Is Jose Baez Prepared to Defend His Client at Trial?

10 Apr

Defense attorney Jose Baez gave a lengthy telephone interview which aired live on a national television show on April 5, 2011 during which he made comments about his preparation for the upcoming trial in May 2011.

The comments of Mr. Baez may be heard at the following link.

Interviewer: “Do you feel like you’re ready for this case or would you like to add a couple more days to that calendar to prepare?”

Jose Baez: “You know umm…, I uhh… we’re just… I’m just focused at the task at hand.  Unfortunately, I wish I could answer that.  I’d love to… but that’s the way it is with every case.  You know, you sit there, you prepare, you prepare, you prepare, you prepare and the day comes and then you… there’s always things that you wish you had done and always things that you would like more time for, but umm… that… that’s I guess uhh… part of what it’s like to try a case.  Trying a case is a very exhausting experience and it’s very… umm… you… you… you never do prepare enough.”

“You know umm…, I uhh… we’re just… I’m just focused at the task at hand” – Mr. Baez begins his answer by not answering the question.  The word “just” suggests “focused at the task at hand” is not the only focus Mr. Baez has at this time as “just” is an attempt to persuade this is all he is doing.  The word “focused” does not tell the listener if Mr. Baez is currently preparing or is prepared for the trial and the pretrial hearings.  Mr. Baez begins to speak about “we”, who the listeners must assume is the defense team, but changes to speak only for himself.  If Mr. Baez is “just focused at the task at hand”, the other members of the defense team may be “focused” elsewhere.

“Unfortunately, I wish I could answer that” – For some reason, Mr. Baez cannot state if he is or is not prepared for trial.  The use of “unfortunately” announces he feels it would be beneficial to himself to be able to say he was prepared, as saying he is not would surely still be unfortunate.  Why is Mr. Baez not able to state he is prepared?  Would it harm the case if he did so?  If so, what possible negative impact could be the result of the lead defense attorney stating he is prepared to defend his client at trial?  What prevents Mr. Baez from answering?  Mr. Baez distances himself from the question with the word “that”, he is not comfortable with the question, he doesn’t like it.  Again, Mr. Baez has not answered the question.  Most likely, Mr. Baez is not prepared for this case.

“I’d love to..” – What would Mr. Baez “love to” do?  We do not knew because he did not finish his thought.  Would he “love to” say he is prepared?

“but that’s the way it is with every case” – What is the “way it is with every case”?  An inability to state if the defense attorney is prepared?  Mr. Baez is about to tell the audience “the way it is” with all of his cases, his “every case”.

“You know, you sit there, you prepare, you prepare, you prepare, you prepare” – The words “sit there” indicate a tension in this statement.  Does it make a difference if the attorney sits or stands as he prepares?  No, the inclusion of the phrase is the verbal delay of a difficult answer as the speaker vies for time in which to prepare further words, indicating he does not wish to speak the words which immediately come to mind.  The repetition of “prepare” indicates a sensitivity to preparation.  The “you” is not the listener, it is Mr. Baez, who attempts to persuade the listener this is the way it would be if they were the attorney.  It is doubtful if other attorneys would agree with his statements concerning pretrial preparation.  Do Mr. Ashton and Ms. Drane Burdick feel unprepared?

“and the day comes and then you… there’s always things that you wish you had done” – When the moment comes to defend his client, Mr. Baez “always” feels he is under prepared.  There are “things” he did not do, but wishes he had.  Did he not think of these things?  Was he not aware of the preparation needed for trial?  Is this a result of his inexperience or of his laziness?  Will he be telling Ms. Anthony during the trial about the “things” he wishes he “had done”?

“and always things that you would like more time for” – Three years is not enough time for Mr. Baez to prepare for a trial.

“but umm… that… that’s I guess uhh… part of what it’s like to try a case” – When Mr. Baez feels he did not prepare adequately and wishes he had done more and desires more time, he guesses this is “what it’s like to try a case”, but he does not know for sure.  Mr. Baez is not sure what “it’s like to try a case”.  Clearly, inexperience has been and will continue to be a major factor in the defense of Ms. Anthony.  What is the other “part of what it’s like”?

“Trying a case is a very exhausting experience” – Mr. Baez is exhausted.  Even though he is not prepared for trial, Mr. Baez is already exhausted by the “experience”.  A defense attorney is telling a national audience he is exhausted by actually “trying a case”.  Does he mention this to his clients prior to taking their cases?

“and it’s very… umm… you… you… you never do prepare enough” – Mr. Baez never prepares “enough”.  All of his recent hearing appearances support this statement.  Mr. Baez is telling the truth.  He “never” prepares “enough”.  This statement should bring vast comfort to his current client whose life may depend upon the outcome of this trial.  Ms. Finnell should take careful note of this statement and accelerate her own preparation as her services will be vital in the very near future.

We have learned through his own explicit statements, Mr. Baez is not prepared for this trial and never will be.

We have learned Mr. Baez is never prepared for any case.

We have learned Ms. Anthony needs to hear this interview for herself.


51 Responses to “Is Jose Baez Prepared to Defend His Client at Trial?”

  1. Venice April 10, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    If you can’t maneuver a powerpoint and speak at the same time, then NO, he is not prepared to defend his client at trial. Maybe if he sticks his tongue out enough during trial, he may think the jury finds him comical. NOT!

    • Kim April 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      Baez and prepared in the same sentence is laughable

  2. myra manes April 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    That imbecile couldn’t string a sentence together if his own life depended on it ..

    He’s useless, I can’t believe he passed the Bar exam ..

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      He is crafty, just not book smart. In a situation which doesn’t require extensive research, such as the Bar exam where they are testing your memory of extremely important cases which you have been using throughout law school, he is able to build persuasive arguments. But practicing law is about tons and tons of research and homework and a “passing” grade won’t win a case against “A+” adversaries like Ashton and Burdick.

      • myra manes April 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

        Exactly ..
        Baez doesnt stand a chance and neither does Casey ..

  3. knight owl April 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Baez will never be prepared but it is coming whether prepared or not. What i am surprised at is where is that arrogance we always see? I would have thought he would have said, Yes of course i am prepared, what kind of question is that?

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

      I agree. He was uncharacteristically truthful during the interview. He even admits he feels the pressure by trying to change the subject.

  4. knight owl April 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Bullstopper, great article.

  5. offthecuff April 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Just give Baez a little more time to develop his series of power points.

    • Kim April 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

      and master spell check

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

      He takes the time to create powerpoint slides, but still doesn’t cite any case law, just video of attorneys talking to judges.

      • DIY April 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

        Many typos exist in the PPT. Let us start with it’s vs its.

      • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

        He’s trying to maintain consistency with his spelling in his motions…

      • DIY April 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm #


  6. L.Duelfer April 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    New poster here.Just found this blog recently,and I find it fascinating!
    My fear is that Bozo’s actions(or lack thereof) will allow for appeals on this case.Is that his plan? Having watched most of the proceeding on tv and computer,even a courtroom novice like myself can see this man is in WAY over his head.

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

      There will be appeals. There will be attempts at appeals for ineffective counsel. Those attempts will be unsuccessful, but because it is a death penalty case, there will be an automatic appeal.

  7. 1520 Sedgwick April 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    He paid a smart person to take the bar for him on try #10.

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      He may have promised to pay and he may have received an invoice, but actually paid???

      • Katprint April 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

        What ACTUALLY happened – not kidding here – is that he passed the bar exam but then the Florida State Bar would not admit him due to unpaid bills, extravagant spending and other “financial irresponsibility” up to that time including failure to stay current on support payments for his only child. For about 9 years, Baez tried and tried to demonstrate his “rehabilitation” including forming non-profit charities (which he abandoned as soon as he was admitted) until he was finally admitted in September 2005.

      • Katprint April 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

        Financial irresponsibility aside, I agree with Valhall over at Hinky Meter about Baez’ competence or lack thereof. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video worth?

  8. 1520 Sedgwick April 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Crazey has thumbs up this fool plenty already. She can not change her mind later.

  9. Kass April 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    The jury is going to see right through Baez and Co., including his client who will not be able to put on an act for the two months plus, at trial.

  10. Venice April 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    The defense and the Anthony’s are still using the media on next Sunday!!! Therefore, the jury SHOULD COME FROM ORLANDO!!! These people are taking more blood $$$$. Did you hear they did a mock jury of all men, and they all said “not guilty”. Yeah….mock on. L O L!

  11. Joanna April 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    It only takes a few moments of listening and watching Baez (as he offers arguments) to realize his preparation for each hearing/motion has never gone beyond the bare minimum necessary to “fake” his way through his required contribution. Virtually every facet of each of his presentations (be it questions of a witness, points of “fact”, or a rebuttal to an argument by the State) reflects his utter lack of understanding and/or research on any relevant subject.

    He is utterly pathetic in his “defense” of his client, which is immediately further emphasized (by contrast) each time the State steps to the podium. It’s like watching an NFL team in a game against a middle school squad!

    Does Baez understand or realize this? Does Mason recognize the incredibly embarrassing contrast of skill level? Does Casey notice the vast difference between the way in which her Defense and the State differ in their ability to effectively communicate their points and/or arguments (ie; influence a potential jury), regardless of whether or not they are correct? It’s one thing to have an ego the size of Texas standing in the way of admitting you’re being outscored by your opponent at every turn, but its quite another to allow it to continue without attempting any necessary changes or adjustments in an effort to even the playing field as much as possible. If a defendants life didn’t hang in the balance, this “mismatch” of skill level would be hilarious.

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

      My personal favorite is his use of “I don’t think it would be a just course”, since he doesn’t seem to understand it is not enough to tell the judge it isn’t just, he must point to the relevant statutes and case law which prove it to be an unjust course.

  12. knight owl April 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Joanna great post. It is hilarious to me anyway as know it all Casey would not listen to her father when he wanted to get her a new lawyer from the start. She wouldn’t have it and praised Baez, and besides all she studies is flirting anyway and she loves her immature dumber than bricks lawyer. One of the other huge problems i see with Baez is he is Lazy and a procrastinator.

    • bullstopper April 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

      Lazy and repetitive. He says the same things over and over while he making his initial argument or direct examination, then again during closing or cross examination, as if repeating his unsupported assertions will strengthen them.

  13. knight owl April 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Hi Venice, agree the jury should come from Orlando.

    • Venice April 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      Hi Knight!!!

  14. knight owl April 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Hello to new poster L.Duelfer.

  15. Lisa D. April 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Hello knight owl (and everybody else too). I’m more a reader,than poster,and I enjoy everyone’s insights into this fascinating (albeit horrifying) case.
    Joanna only reinforces my concern about the case……Truly NO ONE could be as stupid as Baez is. But I listen to the words coming out of his mouth and my head kinda tilts to one side a bit…and I think “are you kidding me”???
    Listen ,when this murderess goes down for the count,I want it to STICK!!!
    I really fear with lawyering as pitiful as this,there will be grounds for an appeal down the road….

  16. kathlb April 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Each time Baez speaks he shows his ignorance. I can’t believe his wife is still with him after all of the Casey stuff and not just rumors, he is spotted putting hands on her at least three times and the jailer had to tell him to knock it off each time. I would have been gone long ago from the sounds of his history.

    And it shouldn’t be up for consideration and commenting since it is his life not mine, but it spills all over this trial and pre-trial hearings, meetings, television moneyed interviews, etc. Where is he getting the money for this business of travel, accommodations and television blurbs. I wonder why Judge Strickland didn’t issue a gag order when he had the chance. The fact that the Defense fought it so hard was a dead giveaway that they were going to bleed the media like the leeches they are. And yes, I know I an copying Cindy. ……She had it right, she just had the wrong target. It should have been Baez, the wannabe lawyer. They will use this media to ruin any jury pool and then point fingers and claim they are so upset that the media just won’t leave them alone. If you buy that, I have a wooded lot for sale. It’s not too bad other than the trespassers which include a couple of wannabe PI’s complete with cell phones and video cams, a big ol’ guy in a cowboy hat stumbling around looking for a clue he lost and a couple of grandparents who are fixedly staring at the sky so they don’t see what they are looking for until their film crew arrives. Truthfully? It’s sickening to watch this group of hangers-on perform losing sight completely of the baby that only wanted to be loved. JMHO

  17. knight owl April 11, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    Hi to you too Lisa D. I like your post and like you i find it hard to believe a lawyer can be this dumb but after listening to him for almost three years now, alas, he is this dumb and it never get’s any better. Everyone of his so called dream team has left him like rats on a sinking ship. I Cannot believe he is now giving Casey files and folder’s like she is part of his working team verses the felon she is. It looks so completely stupid. Casey is dumber than sticks. She doesn’t have a clue what she is reading or looking at in those folder’s, she just writes whatever to attempt to appear she knows. That to me has really taken the cake and eaten it too~~

  18. knight owl April 11, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    When Casey was bailed out by Padilla i found it very unprofessional for Baez to be snugged up to Casey holding that umbrella over his and her head. Then Casey has to flirt of course by whispering something in his ear. She is something else and so is he.

  19. knight owl April 11, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    I Really like Honorable Judge Stan Strickland but i did feel he made a mistake by not agreeing with Prosecutor Ashton to issue a gag order. Baez being the teenager he is loves to go out and blab all over the place to anyone that will allow him too, then run back and whine in court about the media is causing his client to not be able get a fair trial. Oh i should add Baez is a wanna be Bully too, as he wants to throw his dumb stunts back on the prosecutor’s and LE etc and say they did it. I wonder how long Judge Perry is gonna be able to keep his cool with this clown and how many spankings Baez is going to end up getting.

  20. knight owl April 11, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    Bullstopper, you got it, Baez is repetitive. Gonna be a long day each day we watch him at trial.

  21. Lisa D. April 11, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    For what it’s worth,I emailed CBS and told them how I felt about the upcoming 48 Hours program.I doubt it will matter to them,but I feel better having done it.

    • shyloh April 11, 2011 at 9:53 am #

      Writing the sponsors is much better. They are the one’s that keep the show’s going.

    • Venice April 11, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      I’m going to do this now.

  22. humbleopinion April 11, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    Of course he isn’t ready, great post by the way Bull! but he is ready to run to CBS hold a ‘MOCK’ trial and get an acquittal. I would assume he used his infamous first one minute of his opening statement! 🙂

    • Venice April 11, 2011 at 10:35 am #

      Was the State there for this mock trial??? It can’t be one-sided. Too bad the REAL JURY will not be ALL MEN.

    • Kim April 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      I hope he feels better with the mock aquittal – since it will be the only one he gets

    • shyloh April 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      When I saw that. OHMYGOD I was screaming so loud my daughter came storming up the stairs haha. It’s just a sorry bunch of people for ratings. And it’s all a LIE. And there is nothing we can do about it. Well except to complain.

    • Joanna April 11, 2011 at 8:04 pm #


      I can’t help but assume his “opening statement” will be as poor and “unmoving” as everything else that has come out of his mouth to date. He’ll have that moment with all “eyes and ears” on him, as each attorney does when delivering the critical opening statement of a trial, and I’ll bet my paycheck that what ever he chooses to say will fall flat to everyone paying attention. He has poor speaking skills, he lacks passion and credibility/believability, he has no idea how to command a room or create a dramatic effect, and he has no plausible explanation to offer regarding his clients actions or behavior in this case. His opening statement, trial arguments, and closing summary will eventually all be summarized with one word… FAIL!

  23. shyloh April 11, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Here is my prediction. Cheney Mason is just waiting in the background to pounce on the appeal. INEFFECTIVE COUNSEL! He will want Baez removed so he can redo this case!

  24. Venice April 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

    I just read somewhere that ABC is going to be paying for Casey’s clothing @ trial. OMG….is this true???? The defense, and the Anthony’s, have been racking in money from ABC for quite some time.

    • shyloh April 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      You can always dress up a pig. It’s still a pig!

  25. zoe April 12, 2011 at 2:12 am #

    I work for a law firm….although I am not a lawyer. I do a great deal of research, perform general clerk duties and am also a certified court reporter and transcriptionist. I have worked many, many jury trials and there is one BIG THING that Baez is truly lacking. He cannot think on his feet. He cannot formulate good questions “in the moment”. A good trial lawyer pays close attention to everything his/her opposing counsel says, as well as listens hard to the witness. When a witness is under direct questioning from opposing counsel…..the prepared, skilled lawyer will be formulating cross exam questions. It is CLEAR that Baez does not do this….or perhaps has no clue how to do this?? Notice how Linda Drane-Burdick and Jeff Ashton are totally on-point and will cross a witness based on what they just testified to. It is Law 101…..and you can tell the lawyers who really know their stuff—–their cross-exams are pinpoint perfect and they can accomplish SO MUCH from just 6-7 questions (like the SAs). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a defense lawyer so inept as Baez. Notice how often he is on his Blackberry or just reading Casey’s stupid notes instead of LISTENING and formulating his rebuttal?? It’s such a joke! Anyhow…just wanted to share that. Thanks again for the terrific new set of articles, Bull. Hope all is well!! 🙂

    • bullstopper April 12, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      This is Baez exactly. He is one of the people we all know who do not listen as you converse with them. Their silence is not about hearing, but about thinking about what they want to say next regardless of what you have said. It is a form of arrogance.

  26. Victoria April 12, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    I have met my fair share of people who exude arrogance but in general they have something there to point to as a reason for having such a lofty opinion of themselves. While it is irritating at times you at least have a glimpse of where the arrogance is coming from. Baez’s arrogance springs from an empty well as he has nothing to base his lofty opinion of himself and his abilities upon. On the contrary, there is much in his past that should shame the little man with the big ego. One hopes that sooner or later someone puts a pinhole in this gas bag that loves to hear himself orate.

  27. Venice April 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    So, with this new light from LKB, do you think Zuben and crew will stop looking for Zanny?? Geesh……..

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