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Casey Anthony's Lawyer

Bring on the Investigation!

8/18/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Casey Anthony
's attorney, Jose Baez, isn't concerned ONE BIT that the Florida State Bar has decided to investigate him over ethics concerns -- telling TMZ, he's used to being put through the wringer.

Jose tells us, he's "looking forward to the bar completing its investigation, so that it can be dismissed just like the 20 previous complaints."

Jose adds, "It is part of the job whenever you fight an unpopular cause."

As we previously reported -- Jose is being investigated for allegedly hiding information from the court ... after a clerical error gave Casey an unintentional break in her probation.


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http://www.tmz.com/2011/08/18/casey-anthony-lawyer-jose-baez-investigated-by-state-bar-of-florida-check-fraud-judge-ethical-violations/

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61.

Keith    

@Jeanette: Yes Dr.Phil is interviewing Cindy and George hope his rateings flop..he is in for the rateings .they are in it for the money..

FYI, the Anthony interview with Dr. Phil has already been taped. It will air Sept. 12th.

1072 days ago
62.

Keith    

JOSE BAEZ = ARROGANT LOSER

He'll find out when he's disbarred!

1072 days ago
63.

Christy    

He hasn't been an attorney very long so 20+ complaints should be an embarrassment. However, the moron seems proud of himself. Disbar him and be done with it!!

1072 days ago
64.

Jeanette    

@ KEITH ....been taped but that don't mean people will watch it..Dr.Phil can tape all day long but he also want's his TV audience to watch it ..that is when he tally's up his rateing's ..if one wants to know anything after the show .go to JVM or Vinnie P.on HLN..I don'*****ch Dr.Phill anyway .so I am not going to start now. just because Cindy and George want to start telling more lie's..

1072 days ago
65.

moxie    

He's a bottom feeder.

1072 days ago
66.

sky    

Florida has the most low IQ people in the country, that's why so much garbage happens there , these SLOW FOLKs just have no common sense...so

For instance the way they are taught to , "spare the rod, spoil the child" the Biblical proverb warns: they actually believe this gives them the right to beat their children !!!

So using this logic they forgive themselves of all sorts of evil against little children, what morons !

Did any of you ever think it was meant as an admontion to : NOT USE THE ROD , to GO AHEAD AND SPOIL THE CHILD ??!!!.. well i think that is what we should do to all people , namely go ahead and spoil them , you idiots.

Well that's all i got.. i am sick of these CROOKED Lawyers , highly groomed , too clean ,too glib, and too c*cksure of themselves getting away with the lies and deciet especially as a baby girl , named CAYLEE was murdered by SOMEONE , not JOSE Baez .

1072 days ago
67.

L-LOFAN    

Sources close to TMZ state that Lindsay LOHAN negotiated $350.00 for these photos, provided she show up for the shoot both on time and sober. She was late and hammered. Cocaine was obvious. AA Ali was caught rifling through the other dressing rooms, but LaShawn Holley happened to be there and glossed things over. Linds renegotiated for $80.00, and handed it over to LNor some Redbull and menthols.

1072 days ago
68.

M.D. in FL    

TWENTY previous complaints? What a GARBAGE lawyer! Imagine if an E.R. doc had twenty complaints..."Oops, Mr. Smith...seems I sawed of the wrong leg...sorry! But we'll cut off the other one and you'll match just fine..."! This odious man should NOT be allowed to practice law *anywhere*....not even on TV.

1072 days ago
69.

M.D. in FL    

TWENTY previous complaints? What a GARBAGE lawyer! Imagine if an E.R. doc had twenty complaints..."Oops, Mr. Smith...seems I sawed off the wrong leg...sorry! But we'll cut off the other one and you'll match just fine..."! This odious man should NOT be allowed to practice law *anywhere*....not even on TV.

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70.

HumanNature    

DUTY OF CANDOR LAW & LEGAL DEFINITION

Duty of candor refers to duty of a public authority to disclose material facts. The general duty of candor requires attorneys to be honest and forthright with courts. The attorneys should also refrain from deceiving or misleading courts either through direct representations or through silence. This duty is owed to courts during all aspects of litigation. The duty of candor towards the tribunal is a widely recognized one within the legal profession. [Gum v. Dudley, 202 W. Va. 477, 485 (W. Va. 1998)].

The duty of candor is an important part of the U.S. justice system for the following reasons:

1.Firstly, the duty of candor is an integral part of ensuring that the U.S. system of justice functions properly, because first and foremost an attorney is an officer of the court, whose purpose is to seek the truth in order to do justice;

2. Secondly, the duty of candor is important in providing clients with an attorney's independent professional judgment so as to not create unreasonable client expectations, which when dashed can undermine confidence in the justice system;

3.Thirdly, the duty of candor helps promote judicial efficiency and avoid crowding the court's docket with frivolous actions.


http://definitions.uslegal.com/d/duty-of-candor/


Casey Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, rejected by Florida Bar on first try


ORLANDO — His defense of a young mother charged with killing her toddler has transformed José Ángel Baez into one of the best-known lawyers in America.

For eight years after he graduated from law school, however, the board that screens prospective attorneys in Florida would not let him practice law. The Florida Supreme Court agreed with the decision, issuing an order in 2000 that cataloged unpaid bills, extravagant spending and other "financial irresponsibility" up to that time. Justices reserved their strongest condemnation for his failure to stay current on support payments for his only child.

His overall behavior, they wrote, showed "a total lack of respect for the rights of others and a total lack of respect for the legal system, which is absolutely inconsistent with the character and fitness qualities required of those seeking to be afforded the highest position of trust and confidence recognized by our system of law."

He worked instead as a paralegal for the Miami-Dade public defender and then taught Internet research to lawyers and started four business ventures, including two bikini companies. Before Florida Bar officials admitted him in 2005, he had to demonstrate that he had rehabilitated himself.

Today, as lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony — the Orange County woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter— 40-year-old Baez has become the sort of instant celebrity monitored by TV, newspapers, tabloids and the Internet.

He is a Bar member in good standing, his office spokeswoman reminded the Orlando Sentinel in a prepared statement. She also questioned the motives behind the newspaper story.

"Based on your questions and actions," she wrote, "this profile you are writing has nothing to do with Jose Baez's representation of Casey Anthony and appears to be a sensationalist persecution of a Hispanic lawyer who has been targeted by a newspaper lucky to find itself at the center of a national story."

The Supreme Court order, which the Sentinel found in public records, shows that nearly a decade ago, he could not satisfy the character and fitness standards Florida requires of prospective lawyers.

It identifies Baez by his initials, J.A.B. — standard procedure in cases in which prospective lawyers challenge their denial of a law license at the state's highest court. Using other public records and interviews, the Sentinel matched many details in the do***ent to Baez, however.

For instance, the lawyer listed as representing J.A.B. was Manuel Alvarez, an attorney with the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, where Baez worked at the time.

The office confirmed that Alvarez helped Baez with his Bar application. Supreme Court records show J.A.B.'s is the only case involving the Bar that Alvarez has handled in the state's highest court.

Alvarez would not comment, but Executive Assistant Public Defender Rory S. Stein said that Alvarez wrote a legal brief on behalf of Baez in 1998, the year after he graduated from law school. Stein called it "a friendly gesture" to a staff member who needed help with his lawyer application.

In an interview last year, Baez described his eight years out of law as a personal choice, saying he could earn more money in other fields. He would not be interviewed for this story but commented on the court order in the statement issued through Marti Mackenzie, his office spokeswoman:

"The ruling you claim that was made about a lawyer with the initials J.A.B. has nothing to do with Mr. Baez's current status as a member in good standing with The Florida Bar. Many people, including lawyers, have monetary misunderstandings, disputes and child support disagreements that have no effect on their ability to represent clients."

From Navy to law school

Born in Puerto Rico in 1969, Baez told reporters he grew up in the Bronx and South Florida with his mother, a single parent. He dropped out of Homestead High School in ninth grade.

He married at 17, became a father, earned a GED diploma and joined the Navy in 1986.

According to his résumé, Baez spent three years assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Norfolk, Va., trained as an intelligence analyst with what he described as a "Cosmic Top Secret" security clearance.

He left active duty in May 1989 as a yeoman seaman, a rank associated with administrative duties, and then served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, according to the National Archives and Records Administration.

In the next six years, Baez divorced, attended Miami-Dade Community College and graduated from Florida State University. A black belt in tae kwon do, Baez competed with the karate, pistol and crime-scene team from FSU's chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a fraternity of criminology majors.

"We probably ranked first overall in every category in every national competition," said Ken Koehler, the fraternity's former sergeant-at-arms. "José was more or less the primary instructor. ... We did academic testing as well, and he did pretty good with that, too."

After graduating in 1997 from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Baez applied to become a lawyer. In April 1998, he was called before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, which screens prospective lawyers. The later Supreme Court order outlined how this review uncovered the debts and other problems that concerned the Bar examiners.

That order is the only public record of the review, which is designed to protect the public and safeguard the judicial system. The Bar examiners have responsibility for ensuring that all lawyer applicants meet Florida's requirements for character and fitness, education and technical competence, according to Supreme Court rules.

The process is not open to the public, except when a candidate who is turned down asks the Supreme Court to review the decision. The court identifies the rejected applicant only by his or her initials when its findings are released.

Court critical of finances

According to the Supreme Court summary of the case, the Board of Bar Examiners filed formal allegations against J.A.B. in September 1998. In addition to unpaid child support, a personal bankruptcy and default on a student loan, the investigators said he left out parts of his history, including that he wrote a bad check and entered a pretrial program to avoid conviction.

Investigators also found fault with J.A.B.'s participation in a foreign-studies program in summer 1995 and his leasing of a Mazda Miata in Miami — unnecessary expenses when he owed money to others, they said.

After a formal hearing, the board found the allegations proven and recommended that he not be admitted to the Bar.

"Additionally, the Board found that J.A.B.'s misrepresentations and lack of candor in his answers to the specifications and during his formal hearing testimony were further grounds for disqualification," the Supreme Court wrote.

Many details in the order can be confirmed in public records for José Baez:

•Miami-Dade Circuit Court records show that Baez failed repeatedly to pay his $200-a-month child support after his 1993 divorce. The sum owed reached $12,000 by 2004. Asked recently about this, Baez said through his spokeswoman that he and his ex-wife have resolved their child-support issues. Like J.A.B., Baez's only child is a daughter.

•Baez declared bankruptcy in September 1990, the same month and year cited for J.A.B. The records on Baez are filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he lived during and after his service in the Navy.

•The Virginia Education Loan Authority filed liens against Baez for $4,336 in unpaid loans in 1995, the same year the Supreme Court says J.A.B defaulted on his student loan.

•Baez leased a Mazda Miata in 1998, just as J.A.B did. The Sentinel obtained a copy of his Progressive Express insurance card for the vehicle, which Baez had submitted to the Public Defender's Office in Miami. Files from the State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show the car was leased.

In April 1998 — the same month that the Bar examiners held their investigative hearing into J.A.B.'s qualifications as a lawyer — the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office reassigned José Ángel Baez to tasks that did not require a law degree.

Baez spent the next 16 months interviewing witnesses and investigating cases to compensate the office for its investment in his preparation to be a lawyer, records show. He resigned in September 1999.

The following year, in June 2000, the Supreme Court issued its findings in case No. SC95855, Florida Board of Bar Examiners RE: J.A.B.: "Accordingly, we approve the Board's recommendation that J.A.B. not be admitted to the Florida Bar at this time."

Baez tries bikini business

Turned down by the Bar, Baez started a series of businesses.

They included Bon Bon Bikinis and Brazilian-Bikinis.Com to sell bathing suits, corporate records show. He also applied for a real-estate license and created two companies selling computer know-how: LawStudentWebsites.Com and LawyerConcepts.

From 2000 to 2005, according to his spokeswoman, Baez worked for LexisNexis, the information company. In an interview last year, he said he taught lawyers and judges to research cases using the Internet and made twice as much as he could practicing law.

Records show that a court in Miami docked $550 a month from his LexisNexis paycheck in 2004 to pay child support to his first wife.

An applicant denied admission to the Bar can reapply after two years or other such period set by the Bar examiners. The application must include a "written statement describing the scope and character of the applicant's evidence of rehabilitation," according to Supreme Court rules.

The court requires them to produce "clear and convincing evidence of rehabilitation," such as strict compliance with judicial or administrative orders, assurances to "conduct one's self in an exemplary manner" and demonstrations of excellent character, good reputation for professional ability and "positive action" in their occupation, religion or community or civic service.

Baez launched two community-service ventures during his time away from the law.

In 2001, according to state records, Baez created a nonprofit group, the Miami Domestic Violence Project. It dissolved two years later. Mackenzie, Baez's office spokeswoman, said the project disbanded because another group with an almost identical purpose and name already existed.

In 2004, Baez created another nonprofit in Miami, Miracles for Children Foundation Corp., according to state records. It continued until Sept. 16, 2005.

The following week, Sept. 22, Baez was admitted to practice law. Because the admission process for lawyers is not public, there is no way to know what effect these nonprofit groups had on the Bar's action.

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/may/03/casey-anthonys-lawyer-jose-baez-rejected-florida-b/

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71.

Studley Buck    

Jose Baez is a great lawyer, and Casey Anthony is super-hot. They are winners, baby.

1072 days ago
72.

Dianne    

Enought complaints and was is bound to be held against him. He is a dirtbag. Not for defending Casey- everyone deserves a defense. He is just a slime ball. Can't stand him. You won nothing- those jurors were idiots!!! That stupid smirk all of the time. UGH!!!

1072 days ago
73.

Christopher Duran    

He does have a legal obligation to notify the Prosecution and the Courts, but as he said during trial "This had been reported in the Media everytime a P.O. went to visit her just like the Media was aware of anyone else who came to visit her including me. The Defense should have been aware of it and this Court should have been aware of it, based on how closely it has been monitored" His sanction will come from a Board of other Attorneys not Judges. He will walk based on the fact the Defense Lawyer lobby is too powerful

1072 days ago
74.

bea    

"After a clerical error?" Fire the employee. This is a huge mistake. Then you have Judge Strickland who was too busy giving media appearances to even read his incompetent cleric's work. That is Mr. Baez's fault, how? Total slop work done by State of employees. Frankly, they should be the people investigated. How many more mistakes did this cleric make on other cases, has she been drug tested, what is wrong with her? How does a state emplee make a mistake like this and then a Judge signs off on it as a double check system. Keep Casey safe as if a cleric can't look at a typo this COurt will not be able to keep Casey safe. It has been refreshing that Mr. Baez has kept Casey out of sight and it would be great if that is done for a year. That would be better than probation in Orange County dragging her in front of people and making it unsafe for people just trying to make a living.

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75.

MERCY    

MOMMY, MOMMY PLEASE TELL ME WHY
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME DIE?
WHY YOU DRUGGED ME TO KNOCK ME OUT.
OVERDOSING ME, WITHOUT A DOUBT.
WHY YOU ACTED LIKE YOU DID NOT CARE.
AS YOU PUT THE DUCT TAPE AROUND MY HAIR.
WHY DID YOU PUT ME IN A TRASH BAG, OR TWO?
WAS I NOTHING BUT A BURDEN TO YOU?
JOJO AND CECE, THEY LOVED ME SO.
IS THAT THE REASON I HAD TO GO?
YOU WENT AND PUT ME IN THAT TRUNK.
AND TRIED TO BLAME A MR. KRONK.
WHEN MY BODY STARTED TO SMELL.
AND I WAS LIVING IN YOUR HELL.
YOU THEN BLAMED MY JOJO, AND UNCLE LEE.
AND NOW YOU’RE ALL SET TO GO WALK FREE.
YOU WENT AND PARTIED AND SLEPT AROUND.
WHY MY BODY LAYED ON A COLD WET GROUND.
YOU DID NOT CARE, YOU LIED AND LIED.
YOU DID NOT EVEN HAVE THE HEART TO CRY.
YOU SMILED, GIGGLED, LAUGHED AND TEASED.
YOU HAD MR. BAEZ, WHO SEEMED SO PLEASED.
YOU FAILED EVERYONE IN YOUR PATH.
AND NOW YOU WILL HAVE TO SUFFER THE WRATH.
YOU HAVE UPSET THE WORLD AND GOD TODAY.
EVENTUALLY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY.
WHEN YOU’RE OUT AND WALKING FREE.
REMEMBER THERE IS A REASON GOD HIT THAT TREE.
YOU WILL FADE AS TIME GOES BY,
BUT THE WORLD WILL REMEMBER THAT YOU NEVER CRIED.
THAT YOU TOOK MY LIFE AND WANTED TO BE FREE.
DON’T BLAME YOUR BELLA VITA AS A REMEMBERANCE OF ME.
cayle marie anthony

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