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Terence Lenamon speaks out as to why he left Casey Anthony’s defense team as we are left to wonder who Baez has chosen to replace him

May 13, 2009

So, it turns out that Terence Lenamon–the defense’s death penalty qualified attorney, has gone the way of the Anthony’s ex-attorney, Mark Nejame.  A difference of opinion on how the case should be handled is what caused Lennamon to pull up stakes—- just like Mark Nejame’s inability to keep the Anthonys under control caused him to throw up his hands and move away–far–far away–All the way over to representing Tim Miller (Cindy had a well-publicized “disagreement” with ole Tim.)  against Baez’ attempt to force Miller to reveal private information about his volunteers.

It seems that Lenamon (did I already say he was the death penalty QUALIFIED attorney?) and Baez  (the novice attorney –did I say his specialty was misdemeanors?) disagree on the legal strategy in Casey’s defense.

“We had a difference in what I believe should have been done with the approach that is mental health related,” Lenamon told CNN’s Nancy Grace during an interview Tuesday night.Lenamon explained he would have had Casey plead not guilty —–BY REASON OF INSANITY.   Hmmmmm.

Baez has also come under fire from WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer (he’s a death penalty qualified attorney,too.)  He says Baez should NOT be doing all these depositions without a death-qualified co-counsel because he might miss something that could help Casey avoid the death penalty if she is convicted.

“You detonate all the land mines at deposition so you don’t step on one during trial and blow your legs off,” Sheaffer said  “Not only to you learn what questions to ask, you learn what areas and questions to stay away from.”

“Are you worried that something death penalty related could come up during these depositions?” asked WFTV reporter Kathi Belich (does she have a fan club?  Cuz’ I’d like to be in it!) as Baez made his way into the courthouse on Monday.

“I made my objection to the court and it says it all there,” replied Baez.  He has said that his new co-counsel will be at Casey’s May 28th hearing.  The problem is that as of Tuesday afternoon, no one has filed notice with the court as to who that might be.  This week  Baez is taking more depositions–this time with a DCF worker who investigated a previous child abuse case against Casey and an employee at Universal Orlando where Casey said she was working. Obviously, Baez thinks he’s so good that he doesn’t need that death-qualified co-counsel taking those depositions with him.

This all makes Shaeffer wonder if he really does have an attorney lined up.  All the hoopla and drama Baez has created by delaying the identification of the new attorney is highly unusual.  Usually when someone joins a defense team they get right to work–they aren’t shrouded in secrecy and then introduced under the media spotlight.

read it here:

wftv.com

watch Nancy Grace interview with Terrance Lenamon here: Lenamon in Nancy Grace interview

Baez reminds me of a line I read  in  “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“.  It took me a while to find it, but I did!

“IF THERE’S ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN MY EGO AROUND, I WANT IT CAUGHT AND SHOT IMMEDIATELY!”


19 Comments leave one →
  1. laura permalink
    May 13, 2009 9:47 am

    I think Jose wants to see this trial all the way to the end, never mind Casey should have taken a plea. She is going to get death because Baez is out to prove something. I don’t know what he wants to prove because all I see so far is a idiot, if that is what it is WELL DONE Baez. I do not believe she is insane but I believe a plea is the way to go!!!!!

    laura–I think it is very difficult to prove insanity and may not really be an option here. Of course, that would also require her to admit she killed Caylee. I agree with you that I think Baez own agenda trumps Casey’s.

  2. MAND permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:19 am

    Good Afternoon Mystery…I seen the interview and was not surprised to hear the reason Lenamon quit..this is Dumbo’s case and whoever comes on board to handle the death penalty phase will have to agree to do as told…it is a mere formality as far as Dumbo is concerned…it’s his case he is not going to permit anyone to tell him how to handle things…he is showing that by taking depos without that person present..one would think it would help to have that person present at these depos to make sure they ask the right questions..but Dumbo knows all.
    I wonder if they really have anyone yet? What attorney worth anything would want to get involved with this case and Dumbo? It is a disaster waiting to happen..their career could go down the toilet in an instant.
    Dumbo does not want anyone else but has to this is his dog and pony show and he wants it all to himself…the man is so full of SH*T he thinks he’s doing a good job and those that say he is not are doing so because he is Hispanic!!! WHAT A GUY!!!

    I agree with you Mand, it’s Baez’ show and his little soldiers have to fall in line or they’re out. He plans on pulling out all the stops in keeping himself as top dog. His desire to be in charge of this case at all costs will be his fatal flaw.

  3. niecey456 permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:21 am

    The new Nieceypedia definition for Jose Baez: A highly incompetent, idiot of a lawyer, who is actually very intelligent in criminal behavior, but can’t seem to apply it to being a lawyer, instead he steps into it like a big pile of dung (prehistoric elephant), thus getting all caught up in it and having to swim his way out to get to court, smelling like sh*t. Oh, Sorry, I got carried away. 🙂

    Ooohhh Niecey! I should add that definition to my Dictionary of Legal and Not So Legal Terms. LOL.

  4. laura permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:29 am

    Niecey – love the description, it sounds jut like him, Casey picked a real winner!

  5. May 13, 2009 10:43 am

    Mr. Baez may have a big problem finding a death qualified attorney to be on the “TEAM”. No attorney with integrity will want his or her name tied to this farce.

    Not to bash the attorneys of the world, but I think there are plenty of lawyers that would love to sign on to this case.

  6. niecey456 permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:05 am

    Thanks Laura!
    Mystery, I love the ego thing and I agree. He’s got a problem with that. Sorry if I got too carried away.

    I loved it!! You didn’t get carried away at all.

  7. ostella permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:17 am

    I’ve never seen such a bunch of arrogant nincompoops. They all deserve each other. I’m waiting for cindy and bozo to get into a catfight over who gets to steer the case. You know its coming….

    On a different note, I found this really interesting thread about Team Crazy’s Reasonable Doubt Smear Campaign…please take the time to read it; its very eye-opening. It goes into a lot of detail about the army of moronic minion trolls they’ve recruited online to do their bidding. And yes, you will learn to despise these people even more… The hits just keep on comin, folks!

    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread432443/pg6

    Ostella–I just did some reading at the link you posted. You are right–it’s very interesting reading and I bookmarked it to visit again. Thanks

  8. paula permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:54 am

    Isn’t it really something that Casey, the Anthonys, Baez, D. Casey, Hoover, etc, all share the same characteristics and managed to find each other. Personally, I think Casey knew Baez prior to all this. Also, if Linda Kenny Baden is so “well respected” and “highly competent” why is she involved with this case? Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

    Yep–they can sure sniff each other out! Good question about Linda Kenny Baden–what exactly IS she getting out of this giant headache? Is her ego just so big that she wants another feather in her cap?

  9. norma permalink
    May 13, 2009 2:43 pm

    Dumbo is going to get this case a huge appeal for lack of representation. He is an idiot. I cannot believe that he has not stepped aside at this time for real attnys to take over the case. Casey may have well known him or easier for him to have been familiar with her and all her glorious photos. I still cannot understand how this family thinks nothing of using “Caylee the victim” money for the defense fund. Selling off the photos of a dead murdered child to support this stupid woman is more than a little hypocritical. I think that this is only the beginning of the “quiters”club for the lawyers.

    Norma, I haven’t seen anything that says conclusively that money was taken from Caylee’s fund to pay for Casey’s defense. It’s questionable how the defense is being paid for but no one knows for sure yet how it’s being done.

    I agree with you that Lenamon will not be the last of the lawyers to back off from this case.

  10. MAND permalink
    May 13, 2009 3:17 pm

    Norma..Dumbo will never give up this case…he molded it to his liking..and he means to make money off this case well into the future..remember he has a $670.0000 water front home to maintain..and he hasn’t had a lot of time for other cases so this is the one he is banking on…and the reason he is not going to let anyone else run the show…and the reason he will never let her plead out…this is about Dumbo and his future..he doesn’t give a damm about what happens to KC…and if she was to get the DP..it would add to the sensationalism to the case…good book material..Young Mother Gets Death For Killing Her Own Child!!!

    George and Cindy need the money and Caylee is their property..Cindy feel entitled to do what she’s doing..she envisions herself as another John Walsh and Mark Klass.

    Mand–do we know how Baez can afford his $670,000 house? Did he inherit money or does his wife have money? How does a traffic ticket lawyer afford such an extravagant lifestyle?

  11. laura permalink
    May 13, 2009 6:44 pm

    Mand I agree cindy wants to be in the same class as………………………………………………. Mark Klass and John Walsh but that will never happen. I could not put them in the same sentence as cindy, sorry she is not worthy!!!

    Cindy and George have created too much drama and too many questions to ever be successful at creating and maintaining a foundation for missing children. That’s JMO.

  12. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:38 pm

    Thanks Ostella that was a very interesting read..how low will Bozo stoop?

    G’day Jill! How’s it goin’ Down Under?

  13. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    May 13, 2009 11:57 pm

    I love the Nieceypedia…you ladies are the best! 😆

  14. cindy permalink
    May 14, 2009 7:19 am

    shame on all of thes baby killer the lawers are the main one making the money for there self and trying there self the woman need the death sentse

    Cindy–Yes, it’s very sad, isn’t it?

  15. Augie permalink
    May 14, 2009 11:15 am

    Having read up on the Lenamon court docs he filed in the hopes to get the DA to knock the death penalty off the table months ago….it was his own court filing’s wording that indicated they knew the child was dead prior to Caylee’s remains being found. It was his legalize that clearly made “excuses” as to why Casey killed the child (mental status, postpartum, etc) in an effort to negate death penalty punishment. His entire gist was based on Casey’s state of mind . . .nothing in the document stated she was “innocent”.

    Also, when Lenamon was being interviewed last night he did state that Baez had recently courted him to serve on the team [as death penalty counsel] and Lenamon refused to return to the fold.

    Lenamon, unlike Baez, may very well be one of the type of lawyers who believes in the job description: advocate for a fair trial. He apparently is unable to advocate lies and false accusations against others at trial the way Baez is functioning. His statement (paraphrasing) that he was not willing to provide services due to the tactics Baez was (ab)using was clearly a “read between the lines” moment.

    Once a client is revealed to the attorney as guilty, their only duty is to monitor a fair trial and reasonable sentence, it is NOT their duty to manufacture reasonable doubt and accusations against third parties to free the murderer.

    It appears that Lenamon’s ethics guided his decisions to not only remove himself from the team earlier but to stay off the team now. Tragically, he is silenced on the important issues which has the nation’s observers awaiting with bated breath . . . since he’s bound by attorney client privacy rules.

    Hi Augie–Yes, it appears there are at least two honest and ethical lawyers that have been associated with this defense–Mark Nejame and Terence Lenaman—and they’ve both quit.

  16. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 14, 2009 7:46 pm

    Hi! I responded to the above comments within their comment boxes!

  17. Daisey1 permalink
    May 18, 2009 7:56 am

    I think they are trying to find a DP atty. who will plead Casey not guilty. That’s why the Anthonys are are trying to set up Jesse Grund, and Kronk and others. They think they can create “reasonable doubt.” I can’t imagine that ever happening but with all the dingbats out there one never knows! (We’ll see a MARCH ON ORLANDO if that ever happens!)

  18. May 19, 2009 3:13 am

    Can the courts do something to Baez if he doesn’t step aside and get proper councel for Casey? I think they should.
    Did you see the Anthony’s on Larry King? They were chomping at the bit to name another person for this crime. Maybe it was Jessie Grund they wanted to name. What gets me about Jessie is, he was moved to tears on the Nancy Grace show saying “I will always feel like Caylees Dad, no matter what a blood test says”, yet he hadn’t seen Caylee in six months. Wierd.

  19. legalone permalink
    January 28, 2010 6:07 pm

    WHERE IS LINDA KENNY- BIDEN?

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