Casey Anthony Murder Case: Lawyer wanted Anthony to Plead Guilty
Jul 05, 2012 01:12 PM EDT
In an interview with the Associated Press to promote his new book, Jose Baez, lawyer of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted for the alleged murder of her two-year old daughter, says that earlier in the case he was seriously considering having Anthony plead guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated murder.
In his freshly released book called "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," which hit book stores last week, Baez told AP that "There were times, difficult times, when the evidence didn't look good for Casey."
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However Baez remains firm in stating that he always believed his client's innocence. "There was nothing in the trial that ever made me think Casey was guilty of anything as related to the murder," as reported by the Associated Press.
In the 421-page book, Baez talks about the 22-year-old who was charged with first degree murder of her two year old daughter Caylee, whose body was discovered in a near-by forest. Anthony pleaded not guilty, her father George Anthony was accused of helping his daughter hide the body of his grand-daughter. George also denied all allegations.
The Casey Anthony trial received huge media attention, with perennially changing testimonies from witness ( including the parents of Anthony) and only conclusive evidence, the story grabbed the nation's attention as if a TV suspense drama with its many twists and turns and of course at the center of it a shifty mysterious protagonist. In the end, the six week trial ended with the 22-year-old mother being acquitted, but the public being just as suspicious and prejudice.
Anthony's lawyer Baez has decided to cash in on the national intrigue that still remains unabated. In the book, Baez claims that "detectives should have realized that Casey Anthony had built a 'fantasy world,' and her lies weren't evidence of guilt but signs of someone with serious mental health issues," as reported by Orlando Sentinel.
Baez told Fox News that the police "should have stopped and realized, Wait a minute, we're not dealing with someone who is playing with a full deck.'"