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Defense attorneys get defensive in the Caylee Anthony case.

January 29, 2009

Law professionals and prosecutors say they don’t remember any case in recent history where a request by the defense has been successful in removing a prosecutor from a case.New York lawyer, Linda Kenney Baden, an attorney on Jose Baez “dream team” made that request earlier this week in the Casey Anthony case.

“These sorts of motions are more common in high-stakes cases, like death-penalty cases,” said Bob Dekle, a retired prosecutor who teaches at the University of Florida.  “When the stakes get very high, things tend to get surreal, and things happen . . . .”

Charles Rose, a professor at Stetson University College of Law agreed saying,  “The defense thinks in its mind that the state is trying to get them off the case or to call into question the defense attorney’s credibility, hoping that somehow that will have an impact at trial.  What you really see is a tit-for-tat. You made me look dirty and so now I’m going to do the same for you.

What started the whole thing was when The Florida Bar investigated a complaint about news releases made  by  Tod Black of Press Corps Media.  He was acting as a spokesman for Baez, and in two of the releases he criticized State Attorney, Lawson Lamar.   In her motion, defense attorney Baden addressed this complaint and also the State Attorney’s Office involvement in the matter.  A Bar official told the Orlando Sentinel that the investigation was instigated when the State Attorney’s Office faxed Black’s news releases to them in October.   On Jan. 22, The Bar found that disciplinary proceedings agains Baez were unnecessary

Baez attorney, Timothy Chinaris, said in a letter to the Bar back in November that Black WAS NOT RETAINED by Baez and he DID NOT PAY Press Corps Media.  He said Press Corps Media was hired by a Connecticut family “who is sympathetic to the plight of Ms. Anthony and her family.

Mr. Chinaris said Baez allowed Press Corps Media to help manage the calls and numerous contacts with the media.  Chinaris said that was the extent of Jose Baez’ connection with Press Corps Media. On Wednesday, Baez confirmed Chinaris’ letter to the Bar as 100 percent accurate. “What Mr. Chinaris said in his letter is the full extent of the service they provide for us,” Baez said.

This seems to contradict statements made earlier by both Baez and Black.

In a Sept. 4 news release, Black wrote that Press Corps Media “has been retained by The Baez Law Firm to coordinate any and all media inquiries.”

An Oct. 17 release stated Black is the “spokesperson for The Baez Law Firm.”

A Nov. 3 release from Press Corps Media introducing a new media contact for the case said, “Todd will remain closest to Jose A. Baez and continues as Lead Media PMK for The Baez Law Firm.”

Baez himself, said in October,  “He [Black] does not have any legal opinions whatsoever. He’s simply a spokesman for our firm.”

In the defense’s motion Baden said that by reporting the news releases to The Florida Bar, the State Attorney’s Office engaged in “egregious behavior.”   She said the Bar’s complaint process should not be used by prosecutors “to attempt to have the attorney for the defendant tainted by an investigation, be under press criticism for alleged misconduct which inures to the detriment of the defendant . . .”

Law experts, Rose and Dekle said they see no wrongdoing on the State Attorney’s part at this point. They said, according to the rules,  attorneys have an ethical duty to report any suspected wrongdoing involving other lawyers.

It was not known Wednesday when Baez’ motion will be heard.  A hearing on other issues is scheduled for Friday.

Well, this is interesting.  Once again, Baez thinks the public isn’t smart enough to remember one statement to the next. So, which is it?  Did Baez hire Press Corps Media?  or did some unknown entity in Connecticut hire them?  Either way, it doesn’t appear that the defense will have a leg to stand on in getting rid of the prosecution.  IMO that’s a good thing.  Also, IMO, what an absolutely ridiculous waste of time and tax payer’s money.

read the article here:

Orlando Sentinel

17 Comments leave one →
  1. friendlymom permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:51 am

    Mystery, isn’t this the basis for their whole defense…..stall..deny….stall….deny. I guess they figure if they do this long enough, everyone will get tired and go home, including Crazy Casey. What a crock of crap!

  2. friendlymom permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:52 am

    Powder his a$$ and give him a pacifier…big baby.

  3. friendlymom permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:54 am

    I’m sorry, but watching them makes me think of the old Abbott and Costello movie where they do the famous “Who’s on first”?

  4. friendlymom permalink
    January 29, 2009 8:58 am

    I couldn’t agree more with the attorney (on NG) said what he should be doing in spending time going over the MOUNTAIN of paperwork and evidence against his client, and building a case, rather than waste time on frivilous hearings like these. Who’s on trial???

  5. friendlymom permalink
    January 29, 2009 9:00 am

    It’s the “All About Me Show” starring well…..me….no ME, now way…it’s ME! It’s almost comical.

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 29, 2009 9:30 am

    I agree 100% with everything you just said friendlymom. Work on the case–not your image!!!

  7. niecey456 permalink
    January 29, 2009 10:31 am

    I have a few questions. 1. Is Linda Baden even licensed to practice in Florida??? She’s a New York attorney. 2. How stupid do they think we are. Our state is in the red and he just keeps costing more for nothing but stupidity.

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 29, 2009 10:43 am

    Does she have to be? I don’t know. Is the state going to have to pay for this so called dream team, or are they just liable for competent counsel for Casey?

  9. niecey456 permalink
    January 29, 2009 10:53 am

    You have to be licensed in the state to preform services in the state. Most licensing is only good for a county. You have to be licensed county by county. It’s that way for contractors and a whole host of other things. The state is not liable for the defense as Casey was not appointed a public defender. She chose private counsel. Linda Baden filed that motion. If she is not licensed to practice there then I would think the motion would be invalid.

  10. niecey456 permalink
    January 29, 2009 10:53 am

    Every time they file a motion there are court costs. Costs to file, and costs for the hearing.

  11. niecey456 permalink
    January 29, 2009 11:59 am

    Never mind, I answered my own question. I went to the Florida Bar website and she is Pro Hac Vice, which means she must have paid her $250 to work on the case, you can read more here if you are interested.
    http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBLawReg.nsf/9DAD7BBDA218AFE885257002004833C5/6996F03FFBB21EBF8525718700646785

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    January 29, 2009 12:04 pm

    Thanks, niecey. I figured there had to be some way for her and others to work in Florida.

  13. Paul in PG BC permalink
    January 29, 2009 12:08 pm

    Unbelievable…The chance of HOSE B having the prosecutors removed,snowballs chance in hell.
    The Orlando Sentinal; says no funeral till Georgieboy gets out of the psych-ward,rite into the hands of the WHACKJOB,there maybe 3 funerals.Crazycasey must be lovin this,to see how she has turned everyone’s world upside down,did she call to see how GB is?? NO.just like she didn’t look for Caylee.

  14. MAND permalink
    January 29, 2009 4:47 pm

    There was a time when the law was held in high esteem..attorney’s were a dignified group of men and women..remember our Judges come from these groups of attorneys..all the way to the Supreme Court..then along comes someone of Baez’s ilk..no class..no dignity..no understanding the protocol of the law…he has a trailer trash mentality of the law and how he conducts himself is a prime example of what he knows about being professional. He has a mere three years experience behind him and that in traffic cases…he is in way over his head and hasn’t a clue as to what he is doing and even less about what he should be doing..he is totally lost. To off-set this he files ridiculous motions..asks for outrageous stuff no attorney worth his salt would think to ask for..he is making an ass of himself..he is not endearing himself to this Judge for sure..and his peers are having a field day with his idiotic behaviour.
    He seen this case as a chance at fame and fortune ..win or lose..and he’s been playing it just that way..she is guaranteed a new trial on an appeal just by what he has /has not done to date.

    I for the life of me can-not figure out what any law school could be thinking..hiring him to teach..he is still in the learning process.. I;m sure some of the smarter students could teach him a thing or two.

  15. ostella permalink
    January 29, 2009 5:12 pm

    Well said, Mand, I completely agree. Bozo is a disgusting sub-human looking to line his pockets with blood money. With any luck, he’ll keep following Johnny Cochrane’s path and drop dead of a brain tumor and fry in hell for all eternity.

  16. ostella permalink
    January 29, 2009 6:36 pm

    That was kinda morbid of me…sorry 🙂

  17. MAND permalink
    January 29, 2009 6:45 pm

    I don’t want him to die..Ostella.. I want him to be a big fat failure and have to live on welfare!!
    To think everyday what he lost out on because of greed.

    AND…MAY HE BE BLESSED WITH A SEVERE CASE OF HEMMORIDS!!!!!

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