during a deposition. Is Mr. Mason having “fun” hiding from Ms. Belich?
We have learned Mr. Mason is vying mightily with his co-counsel, Jose Baez, for the title “stupidest” attorney “on the face of the Earth”. Who will win? Only the defendant, Casey Anthony, will be able to give a definitive answer as she enters the chamber in which she will face the combined result of her defense team’s stupidity and her own terrible actions, the ultimate penalty which can be imposed by the state of Florida, the loss of her life.