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Casey Anthony Trial: Judge Warns of Mistrial

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony trial Judge Belvin Perry scolded both defense attorney Jose Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton on Monday for their "gamesmanship" and repeated violations of court rules of evidence.

Perry even hinted at the possibility of a mistrial, saying that he will exclude key witnesses for the defense if they continue to present surprise opinions that neither the judge nor the prosecution is aware of beforehand. Those exclusions could result in a mistrial on grounds that the defendant, Casey Anthony, did not receive due process of law.

"Enough is enough and both sides need to be forewarned that exclusion even at the price of having to do it all over again, which I don't think I will have to do it all over again, because of repeated violations, exclusion might be the proper remedy if it continues," Perry said.

On Saturday, Perry threatened Baez with contempt of court and halted testimony by defense witness William Rodriguez when it became apparent that Rodriguez was offering testimony which wasn't in a report submitted to the prosecution. The omission of his opinion regarding duct tape on two-year-old Caylee's remains violated procedural rules implemented by Perry at the outset of the trial.

Baez is representing Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of murdering her daughter, Caylee. She faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

At one point Monday, the judge asked both men to look at the clock at the same time and tell him the time. Ashton said it was 9:25 a.m. Baez said 9:26. Perry replied that it was clear "the two of you will never agree on anything." He threatened both of them with ramifications at the end of the trial.

Judge Perry called for recess until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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