Casey Anthony pictured during the murder trial Photo by: AP

Attorney is still haunted by Casey Anthony’s case and Caylee’s murder


Casey Anthony pictured during the murder trial Photo by: AP

Jose Baez, the attorney who successfully defended Casey Anthony, has made some new revelations in the paperback version of his New York Times bestseller Presumed Guilty.

In a new afterword Baez recounts that he had lunch with lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick several months after Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in her daughter Caylee's death.

'Regardless of what happened, whoever threw Caylee into those woods like that deserves to rot in hell,' Burdick reportedly told Baez. 'You don't do that to a baby.'

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Baez writes: 'I agreed. This fact disturbs me greatly. It's the one fact that will never change. You don't do that to a baby. Whoever put Caylee there, I curse you.'

Later Baez writes that the issue is the 'one loose end that really haunts me.'

Baez later writes of George Anthony, Casey's father, and repeats the claim that Caylee drowned in the family pool.

Baez writes: 'According to Casey, George held Caylee's lifeless body in his arms and, after accusing Casey of being responsible for her death, told Casey he'd 'take care of it.' Caylee's body was found dumped in the woods. That was all I was ever able to uncover about how Caylee ended up where she did.'

Baez then criticizes the police for never properly investigating Casey's father.

Baez dismisses WKMG-Channel 6's Tony Pipitone's claim that a search for 'foolproof suffocation' was recorded on the Anthony family computer. Baez also complains that Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. 'compromised' the jurors' safety by releasing their names to the public.

And Baez also takes a shot at the public for having 'no interest in hearing Casey's side of this sordid story.'

Baez finally takes the opportunity to explain why he was so vigorous in defending Anthony: Clients can grow on an attorney, he writes. He wanted to ensure she wasn't railroaded into a guilty verdict because he felt she didn't get a fair shake from anyone.

Speaking of his own fortune since he successfully defended the case, Baez writes that he cried when he learned his book, written with Peter Golenbock, had become a New York Times bestseller.

His also talks about his practice since the case concluded, saying he has 'opened a dream office' in Coral Gables while maintaining his Orlando office.

'If ever you need a robust defense, you know where to find me,' Baez concludes.


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