It’s been a year and a half since a Florida jury found Casey Anthony
not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee — a verdict that stunned many — and Casey Anthony is still making news. Recently, an appellate court threw out two of her four
misdemeanor convictions for lying to authorities, Casey reportedly
filed for bankruptcy, and it has been reported that she reconciled with with her
Dr. Phil sits down with Casey’s former defense attorney, Jose Baez, who discusses his book, Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story
Baez weighs in on the most recent headlines and shares what he says he wants the public to know but couldn’t say during the trial. Plus, a prosecution witness who was accused of perjuring himself on the stand speaks out for the first time in an exclusive interview.
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Defending Who Some Say is the “Most Hated Woman in America”
“The day I got the call to represent Casey Anthony was the day that changed my life forever,” says Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s former attorney. “Almost a year after I had been representing Casey, I was finally able to gain her trust and learn more about what actually happened to Caylee, according to Casey. Everything that she told me, there were things to support what she was saying. It really doesn’t matter what I believe. I was there to do a job and to work this case.”
Dr. Phil asks Baez about Casey’s recent news-making headlines. Baez says he’s heard the news but doesn’t have any definitive answers, because he stopped representing Casey almost a year ago. He adds that they maintain a friendly relationship, and she signed off on him writing his book.
“Why are you no longer representing her?” Dr. Phil asks.
“I had a unique opportunity to teach at Harvard Law School after the case was over, and while I was there teaching, the videos came out of Casey, and the media just swarmed again. Here I was, at a turning point in my life where I was starting to move on, and this circus wanted to come to town again,” he explains. “It was just something I said, ‘My job is over. I did the best I could, and it’s time to move on,’ and that’s why I decided it was time to move on.”
A Bombshell Accusation In his opening statement during the trial, Baez made an explosive accusation claiming that Casey’s father, George Anthony, had been sexually molesting her since she was a young girl — an accusation George denies. Knowing Casey’s history of lying, does Baez stand by his accusation?
Did Baez knowingly misrepresent facts or present scenarios to the court that he knew to be untrue?
“There were people lying in this case everywhere.”
“I presented this at trial because the prosecution decided to make post-death behavior a relevant fact.”
What Really Happened to Caylee? Baez says he knows how Caylee really died. Was she missing for 31 days?
“Caylee was never missing.”
Dr. Phil questions Baez use of PTSD to describe Casey’s behavior after Caylee’s death.
George disagrees with the drowning theory. Hear what he told Dr. Phil
on a previous show.
Breaking His Silence
During the trial, the search for chloroform on the Anthonys’ home computer became a heated topic, especially after John Bradley, a witness for the prosecution, testified the word chloroform had been searched 84 times. Baez later accused him of perjuring himself on the stand. In an exclusive interview, John speaks out for the first time on television.
“Our forensic software decodes Internet activity — it tells you where they were, how many times they were there,” explains John. “I provided a custom software solution, and I turned the data over to [the Orange County Sheriff’s Office] to investigate.
“The day I was asked to take the stand, I was surprised. A report was put before me that I had never seen before. I read a report, line by line, like a narrator,” John recalls.
During the trial, the prosecutor asked John, “Entry number three, the chemistry/chloroform — how many times was that site visited?”
John replied, “According to the history, 84 times.”
John explains to a Dr. Phil
producer, “The 84 hits was for MySpace.com, but there was only one hit for a website that spoke about chloroform.”
Later during the trial, Baez accused John of false testimony and testifying about somebody else’s report. “This is fraud,” Baez told the jurors.
“When Mr. Baez stated that I had perjured myself in the closing arguments, I felt mortified. I was shocked,” John says. “I never lied, and after I came forward with the issue, I was waiting for someone to come out and support me, and I’m still waiting.”
Did John perjure himself?
The Florida prosecution completely denies any misconduct whatsoever.
“If you knew then what you know now, would you have taken Casey Anthony’s case?” Dr. Phil asks Baez.
He pauses for a moment and says, “When I took it, I had no idea it was going to be what it ended up becoming, and I made a lot of personal sacrifices with my family, with my business, with my reputation. I became public enemy number two. I look back now and I say, ‘Would I do it again?’ Yes, I would. I extremely regret the strain that it had on my family. I would do it again because I’m a true believer. I believe that everyone deserves a strong defense. Would I want to do it again? Probably not. But would I? I think it’s my oath and my obligation to, and I would say, yes, I’d have to.”