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Casey Anthony's Lawyer

Investigated By State Bar

8/18/2011 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's lawyer, is being investigated by the State Bar of Florida, for possible ethical violations -- specifically, hiding information from the court.

The probe was triggered over a dogfight involving Anthony's 2010 conviction for check fraud.  She was placed on 1 year's probation, but the judge in the case made it clear on the bench -- the time Casey sat in jail awaiting her murder trial would not count toward the completion of probation.

Here's the problem ... the judge screwed up, and when he wrote the order placing Anthony on probation, it mistakenly read that the jail time would count toward completing probation.

Anthony's lawyers acted as if the written order was the final word, and as a result authorities -- who were in the dark -- determined Anthony had completed her probation.

The Chief Judge of the court lashed out at Baez, saying, "Our system of justice should never be in the position of rewarding someone who willfully hides the ball," adding, Baez may have violated "an attorney's duty of candor."

On Baez' part, he told the judge he did indeed know about the trial judge's error but felt he had no obligation to inform the court.

The State Bar of Florida is now investigating the matter.


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jen    

he is the devil.

1077 days ago
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clv129    

baez is the epitomy of an absolute sleezeball lawyer!

1077 days ago
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two cents    

Sweet!! That pos needs to go down and take that baby killer with him. Finally, Karma is coming. =)

1077 days ago
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kp    

Nancy Grace has made how much money off this little girl? She is such a disgrace,

1077 days ago
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toasty    

too little too late! should have been disbarred years ago!

1077 days ago
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janet    

Good, he should be investigated, he's an officer of the court first and he knew damn well he could't hide that. Wonder how her probation appeal will work now.

1077 days ago
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two cents    

KP, you're an idiot. Nancy Grace is the only person who kept this little Caylee in the public eye. She didn't "use" Caylee, she tried to get her justice. Fool.

1077 days ago
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toasty    

look at their eyse! glowing like the devils that they are!

1077 days ago
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toasty    

*eyes. sorry for the spelling error!

1077 days ago
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Conservatives are Cowards    

This is pathetic. So, an incompetent judge in Florida makes a mistake and tries to pass blame on the defense lawyer.

Why even have a "state bar" in Florida? If idiots like the incompetent judge can get a position that high, I can't imagine the standards for lay attorneys are all that high.

Once again, Florida is the laughingstock of the nation when it comes to legal matters. Florida is pathetic.

1077 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

An un-ethical lawyer? SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you!

1077 days ago
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Chris    

lol @ all the people still butt hurt over the case. It is the judges fault, yet they are trying to blame Baez, what a joke of a system.

1077 days ago
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Originalkat    

The judge did not screw up. He pronounced the probation to start after release in court in front of everyone including her attorneys. The error was a clerical error, the judge only signed it. What is on court transcript is why she is to serve probation now. This is not the first thing her attorney has done unethical or some of the others that are on "her team". I don't think the appeal will work and sending it in by email before really filing it is just stupid.

1077 days ago
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lisa2    

Reprimand Bozo already! He is an awful lawyer and completely without ethics.

????How many times did it take him to pass the bar again????

1077 days ago
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Diana    

First of all, the Judge was not incompenet. He ordered her to serve probation after she was released from jail. It was the clerks fault for typing it up wrong.

Second, Baez took an oath that he did not uphold when he decided to not inform the court that he knew of the error.

Third, I am sure that if they investigated Baez close enough, they would probably find enough to permanently disbar him. And I sure hope they do.

1077 days ago
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