When you think of Casey Anthony, chances are you also think about her infamous trial. The outrage at the results of the trial was all because of the work done by her defense attorney, Jose Baez. His outstanding effort was enough to free the woman from the charges of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.
However, in 2013 Anthony filed for bankruptcy. Even after being the sole reason that she was acquitted, he did not receive any pay. Just this Friday, he was notified that he would not be receiving the 400,000 dollars that he was due.
Baez was successful in representing the 28 year old, as she was charged with murder of her own daughter, Caylee. In June of 2008, Anthony’s daughter went missing, but did not report anything to the police until over a whole month.
Finally, her mother took action when she realized something was wrong. She called the police saying her daughter Casey’s car reeked of dead body. Six months later, Caylee’s skeletal remains were found.
Baez claimed on behalf of Anthony’s defense that Caylee drowned in their pool and that the reason Anthony did not call police was because she was too scared. To some this claim may seem ridiculous, but it was the one that kept Anthony not guilty.
Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. She did serve a slight amount of time in prison for providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
In 2013, when Anthony filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy, she claimed $1,000 in assets, and $792,000 in liabilities. This includes attorney fees, court fees, and back taxes. She ended up having her debt distributed among 80 creditors!
Out of all this debt, almost half of it is all owed to Baez.
Luckily, Baez has made some money off Anthony, as he wrote a book discussing what really happened inside the trial.
In order to not have to sell the rights to her life story, Anthony made a payment of $25,000 to her bankruptcy estate. Even though, if she sold her story she would have the money to pay off her debts.
All that Anthony was left with was $500 worth of property, including jewelry, a bike and some furniture.
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