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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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91.

pudders99    

please sign and pass it on http://www.change.org/petitions/the-us-supreme-court-try-casey-anthony-in-federal-court

1069 days ago
92.

Pegasus    

Kelly:

yeah, George had it destroyed! That way, no further evidence could be taken from the vehicle.

1069 days ago
93.

ALovingMum    

I still believe that she knows what happened to that baby. I can understand a parent wanting to stand by there kids no matter what I have 2 and would protect them with my life but what protection are they showing there granddaughter by doing this. Caylee Marie was a gorgeous baby girl and that monster took her life or helped take her life and by her parents not standing up for Caylees rights there just has bad. I hope every time she closes her eyes she sees that poor angels face. I am just so glad they did not give her the death penalty because that bitch should have to spend the rest of her days knowing what she did. I really hope if she has anymore children the state takes them off her at birth.

1068 days ago
94.

Denise Menard    

I'm wondering who is paying Baez to continue being Casey's lawyer. The trial is over, but Baez continue to hang on to his client. Money has to be floating around from somewhere, or maybe he is spending too much time with his client. If Casey feels she completed her probation then the only option is to place her back in jail, for violating her probation. In no means, while Casey was in or out of jail did she meet her term of her probation and Baez as a lawyer should have recognize this.

1068 days ago
95.

Lucifer    

Official Public Record is proof and confirmation of both Baez' ability and character. Piss poor and shameful.

1068 days ago
96.

Injustice System    

The Baez "Do the crime but not the time" law firm is a disgrace to the legal system.

1067 days ago
97.

patience    

I have idea of why Baez isn't concern, for he might be losing he prosition as a lawyer. Is Casey worth more to him then his job? Baez didn't win this case,in order to be receiving a great deal of money. What he did was mislead the jury who were only trying to benefit from their verdict. They all knew that this case was high profile, and to the only was to benefit was to give the wrong verdict.

1067 days ago
98.

Pegasus    

Complaint filed against Casey Anthony attorney Jose BaezBy the CNN Wire StaffAugust 19, 2011 5:49 a.m. EDT
Defense attorney Jose Baez stands with Casey Anthony during her sentencing hearing on July 7.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
The Florida Bar will probe a complaint against Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's lawyer
Baez predicts the case will "be dismissed just like the 20 previous complaints"
A judge says he should have raised a "scrivener's error" regarding Anthony's probation
(CNN) -- Florida's bar association will investigate a complaint filed against Jose Baez, incurred while he was defending Casey Anthony, a spokeswoman for the legal group said.

Zannah Lyle, a spokeswoman for the Florida Bar, said the complaint against Baez concerns his handling of when his client -- who was acquitted of murder involving the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee -- would serve probation for her past convictions on check-fraud charges.

Baez said, in response, "I am looking forward to the Bar completing its investigation, so that it can be dismissed just like the 20 previous complaints. It is part of the job whenever you fight an unpopular case."

It was not clear Thursday how the complaint originated or who filed it.

The matter revolves around whether Anthony should serve probation after her release from prison, or whether she should get credit for serving her probation while behind bars awaiting trial in her murder case.

Anthony had been convicted of felony check fraud for stealing a checkbook from a friend and writing five checks for $644.25. Orange County Superior Court Judge Stan Strickland ordered her to serve the year of probation following her release in the charges involving her daughter, but a clerk misunderstood the judge and prepared an order that the judge later signed instructing that Anthony would serve the probation while in custody awaiting trial.

Jose Baez comments on verdict The order was updated August 1 to add the words "upon release." But Anthony's lawyers -- including Baez -- contend she cannot be made to serve probation if she served it while in custody under a signed order from Strickland, saying it would violate constitutional protections against having to serve a sentence twice for the same offense.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled last week that Strickland's verbal order was binding, and that "to bar the court from correcting a clerical mistake and to permit the defendant to serve probation in jail while awaiting trial on a totally unrelated charge without any possibility of complying with the terms of the probation order would clearly thwart society's interest in extracting a full, fair and just punishment for a crime."

Anthony's attorneys filed an emergency petition with Florida's 5th District Court of Appeal on Wednesday, asking that court to overturn Perry's order before the required date. They also asked the appellate court to strip Perry of further jurisdiction in the case.

In his ruling, Perry wrote that Baez "was well aware that the probation was to begin upon the defendant's release from jail." To use a mistake to seek a result that wasn't the court's intent, according to the judge, "strikes at the very foundation of our justice system."

"While ignorance of the contents of a court order is one thing, the failure to abide by that order and the failure to notify the court of a known scrivener's error in the order may be a violation of an attorney's duty of candor," Perry wrote.

As with all such complaints, a panel of attorneys in the area where the complaint originated -- in this case, in Orlando -- will investigate, said Lyle. That legal panel, after hearing from the accused, could turn over the case to a grievance committee consisting of other lawyers and citizens if it decides that rules regarding professional conduct had been violated.

The grievance committee would then decide if there is probable cause for a violation. Ultimately, the complaint may be heard by Florida's Supreme Court -- with possible penalties for the lawyer including probation, suspension or revocation of his law license, according to Lyle.

1067 days ago
99.

kelly    

I do not understand why any one would think that something will be done to Bozo. He has gotten away with every wrong he has ever done. He is a brazen rogue of a lawyer and can do no wrong as far as he is concerned. He thumbs his nose at the law every chance he gets.

kelly81

1066 days ago
100.

kelly    

Did anyone read the news article in the Orlando Sentinel? Casey is getting counciling trying to come to terms with what has happened to HER? Bozo is still trying to make HER the victim.(Caps are not meant to yell. ;o)) Plus she may move back in with her parents.!!!!!She will not be safe no matter where she moves to.

kelly81

1066 days ago
101.

Pegasus    

Casey Anthony Back In Florida; Has Met With ‘Spiritual Advisers & Therapists’ Casey Anthony Back In Florida; Has Met With ‘Spiritual Advisers & Therapists’
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LandovBy Neil Woulfe - Radar Senior News Director

She’s b-a-a-a-c-k!

Notorious ‘Tot Mom’ Casey Anthony is back in Florida, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Anthony’s lead attorney Jose Baez told Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Sunday night that Casey is back in Florida and ready to report to probation in Orange County, should her appeal be denied.

“She is back in Florida. We brought her back in the event the appellate court rules sometime this week. And we're going to follow the law... and I’m certain she’ll do what’s asked of her, if necessary,” Baez said.

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Baez wouldn’t say if Anthony has been in a facility or a private home, citing concerns over her safety, but he did say: “She has been with close friends of ours that are somewhat of spiritual advisers and people who care and are trying to help her get on with her life.”

When Geraldo asked if by “spiritual advisers,” he meant “therapists,” Baez confirmed she’s met with “a combination of both.”

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When asked where she is right now, Baez wouldn’t say.

“We have her in a location that is very safe. She has people who care about her around her. She’s really just trying to get on with her life… and it’s proven to be extremely difficult.”

Baez admitted that, right now, Casey has few friends, outside of her legal team. And he admitted that prior to the case, she had no friends at all.

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“We all consider ourselves friends of hers. However, in my situation, I’m her attorney first and foremost. And there are other people associated in the defense who have grown to care about her, as it related to prior, no,” Baez said.

He also said Anthony has had “limited contact” with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, since her release from jail, but he said she has in fact spoken to them.

However, he said she has not spoken to her brother Lee, who like her parents, testified at her explosive trial.

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He also said Caylee’s recent birthday was “particularly difficult” for her.

During the interview, Baez also confirmed that photos of Casey taken in Ohio that appeared on the web were in fact real and that she was in Columbus.

As to the still unresolved issue over her probation, Baez said they are in a “holding pattern type of situation because we don’t know what the appellate court will rule.”

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Baez maintained again that the Department of Probation had ruled that Anthony completed the terms of probation, while she sat in jail awaiting trial on charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Following an emergency hearing earlier this month, Judge Belvin Perry ruled that she had not completed the terms of her probation, finding that the judge in the check fraud case, Stan Strickland, had intended Anthony to serve the probation after her murder trial was resolved, and not while she was still in custody.

“Right now we have a separation of powers issue.. a double jeopardy issue. It's just a mess right now, and we have to figure it all out,” said Baez.

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The Fifth District Court of Appeal has given Perry until Monday to respond to the defense's appeal.

Regardless of what the fifth district court of appeal decides, Casey’s attorneys will be in court Thursday.

Judge Perry will decide if Casey owes any money related to her murder trial.

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Since she admitted to lying about Caylee's disappearance, local and state law enforcement agencies are demanding $515,000 of reimbursement.

Casey's lawyers filed a motion claiming she has no money.

Stay with RadarOnline.com for the latest on the Casey Anthony case.

1066 days ago
102.

Pegasus    

Lin:

I agree with you about Geraldo - no two ways about it. But as far as Casey seeing quote on quote "Spiritual Advisors and other Professional" people - give me a break! Not that she doesn't need them - because Lord knows she does! But, since Baez and Casey have one thing in common - they both lie through their teeth - I seriously doubt if it is true.

And according to Baez, Casey has a whole new set of friends now. They will get what they deserve for befriending her - just as her one friend did when Casey stole her checks! Casey will do something to screw them over in time or lie consistently to them or both.

Notice too, that Baez said that Casey has had some contact with her parents but not her brother. Cindy and George claimed that they have not had any contact with Casey when they were at the Birthday Memorial for Caylee. Cindy & George also lied on the stand during the trial. I guess its true - Liars bed with Liars! It it certainly true for this bunch!

Oh well, she is back in Florida now. I can only hope that someone there in Florida will find her, and do to her what she so rightfully deserves. If not, well Florida - have fun with paying for Casey's everything through your taxes and that, and going through God only knows what with her! She's ALL YOURS AGAIN!!!

1066 days ago
103.

Pegasus    


Casey Anthony 'Seems Like a Horrible Person,' Says Juror
By Steve Helling

Monday August 22, 2011 09:00 PM EDT


Casey Anthony

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FacebookTweetThey knew it would be a controversial decision: to acquit Casey Anthony of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

What they didn't expect was the public outrage that would follow.

The Casey Anthony jurors have been barred from restaurants, shunned by family members, and vilified online. One even quit her job and moved out of Florida, for fear of the backlash.

One male juror consented to speak with PEOPLE under the condition of complete anonymity.

"We tried very hard to separate our emotions from the evidence," he says. "Generally, none of us liked Casey Anthony at all. She seems like a horrible person. But the prosecutors did not give us enough evidence to convict. They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt."

Now that the trial is over, life "has been a nightmare," says the juror.

"I live in fear that someone will find me. I Google my name every day to see if anyone has figured out who I am. The few people that do know haven't said anything, but one of my friends told me that his wife forbid him to talk to me. My own sister cussed me out. It has ruined my life."


Inside the Deliberations


After 90 witnesses and 33 days of testimony in the courtroom, the jurors began to deliberate. "We took a vote on the [four] charges of lying to police," he says. "And it came back 12-0 to convict. That didn't take long at all."

"We took the first vote on first-degree murder," says the juror. "We were 10 to 2 to acquit. So we talked for about thirty minutes, and the two decided that they were willing to change their votes, so first degree was off the table pretty quickly."

Next up: aggravated manslaughter.

"We did our first vote and it came out half to acquit, half to convict," says the juror. "And we talked about it for a while, going through the evidence. I'd say that some people got intense, but there were no personal attacks, no real yelling. And we talked for a while, then it was 11-1 to acquit. And the guy who didn't want to acquit basically looked at us and said, 'O.K., whatever you all want.' He knew he wasn't going to convince us."

"And then we sat there for a few minutes and were like, 'Holy crap, we are letting her go free,' " he continues. "Everyone was just stunned at what we were about to do. [One of the women jurors] asked me, 'Are you okay with this?' and I said, 'Hell, no. But what else can we do? We promised to follow the law.' "

Nearly two months later, would the juror change his vote? "I've learned a lot more about the case by reading the do***ents," he says.

"But when we were sequestered, we could only go by what the prosecution and defense gave us. If I had to vote now, I'd probably vote for manslaughter. But we didn't get the evidence to support it before. I know people are mad at us, but we did our jobs, and I think we did them to the very best of our abilities.

1066 days ago
104.

Pegasus    

The jurors were presented with evidence from the Prosecution, and Lies & BS from the Defense. They also had the opportunity to find Casey guilty on lesser charges of Manslaughter and Child Neglect - which they failed to do also. Then they thought that they would tell their stories to the public and sell books and things and profit from the case - they wanted their 15 minutes of fame. Well, they got it - only not the way they expected. And now as a result of their stupidity and incompetence - they are crying and wining about all the backlash that they are recieving. Poor Babies! You should have used your brains and common sense instead of walking around like a human rattle and at least found her Guilty of one of the lesser charges instead of Murder 1 or 2 or Homicide. But nooo - you wanted instead for the media to pay each of you X number of dollars for an interview - Surprise! I have no sympathy for any of you jurors - you are getting exactly what it is you deserve! So go cry and whine to someone else! There are probably a lot of people in Florida who are as stupid as you are - go cry on their shoulders. And it is common knowledge that Casey is back in Florida and in hiding there - Bet no one in Florida is able to find her!

1065 days ago
105.

Pegasus    

Casey Anthony Must Serve ProbationCasey Anthony Must Serve Probation
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Splash NewsBy Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter

Casey Anthony's appeal was denied and she has been ordered to serve her one year of probation in Orlando, Fla. RadarOnline.com has learned.

A court of appeal in Daytona Beach just filed an order that says: "the petitioner and her lawyers were well aware that her probationary placement was not to begin until her release from confinement. The petitioner may not, under these cir****tances, take advantage of the administrative error of the Department of Corrections."

Casey's defense team has tried to argue that she served her probation stemming from her conviction in a check fraud case while she was incarcerated awaiting the trial for the alleged murder of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.

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Judge Belvin Perry disagreed with her lawyers' claim and had ordered Casey to report to the Orlando Department of Corrections by 12 p.m. on August 26 to begin serving her probation from the check fraud case.

The Attorney General's office said on Monday that she was not able to serve probation while behind bars. "Legally, it is clear that a defendant cannot serve probation while incarcerated."

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The Department of Corrections officials have said that they are ready to begin supervision of Casey after she reports to an undisclosed location by Friday, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

"We're waiting for her," DOC spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said. "She has until Friday at noon to report."

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Casey was acquitted of murdering her daughter in July and was released from prison a week later.

Her attorney Jose Baez said she has returned to Florida to begin serving her probation, but would not reveal her location.

1065 days ago
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