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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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76.

fred    

A True S***bag !!! I feel sorry for his kids and family . this guy has no morels !

1080 days ago
77.

buzzard    

Seriously?! Some of you are crazy!

Orders and minute entry are amended all the time due to clerical errors. This doesn’t make the judge or the clerk incompetent, it makes them human.

And yes, an attorney DOES have an obligation to report errors.

1080 days ago
78.

datruth    

Everyone on this board and except for the 12 people on the juror, the citizens of Florida are idiots, THE STATE DID NOT PROVE THEIR CASE, SIMPLE FACT, you can hate Baez for doing his job, but that's pathetic, get over yourselves, she was found not quilty, not innocent, you can believe what you and that psycho Grace want to, the facts did not prove it, for you Grace fans, she is the devil, cause of her a woman committed suicide, who was found out later to be innocent, so where are her charges, learn to read and think for yourselves and stop being sheepeople

1080 days ago
79.

Anne    

The trial is over and she was found not guilty. It seems some people won't let it go and go after everyone connected with case. You cannot change the verdict, as much as we would like to. Let it go.

1080 days ago
80.

BouncersSuck    

Well, maybe judges should double-check the work of their clerks issuing orders in their name and under their vast judicial powers of authoritai?

Or don't double check, and we can then blame the lower-wage, lower-status 'clerk' for having the 'final say' on a judge's order(s), even in cases where the public has become hopelessly rabid and irrational.

Great, now a handful of the rabid can harass that clerk for making the clerical error that made Casey's life easier. Go get that clerk, right-fighters! YOU KNOW EVERYTHING!

THAT WOMAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF MURDER 1 FOR LYING!!!

FOUND DEAD + MOM LIED = ALL REDNECKS KNOW EXACTLY HOW DAUGHTER DIED.

Didn't you know?

LONG LIVE JUSTICE, RIGHT?!?!

Big Poppa

1080 days ago
81.

Laur    

GOOD! He has gotten away with more than this. I hope the bar makes an example out of him. He is a officer of the Court regardless of being a defense attorney, THAT comes first.

AND TMX stop buying staged photos of his Casey. For real, not a cool move.

1080 days ago
82.

HumanNature    

datruth: 36 minutes ago

Everyone on this board and except for the 12 people on the juror, the citizens of Florida are idiots,


THAT MEAN YOU TOO!!!!


IDIOT!!!!


DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE "LAW" OR BETTER YET CAN'T COMPREHEND THE "LAW" AND THE CONSTITUTION!!!!

1080 days ago
83.

HumanNature    

Anne: 41 minutes ago

The trial is over and she was found not guilty. It seems some people won't let it go and go after everyone connected with case. You cannot change the verdict, as much as we would like to. Let it go.


THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE TRIAL!!!!


CASEY ANTHONY IS A CONVICTED THIEF AND LIAR!!!!!


SHE STOLE FROM HER GOOD FRIEND AND ADMITTED TO IT!!!!


NOW, I HOPE THAT YOU AREN'T RALLYING BEHIND A "THIEF"!!!

1080 days ago
84.

Debra    

The clerk screwed up not the judge. He has been investigated before for misconduct. He is a piece of crap.

1080 days ago
85.

wtf?    

He's a high-school dropout, who wasn't allowed to practice law for like 7 yrs b/c of his antics. He's a fat slob, pig who should never be allowed to practice law again. I guess it's okay now for a lawyer to stand in a courtroom, accuse someone of molesting a child, and provide absolutely no proof of it. He's a disgrace and his life will be hell one way or another. Karma will get him and/or his family.

1080 days ago
86.

Mishelle    

The main purpose Casey was given probation was because Judge Strickland took off several counts of the many counts of check fraud, so if Strickland were bias, as Baez calls EVERYONE than Strickland would have just slapped Casey with ALL the check fraud counts that she was charged with! If Casey does not have to serve probation the correct way, like everyone else has to than those other counts of check fraud should rightfully be placed back on the table!

1080 days ago
87.

Lena    

As well he should be!

As for "Human Nature"
grow up, get an education, learn to proof-read sweetie. The world is going to hell in a hand basket but there may still be time for you to improve yourself.

1080 days ago
88.

Mishelle    

http://www.examiner.com/la-in-los-angeles/citizen-advocacy-group-moves-to-push-federal-charges-against-casey-anthony

1080 days ago
89.

VERNE    

"AND HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE BUT HE WONT DO THAT'...MEATLOAF BAT OUTTA HELL CD!

1080 days ago
90.

lily    

The judge did not "screw up"...his verbal orders were clear...it was whomever typed the verbal orders that screwed up. And Baez had the duty to report such an error to the bench..at the very least, he should have questioned it.

What happened to the possible sanctions that were to be imposed on him for his antics during the trial..didn't Judge Perry say he would deal with that at the end of the trial? What became of that?

1080 days ago
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