Orlando, Fla. – The Florida Bar Association is investigating Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, due to a complaint made against him regarding a probation issue.
Zannah Lyle, a spokesperson with the Florida Bar, told CNN the complaint involves Baez’s handling of Casey’s probation for her Jan. 2010 check fraud conviction.
The issue surrounds the controversy over whether Casey should have served her one year probation after she was released from jail due to her July 5, 2011 acquittal for the 2008 murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, or whether – as her lawyers argued – she served probation during her time behind bars.
In Jan. 2010, Judge Stan Strickland ordered she was to serve one year of probation for going on a shopping spree with checks she stole from her former friend Amy Huizenga, if or when she was released from jail after her trial. Nonetheless, due to a clerical error, the order read she would serve probation while in jail custody.
On Aug. 1, the judge amended the order to read that probation would be served “upon release,” however, Casey’s attorneys argued that she had already served her probation while jailed and to require her to serve it again would be tantamount to double jeopardy and violate their client’s constitutional rights.
Judge Belvin Perry – the same judge who oversaw Casey’s murder trial – filed an order last week ruling Casey must serve probation, as she could not have served it while behind bars. He also noted that her legal team attempted to take advantage of a “scrivener’s error.”
To read Judge Belvin Perry’s order regarding Casey’s probation, click here.
Judge Perry also wrote that Baez was “well aware that the probation was to begin upon the defendant’s release from jail.”
Lyle told CNN that a legal panel will investigate the complaint against Baez and will then decide if there is probable cause for a violation. If so, the complaint would then be heard by Florida’s Supreme Court, which could result in Baez being faced with penalties such as probation, suspension or revocation of his license.
To read Casey’s lawyers appeal regarding her probation, click here.
To watch the entire Casey Anthony trial, including jury selection, opening statements, court proceedings, witness testimony and closing arguments, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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