Casey Anthony's Lawyer Jose Baez Has Trials of His Own


Casey Anthony Attorney Jose Baez's Past Includes Bikini Companies, Child Support Payments

In the eight years when Baez was fighting to be admitted to the Florida bar, he was associated with two bikini selling businesses and two nonprofits. The bikini businesses, Bon Bon Bikinis and, are both inactive, according to Florida's public records. The nonprofit organizations centered around domestic violence prevention and advocating for children. They are both inactive now, according to public records. He also reportedly worked for Lexis Nexis.

In 2005, he was finally admitted to the bar. Baez runs his own private law firm. His web site reveals little about his case history and biography. Attempts to click on links to a section with the attorney profiles does not work. Calls for comment to his office were not returned to ABC News.

Baez's financial troubles have continued since taking on the trial. His home was reportedly in foreclosure last year. He purchased the home for over $670,000 in 2007. It was most recently appraised at $272,900.

It is unclear who, if anyone, is paying Baez. At the time of Casey Anthony's arrest, she had no assets.

Florida attorneys told ABC News that Baez's inexperience has hurt Casey Anthony's defense by allowing a revolving door of lawyers onto the defense team. High profile attorneys, many from outside of Florida, have been brought in to help Baez only to abruptly depart the legal team.

"It's one thing to take on a case of that magnitude when you're not qualified, but the key is to bring on people who are qualified to help you," Hornsby said.

Baez, who has remained tight lipped with the media since the trial got underway, initially talked to media outlets in the months following Casey Anthony's arrest in 2008.

He appeared with Casey Anthony at a press conference in October 2008 when a grand jury was considering murder charges against her. Both she and Baez continued to claim that Caylee was missing and Casey Anthony wore a "Help Find Caylee" button.

"I can't think of a more repugnant picture to have now that she's now admitting the child was dead from day one," Hornsby said.

Those media appearances may now hurt his defense strategy if Casey Anthony is forced to testify. Prosecutors can question Casey Anthony and Baez's credibility about why they made those media appearances, continuing the search for Caylee, if they knew she was dead, Hornsby said.

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