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