Jose Baez - New Book 'Presumed Guilty' Criticizes Cops And Judge
LABELLE, FL. -- Making the rounds promoting his new book, Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, writes critically of the events leading to Anthony's arrest for the murder of her 2-year old daughter Caylee, the judge's erroneous decisions, and of police efforts to leak purported "evidence" to the press, and George Anthony's attempts to make end runs around attorney-client privilege.
The first chapter of Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony, the Inside Story recites what is known already by trial followers about Anthony's lying to police, attorney's, and her parent's, about the whereabouts of daughter Caylee. Baez says, while making some basic investigative errors, the police should have realized Anthony had serious mental health problems and Baez says she was "living in an intricate fantasy world."
The police should have brought in a health professional, a psychiatrist, to see what was going on before arresting her for murder, he said. Baez still wonders if bringing in a psychiatrist at the beginning "might have affected the outcome of this case."
Everyone knew she was lying "through her teeth" about most everything, but didn't know why, Baez says.
Baez, in Miami this week to promote his best selling book, says he's opening a law office in the Coral Gables area, a trendy suburb of Miami.
If law enforcement had realized Anthony's serious mental issues up front, the whole case might have went a different direction, Baez speculates. Asked why the case became a nationwide sensation, Baez attributed it to being about a white, pretty female.
Later in the book, Baez accused Judge Strickland of bias, when setting her original bond at $500,000 for what he thought should be $1,500 for lying to police when she was charged with two misdemeanors and a third degree felony originally. Baez says this was the first time in Florida such a high bond had been set for the charges made.
The judge accused Casey Anthony of being a liar although she had not testified at the bond hearing, says Baez. And the press went with that story.
Baez, candidly tells about his days before defending Anthony, his marriage, delays in being admitted to the Florida Bar, and his legal training in Miami at the Dade County Public Defender's Office. Baez seemingly leaves nothing out, telling how early on $200,000 was paid by the media for photos of Caylee and many other inside details of the trial, State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony where Anthony became the most hated person in America.
Casey Anthony is due to be soon released from supervised probation on a fraudulent check conviction from last year. Her release date is on August 23rd, 2012.
The book was co-written with Peter Golenbock.
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