Jose Baez on Why He Wrote a Book About the Casey Anthony Trial: Exclusive Interview

Categories: Law & Order
baez-pic.JPG
via BaezLawFirm.com
This morning, I wrote a mean blog post about attorney Jose Baez's upcoming book, Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, coming out in July. I called it a "'let's make some cash off Casey Anthony' book" and called Baez "the guy who sold bikinis on the internet before writing a bottom-feeding book."

In hindsight, it's unsurprising that a public relations man was perturbed by it.

"Bottom-feeding book? It's Jose's story," said Michael Wright, who also did promotional work for O.J. Simpson's If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer*. "I don't usually call, but when it comes to a story like this... You wrote this with anger and animosity toward Jose."

That's true. I talked smack; it's a reflex. And Wright was correct when he pointed out that Baez did win "a case that couldn't be won." So let's fix it, I said. Let's get Jose's side of the story in there too. Here it is.

(Long story short: He says he's not taking advantage. People are talking about it, and he wants to give his side of things because people are getting it wrong.

My questions are paraphrased. Anything in quotation marks is a literal transcription of what Baez said. Forgive the ellipses.)

OK, Jose, why did you write this book?

"Initially, I wasn't going to," Baez said. "I gave one interview to Barbara Walters, and then I left. That was it... I tried to be as professional as I could... But, you know, the nonsense and the lies just wouldn't go away. People have this huge misconception because they just kept hearing one side of the story."

He cited the example of the bikini-salesman line:

"I never sold bikinis. I had a girlfriend who wanted to start up her own business," he said. "People go off and start saying all these kinds of things about me... It just got to the point where it wouldn't go away. People wouldn't stop asking about the case."

(The rest of the picture: Brazilian-Bikini.com Inc. and Bon Bon Bikinis were both incorporated in Florida under Baez's name.)

I asked him about why people shouldn't see his new book as taking advantage of the morbid obsession the trial and why it's not just contributing to the Casey Anthony circus.

"If it contributes to it, I understand that, but I don't think not doing it would have ended it," he said. "I was never really able to express myself the way I wanted to... I [had to] talk in sound bites... and that's not the way stories should be told."

He criticized "the version that's out there, what everyone knows right now" because it was "told from the perspective of people with no legal training" who were turning "complex facts... into a two-minute piece in the evening. And I don't think it does the facts any justice."

When asked if he thought future clients might be bothered by his writing a tell-all about his private dealings with a client, Baez said he didn't think so.

"I gave that a lot of consideration," he said, adding that it might actually work in his favor. "I think people will be able to see how hard I worked on the case... People think that a lawyer just throws on a suit and goes to court and yaps away."

He declined several times to say whether he asked Anthony about the book before writing it or whether she approved of it now.

"That, you'll have to wait till the book," he said, but added, "This book is my story, not Casey's."

*Note, 1:50 p.m.: Wright points out that he worked with the Goldman family, not Simpson, on the publication of If I Did It.
My Voice Nation Help
62 comments
ravenmom
ravenmom

 Wow.. how did Xiaomin's name get in there??  That was toward Baez!!!! Not you Xiaomin~

ravenmom
ravenmom

Gosh Baez... shut your pie hole alread@facebook-100000795626725:disqus !!!  You were just lucky to get 12 stupid people who DID NOT follow the law... I'm sick of hearing your lies... you are unethical, creepy and I'm just sick of seeing your face... Go Away.... and take that baby killing slut with you.. MAJORITY OF the public doesn't want to see her... or hear her.. just go away PLEASE

Guest
Guest

They are never happy. Still lying through their f*cking teeth. Word of the day is "Caseyworld" where everything she does, every lie, thieving & murder is ok. Because she lives in her own mind & has her own rules, get it. So that excuses her suffocating her child & throwing the rotting corpse in a swamp like garbage. Just ask Mumbles Mason. He's been spewing that nonsense in the hopes the public will forgive her enough for them to cash in.

OT
OT

The liar "had" to talk in soundbites... The fraud never shut up..Even the blowhard mason bashed the "scheme team" Before jumping in the Garage bags with em that is...

Will his book of lies Include a Photo of nanny the zanny? After all, the liar did tell the World he and his "pi" had the pic...A Photo of The Illusive Murderer/kidnapper/sitter who was first accused of this Vile crime of "accidental drowing" Guess Its ez to accuse f**king phantoms of crimes, when no one buys that BS, then move on to Real peeps and accuse them of murder...

Daisy Mae
Daisy Mae

To Seriously:  The judge DID challenge him by telling him that he was not allowed to mention the molestation in his closing arguments because he showed absolutely NO evidence that it occurred.  Also, an attorney can only say things in opening statements that they have every intention of proving.  The only way to admit evidence of molestation was to have her testify, and he had no intention of doing that.  So, yes, saying those things in opening statements was sleazy and shady.  The problem is that if the judge were to challenge him on why he did it, he would have lied his way out of it, and said he intended to put her on the stand but changed his mind.  Unlike the jury, we are not stupid.  I see right through his sleazy tactics. 

 

And, I didn't say I didn't care.  I care very much about justice and about baez dancing on Caylee's grave, and I am a member of many boycott groups.  What I don't care about is reading a book writen by an unethical liar. 

Genie Gee
Genie Gee

I am convinced baez knows casey killed Caylee but none of that matters to him.  I mean, really, even Caylee's own family didn't give a rat's patooty that Caylee was dead, they ALL LIED to dfend casey!  cindy was even caught on tape saying to george I can't lose another one, meaning casey.  cindy admitted to cleaning the car, washing the clothes LONG before she called the cops.  The evidence went down the drain, literally.  she even got a new washer & dryer.  WHY?  so evidence in casey's clothing wouldn't be found!  If you watched the trial, you saw the blatant LIES, (perjury), this family told on the stand!  And baez was slimey & intentionally LIED too.  

Why would ANYONE buy a book by any of the anthony's or any of their attorney's?  It would only be MORE LIES!  There is NO WAY anyone on the scheme team would tell the truth!  If they did, you can bet that casey would NOT waive her rights or approve of the book or them putting it out there.  Legally, they cannot tell a different story than the one casey & baez told.  WHY?  'cuz as her attys, they could be sued by casey for telling the honest truth and personally, I think they are JUST as slimey as casey.  Birds of a feather....you know?

Liz
Liz

Did he ever ask her if she did it?

Obermann
Obermann

Just discovered that "Michael Wright" also was the publicist for psychopath (alleged) elder exploitation thief ex-Judge Larry Seidlin and his book "The Murder of Anna Nicole Smith, which was changed to "The KILLING" of Anna Nicole Smith.  I heard from a good source, that Seidlin has broken out with a series of neck boils, you can only hope came from bad karma from the other side.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Who let all of the obsessed lunatics out of the asylum?  Isn't it time all of the amateur sleuths got on the Trayvon Martin crazy train? Is there much difference between the author penning the trial story and a commentator penning an article on that author. Both making a living off of the Anthony event.

JHJ77
JHJ77

 Who let the lunatics out of the asylum?

My guess would be probably someone trying to make room for you in there...

Obermann
Obermann

Not true Kenny.  One is exploiting and One is reporting.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

 It is true Obemann. Rich is not reporting, he is commenting. This is an Op/Ed piece.

Obermann
Obermann

Au contraire, Rich was reporting facts on the opinions of Baez that his defense wasn't bullsh*t.  And whatever you want to call Rich's effort, it was successful.  And Baez is an exploiter, Rich is a reporter. 

Guest
Guest

Exactly. With all due respect to Rich who is an awesome writer, this is a blog, intended to stir up reaction.

Obermann
Obermann

It's time Obermann weighed in here (for everyone's sake).  It's real simple:  Jose Baez is a slut.  He's the Tony "The Muscle" Lomangino of fabrication.  He's the Bernie "The Escalator" Friedman of doing anything for money.  He's Joey "Cigars" kindred spirit of weasel bulls*it.  He'd burn down his house to destroy evidence of another crime.  He'd hug Casey Anthony, while trying to get the right camera angle on his best side.  (Oh, and what about the female attorney who was all huggy and touchy with Casey, then freaked when Joy Behar asked if she would let Casey babysit her kids?  Oh, hell no!)  His legal team was disgusting and rag-tag.  The only mistake the prosecution made was to be overly sure this conviction was a no-brainer (which it clearly was if it hadn't been for the most moronic jury in history.  Case for"iJury" technology). 

Don't anyone worry about Jose Baez making any money or gathering any fame for his book.  Oh sure, you'll see him on weighing in on some of the cable news shows, like Jane Velez-Mitchell, but she also uses that sociopathic freak Larry Seidlin who, not unlike Casey Anthony, you can't imagine isn't serving 35 years in the can himself over his "alleged' exploitation of his elderly neighbor.  She also used to feature all out  pyscho Joshua Perper  Broward County medical examiner extraordinare who ruled an elderly woman who was beaten to a pulp, died of natural causes, then lent 6,000+ oxycodone "allegedly" to his son who was caught in the pill mill fraud.  Oh, and his daughter who "alleged" drugged and robbed her mother-in-law of diamonds, jewelry and money  I swear, (that Perper group makes the  Revenge's Grayson family look the Sound-of-Music clan -- if you don't know who the Grayson's are, they lying, filthy dirty trash at $42 a ton (if they weren't fictitious, "The Escalator" would be lobbying for them). 

But I digress...Jose Baez used an imbecilic court system to protect the guilty and ruin some innocents.  He played every dirty card he could, taunted the court, make up crap to throw against the wall and confuse the idiotic jury (which as we saw, wasn't too hard).  He does not belong in a court room.  And when Ashton's MOVIE comes out (Ashton, I hear perhaps being played by George CLOONEY) the entire charade will be exposed, and Baez will only hope he's still able to sell internet bikinis.  His name will be MUD.

I wonder who'll pay Baez?  Maybe that crazo from Celebrity Apprentice.

Marshm
Marshm

my questions for Mr Baez will always be the same: Mr Baez why did you accuse George and Lee Anthony of molestation and why did you imply that George Anthony was responsible for Caylee's death? does it bother you to have lied and forever tainted both of their lives? was it worth it to you to label them and have them never be free of your labels???

Seriously?
Seriously?

He couldn't have said those things if his client didn't tell him that.  I don't understand why so many people don't understand that. A lawyer can't make things up. Again, the prosecution and Judge didn't challenge him on, wonder why? If that is what his client told him...how is that a lie from?  His client called them out...not him.

JHJ77
JHJ77

 He should have been accusing George openly of murder then. Because Casey told her shrinks that there's no way Caylee could have gotten in that pool by herself and Caylee had probably been drowned by being molested in the pool.

Marshm
Marshm

his girlfrien..uh client has never spoken. but bikini jose has. heck he's even lying in this article. the bikini biz was his, in his name, run by him.

he is his girlfriend/clients equal,all those snuggle sessions paid off I guess. some may call him brilliant but the majority call his an example of the worst of the legal system. a man so in bed with his client that he deliberately ruined two people's lives. no sane person will let Geoge or Lee Anthony near a child. No parent will want Lee coaching a kids team,having sleep overs at his house when (or if) he has children. No neighbor can trust them, no sane person could take the risk. To save Casey Jose Baez willfully and deliberately ruined many people's lives. you may think he's awesome but many of us  don't.

Sleuth
Sleuth

Really! Watching the trial I was certain Casey would be able to claim ineffective counsel. It  appeared to me Bozo had no clue as to what to do!

BC Confidential
BC Confidential

He did not put up a pretty good defense.  He was unprofessional throughout, hitting below the belt as often as he could, and ultimately getting a pathelogical liar who killed her daughter out of a punishment which should have been metered out. He did it by making up as many proposterous lies as he could think of without regard to any of them being the truth.  He played incest like OJ's defense played the race card.  And if he hadn't had the stupidest of juries (quote foreman "we thought she did it, but the prosecution didn't prove their case".  If the jury thought she was guilty, then the prosecution DID prove their case!) I ran into a defense attorney like Baez once and it was the same shock to see how dirty they could play.  The court system wasn't  originally created to "win at all costs", to commit any kind unspeakable act of throwing mud every which way to confuse the jurists.   Baez is what's wrong with the court system.  He should be disbarred and sent back to selling bikinis (that too, he lied about).  Why can these lawyers consistently have the right to lie, lie, lie.  And then bill whatever fees they pull out of thin air for doing this dirty work that people are forced to comply with. 

Seriously?
Seriously?

I think you are confusing he defense and prosecution.  Lawyers can't lie...why can't people get that through their heads.  

JHJ77
JHJ77

 Lawyers can't lie? Are you kidding me?

Yes, they can lie. Proving they are using anything but what their client tells them on a good faith basis is the difficult part. You're a moron.

Guest
Guest

Lawyers can and do lie. Constantly.

BC Confidential
BC Confidential

They make up fictitious stories...to me?  That's lying!

Marshm
Marshm

but he did. and he did it willfully and knowingly. don't be mad at us for noticing, be mad at bikini jose for stooping that low. you cannot change reality, bikini jose says he knew all along that Caylee was dead that day1 so every word contradicting that fact was a lie, too many to count. but if I'm ever laid up and so bored that poking my eyes with needles gets boring, I'll count them. The fun we'll have with all his publicity tour lies, his interview lies, his lies in court, that bikini jose is one good liar, he should be he practiced often and loudly... when he wasn't busy having some one-on-one with his client ;)

JHJ77
JHJ77

Sure, ignorance is the death of a great country. If you care so much about it, you should  take your ignorance to another country. Do it for America.

Marshm
Marshm

awww shucks, if you don't like what we say you call us ig'nrant. Seriously, seriously? sorry, it won't fly with me, I'm all up in the legal system's grill. One of my least favorite attys is a defense atty with pure talent and even he said bikini jose lied through his smirk. I am glad bikini jose has a few fans, everyone should have but please stop embarassing yourself by being reduced to crying "ig'nrant...y'all is ig'nrant..." Bikini jose told some whoppers both on tv and in court and he's done it in every form of media he can sleeze his way onto this book will be more sleeze but he has every right to write it and we ig'nrants have every right to point out his lies. I bet you a bale of licorice strings that bikini jose will tell many more lies over his life time. don't be a hatin' on those who pay attention and call him on them.. peace out, my lawn needs cutting.

Seriously?
Seriously?

Ignorance is the death of a great country.  Just because you don't understand the legal system, doesn't mean an attorney lies.  All of you "BOZO" haters are unbelieveable.  The "Jury are idiots", "BOZO lied", the "Judge didn't do his job", and the prosecution was great...do you even see a pattern here? 

mae
mae

Yes we can all agree they are both scum. And that they both deserve to rot in hell but we cant blame the jury. If youve read anything about some of the statements released from the jury. A lot of them agree that they believe she was guilty. But there job is to be un-bias. They are supposed to make theyre decision solely on the facts and trial theyre presented with. Its not theyre fault that the scumbag casey covered her tracks. Thats why she waited so long to report her daughter. She wanted to make sure that the real evidence that could link her directly was gone. If anyones at fault its the prosecution for not focusing on finding more facts to back up theyre evidence. The jury didnt have enough evidence to base it solely on casey. Beaz and casey poked too many holes in the evidence.

Mike Wood
Mike Wood

I am sure it was never about money!  Isn't that wott they all say?

RichRocks
RichRocks

Hey Rich,  BRAVO!  Mucho respect sir!  Great article to show what a morans Bozo and his flunky PR Firm are.  He calls you all miffed because you wrote something "bad" about his client and because he "won"???  LMFAO!!!!  True colors right here in this article.  Good job Rich and thank you.

Grannydee1964
Grannydee1964

Jose didnt reach the verict, the jurors did...that I will give him. The only TRUE words I heard spewing from his mouth during the whole trial were in his closing...Casey is a lying slut. I have no doubt there was jury tampering by the defense cuz theres no other way 12 people with one ounce of common sense could find her not guilty. I cannot stand Jose or any member of his defense team. I will never buy his book but I own 2 copies of Jeff Ashtons...RIP Caylee Marie.

Seriously?
Seriously?

Juneanne44-I heard the world was going to implode in 2012,the Maya calendar says so…

Seriously?
Seriously?

What a bunch of ignorance, and I mean that in the kindestway.  I’m not calling anyone stupid here,only ignorant.

 

4gr8kidsforme, Truman, Ptduffield & Mamacallyou-Anattorney can’t lie in a trial, they would lose their license to practicelaw.  Baez has his license.

 

Xiamin Feador-Get help, seriously.

 

B Peab-Blood money? It’s his story, his life and hisbook.  How is that blood money?

 

Longdays61-She wasnever missing.

JHJ77
JHJ77

 You get help and I don't mean it in the kindest possible way. Baez lied, that's fact. Read about the story Casey told her shrinks right before the trial. That was not the story that Baez told.

Sleuth
Sleuth

You're right, she was never "missing" she was DEAD in the trunk of her mother's car and later dumped in the woods where Casey used to bury her pets, buried the same way as her pets, wrapped in items ALL from her home...how do you think she got there? Do you think her father, a seasoned detective would be stupid enough to do that???

Daisy Mae
Daisy Mae

Really? He didn't lie?   Did he back up one word of what he said with evidence? No,  because there was absolutely NO evidence to back it up!  In opening statements he blamed the position of the body on Kronk moving it an holding onto it.  Did he mention that in his closing?  No, because it wasn't true.    Other attorneys were even talking about what an idiot he was for saying all that crap during opening statements and not backing it up.  Luckily for him, the jurors were too stupid to realize it. 

Also, if she was never missing then why was baez all over the TV during the 1st few months INSISTING that she WAS MISSING?  Again, lies. 

We don't care what baez has to say.  If I want to read a trashy book, I'll read one that is interesting.  I don't care to hear him pat himself on the back about what an amazing attorney he is because I watched the trial, and his performance was laughable. 

Seriously?
Seriously?

Again, I have to say it…more ignorance.

 

He doesn’t have to prove his opening argument claims, theprosecution or judge did not challenge him…wonder why?

 

He was hired when it was a missing person’s case, not amurder case.  His client told him she wasmissing.  Does that make him a liar?

 

If you don’t care,why comment at all then?

Juneanne44
Juneanne44

I read that Bozo has trolls going onto web pages saying they will buy his book. Not going to work. People are not stupid.

Zippidy Doodah
Zippidy Doodah

Somebody had a mortgage they had to pay and didn't mind using blood money. As I've said before, toilet paper is much cheaper and much softer.

guest
guest

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO HAVE CASEY ANTHONY TRIED IN FEDERAL COURT. CREATED 4/14/12.

The petition itself directly address the DOJ's internal policy that guides them in deciding whether or not to bring federal charges against someone after a person has already been tried by a state.

http://www.change.org/petition...

guest
guest

 PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TO HAVE CASEY ANTHONY TRIED IN FEDERAL COURT. CREATED 4/14/12.

This is a summary of the points made in the petition. The petition itself directly addresses the DOJ's internal policy that guides them in deciding whether or not to bring federal charges against someone after a person has already been tried by a state. It requires that 3 prerequisites be met: 1. the crime involves a substantial and enduring federal interest. The petition maintains that the protection of those Americans who, because of physical, psychological, or mental deficiencies, cannot protect themselves is and always has been both a substantial and enduring federal interest. Many government programs have been created for just that purpose, and America's children constitutes one of those groups. 2. The prior prosecution must have left the stated federal interest demonstrably unvindicated. One way this prerequisite can be met is by showing that the jury disregarded evidence in coming to their verdict. Statements given by jurors after the trial prove that they, in fact, failed to go over the evidence. Another way this prerequisite can be met is if there was an unavailability of evidence. Judge Perry kept out a lot of evidence that should have been made available to the jury but was not because of his rulings. The petition cites an example of this. A third way this prerequisite can be met is if the crime constituted egregious conduct, which the murder of a child certainly is egregious conduct. Fourthly, this prerequisite can be met if it can be shown that "...the prior prosecution was manifestly inadequate to protect its....resource." The petition addresses the prior prosecution's failure to provide a deterrent to others who might attempt to murder their children in the way Ms. Anthony did, and in order to protect our children, it is necessary for the federal government to send a message of deterrence by prosecuting Casey Anthony. 3. The government must believe that the defendant’s conduct constitutes a federal offense, and that the admissible evidence probably will be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction by an unbiased trier of fact. Murder is a federal offense, and there are other charges that are associated with this crime that the federal government could charge her with in addition to or to the exclusion of murder. The petition asks the DOJ to charge any and all offenses associated with this crime. The evidence is also there to obtain and maintain a conviction; moreover there is other evidence that can be allowed in on the federal level that was not on the local level that goes towards doing both those. http://www.change.org/petition...

4gr8kidsforme
4gr8kidsforme

I already heard his lies during the trial...don't want to read about them again.

Truman
Truman

Everyone watched Baez lie and cheat his way brazenly though this entire fiasco.  This verdict can never be trusted. He made his bed...now I'm afraid he's going to have to lie in it. He's lucky he's not in prison. He should just go away.

Guest
Guest

He should go away?

He'll most likely be one of the most sough-after defense attorneys around.

Bozoisalooser
Bozoisalooser

...."I wasn't a bikini salesman, my girlfriend was"!  LMFAO!

Xiaomin Feador
Xiaomin Feador

Presumed GUILTY - Written by Mr. JOSE BS 

Once upon a time, there was this anfuuckny-couple in Orlando. They forgot to use condom one time when they were going at it. ... BAM! SHIP HAPPENED. -- kc-anfuuckny was born. 

BAAM! ... 22 yrs later, I, HO-Say BS, a former bikini peddler, landed a job as kc-anfuuckny's defense liar (oops, a defense lawyer) ... I am so fuucking good at lying, even tho it took me 8 yrs to pass the bar. Read my book, it's full of shit and crap beyond your imagination, new lies in every page, never a dull moment. If you are looking forward to paying for shiit and craap, buy my book, you wont be disappointed. If you are looking forward to getting fuucked by lies and more lies, buy my book, you wont be disappointed. If you are looking forward to showing the world what a FUUCKTARD you are, buy my book (make me rich), you wont be disappointed. -- Mr. JOSE fuucking BS 

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Auto

Loading...