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
“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”