I hear the “Jaws” movie theme in my head as I write this. Do you remember that threatening music? Just before the shark is about to take a bite, that music plays and BAM! a poor swimmer gets gobbled up by the toothy monster-shark. oooooh! The ocean scared me after I saw that movie!
The Great White Florida Bar, aka “JAWS” is hunting again!
Today, the Florida Bar reports it is investigating Jose Baez again! This time the investigation is a result of Jose Baez, et al, not informing the Court of Casey Anthony serving probation while she was in jail. (It is not known who filed this most recent Bar complaint.)
When the issue of probation was recently heard by Judge Belvin Perry, the defense claimed it was not its burden to inform the court of any error imposed by the Department of Corrections, or of the Court. However, the defense KNEW there was an error, and ignored it.
This is akin to purposeful deception, I think. Why are all lawyers associated with this defense team ethically challenged?
Judge Belvin Perry wrote a scathing response to Baez when he upheld Judge Stan Strickland’s order of probation.
In regards to the defense not informing the Court of the error, Perry wrote:
To additionally seek to use a scrivener’s error to achieve an end that was against the court’s intent, especially where both parties had argued the issue of when probation should commence, strikes at the very foundation of our justice system.
No attorney should conduct himself or herself in a way that impedes an order of the court. …Our system of justice should never be in the position of rewarding someone who willfully hides the ball.
I believe Judge Belvin Perry has had just about enough of this kind of bold disregard of the duties incumbent upon an officer of the court.
Jose Baez AND
Perry Foghorn Leghorn Cheney Mason, too, crossed the edge of propriety on so many occasions before, during, and now after the trial. Too many occasions to list.
The defense should not be able to claim that they are now harmed by having the Defendant serve probation at this time.
This would allow a defendant to take advantage of a scrivener’s error and be rewarded. This is not the message the courts want to send to the public or defendants.
In an interesting coincidence, the defense today entered an emergency motion to have the probation, scheduled to begin August 26th, vacated by a higher court.
I predict, while the motion is considered by the higher court, Casey Anthony will have to begin her probation. When the higher court considers the motion, it will deny it, I believe.
Unfortunately, I think Jose Baez will not even be slapped on the wrist by this most recent Bar complaint. I hope I am wrong.
More news tomorrow….