Casey Anthony Lawyer Jose Baez Writes That Client Has Serious Mental Health Issues

on June 27 2012 3:55 PM
Lead defense attorney Jose Baez starts his defense of Casey Anthony during day 20 of her 1st -degree murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2011
Lead defense attorney Jose Baez starts his defense of Casey Anthony during day 20 of her 1st -degree murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2011 Reuters

Jose Baez has some scornful things to say in his upcoming book about his experience defending Casey Anthony, his former client who was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter after a murder trial that captivated the nation.

Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, is scheduled for release on July 3. The book, published by BenBella, recounts Baez's defense of the Florida woman as she was tried for murder.

The Associated Press purchased a copy of Presumed Guilty and released some details about the content.

According to the AP report, Baez wrote that detectives should have realized that Anthony's lies had nothing to do with whether she was guilty. Instead, they were signs that the woman had serious mental health issues.

Detectives, he wrote, should have stopped and realized, 'Wait a minute, we're not dealing with someone who is playing with a full deck.'

In his book, he also sticks by his allegations that Anthony's father sexually abused her, hence her supposed mental health problems. (Her father denied these allegations.)

Baez explains his decision to not let Anthony take the stand.

We had everything to lose and very little to gain, he wrote, according to the AP.

Anthony was declared not guilty of murdering her daughter in a shocking verdict delivered in July 2011, although she was found guilty of lying to investigators. The backlash was so bad that Anthony has mostly been in hiding since being released from jail.

According to Baez, her first meal after being released was from the restaurant chain Steak 'n Shake: She had a burger, fries and a milkshake.

Baez criticizes many of the people who were involved in the case, including prosecutor Jeff Ashton and the media.

The public may have been convinced that I was an idiot but I let it all roll off my back, he wrote.

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