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Open Letter to Jose Baez - Defense Attorney for Casey Anthony

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.


This letter was written during the Casey Anthony trial...

Dear Mr Baez,

I understand you have a job to do. You've been hired by Casey Anthony as her defense attorney. You will receive compensation by the Orange County taxpayers to perform your duties as a public defender. We are now into the second week of the trial.

My question to you is, when will you actually start doing your job. The majority of the accusations you have made against the state's witnesses are blatant lies and fabrications. Your repetition of questions aimed at the witnesses are out of control.

I am not a legal advisor. I did not go to law school, but I am a John Grisham fan. Most importantly is that I am a person with common sense. My common sense is telling me that something is very wrong with your tactics.

I am a firm believer that when anyone hires a professional to perform a job for them, they deserve the best. Granted you are defending a person who is guilty as sin which makes your task more difficult, but even Casey Anthony deserves a better defense than what you are offering.

I'd like to offer some tips. I hope you take my tips into consideration, if not for this trial, but just in case you EVER get hired again by another criminal.

"I'm SO confused"!!! - Jose Baez

"I'm SO confused"!!! - Jose Baez

Future reference guide for Jose Baez

1. Do not shuffle your papers while standing at the podium. We were all taught by the age of ten to always be prepared. As a "professional" you should enter the courtroom with all files needed for the day. I advise you to stop wasting the courts time with your trivial requests for a break to hunt a file down.

2. Do not ask a grieving grandmother if she THINKS her obviously deceased granddaughter might still be alive. I highly doubt that even a seasoned professional could ask something so mean and callous. Did you leave your heart at home? Surely you must feel something for the distraught family. Again I understand you are doing your job, but there is a line to be drawn.

3. Never, ever interrupt the judge while he's speaking to you. That's disrespectful and personally I think you should be in contempt of court and should be been fined. Judge Perry is obviously a man of patience.

4. Do not accuse the grieving grandfather of sexual abuse just because your client has no chance in hell of winning this case. That's just ludicrous. I'd like to know the brainchild behind that accusation just so I could slap them upside the head.

5. Do NOT use the theory that Caylee drowned due to statistics of Florida drownings among children. Yes, unfortunately the state of Florida has a high statistic rate for drowning, but to attempt to get away with that theory will not work. Evidence proves against it. Nice try though.

6. Speak into the microphone, do not mumble, that's annoying. Again we were taught at an early age to speak clearly and to have your voice heard. Mumbling and stumbling are not allowed, keep in mind millions of people are watching this trial. Speak coherently and try your best to finish a sentence without talking in circles. Haven't we been tortured enough these past few years listening to Sarah Palin.

7. Enough of the cocky smirks. You might be thinking you are all that, but in actuality after this case is over chances are you are cooked. You might be the most talked about public defender at the moment, but if you REALLY think about it....are those conversations a positive thing? I think not.

8. Fact: Casey Anthony hired you via a reference while she was in lock-up....need I say more? Your prior clients weren't exactly part of an elite crowd, but this case isn't about them.

9. Do not repeatedly ask the same question from a witness, hoping for the answer you want. They answered correctly the first time, it's highly doubtful their answer will change. There is no need to be hostile and rude to the witnesses. Think Karma!

10. Please stop telling your client to sob on cue. It's obvious to all viewers what's going on. You two are actually a perfect match. You think this is all about you. Your client thinks this is all about her. You are both sadly mistaken. This is all about Caylee.

11. An insanity plea is not going to work, your client is a liar not insane. A mistrial is not going to happen due to remorse. Move your job.

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12. You've been litigating this trial for the past three years....seriously?? This is the best you came up with after three years. It might be time to consider a new line of work. Just sayin'.

13. Rumor is Casey paid her legal fees with sexual favors. Well, those favors won't pay your bills, but to each his own.

This trial is a circus and you just keep throwing peanuts at the jury. The jurors are doing their civic duties and deserve a medal for that. They have families, friends, they have a life they'd like to get back to. STOP the procrastinating and let's get Justice For Caylee done. I have a feeling deep down in your heart you want the same as we all do.

Let's get 'er done!

Orange County Courthouse ... Trial Of The Decade

Orange County Courthouse ... Trial Of The Decade

Casey Anthony trial updates

Update: Here we are on Day 24 of the trial and what have you accomplished so far? By now even you know that George and Lee didn't sexual abuse Casey. You also know Caylee didn't drown.

FYI: Duct tape placed over the nose and mouth DOES NOT qualify as accidental death. You basically took your opening defense statement and flushed it down the toilet, right? You need to think before you speak....omitting the vital word "thoughts" before suicide was extremely important when you were interviewing Yuri.

You should now realize that Judge Perry is a man with an abundance amount of patience. You are both doing your better than the other but I'm thinking you might want to wear a shirt saying "overruled" to court each day. There is a rumor on some blogs stating you are playing the jury and playing dumb in order for Casey to get a faster appeal....we're onto you and I'm sure the jury is also. We can't give you that much credit....maybe Casey, not you.

You are a very popular man at the moment....make yourself shine by doing the right thing not by saying the wrong thing. Good luck!

Update 6.15 ... Acquittal has been denied. Bring it on JB!

Update 6.21 ... Besides being held in contempt, annoying Judge Perry and arguing with Jeff Ashton your defense case is going nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. We've learned nothing new. I think you can do better. By the way what type of medication is your client on? She's on's obvious to all.

Update 6.24 ... Impressing me....NO! Boring me...YES! Cindy perjuring herself to save her daughter? That was WRONG of her and even the jurors could not possibly believe that performance. No reasonable doubt for me.

Update 6.29 ... Regarding questioning of George Anthony: In my opinion Mr Baez YOU are throwing in the towel and allowing George to tell the jury all the naughty little tidbits about Casey. You are not impressing anyone not even the jurors. George blatantly stated that Casey was guilty and YOU didn't object or sustain or strike. Way to go JB! I knew you would come around and join the rest of us.

Update 6.30 ... The Defense rests its case. Good luck JB!

Update 7.3 Hey Jose, your closing statements are "NOT WORKING!" A smell chart? Seriously? I expected a bit better from you. Kinda.

Update 7.5 "NO WAY JOSE....You didn't WIN!" The jurors found your client Not Guilty, but she's not innocent either! Think KARMA. How you can possibly say that you will go home tonight and tell your daughter that you saved a life? What about Caylee? Do you even care about Justice For Caylee? NO!

FYI: Your nickname BOZO stands, you were a clown in the Circus Of The Decade!

It's your 15 minutes so play nice!

This comment tells us how many of us are affected by this trial....

Dear Sunshine,

Well I am sitting in downtown Port Au Prince, Haiti tonight and after a hellish day of assessing Monday's storm damage (that killed 20) and I decided to catch up on poor KC's little ol' murder trial. I cannot get the live stream here -- although I do get the audio sometimes.

I must say that your open letter to Jose was the one thing that gave me some light, some hope that common sense really does still exist. I only began following the case when it was clear it was going to trial .... I've been in Haiti since the earthquake so I was a little busy.

I think your advice/suggestions to Jose are quite eloquent.. not to mention the funniest I've ever read!! I too am not a lawyer and my dog Sam isn't a lawyer either but I bet we could have come up with a better routine than this one. I almost could feel sorry for KC and the UNSUNSHINE band (Jose as lead legal singer)... and then I remember the lies, the duct tape on Caylee's skull.... I don't feel sorry and even so, she is innocent until proven guilty and absolutely deserves a competent defense, which she is not getting from Jose.

So, with that I will sign off tonight.. feeling happy that the last thing my eyes saw was your advice to Jose and not the other things they had to see today!

Take Care,


Thank you Stefanie for your personal message to me and your permission to share it within my article. Bless you and be safe!

Various comments from the Orlando Sentinel...

As a former schoolteacher for one year, I drew charts like Jose Baez - and the students didn't understand them either.

Based on the number of his objections that have been overruled, Casey Anthony's attorney is earning the nickname "No Way, Jose."

I have never seen a judge allow a defense team to comfort a client to the extent that Judge Perry is allowing in the Casey Anthony trial. A court of law is supposed to be about the evidence and testimony. I don't think it has a place in a fair trial and in a court of law.

In addition...

Props to Casey Anthony for staying out of the public eye after being acquitted, unlike fellow Orlandian, George Zimmerman. Shaking my head at the dude. He must like getting sucker punched.

For more on the Casey Anthony trial...

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


Suzie from Carson City on September 12, 2019:

Linda Sue...LOLOLOLO Oh, how I hope you come across your "Effer's" major FLUB here!! I saw 3 things....your last comment, and right above it the picture of Caylee with another comment written 5 hrs ago! Silly me. I connected the 2 and thought you had just posted that comment 5 hours ago!

Hey girlfriend, some things never change......Oops!!

Suzie from Carson City on September 12, 2019:

Hey SFAM!!!! Yes, we'll forever be grateful to Jose!! So great to see you, girl! Hope all is continuing to look "UP"!!! Love ya, Paula

luo xiao min from California on September 12, 2019:

The only future referrence guildance for this "lawyer" is:

Show us that you are a human being.

Now remember that this "lawyer" is jose-bs, so i tell myself never mind.

It is impossible to expect jose-bs to be a human being. NO human being can go as for and low as this A$$hole did, to throw a 3yr-old murdered child into a pool, in the name of defense.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 19, 2014:

Yes, Thank you Jose! At least you served one purpose on connecting Paula and I.

Suzie from Carson City on May 19, 2014:

Well....Here it is. The incredibly FAMOUS hub on the not-so-famous-anymore, "Jose Baez"......and the somewhere-hiding-lying-and-fantasizing, "Casey Anthony."

I read it all...every word, all comments....Whew! There was so much emotion in the comments. High emotion and disgust and frustration and disbelief.

The verdict rocked half the world to it's core......Now, for me it's just a deep sense of sadness....for the loss of a precious little girl....the burning questions we still have and may never have answers to, and oh yes...our justice system. (Not gonna touch that right now)

This was a walk down the hall of criminal court case history.....not pleasant memories, but vital to remember, none the less.

I have to say that this high profile case did cause some "good" for me...amongst the tragedy. I met our Sunshine625 through this fabulous hub and soon found myself a member of our HP community. kills me to say this...but, "Thanks, Jose!"

Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 06, 2012:

Thanks for all the updates on this case Linda. I got to know about this case only from your hubs and have been following it up! From your input and all the comments it looks like it was an unfair trial. But whatever it was, finally our thoughts go out to poor little Caylee.

What happened to her was something no one (other than Casey of course) would even imagine would happen to their children. Let's hope and pray that such atrocities don't recur. Cheers, Rema.

mythicalstorm273 on May 15, 2012:

Obviously this was a while ago, but I really still always enjoy your letters! You do such a fun job with all of your hubs that even when it is a serious topic you somehow seem to shed some light onto the topic while keeping the audience entertained. This was one that I had not read previously and I enjoyed it. Your points about common sense and just being a responsible professional go far beyond this case, but can be used for the world around us! How many times have I wished even the least known person that I have met would understand half of what you stated! Great hub!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on May 15, 2012:

Hey Mamadrama, Better late then never! Thanks for stopping by!:)

Mamadrama from Upstate NY on September 08, 2011:

I have been reading your coverage on this from the time we joined up on here.. LOVE IT..

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 18, 2011:

I'm honored that I could offer a place where fellow friends and followers are able to share their concerns and thoughts with each other. There are so many of us who are frustrated and upset with the outcome of this trial. We just have to keep thinking KARMA ... we need to be patient. Think OJ and Jaron van der Sloot. Try not to allow CA to control your emotions. Use those emotions in a positive way....eliminate the negative. it could be something as simple as sharing a smile with a toddler and remembering Caylee. This is all about Caylee. Please come back and visit as often as needed.

Suzie from Carson City on July 18, 2011:

Thank you, Jamie.....and we AGREE! I have so often reminded others the exact words you express....Karma IS real and can NOT be escaped. This should only frighten EVIL.....for those of "love and goodness" shall reap that which they sow as well. You are in no way alone in your anger and depression, but surely with the vast majority. We will get through this. Casey however, will never escape the deep hole of darkness in which she exists.

Jamie Brock from Texas on July 18, 2011:

fpherj48: So well said! Sunshine's hubs are awesome and it really has been great "therapy" to be able to read, comment and interact with others about this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has suffered anger and depression over this...we just have to help each other get through. I feel so silly because I've never let myself be this affected over people I do not even know. I so agree about karma. Casey Anthony will get what's coming to her. That's the thing I know deep down and can bring some peace to my heart. Run and hide all you want Casey Anthony but you CAN NOT escape Karma! It's real and it's coming for YOU.

Suzie from Carson City on July 18, 2011:

Jennie....Sunshine's Hub has been the perfect medium for expressing our opinions and having a healthy outlet for the explosion of discussion this case has caused. Being able to share our outrage and frustration with one another has helped us through an otherwise unbearable journey. Although we must learn to live with the insanity of the verdict.....the brunt of the repercussions now belong to Casey Anthony. You may want to watch and listen as she is introduced to Karma in a very powerful way. Her little fanatasy world of lies and imaginary people....her sociopathic behavior...will in no way protect her from the ravages of Karma's wrath. Buckle up, Casey....the party's over...and your hell has just begun.

Venture Boyz from Floating in the clouds on July 17, 2011:

Wow I see that this has created quite a stir. I just really hope that she does not achieve a monetary benefits as a result of all of this. Great article Sunshine625, I appreciate your insights. I am sensing a common opinion with all of these comments.

fpherj48 on July 17, 2011:

When even HUGH HEFNER states on National TV that he wants nothing to do with Casey Anthony for his gotta know you're POISON.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 16, 2011:

Donna, I hope he is reading this. I've posted it on enough sites. The only reason they are being nice to Casey and protecting her is in hope of her being their cash cow. Whoever gives her any money will be lower than pond scum in the eyes of society.

Donna on July 16, 2011:

Baez if you're reading this you are an unbeleivably Disgusting person! With blood on your hands by the explotation of dead child. Your ultimate goal of gaining fame and depictable casey as a cash cow.

geniema on July 10, 2011:

If you don't pay your power bill in 31 days.. no power! If you don't pay your water bill in 31 days.. no water! If you don't return a movie you rented in 31 days.. you pay for that movie. If you don't pay your car payment in 31 days.. repo. If you don't report your child missing for 31 days, what happens?? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Casey is guilty! Re-post if you agree!..

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 09, 2011:

She can't leave the country. She has lawsuits and despositions to answer to first. She won't have any money to buy a new eyeliner let alone plastic surgery! She's history in the making. I for one am thrilled she's not my daughter or even related to me. Living in the same town is more than I can handle.

Suzie from Carson City on July 09, 2011:

Yes, Sunshine....OJ wound up ultimately where he belonged long ago. and he did this to himself just by continuing to be the ignorant A** he is.....once you've gotten away with murder, these idiots get cocky and think they are untouchable. Problem is, all eyes will be on her for the rest of her life. She will not be able to get a parking ticket w/o everyone knowing where she was, what she did, who she was with and what was said. I understand there are plans to take her out of the country for major facial cosmetic surgery and her identity will also be completely transformed to include phony birth certif, SSN.& name change...just as is done in the witness protection program. This will only prove to extend the amount of time it takes for people to discover her new identity and be able to recognize her anyway. Unfortunately, she can't trade in her evil mind or cold heart. She'll still be Casey the Baby killer inside.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 09, 2011:

All your personal info is correct about Bozo (I can't let the nickname go).

Yes I believe the state over-charged her and so does juror #2. They would have nailed her BUT what's done is done. I love the good news!!! We'll see what happens...she might want to consider conversing with OJ about the do's and don'ts of "getting away with murder" lifestyle. His was a major FAIL. Thank you fpherj for your wisdom, your comments are always refreshing and enlightening. I'm glad you are on my team! :-)

Suzie from Carson City on July 09, 2011:

Folks.....some info for you ...just for the heck of it. Jose was a father for the 1st time at 17 yrs old before he joined the Navy. He has a 26 yr old daughter. The baby is with his current wife, I assume. Anyway...he's obviously staunch anti-capital punishment. As upset as I am w/ the way this all turned out.....I'm also sure the State OVER-charged her.....don't you think so? If they had gone for felony murder, I STILL believe they'd have nailed her. That's a LIFE sentence w/o parole. The good news..? this has not been the LAST of her legal problems. Not by a long shot. Have a great evening!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 09, 2011:

YES Jamie my thougts EXACTLY....Bozo states he is going to tell his 2 month old daughter he saved a LIFE? OMG is he going to also mention the life he saved took away the life of a two year old?!?!? Utterly disgraceful!!!


Jamie Brock from Texas on July 09, 2011:

Jose Baez.. I don't even know what to say about this man. I don't know how he (or any of that defense team) can sleep at night. I can't believe he said he could go home the night the verdict was read (after the champagne party) and tell his little girl that he saved a life today! He is as delusional as Casey Anthony. What he did was free a criminal who can have another baby to kill. He SICKENS me. The WHOLE defense team sickens me. What they did to that family just to free that monster- they have some karma coming too.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 07, 2011:

I have signed and reposted. Thank you for sharing.

Author Lisa Illinsky on July 07, 2011:

Urge your Congress to pass CayleesLaw. CayleesLaw will make it a felony to not report a missing child Visit or www.SurvivorsNAbuse.weebly?.com & sign. We have a voice she doesn't anymore. Sign the petition for Caylee Marie Anthony and all of our children. Repost if you signed and agree. Thank you.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 07, 2011:

Thank you Paula! :)

Suzie from Carson City on July 07, 2011:

Pinkchic18....I'll try to help. If I'm not mistaken, Jose Baez was born in Puerto Rico....but his dialect does not sound exactly like that of Puerto Rican parents. I know he speaks Spanish & Portuguese, so if his mother (who raised him) is Portuguese, that explains the subtly different dialect...which I translated in general as a personal message to his mother & family members from him and his wife & daughter. He made a statement about "a moment of pride and gratitude for his victory in the verdict for his client.....his love & gratitude to his mother, family, etc. for believing in him.....yadda yadda uadda. That's as best I can do for you.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 07, 2011:

If I remember correctly he was speaking to his mother, a shout-out possibly? I was so livid at that point that I don't remember much. You should read my hub about "why I'm intrigued by Jose Baez" thanks for stopping by.

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on July 07, 2011:

An interesting take! I watched 90% of the trial and was intrigued by Baez. Especially so when after the verdict, in the press conference, he started talking spanish. Did anyone understand what he was saying? I was wondering what was said.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 07, 2011:

I stand by my word. Most are BUT some also have a heart and for them it's not all about the almighty dollar.

danfresnourban from Fresno, CA on July 06, 2011:

Sunshine625, I disagree that most lawyers are POS, I will admit that there is a disproportionate number of lawyers that are POS.

As far as the Casey Anthony verdict, I was very surprised with the verdict. As a parent, I was disappointed. I just want to remind people that our criminal justice system in the United States focuses on protecting people from being wrongfully convicted.

Since 2000, more than 200 people have been exonerated with DNA testing. Out of these exonerations,more than 120 actual perpetrators have been identified and corroborated with DNA evidence.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 06, 2011:

I totally agree. Most lawyers are a POS. Our Justice System failed, again.

NoJustice4TheInnocent on July 06, 2011:

JB is a POS

geniema on July 06, 2011:

Here's what I think the community should do. The people that searched for Caylee, should bring a CIVIL lawsuit against Casey (and anyone else possibly involved) for wrongful death. If they unite as a community they will have more power t...hen they know. Has anyone ever heard of Case Law. Why not try to overturn the jurors decision, demanding a change in law. How many times do we have to see this current process fail.....

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 05, 2011:

Casey didn't even bury Caylee she placed her in a bag and tossed her body over the underbrush on the side of the road. She didn't even take the time to walk around the underbrush and gently place her on the ground...she threw her away like trash. Our legal system _ _ _ _ _ !!

ournote2self on July 05, 2011:

I can't believe they found her NOT guilty. Caylee was buried and duct taped! Need I say more?!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 05, 2011:

I can't take credit for the lack of note taking, that information came from HLN news:)

I did just realize that this article is the 3rd most popular hub on hubpages! Wow Casey really gets around (no pun intended...kinda) so anyone reading this article feel free to share it with your peers it would nice to see it hit #1. Thank you :)

Justice For Caylee (not keelee as Nancy Grace refers to her)

Suzie from Carson City on July 05, 2011:

Hmmmmm..great point, (about the reason for lack of note taking) never thought of that reason (duh).....I kept thinking it was because they were overly focused on "listening & looking."...

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 05, 2011:

Hello fpherj and welcome back :)

The defense chose them....they've got to be able to see the truth along with the other jurors or else they will be deliberating forever!!!! Not many notes were taken by the jurors which is a good sign that their minds were already made up. Time will tell.

Suzie from Carson City on July 05, 2011:

Sunshine...Aware that is the popular belief and cause for nail-biting.....but, the majority of those jurors have the near-impossible task of dealing with TWO jurors who CLEARLY stated they DO NOT BELIEVE IN "JUDGING OTHERS." The real question is....HOW WERE THEY EVEN ALLOWED TO BE CHOSEN? That's precisely what JURORS do.......decide JUDGEMENT! More stupidity