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“Presumed Guilty” – Cheeseburgers, milkshake & St. George Island

From: Huffington Post

Here are a few excerpts from Jose’s book  – “Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story” – due out in less than 6 days time in hardback, Kindle & Nook formats. See some early Amazon book reviews here

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“Anthony’s defense contemplated having her testify until the very end of the trial but then decided it wasn’t necessary. “We had everything to lose and very little to gain,” Baez writes.

Baez takes aim at the reporters who covered the case, detectives who investigated it, “groupies” who attached themselves to it and the case’s original judge who Baez says filed a complaint against him with the Florida Bar. The complaint was later dropped. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton undergoes the harshest criticism by Baez, who calls him “a coward” for not showing up at Anthony’s sentencing for the misdemeanors since he was making the talk shows round after the trial.

Baez is critical of many of Circuit Judge Belvin Perry’s rulings during the trial but praises the judge for allowing him to pick a fair jury.

Baez doesn’t say where Anthony currently is hiding but he provides a glimpse of the first few hours after she was released from jail last July, time mostly devoted to eluding the media. After escorting Anthony out of the Orange County Jail and into a waiting SUV, Baez rode with Anthony to a parking garage where five cars driven by members of the legal team were waiting. Baez and Anthony got into one car which departed the garage at the same time as the other four. Each car drove in a different direction so reporters following Baez and Anthony wouldn’t know which one they were in or where they were heading.

Baez said Anthony’s first meal out of jail was a cheeseburger, fries and milkshake from Steak `n Shake. Baez and Anthony then drove to a municipal airport where a private plane took them to the Florida Panhandle resort community of St. George Island. There, members of their legal team and their families met up with them. Anthony then went to New York until she had to return to Florida to serve her probation sentence.

The three-year case took an emotional toll on Baez, according to his book. He suffered depression after the complaint was filed against him and he found it difficult to find joy in his wife’s pregnancy.

Baez also criticizes the way he was portrayed in the media as an inexperienced attorney taking on one of the highest-profile criminal cases in recent memory.

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

Jose Baez - Presumed Guilty - Casey Anthony - The Inside Story

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  1. SJ,
    Do you know if the book will be in Kindle format? I sure hope so!! I want to read it as soon as it comes out, but I really want to get it on my Kindle. CAN”T WAIT!!

    Have a great day!

    • Marilyn A. says:


      Yes, the kindle format has just been added on Amazon. If my book (pre-ordered) isn’t here on July 3rd, then I will also download a digital copy to my iPad. Can’t wait to read it!

  2. SJ:
    What other books have you read on this case? I’ve already read “Mommy’s Little Girl” and “Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony A Psychological Portrait”. What about “Casey Anthony What REALLY Happened to Caylee and Why Truth Matters”?

    • Hi Suzy,
      To date I’ve only read Keith Ablow’s “Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony” which I found fascinating. Next on the list is Jose’s book. Should be very interesting! Let me know your thoughts on the other book you read.
      Thanks for posting!

    • That last one sounds like it may be against Casey. Ablow’s and Baez’s book are the only recommended ones. I wouldn’t read any others except for theirs and Casey’s when she writes one.

    • Hi, Suzy,

      I read Wendy Murphy’s book (Why The Truth Really Matters), Wendy believes Casey Anthony is innocent, but that Casey was a bad mother. She is right about Case being innocent, but Wendy has some of her facts wrong.

      Anyway, she said it looks like there is an ongoing FBI investigation, and one of the things she bases it on is Lee Anthony’s FBI interview not being released. Ms Murphy says the unreleased FBI interview means an FBI interiew is still ongoing.

      George’s and Cindy’s FBI interviews were released, so Lee’s must really be dynamite or, it seems to me it would have been released.


  3. I read the first chapter of Asston’s book for free. It’s funny to read his description of the epic fail that he experienced on the day of the verdict. He was so arrogant that he was planning for the penalty phase in his mind before the verdict was read, because he ASSUMED that Casey would be found guilty.

    Can’t wait for Jose’s book! I have a lot of admiration for him.

  4. From what I read in the AP story, it sounds as though Jose is expanding on points he made during the trial about Casey’s psychological problems caused by George’s abuse. He also, according to the AP, goes into considerable detail about George and the abuse. I’ve also heard Baez talk about evidence he details in the book that never made it into the trial, which makes me wonder if this is some of that sealed evidence Wendy Murphy has written about.

    • Very interesting, Harry! You see they were so mad @ Casey for leading them on a goose chase, and felt so sorry for George that they didn’t carefully consider other suspects – like George himself. Yes, Jose has said all along that ppl will feel differently about the case once all the facts are out. Casey’s accusations against George came out just weeks before they went to trial, so no way did the state have time to seriously evaluate Casey’s claims.

  5. Baez says Police tortured Casey in jail

    Baez later wrote that Anthony was happy in jail because “she had structure and she was safe” there, as opposed to her home, where he claimed that Anthony lived in fear of her father.

  6. That’s what you call fkd up!

  7. My Barnes and Noble called me and said it was in. I’m reading it right now!

    • Hi Jon!
      Congrats on getting the book early. I’ve already added a special page to the site – “Presumed Guilty” (see the top right of page for link)- especially for reviews & comments from people that have read the book – so I look forward to reading your comments (and lots of others) in there.
      Have a great day!

  8. What in the H is going on with Amazon and Jose’s book? I kept checking my account to see if the book had been shipped and it would show “not shipped” and, today, when I checked it his book was no longer on my account! Why was it deleted from my account? Has anyone else had this problem? I got all my other books and items, and they are still listed even tho I received them….but Jose’s book no longer is listed on my account to be delivered, and not even an explanation why!

  9. Hey Jon:
    Are you reading it off a kindle or nook? I have a nook and it’s still showing “preorder” status 🙁

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