At 17, Baez, who had dropped out of Florida's Homestead High School in the ninth grade, married and became a father for the first time.
After a stint in the Navy, he returned to Florida where he attended community college and then studied criminology at Florida State University, he said. He earned his law degree in 1997 from St. Thomas University in Florida.
Florida denied Baez's admission to the bar for eight years, due to his failure to pay child support.
During the trial, there were hints that the rock star treatment could be his new reality. The fireplug of a lawyer was chased down the street during a recent break in the trial by a middle age blonde woman who yelled, "You should be on the cover of GQ."
When asked by Walters, Baez conceded that he had received "seven or eight" marriage proposals.
For Baez, though, after the verdict, it was his daughter who was on his mind. "The best feeling that I have today is I know I can go home and my daughter will ask me what'd you do today and I can say, 'I saved a life.'"