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Victim's Family Hires

Casey Anthony Lawyer

8/20/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0806_jose-baez_rabecca_wingo_gettyThe man who led Casey Anthony's defense team to victory in her murder case has officially been tapped to represent the mother of one of the "Dark Knight" massacre victims ... TMZ has learned.

Attorney Jose Baez is now representing Shirley Wygal -- whose 32-year-old daughter Rebecca Wingo (above, right) was shot and killed by James Holmes inside the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, CO. 

As we previously reported ... Shirley believes the theater is partially to blame for the tragedy claiming the emergency exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them.

Wygal tells TMZ, "When police came that night with official word, Rebecca's baby asked, 'How did he get in?' Dissatisfied with the answer, she asked again. At just 5 years old, she wants to know how it could happen and so do I. If any entity had an obligation to protect the innocent and did not, then every survivor and loved one left behind must hold them accountable. The first step is a timely and thorough investigation."

She continues, "I've engaged a firm large enough to help us all. I am confident in their expertise and appreciate their making this a priority. Rebecca would love these attorneys. As a mom, she'd want her girls to have the truth. As a daughter, she'd insist I find that truth for them."


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Anybody that would sue the theater over this is nothing but a bunch of money hungry s***bags. Nice way to honor your dead family members.. seek out a payday.
NO theater could have stopped this. I've never been to a theater anywhere in the country that had alarmed exits or guards posted at every exit. How f***ing stupid. I'm sure these money hungry idiots will suggest metal detectors at every theater, armed cops at every exit, bomb sniffing dogs, etc.
Hope this gets thrown out of courts and these pay check seeking douche bags have to pay the theater's legal fees.

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So, instead of paying for a normal lawyer . . . you go out and hire a lawyer worth about $2,000 an hour? My prayers go out to your daughter and family, of course, but . . . you most likely would get the same result in this case with no matter whom you hire as a lawyer. They won't just settle when they see Jose Baez.

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Don Pedro    

The only reason to hire "BOZO"is because you are betting the jury will be brain dead....because he couldn't write a believable excuse note if he wanted to get his child off from school let alone get a monetary reward.

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First of all, the sleaze ball she hired to represent her is sickening enough (She wants "justice" for her daughter's young girls, so she hires a lawyer famous for getting a mother acquitted of murdering her...wait for it... young girl). She doesn't want answers, she wants moolah, plain and simple. If her daughter would have gotten shot outside, would she try to sue God for making the outdoors so vast, open and easy for people to shoot you?

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I think we just found our winner for Mother of the year 2012. I bet if you do some research you could find a comment on the Internet of how disgusted her daughter was with this jack@$$ for getting C Anthony found innocent.

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Joan K    

Why the hell would anyone hire this POS as their lawyer, he is a piece of garbage who defended a baby killer with lies?

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I feel for this woman..but this lawsuit is ridiculous. So are the supposed quotes from the 5 year old. I bet the 5 year old suggested a civil suit too.

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So had he just walked right in the main lobby, bought a ticket, walk into the theater like everyone else3 and started shooting.....that would have been better??????

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Big mistake, I think Jose sucks as an attorney. People think he's better than he is because of the idiot jury that set Casey Anthony free. She'll regret this decision.

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Is anyone surprised by this?

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Yea...okay mom. That'll get your daughter back. How ridiculous.

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Yes, because all theaters should have guards at them. Bitch please, don't pretend you are doing this for your daughter. You are doing it to make bank.

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hire the worlds most hated defense attorney?

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Aren't there any large law firms in Colorado. Or did the Baez PR machine reach out all the way from Miami where he currently practices. I doubt she has a case but she's hired the right s***ball to get her and himself plenty of face time on the Fox News Channel and ofcourse TMZ

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I have no respect for Jose Baez. He obviously doesn't have any scruples. He defended Casey Anthony, now he's defending this mother who is out for hard cash. The theater is not at fault here! This lawsuit should be thrown out of court.

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