Editor’s note: Tune in to AC360° Thursday beginning at 10pm ET to watch Anderson Cooper’s interview with Mark Lippman.
(CNN) – An attorney for Casey Anthony’s parents rejected the suggestion Thursday that Cindy Anthony’s testimony in court contradicted earlier statements she’d made to authorities about Internet searches done on the Anthony family’s computer. And attorney Mark Lippman added that Cindy Anthony’s memory about the Web searching had become sharper in recent years because of a change in the medications she is taking for stress.
Testimony regarding Internet searches for chloroform, alcohol, and various key words relating to different types of bodily injury has been presented by the prosecution in Casey Anthony’s closely-watched murder trial – apparently in an effort to demonstrate that Casey Anthony premeditated the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
But in testimony Thursday, Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy, told the jury that she – not Casey – had done some of the Web searching used as evidence in the case against her daughter.
“It does seem what she is saying now on the stand differs from what she told authorities a while back,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said to Anthony family attorney Mark Lippman in an interview set to air Thursday on AC360°.
“Not necessarily,” responded Lippman, “if you listen to the questions very, very carefully that were asked and her answers.”
Lippman added that Cindy Anthony testified Thursday about searching online for information on chloroform, chlorophyll, and head injuries.
Asked by Cooper whether Cindy Anthony’s memory has changed, Lippman explained that his client’s memory has sharpened because of a change in the medications she has been taking to cope with stress.
“The medication she was originally under caused her to be lethargic, tired – just, in general, slower. And now they’ve changed the medication,” explained Lippman. “And her doctors have prescribed something that doesn’t affect her has much - doesn’t affect her memory or her ability to interact and be cognitive with any questions that are asked.”
Specifically asked by Cooper if Cindy Anthony’s memory has become sharper, Lippman responded, “In general, over time, memory does degrade but her memory has become sharper than what it was in 2009 because the medication has changed.”
In the interview, Lippman also went to great lengths to clarify remarks he made Wednesday on the record but off-camera to CNN’s Gary Tuchman.
Tune in to AC360° beginning at 10pm ET Thursday to watch more of the Lippman interview.
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