Exclusive: Geraldo Interviews Jose Baez
Casey Anthony's attorney maintains Caylee's death was tragic accident
- Duration 9:52
- Date Jul 5, 2011
Casey Anthony's attorney maintains Caylee's death was tragic accident
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Fox news' Geraldo Rivera got an exclusive interview with Jose Baez and he joins us now -- Outside that courthouse in Orlando -- -- Martha -- it was a stunning moment.
You know as to how people are responding to it whether they lab door -- Three year is is a long time.
For this drama to unfold.
And for this young woman -- not know whether or not the state of Florida was going to execute her kill her for this crime.
So I don't think anybody can pull their response so -- their reaction.
But I did get the world exclusive.
With the defense counsel Jose Baez and Cheney mason I believe you've turned the tape around.
And if so I think this might be a good time for your audience to see.
Now a situation where the biggest question among people that you know and in this community and across the country in the world is.
If Casey Anthony didn't kill this child who did it.
Well I think that -- camera in the trial that this was a horrible tragedy and accident that snowballed out of control.
You know it doesn't get anymore.
Clearer -- that the jury saw that.
And they're the ones that heard all of the evidence not the propaganda and the speculation.
And the Frankenstein.
Ensue throughout the last three years but they heard the evidence.
What our system is based on.
And it you know this is tragedy.
And and nothing more I mean I mean nothing -- you know hey it is what it is and in order -- -- happy for Casey.
Our happy that -- memory did not get diminished.
-- -- memory came out aunts and rose above the circus.
And that is what that is what I am most touch with a right now.
Are you back because they weren't asked Cheney -- -- -- that.
Veteran litigator here.
It was a shocking.
Verdict let's face it I think that even you.
Fellows were surprised what do you think we can't interview the jury but what do you think you most powerful presentation.
Was in this case was it.
No DNA was it no fingerprints was it.
No -- cause of death that made sense people.
I don't think -- science necessarily was the biggest problem.
They never had the evidence.
To prove her guilty of killing this child -- whatever description.
It should never have been charged as -- death penalty case it was totally inappropriate.
They waved it and then -- reinstated it to try to get an advantage.
The fact of the matter is it was never there.
The news media as you talk about it they they governor.
For two and a half years every channel every.
-- in this community and throughout the state and I suspect around the country.
Was convinced she's guilty -- -- just all raw raw.
And of course the biggest concern I have is that unprofessional.
The contributions from borders is supposed to be members of the bar talking about her guilt and condemning her without a trial even the attorney general spent far.
Did so on nationwide TP shame on her.
And the local people -- tell did not buckle -- arrest that is just too much on professionalism.
To allow it to just -- away.
This girl should never have been charged with a capital murder she did not kill her daughter.
And I was the best of that from the beginning I was asked to join us to.
And there it is.
And -- -- talking about you particular you speak of your client then the bum rap -- -- as they attacked her character tore her apart and to use your words portrayed her as a -- all the rest of it.
-- endured the slings and arrows that legal community here Cheney mentions it but the fact of the matter is you've had been pilloried.
One side of the courtroom to the other they have attacked you.
Question your competence and all the rest of it I wanna know how you and your heart reports feel now and -- -- ask you -- your client.
It got you first well I think their confidence arguments have fallen.
I'm a defense of our world and it's my honor to and be part of such -- And while some may masquerade as defense lawyers there are and it it there are a unique group of people in this country.
That protect individual rights.
Day in and day out in every couple of courtroom across the puck across our great country.
And -- it's my honor and I and I cannot tell you enough how much I truly believe -- that.
How much I salute all of those.
Brothers and sisters in arms that -- really fight every day.
And to protect our against the system meant to protect our individual rights.
And that's -- I feel I -- you know.
I'm happy for them and I hope.
I've done them -- that was all all Michael what they wanna say about me well you know.
It's they can say what they want I think you showed superb character but now your client you certainly didn't anticipate that you could.
Possibly be ready to walk out of jail what's going to happen.
What did you say Percival to Casey Anthony when the verdict was clear that -- fortunately protected by the attorney client privilege.
Which she has not -- So.
But yet you're saying I didn't you can expect this -- -- say that at all we always felt very strongly about our case.
And we always felt.
That in this case.
Was built on.
If it was built on nothing and -- the jury saw through.
All of the fantasy of forensics.
They saw through.
A lot of teams -- lives.
That were presented before them and you know it.
I I have to salute this jury.
And I hope to one they have the opportunity to speak with them.
Both individually and hopefully collectively.
And learn from them and thank them.
For being courageous.
And standing up for our constitution.
And standing up for our freedom.
And those people who don't.
Those people don't realize the significance of what they end of what they did in the bravery.
And the sacrifices that they -- know what has the no one has the in any way -- Place to say what's one single word about this jury and if they do I'll -- and after.
He talked to freedom last question where.
Where is your client gonna spend her freedom she can't stay here she's an adult.
Discussed that with her and you know -- we -- care this this team that's united.
And this team -- it calls a close knit group and we're gonna hold it together and help her take the next step for the rest for life.
With Cheney mason Jose Baez again for my lawyer at 22 lawyers who have mitigated their tails -- -- very successful way.
However unpopular may be true of most of people watching that right now.
And as a lawyer to lawyers I congratulate you.
Really brilliant outcome.
Good luck to you gone for so that -- with Jose Baez and I Cheney mason the the triumphant defense attorneys.
So that's that really is did now know Casey Anthony could conceivably be walking.
Out of that jail I mean she is served three years in prison -- she owes the state of Florida.
You know however you.
Shake it down not more than four years 85% of time served literally.
I she -- walk -- -- maybe it is more likely.
That with the lying to authorities charge.
That she will be in the air something less than a year.
From now will be framed by then.
She may have her her own private.
You know arrangements made.
Clearly she's still reviled.
In this community particularly.
Maybe about a quarter in the -- you can go she's not going to be notorious an unpopular.
But who knows you can rebuild her life she now you know has.
Some life left you know and where this this drama -- we I don't think this drama has run its course quite yet.
And we still remember don't know this.
Baby's daddy is what role of any of this mystery man played in this whole -- tragedy.
And we all you know our -- are also remembering Caylee Marie were remembering this precious toddler two years ten months.
Whose life was was snuffed out.
It has her life has been used as a banner by other networks.
To really create an atmosphere of a lynch mob.
And the jury has defied them -- them in the face and rendered this.
Byrd -- doesn't mean.
Problem thank you very much Geraldo Rivera will be hearing from him throughout the evening as everybody adjusted this reality and the finish -- this case.