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Florida Bar Details Pending Complaints Against Casey Anthony’s Lawyer

Posted Oct 19, 2011 10:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Two ethics complaints pending against Casey Anthony’s lawyer deal with claims he failed to disclose information during the trial process.

Florida Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker explained the nature of the complaints against Jose Baez, which have been forwarded to a grievance committee, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

One complaint alleges Baez failed to share discovery information with prosecutors, the story says. The other claims Baez failed to disclose that the state corrections department was allowing Casey Anthony to serve probation for a check-fraud case while in jail awaiting trial in the death of her daughter. The judge in the murder trial, Belvin Perry, later took over the check case and required Anthony to serve probation outside of jail.

"I look forward to the Florida Bar investigating these matters because they, like the many others that came before them, have no merit," Baez told the newspaper in an emailed statement before the bar released details. "When an attorney takes on an unpopular cause, especially one in the spotlight, he or she will face criticism."

Prior coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Fla. Bar Investigating Casey Anthony Lawyer Jose Baez Over Probation Matter”

ABAJournal.com: “Little-Known Defense Lawyer Stuns Observers with Big Win for Casey Anthony in His First Capital Case”

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