Jose Baez, Lawyer For Casey Anthony, Investigated By Florida State Bar Association

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Jose Baez, one of Casey Anthony's primary defense attorneys, is being investigated by the Florida state bar association for alleged ethical violations.

The probe into Baez's conduct was triggered over a dogfight involving Casey Anthony's probation stemming from a 2010 conviction for check fraud.

She was given a year's probation, but the judge made clear in court that time spent awaiting trial for murder would not count toward its completion.

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The judge erroneously wrote the order placing Anthony on probation, however, to state that the jail time would count toward completing probation.

Anthony's lawyers acted as if the written order was the final word, however, and authorities - who were clueless - acted as if she had completed it.

Judge Belvin Perry later ruled that Anthony will return to Florida, ASAP, to complete her probation, regardless of the clerical error that took place.

The Chief Judge of the court is now lashing out at Baez for essentially trying to keep officials in the dark and get Casey off on this technicality.

The judge wrote in a scathing statement: "Our system of justice should never be in the position of rewarding someone who willfully hides the ball."

Baez may have violated "an attorney's duty of candor," he added.

On Baez' part, he told the judge he did indeed know about the trial judge's error but felt he had no obligation to inform the court at the time.

The State Bar of Florida is now investigating the matter.


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