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Jose Baez succeeds in blocking prosecution from learning how the Dream Team is being paid

March 25, 2009

UPDATE:

Jose Baez talks after court today:

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Jose Baez won in his quest to block the prosecution from exposing how and when he and his dream team are being paid.  Judge Stan Strickland ruled today that there is no conflict of interest with Jose Baez as Casey Anthony’s attorney.

The purpose of today’s hearing was to discuss possible conflict of interest and to find out if the defense has book or movie deals in the works that could influence the direction the case takes.  The state’s motion says her, “seeming conversion from pauper to princess did not come from the sale of some tangible asset.”

Jose Baez and Casey Anthony both filed affidavit’s saying there was no agreement for the sale of her “story”.  Judge Strickland asked Baez  some questions, in part to protect Casey Anthony, and Baez requested  that his inquiries be made “in camera”.  Strickland said he needed to determine if there was a conflict and then either have Casey waive the conflict or get a new lawyer.  The judge asked Baez if it was true that nothing concerning Casey’s story was to be sold.

“The undersigned’s Retainer Agreement does not contain any clauses allowing him financial gain based on selling the rights to Ms. Casey Anthony’s story, nor are there any other instruments giving Defense counsel or any third party the rights to Ms. Casey Anthony’s story,” Judge Strickland quoted from Baez’s motion.

baez-jerk1Baez reiterated his assertion that his statements were true and he denied there were any literary rights in existence.  Casey Anthony was sworn in, and she said the same thing.

After a brief meeting in private with both the defense and prosecution, the judge ruled.

“As far as I’m concerned, the matter has been resolved,” Judge Strickland said. “I’m convinced, as we sit here today, that no conflict exists. I think we’ve covered the bases. The court is not going to issue an order per se. this was just a motion to determine if a conflict existed.”

You can read it below:

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Soooo, that still doesn’t answer the question as to how Casey’s very expensive defense team is being paid.  Judge Strickland asked Baez if anyone else on his team had been given the right to sell Caylee and Casey’s story, and he said no.  But, nothing was said about whether or not she signed her rights over to someone OUTSIDE the defense team–like, maybe,  her parents?  It was her parents that were treated to a couple of nights at the Ritz plus fancy dancy dinners by an ABC rep……………

17 Comments leave one →
  1. LVSusie permalink
    March 25, 2009 12:23 pm

    Left a post on the other topic about this…my thoughts exactly, wouldnt George and Cindy have all the pictures and videos of Caylee? So it seem logical to me that they have all the rights and that is where Baez is getting all his monies, I think someone should look into see if Baez has some sort of contract with them. It may not be illegal for them to sell everything. But to keep it going to trial just for the money is a conflict of interest on the part of Baez.

  2. Hilde permalink
    March 25, 2009 1:07 pm

    The Ruling at today’s Hearing by Judge Strickland I must say did not surprise me.
    Baez is an Attorney, therefore he knows how to get around to make sure everyone on the Defense Team gets paid one way or another in this Case without it being traced back to him. I am sure there are plenty ways of doing this. It could be anyone outside this Case helping the Anthony’s making Deals with TV Stations for a Movie or Book/Books and selling everything there is has to do anything with Caylee.
    I am sure Baez knows all the Loopholes to do everything he wants to get done legally.
    I just wished the Prosecutor today at the Hearing would have stayed more calm an collective to make his Statements, he was very irritated and it showed therefore we seen that stupid Grin of Baez’s Face again, he just loved it because he got to the Prosecutor, just like a little Kid who just won a Fight.
    Well, all I have to say Baez better enjoy it while he can it’s not over
    by a long Shot, this is just the Beginning.
    Let’s wait till the Trial and see how he will proof his Client Casey Anthony is innocent like he wants every one to believe.
    I believe she is guilty of murdering her own Daughter.
    When the Trial starts I hope Caylee will get Justice by convicting her Murderer,
    her own Mother Casey Anthony, unless there is someone else out there who committed the Crime and no one ever looked for that Person and Casey Anthony
    has been in Jail unjustified, which we all know is not the Case.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 25, 2009 1:08 pm

    I wonder why that wasn’t brought up today, Susie? The judge asked if anyone else on the team was involved and the answer was “no”. Why didn’t he ask about other family members or friends? Maybe it’s not considered a conflict of interest if Baez has a deal with George and Cindy.

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 25, 2009 1:13 pm

    It is OK for Anthony or her family to sell her story, photos or videos to fund her defense, but Baez cannot BROKER the deals on their behalf.

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/19009462/detail.html#-

    There’s the answer to my own question, Susie. Judge Strickland didn’t ask because it’s not a conflict of interest.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 25, 2009 1:17 pm

    Hilde–The prosecutor must realllyyyy dislike Baez, and I would agree that Baez loves that he got so far under his skin. I guess he’s just sick of Baez stupidity.

  6. ostella permalink
    March 25, 2009 1:33 pm

    Baez is a whole new breed of jacka$$. I’m convinced G and C are brokering all these deals thru ABC/Disney, and therefore its not legally a conflict of interest. I think there must be a hidden portal to hell in Florida, thru which all these demonic characters merrily waltz to assault our justice system. They constantly give our collective intelligence the middle finger. I think next we’ll learn one of them drove to Satsuma and kidnapped Haleigh Cummings, killed her, and put duct tape and a heart sticker over her mouth (all from the Anthony home) in order to make it look like some crazed “Zanny the Nanny” serial killer is on the loose, and it can’t be Casy cuz she’s been in jail…honestly, I would put NOTHING past these people…


    Ostella. I think it’s George and Cindy brokering the deals, too. Although, Hoover said D. Casey told him that Baez had made $200,00–$225,000 for Casey (which means he got the money). Plus, I don’t think it’s illegal for Casey to make money on her own story. She hasn’t been convicted of anything.

  7. BEES KNEES permalink
    March 25, 2009 1:36 pm

    I am disappointed at the judge’s decision on this.

    I seem to remember there was talk about a $2 million dollar movie deal with Lifetime Movie Network months ago. Sources close to the Anthony family said they, along with Casey’s extremely ignorant slimeball lawyer, signed a contract with way back in Aug/Sept. And I think there was an on-line petition to try and prevent this from happening.

    Does anyone remember this or am I dreaming?

    No, you’re not dreaming, Bees Knees. I remember that as well. I believe Lifetime removed the deal from the table?

  8. TERISA permalink
    March 25, 2009 2:32 pm

    the family has a deal with the defense..casey signed rights to her parents, that’s why they cremated Caylee, supposedly against Casey’s wishes..she could care less about Caylee when she was alive, we’re supposed to believ she cares about the remains??there is a deal with lifetime, there’s truth to every rumor..or the defense is working on a pro-bono basis..I don’t think so, in time a made for tv movie will be released…in memory of Caylee, this is getting as much attention as OJ …WHY???!!??

    Terisa–Casey apparently signed the funeral rights over to her parents. She was upset because her parents then didn’t follow her wishes and NOT have Caylee cremated. I agree that there will eventually be a made for tv movie–maybe more than one, and there will books by all.

    Why so much attention? Because no one can believe their eyes and ears that there could possible be people that behave like this.

  9. MAND permalink
    March 25, 2009 2:48 pm

    Mystery..from what I can understand…this decision shows the court that KC is aware of what is going on with Dumbo and understands..this assures that KC can-not get an appeal on this issue. KC can sell whatever she wants and give the money to Dumbo as payment..she does not have to have G&C or anyone else do it for her.
    The prosecution wanted to be sure that Dumbo was not brokering deals on his own to profit from them without KC’s knowledge ..stretching things out to make it last longer and profiting from doing so. That does not mean that she can’t tell him to sell things for her..she just has to know about it and agree.

    Dumbo had to know this would happen and rest assured he has made sure he dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s..Cabot would be aware of how and what to do in cases such as this..and Dumbo keeps him close. Dumbo is a very un-ethical attorney and we can only hope he will mis-step and get dis-barred.
    The seasoned attorneys are beginning to speak not to kindly about how he is handling this case or the lack there-of.

    I wish someone would wipe that sh*t eating grin off his face..damm that man is hateful..a real slime-ball.

    Mand, I think you’re quite right about the fact that she won’t now be able to get an appeal from it. It’s my understanding that he can’t BROKER deals because that could cause a conflict of interest. But as long as Casey knows and understands, it’s okay. But–they both signed sworn statements that she didn’t give him that right.

  10. Hilde permalink
    March 25, 2009 3:03 pm

    well put Mand….. I agree

  11. the lunitic is on the Grass permalink
    March 25, 2009 3:49 pm

    puke,puke,……

  12. Molly permalink
    March 25, 2009 8:35 pm

    Just look at that smurk on Baez’s face in that picture!! ugh He does remind me of a slimeball. I’m glad the prosecutor got mad & pointed out Baez commenting just for the camera. He’s blamed them before for leaks, it’s probably leaks on the defense side. Remember the prosecution wanted a gag order on the case & Baez did NOT. Doesn’t make much sense.
    Mand is right, this only clears up that Baez is not connected to any deals that Casey doesn’t know about. She however can have media deals & pay Baez & the team thru that. I’m sure that is done in some creative way.

    Hi Molly. Yeah, there’s money being made all around. The good news to me is that I would imagine Casey thinks she’s going to get off and will get to share in the wealth–wonder how she’ll feel when she’s convicted and it sinks in that she’s gonna be missing out on a lot more than her Mom’s chili!

  13. MAND permalink
    March 25, 2009 9:09 pm

    Dumbo wasted no time in getting in front of the cameras ..his impromptu press conference???

    Did anyone see or hear anything from the prosecution??

    I wish someone would wipe that smirk off his fat face.
    Someone should make a dart board with Dumbo’s picture on it..w/t smirk..put in the local taverns and charge to play and donate the money made to a children’s charity.

    Lol! Good one, Mand! Maybe the guy that was trying to profit off the Sunshine Caylee Doll can jump on that idea. Don’t think too many people would object to that!

  14. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    March 26, 2009 2:25 am

    Well said Mand.. 💡 does anyone else think that there may be a “secret financier” involved…I have wondered about this before but leaning more in that direction since the “in camera” hearing was very short..then Judge Strickland was very quick to make his ruling.

    Lets say some “rich” person {maybe from NY as Bozo said he went there on behalf of the Maggot} is paying all his expenses {possibly going to make a movie or book after the trial} would that be a “conflict of interest?” I would be interested in your thoughts about this.

    Cheers from over the pond xxx

    Yes, I do, Jill, and I think ABC/Disney may be it.

  15. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    March 26, 2009 2:28 am

    Another ❓ if {and I hope it won’t happen} there is a mistrial would Casey have to stay in jail until the next trial??? {Purrrrrrlease don’t tell me that she would be let out..that would make me very very 😈

  16. MAND permalink
    March 26, 2009 10:13 am

    Hi Jill…from what I understand if Dumbo wants to write a book make a movie deal ..after the trial he is free to do so even if the case was to win an appeal b/c he would not be the attorney for that trial..he would be finished when this trial is over therefore he is free to do as he pleases.
    If there was to be a mistrial..her attorney could ask for her to get out on bail but the chances of that happening would be almost nill..she was denied bail on this one so it would most likely remain the same.

  17. itsamysterytome permalink*
    March 27, 2009 1:20 pm

    Hi everyone! I replied to comments within the individual comments.

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