Orlando, Fla. – On Monday, after prosecutors wrapped up their rebuttal closing in the Casey Anthony trial and the jurors were escorted out of the room, one woman witnessed something she called a “very tender” moment between Casey and her defense lawyer Jose Baez.
“I saw something very amazing… the cameras did not catch it, the jury was not in there… It was between the time when the jurors were taking a ten minute break… after closing arguments. And I saw something tender, very, very tender,” said HLN contributor Jean Casarez during an appearance on ‘In Session.’
She continued, “Jose was on one knee behind counsel table talking directly to Casey, trying to get at her height level – not to talk down to her, but with her – and he was talking very emotionally to her… I saw the emotion, the passion. And I saw Casey do to Jose…” at which time Casarez gently stroked the face of fellow contributor Ryan Smith to demonstrate what she saw Casey do to Baez.
“…whatever he said produced so much emotion in her that she tenderly reached and stroked his face. And that’s the second time she’s done that… This was more…” added Casarez.
‘In Session’ host Vinnie Politan asked Smith about a conversation he had with Baez regarding the attorney’s relationship with Casey.
“He said that relationship was just like the relationship he had with every other client… I said ‘wait a second, we see you two in court. We see the closeness between the two of you…’ He said ‘no, my relationship with her is just like my relationship with everybody else… I keep it professional, but I am a person that likes to communicate with people and be comfortable with people…’”
Smith added, “But when we look and we see that in court… It does seem different.”
Politan noted, “I’ve never seen a moment like that between a criminal defendant… and his or her attorney.”
Casarez chimed in saying, “…he believes in his case so much… his passion is so strong. I don’t know what he said to her, but what I envision is ‘I have worked my hardest, I have given it my heart and my soul for your innocence, which I know you are’ and that may have produced that.”
Politan also noted Casey’s vulnerability as her court proceedings have ended and Baez can do no more for her at this point.
He said Casey now realizes “…her fate is not in the hands of her attorney anymore, it’s the 12 people… she didn’t even know… two months ago.”
Smith commented, “…it almost makes me think that Jose Baez might have been there saying exactly what Jean was just saying, and she’s almost saying ‘it’s okay, I know you’ve done what you can here. You’ve given it your all.’”
He added that some people think something romantic or untowardly is going on between Casey and Baez, but said, “I don’t think it’s that. I think when you go through a situation like this, which alters your life… you have those moments that show… this is a little bit more. There’s a connection that exists because we’ve been through so much together…”
Casarez then added, “…remember she was on house arrest and would go to his office everyday – that’s how they got to know each other… I think at the end of a trial you either have that bond with your attorney or you don’t at all… but that bond is here… Jose fought for her.”
Politan agreed, saying, “…It’s the trust between the client and the lawyer that is so important… This is a death penalty case… you’re entrusting that lawyer with your life… the state wants to put you on death row… she chose Jose Baez.”
Jurors are currently deliberating whether Casey is guilty or not of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008. She is accused by prosecutors of murdering the girl using chloroform and duct tape, however, her lawyers claim Caylee died accidentally by drowning in the backyard pool.
To watch the entire Casey Anthony trial, including jury selection, opening statements, court proceedings, testimony videos 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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