damned if she does; damned if she doesn’t (take the stand)
The incompetence of Jose Baez has been the subject of many of my posts. I will never understand how a lawyer without ANY experience in Murder One cases, would keep the Casey Anthony case. Moreover, who could believe that a case that has America transfixed, would end up having a defense and lawyers that are brunt of jokes and clear laughing stocks?
Let’s say, very hypothetically, that Casey is innocent and Jose is her lawyer.
No, let’s not. The outcome would be tragic.
The organization, the Innocence Project , fights for the lives of thousands of innocent people as a result of incompetent lawyers. We can only hope that the American Bar Association will come up with a better system to monitor the work of lawyers. Likewise, we can only hope that criminal behavior could somehow, magically, be curtailed.
But, when there are terrible lawyers trying cases they are not qualified to try, as obviously happens, what can be done? Apparently, the answer is: Nothing.
Couldn’t Judge Belvin Perry have put Baez on a shorter leash? Couldn’t there have been “OBJECTIONS!” to that horrible opening statement of which no evidence exists? Did the State want Jose to take this route because they knew he’d be digging a hole he’d never be able to climb out of?
I’m told by a criminal defense attorney, here in Broward County Florida, that Jose Baez would not have been able to give that opening statement in this county. He would have been stopped in his tracks.
This makes me wonder why it was allowed to happen in Orlando Florida? Did Baez make a promise to the Judge that he could back this up? The only way that Baez can get this evidence in would be to put Casey on the stand. Did Baez promise the Judge and the State that Casey Anthony would go on the stand and testify to this?
I doubt it. However, I believe that may be what’s coming. Is that why the court recessed so early this past Saturday? Did Baez and Cheney finally realize Judge Perry would not let this drowning or molestation hearsay testimony in?
Is putting Casey Anthony on the stand the ultimate, final, Hail Mary?
Putting Casey Anthony on the stand would be criminal in itself! She has felony convictions! The convictions would support giving her the death penalty if she’s found guilty and would be revealed in cross examination.
However, the alternative is to put on NO evidence of this theory and get decimated when the State of Florida reminds the jury of all the promises that Baez made during the Defense opening statement.
Damned if they do; damned if they don’t is the predicament they’re in.
God Help the Uninformed
Normal American citizens have not got a clue about their rights under the law. The Anthony’s clearly didn’t know how to find competent representation, but their instincts told them Jose Baez was the wrong lawyer for Casey (the Anthony’s were also thinking about Caylee, convinced Casey and her lawyer should be able to assist in that effort), but Casey knew she was in trouble, and for whatever reason, she trusted Baez and has stuck with him.
And, what is beyond the beyond of malpractice is the fact that those jail videos were entered into evidence with out redaction’s! There, for the jury to see and hear, were the Anthony’s denigrating Jose Baez – in front of the jury!
If a criminal lawyer has no credibility in the eyes of the jurors, the client is doomed. This is the death-knell for the client. The bells announcing the funeral are rung by an incompetent defense.
Both Baez and Cheney Mason have done such a horrendous job thus far, one would think Casey would see incompetence at work?
I read about another absurd murder case today that was tried by an attorney by the name of Joseph Rakofsky. The parallels in that case to the Anthony trial, are uncanny.
Granted, when Casey Anthony was initially arrested, the charges were not murder, but the murder charges were written on the wall very early in the day, and everyone knew it.
This case smelled like a winner to Jose Baez and by God, he was going to use it to his advantage!
But, why would he accept a case, where the death penalty – a human life – is on the line, when he has NO experience trying such cases?
This is what has driven me crazy about Jose Baez. He has no right to try this case and there should be some system in place to avoid this kind of malpractice from happening in the future.
This is a Death Penalty case! He has a life in his very hands! I know, I must sound melodramatic, but how could he – knowing a very life is in his hands????
Baez was greedy. He wanted to use this case as his Internship to learn how to try a murder case before he was ready.
It is both ego and hubris that drive Jose Baez. It was fame, money, and recognition he wanted. The media attention started early, as you can see from this screen shot, and he was loving it.
Most any competent attorney steers far away from the media as you wouldn’t want to be held to any theory of the case because things change, criminal trials are fluid and ever-changing. For instance, Jose Baez, in his opening statement, said Caylee Marie Anthony died on June 16th, 2008 as a result of drowning in the family pool.
What about all the “innocent” claims? What about all the hundreds of television appearances where he painted his client as not guilty because the baby was dumped in the woods while Casey was in jail, therefore she (Casey) was innocent!
He was not doing his client any favors by appearing in the media! In fact, he is responsible for creating the media bonanza, in my opinion!
Even though all the television appearances that Baez made from the early days of this case made Casey look even more guilty and made Baez look really bad, he continued to appear on television, He even hired people to “handle” the media for him.
He wanted this case so badly because he wanted a name for himself. Now he has a name, but it’s not a good one. Who on earth would hire him now?
The Anthony’s must be the stupidest people on the planet not to see what Jose Baez was doing.
Do the Anthony’s really think this theory is believable given all the facts in this case? How can they believe a drowning makes sense? And, molestation made Casey hide for 31 days?
The theory makes no sense!
If Caylee drowned why fight the evidence of decomposition in the car that is so powerful? Why would it be such a stretch, given this theory, to say “Yes, Casey drove around with Caylee in the trunk for a while.” They cannot address the decomposition because of the chloroform levels.
The chloroform evidence negates the drowning story. Plain and simple, end of story.
It’s impossible to know what is going on behind the scenes in this case.
My view is this: If Casey Anthony were innocent this case would be even more tragic because not only would we mourn for a beautiful child whose life was lost, we could also be mourning for the legal system gone seriously a muck.
That scares me a whole lot more.
Read about Joseph Rakofsky, who reminds me of Jose Baez in so many ways.