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March 19, 2010

Casey Anthony seeks funds to pay for murder defense

Posted: 09:30 PM ET

Via OrlandoSentinel.com

A judge Friday ruled that the public must pay court costs for Casey Anthony, the young mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland made that ruling one day after hearing testimony about Anthony receiving $200,000 from ABC News for family photos and videos of the defendant and the child she's accused of killing, Caylee Marie.

That money, though, is gone, Anthony's attorneys told the judge.

Strickland, in a one-page order, wrote that he has reviewed Anthony's financial paperwork and concluded that she truly is indigent.

His order requires the state to pay all costs associated with her defense except for lawyer fees. That would include such major ticket items as experts, investigators and her lawyers' travel expenses. She has lawyers from Chicago and New York as well as Kissimmee and Orlando.

In court Thursday, her attorneys testified about where the money went. Jose´ Baez testified that he had received $89,500 while putting in about 2,500 hours of work. Andrea Lyon, a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, testified that she is representing Anthony for free but had been paid $22,500 for expenses.

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jack   March 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

There should be limits placed on public spending for such cases. It only makes a lot of rich lawyers richer. When there is strong evidence, they do not have to bring out an army of experts on either side. The states and country cannot afford such costly court costs. Where will it end. What happened to a fair and Speedy trial? This case has been dragging on for ages, and still has a year or so before it even comes to trial. Waste.


jack   March 19th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

There should be limits placed on public spending for such cases. It only makes a lot of rich lawyers richer. When there is strong evidence, they do not have to bring out an army of experts on either side. The states and country cannot afford such costly court costs. Where will it end? What happened to a fair and Speedy trial? This case has been dragging on for ages, and still has a year or so before it even comes to trial. Waste.


Susan Bannister   March 19th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

When there is very little doubt in this case, how could ABC pay $200,000.00 to a psychotic criminal. heartless, and very cruel–she should be so ashamed by what she did to her beautiful little girl. Her daughter was beautiful and so innocent–if the mother is covering for someone else she should come forward and tell the FBI or admit to her guilt!


Theresa   March 20th, 2010 2:29 am ET

Why does it take so long to get to trial.....no wonder the lawyers can charge an arm & a leg!!


Donald L Allen   March 20th, 2010 8:50 am ET

well you figure she has dun a crime I told you I do not think she is gild and you don,t believe it but you or wrong I believe I wood bet my life on it I believe she has told the Rufe to the best of here niggle and I,M just saying if you do not have the hole detail you sued let here go you let the congress go right so way don,t you just listen to what I say It not that I no here I don,t but I telling you the true I believe you sued have a good reason if you don,t no the fact you sued just do what I say see you Donald L Allen


Gerald Jolly   March 20th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Hooray for the American justice system that insures that greedy lawyers will get paid even if they are the very worse defence lawyers in the country.

What a complete piece of excrement both of her "FEMALE lawyers are.

The proper fee for her defence should have been easily paid for with the $200 thousand they recieved from ABC news.

I am completely sure that in the end Casey Anthony will be found guilty on circumstancial evidence, her Mom and Dad will be virtually bankrupted and the two misfit attorneys will walk away laughing all the way to the bank.

In any SANE legal system, Casey Anthony's case would be a classic case of what is refered too as a "TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE" caused by two INEPT PRATICIONERS OF THE LAW.

What a G.D. shame


Gerald Jolly   March 20th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

Unquestionably the two most incompetent lawyers in America.

They are now being refered too as ONE WONT and ONE CANT.

The presiding Judge is guilty of mal-practice because he has allowed the case against Casey Anthony to be exposed in every possible negative way by allowing the prosecution and defence attorneys to speak about the case in public and to the media, the sherrif's department have commented negatively about Casey anthony and the "MORON' that calls himself a Judge has compromised Casey from getting a fair trial by allowing the media latitude that is simply unethical in any jurist system.

The leaking of trial transcript and evidence by the Sherrif's department and the prosecution is grounds enough to declare a mis-trial, and it will be impossible to select a jury that would be unbiased to serve on a jury adjudicating this case.

The only fair and legal alternative in this case is to move it to another state venue, dismiss all attorneys on both sides, impeach the Judge, and start anew.

Otherwise what we have in this case is a complete failure of the American justice system that is meant to guarantee a fair trial to any defendent, particularly a defendent that is facing a murder (1) charge.

Due to the misrepresentation by the two defence attorneys, the funds already paid should be held in obience and any funds they both recieved from the media should be applied to Casey's legal costs.

Every rule under the constitution of the United States has been flagrantly flaunted and those responsible need to be penalized in the most severe way.

Is Casey Anthony guilty???

According to the media, the public at large, and the prosecution will do everything they can to insure that will happen. "EVEN AT THE COST OF BETRAYING OUR LEGAL SYSTEM"

Is this justice under the constitution of the U.S., "ABSOLUTELY NOT"


MzNomerNAzona   March 21st, 2010 2:29 am ET

I agree with the last comment. It is amazing to me that this girl has been convicted on Nancy Grace and in the minds of most Americans and she hasn't even had a trial yet. Makes me so sick. Unfortunately court costs are outrageous these days. she was fortunate to have a little bit of money to go toward her defense and get some competent experts on her team prior to having a court appointment for defense frunds. otherwise she would have gotten no experts under her employ. The lawyers are pro bono at this point I understand. I hope she gets a fair trial. OUr justice system is scary anymore with the media so involved.....The media is like a trial itself....good lord...remember the innocent that have been falsly convicted and the guilty that go free......I have an idea why doesn't cnn stop Nancy Grace from broadcasting her guilty verdicts.....on all those people she convicts on the Nancy Grace show.


Dodie   March 21st, 2010 7:09 pm ET

So now the tax payers must pay for the cost of this trial… What a waste of money paying for Lawyer’s transportation. If the defendant hires these lawyers and they do not reside in the area, it should be between the defendant and her lawyers. Why should we, Americans, be dragged into this issue? Everything seems to fall back on the tax payers. I am tired of the tax payers being the "bank-of-free-money" to anyone who has their hand out. Enough is enough!

@ Gerald

You stated: The only fair and legal alternative in this case is to move it to another state venue, dismiss all attorneys on both sides, impeach the Judge, and start anew."

Excellent statement.


Kelly   April 16th, 2010 5:52 am ET

WOW Seriously???????? This sick thing doesn't deserve anything to be paid for her. She is i sick and compulsive liar that is GUILTY without a doubt. The tax payers should not have to waste their money on her unless it results in a death sentence. RIP KMA always in our prayers


JR   May 11th, 2010 9:39 am ET

Most are convicting her because she went out and partied. I've seen worst to be honest. Tons of mother's who don't do right by their kids, doesn't mean she murdered the kid. She deserves a defense.


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