Petition Closed
Petitioning The Florida Bar Grievance Committee

Disbar Jose Baez for conduct involving fraud, deceit and misrepresentation

The conduct of Mr. Baez in the Casey Anthony trial was solely intended on enriching himself at the expense of the justice system. Put simply, Mr. Baez cheerfully turned the Anthony trial into a self-serving vehicle for self-promotion without any regard for the oath of office he took that mandated he assist the court in the fair administration of justice.

Unfortunately, Mr. Baez has single-handedly besmirched the reputation of the legal profession in Florida as a result of his B-performance acting job.
If Mr. Baez is allowed to escape punishment for his egregious misconduct during the Anthony trial, then future trials may as well be conducted as purely theatrical events with the winning performer being allowed to select his prize from Door No. 1 (not guilty verdict), No. 2 ($1 million medical malpractice award), or No. 3 ($5 million product liability award).

Letter to
The Florida Bar Grievance Committee
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

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Disbar Jose Baez for conduct involving fraud, deceit and misrepresentation

The conduct of Mr. Baez in the Casey Anthony trial was solely intended on enriching himself at the expense of the justice system. Put simply, Mr. Baez cheerfully turned the Anthony trial into a self-serving vehicle for self-promotion without any regard for the oath of office he took that mandated he assist the court in the fair administration of justice.

Dear Members of the above referenced agencies:

This Bar Complaint and Petition is regarding Mr. Jose Baez, Esquire, The Baez Law Firm, 522 Simpson Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744, Phone Number_______. He represented Ms. Casey Marie Anthony in two criminal cases in your State. State of Florida vs. Casey Marie Anthony, Case Number 48-2008-CF-015606 and State of Florida vs. Casey Marie Anthony, Case Number 48-2008-CF-13331-AO.
The Public created this Petition as attached for you to seriously take under advisement the disbarment of this Attorney for several aggregious actions undertaken as a sworn member of the Florida Bar. The public demands action as the 762 signatures indicate that he has truly caused the public to lose faith in the justice system. A serious precedent we all believe the Florida Bar would not want to support nor overlook without serious action.
I. State vs. Casey Marie Anthony Case No. 48-2008-CF-015606
A. Jose Baez’ Opening Statement

While criminal defense attorneys have quite a lot of leeway with regard to their opening statements; Mr. Baez had a corollary obligation to not rely on “knowingly” false testimony as the foundation of their opening statement. As Adam H. Kurland published in the article “Reasonable doubts in the Casey Anthony Trial” on July 26, 2011 in the National Law Journal (see attached exhibit A.) Mr. Kurland pointed out that the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct provide that “legal argument based on a knowing false representation constitutes dishonesty toward the tribunal”. He cited the U.S. Supreme Court Nix v. Whiteside, which held that the right to counsel includes no right to have a lawyer who will cooperate with planned perjury.
Mr. Baez made unsubstantiated claims about George Anthony having sexually molested his daughter with such language that the jury was tainted from the beginning against George Anthony, who was not nor has ever been charged with a crime relating to this case.
According to Florida Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4-3.3(a)(4) Candor Toward the Tribunal and notes regarding representations by a lawyer: “However, an assertion purporting to be on the lawyer’s own knowledge,…or in a statement in open court, may properly be made ONLY when the lawyer knows the assertion is true or believes it to be true on the basis of a reasonably diligent inquiry.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office contacted Mr. Baez’s law firm after hearing of these sexual abuse charges and asked him if they wanted him to investigate, he said, “no thanks.” (See Exhibit B: Transcript of OCSO press conference following the verdict.)
If Mr. Baez relied on his own defendant’s statements privileged or not with no diligent inquiry of his own since he knew his client is a pathological liar…we do not believe that would be a diligent inquiry in to the truthfulness of the statement that impermissably tainted the jury from day one against George Anthony.
Judge Perry at the end of the trial telling Jose Baez he could not argue the sexual molestation in his closing argument, does not unring the bell for the jury. That was not an adequate remedy for Jose Baez’s purposeful actions in his opening statements. Actions that should not be sanctioned by the Florida Bar.
Therefore, the public believes that you have the duty to inquire into whether Jose Baez ever did a reasonable diligent inquiry into these outrageous statements. You have the power to inquire into these matters though attorney-client privilege exists. If he breached the Candor Toward the Tribunal which effected an unjust verdict not based on evidence but knowingly false statements by the attorney, this agency should take serious action against this attorney.
B. Cindy Anthony’s Testimony Regarding Choloroform Searches
So the State of Florida has decided not to press charges against Cindy Anthony for perjury in her testimony given in the above-referenced criminal case against Casey Marie Anthony.
But the Florida Bar should diligently inquire into Jose Baez’s actions in offering Cindy Anthony’s testimony in front of the jury. Obviously, Mr. Baez made no reasonable diligent inquiry into the truth of Cindy’ Anthony’s testimony regarding she did the internet searches regarding choloroform.
The Prosecution was easily able to impeach her testimony as untrue through the witnesses called from her job. Mr. Baez has a much higher duty as an officer of the court, and once again it appears that this attorney breached your own Professional Rules. We will cite it again. Rule 4-3.3(a)(4) Candor Toward the Tribunal. But Jose Baez put Cindy Anthony on the stand regardless offering false testimony (since it helped his case) with no reasonable inquiry as your rules require, the Public demands you take action.
Why have these rules on record if you intend not to enforce against an attorney who every aggregious act have outraged the public and in many opinion led to the outcome of an unjust verdict. Many do not believe in the justice system at all. Lawyers are supposed to encourage our faith in the system, not obliterate it as this one attorney has through his actions in this high-profile case.
Pursuant to Standards for Lawyer Sanctions with Violations of Duties Owed to the Public 5.11 Disbarment is appropriate when: (f) a lawyer engages in any other intentional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that seriously adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice. The public believes only these two incidents are enough for the State Bar of Florida to disbar this attorney. But there is more.
II. State of Florida vs. Casey Marie Anthony, Case Number 48-2008-CF-13331-AO.
As the Public we were thrilled to hear that you have an active investigation into this next breach by Jose Baez but we would still like to throw it in this for good measure. So you understand this Attorney has gotten nothing by us and we are watching his every move.
An Attorney who knows that Judge Strickland’s oral ruling was she commence probation on release from jail does not allow their client to serve it in jail. Mr. Baez did this intentionally and without regard to a Judge’s Court Order then tries to cry “double jeapordy”. We all see through another tactic by an unethical and morally reprehensible attorney. It does not pass the laugh or the smell test.
He felt he had no duty to tell the Court and he told Judge Perry so through his co-counsel. We will not even attach Judge Perry’s Order since he took an entire paragraph to once again point out that in all likelihood Mr. Baez knowingly violated Rule 4-3.3(a)(4) Candor Toward the Tribunal.
Pursuant to Standards for Lawyer Sanctions with Violations of Duties Owed to the Public 5.11 Disbarment is appropriate when: (f) a lawyer engages in any other intentional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that seriously adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice
Conclusion
The Florida Bar took 8 years to admit Mr. Jose Angel Baez to the bar. Now it is time for the Florida Bar took look at their own professional rules and investigate this attorney thoroughly. The public believes disbarment is the only remedy to his continual abuses as a sworn officer of the Court
The public loses faith when an attorney believes he is above the Judge, the Court, and this Regulatory Agency and feels he can do anything he sees fit in “vigorously” defending his client. Well that is just not true. The public knows it and you as a regulatory body know that.
We look forward to an active investigation that is reviewed by your Grievance Committee and we request a response as to what actions you will take in regard to this Attorney.

Sincerely,