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Tuesday July 5th, 2011

A former bikini salesman, high school dropout and deadbeat dad who barely  made it into the Florida bar pulled off what some are calling one of the most  stunning court victories in history.

Jose Angel Baez, a 42-year-old lawyer who grew up in the Bronx and South  Florida, had been practicing law for only three years when Casey Anthony, 25,  hired him to defend her against felony murder charges.

Anthony, who professed her innocence, found out about Baez from an inmate  while in jail awaiting trial on charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter,  Caylee and dumped her body in the woods near her Orlando home.

At the time, Anthony’s father was skeptical, saying in a taped jail  interview that “I hope he’s not making a reputation for himself.’’

On Tuesday, that’s exactly what Baez did.

His client was found not guilty on three of the major felony charges against  her – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter on  a child.

Day in and day out, Anthony had been all but convicted on national TV. On  Tuesday, jurors deliberated less than 11 hours.

When the verdict was announced, a gasp was heard in the Orlando courtroom of  Circuit Judge Belvin Perry and Baez went from seemingly bumbling rookie to top  of the legal heap. He smiled after the verdict and hugged his sobbing client  hard.

“He is the luckiest man in America,’’ said Robert Jarvis, a lawyer and law  professor at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. He won, Jarvis said, not  because of a brilliant legal mind, but because the prosecution couldn’t prove  its case, which was solely circumstantial.

The internet was already buzzing Tuesday about Baez’s superstardom: perhaps  getting his own national show, a book deal and maybe even a movie. People may  hate him, or love him, but they will likely watch him, experts say.

“America is very schizophrenic. They say they hate pit bull lawyers, but when  they want to hire a lawyer, they hire a pit bull lawyer,’’ Jarvis said.

Baez, who grew up in the Bronx, moved to South Florida and eventually earned  his GED after dropping out of Homestead High School, was uncharacteristically  subdued after the verdict was announced just before 2:30 p.m.

“This case has brought on new challenges of all of us,’’ he said. “Challenges in the criminal justice system, challenges in the media, and I think  we should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you  cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court.”

Jarvis, who has followed the case closely, said Baez threw out so many red  herrings on how Caylee died that jurors’ heads were probably spinning. He  dropped bombshell after bombshell, telling jurors that Caylee had drowned and  that Casey Anthony had been sexually abused by her father. He referred to his  own client in his closing statement as a “slut,’’ a big no-no, Jarvis said.

“He worked very hard to lose this case,’’ said Jarvis. “But, sometimes you  snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. And, in this case, the victory was  handed to him from the prosecution.”

Those who have worked with Baez say he worked very hard on the case and  proved wrong those who expected him to fail.

Terry Lenamon, a former member of Anthony’s defense team, said Baez could be  an example of what lawyers call the “Columbo factor,’’ referring to the popular  1970s crime series featuring Peter Falk as a naïve, clumsy detective who was  underestimated by colleagues and others because of his irritating questions and  shaggy demeanor. In the end, however, he always got the bad guy.

Lenamon said that while he questioned Baez’s strategy and motives at times,  the attorney deserves credit for the acquittal.

“The guy is very tenacious; he stuck to his guns and he won,’’ Lenamon said.

Before Anthony hired him, few people had ever heard of Baez.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1969, Baez was raised by a single mother who moved to  South Florida. After dropping out of Homestead High, according to the Orlando  Sentinel, he married at 17, became a father, earned a GED diploma and joined the  Navy in 1986. The newspaper said he was assigned to the North Atlantic Treaty  Organization in Norfolk, Va., where he trained as an intelligence analyst with  what he called “Cosmic top Secret” security clearance.

After leaving the Navy, he attended Miami-Dade Community College, graduated  from Florida State University and earned his law degree from St. Thomas’ University School of Law in 1997. He then joined the Miami-Dade Public  Defender’s Office, where he worked as a paralegal for a short time, while  struggling to be accepted into the Florida bar.

Early in the case, the Orlando Sentinel detailed Baez’s inability to enter  the bar because of numerous “misrepresentations” he made to the Board of Bar  Examiners.

Indeed, for the next eight years, the Florida Supreme Court continued to turn  him down because of “character” issues, including massive financial problems  that bordered on fraud. The Court wrote that Baez showed “a total lack of  respect for the legal system,” citing his inability to meet his debts, pay child  support and failure to pay his student loans.

In an effort to support himself, he started four companies, two of them  bikini businesses, Bon Bon Bikinis and Brazilian, both of which  failed, the newspaper reported. He also created a non-profit group, the Miami  Domestic Violence Project, but that faltered as well.

Initially, Baez’s office in Kissimmee was wary of the media.

But as the story grew into nightly gavel-to-gavel reporting, he began to  embrace it. He appeared on TV, with  Nancy Grace who  appeared to have made the Caylee Anthony case her personal crusade. She wasted  no time dressing him down on national TV. He handled the pressure well. .

“For every Casey Anthony who is acquitted, there are another 100 people who  are just convicted because they hire young lawyers who think the best strategy  is to just get on Nancy Grace every night,’’ said Richard Hornsby, former  president of the Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Grace, who snidely referred to Anthony as “tot mom,’’ was obviously  distraught about the verdict. She directed her anger at Baez and the defense  after they went across the street from the Orange County courthouse for a  celebration.

“As the defense sits by and has their champagne toast after that not guilty  verdict, somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight,” she said .



Jose Angel Baez was born on October 17th, 1968 according to

October 17th, 1968

10 + 17 +1+9+6+8 = 51 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Lawyer.  Legal advice.  Logical.  Rational.


Each letter of the first and middle names rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the name.

Jose Angel Baez

5 (e is the 5th letter of the alphabet) + 1 (A is the 1st letter of the alphabet) + 14 (n is the 14th letter of the alphabet) = 20

So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four he has the number 20 going on.

20 = Trial.  Jury.  Acquittal.


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