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Casey Anthony's "Dream Team" Lineup

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Since the body of missing toddler Caylee Marie was found last week, one chapter of the tragic story has closed. Now the defense team for Casey Anthony has an uphill battle ahead of them.

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Already being dubbed the "Dream Team" the legal team assembled to defend  Casey Anthony on charges of first-degree murder is impressive.  "We have qualified people -- the best in the business -- reviewing this evidence," said Jose Baez.

Baez is being tight-lipped on how the Anthonys are going to pay for the powerhouse team. "I don't think it's any concern of anyone who's paying for all of that. It's confidential information, and I'm not about to disclose confidential information," said Baez in a news conference.

The public interest in the high-profile case is already being compared to the O.J. Simpson trial. Isn't calling Casey's defense team the same name as O.J.'s prophesizing that Casey will someday be a free woman? Let's hope not.

Here's the lineup:

Jose Baez Jose Baez is Casey Anthony's lead defense attorney. According to his website, Baez is a former criminologist who received a B.S. degree in criminology from Florida State University.
   
Linda Kenney Baden Linda Kenney Baden is a new member of Jose Baez's defense team. Baden is a New York attorney who specializes in forensic evidence. Baden has been doing forensic work since the 1980s when she was in the prosecutor's office in New Jersey. She is the wife of Dr. Michael M. Baden, a medical doctor and board-certified forensic pathologist, who is also the host of HBO's "Autopsy."
 
Terence Lenamon is a Miami criminal defense attorney who recently joined Baez's defense team. According to WFTV.com, Lenamon has defended several high-profile clients, including Harrel Franklin Braddy, who is known as "The Miami Strangler," and accused killer Wadada Delhall.
 
Jose Luis Garcia is another member of Baez's defense team. Garcia has experience in both family and criminal law. Garcia attended Barry University School of Law, where he received his J.D. He continued his undergraduate education and obtained his B.A. degree at Florida International University.
   
Dr. Henry Chang-Yu Lee Dr. Henry Chang-Yu Lee is the current Chief Emeritus for Scientific Services for the State of Connecticut and one of the founders of the Henry C. Lee Forensic Institute. He has worked on several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson and Laci Peterson cases.
   
Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky is the Associate Provost of the Interdisciplinary Forensics Science Department at John Jay College. He is also a consultant to attorneys in the areas of forensic biology, serology, and DNA analysis. A television consultant to CBS and CNN, Dr. Kobilinsky has authored and co-authored several books, including DNA: Forensic and Legal Applications, Forensic DNA Analysis, and Forensic Chemistry Handbook.
   
Dr. Kathy Reichs Dr. Kathy Reichs is a native of Chicago. Dr. Reichs earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University. A former consultant to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, she currently consults for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in the province of Québec. Dr. Reich is the author of several bestselling books, including "Deja Dead," "Bare Bones," and "Devil Bones."
   
Dr. Huntington is the Assistant Professor of Biology at Concordia University in Nebraska, where he teaches Principles of Biology, Elements of Anatomy and Physiology, Entomology, Gross Anatomy I & II, Zoology, and Community Ecology. Dr. Huntington has been a consultant on more than fifty death investigations in the U.S. and in four foreign countries. In 2007 he was the recipient of Concordia's Young Alumnus of the Year Award.
   
Dr. Werner Spitz Dr. Werner Spitz is a native of Israel. Dr. Spitz is a Professor of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan; Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of Windsor in Canada; and a forensic pathology and toxicology consultant. A former Wayne County medical examiner, Dr. Spitz is considered to be one of the most experienced and well-respected forensic pathologists in the United States. He has testified numerous times in high-profile cases, including the wrongful death suit against O.J. Simpson
   

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mollysmom December 22, 2008, 6:11 PM

i’m blown away that this family has somehow gotten this many top notch people working for her defense. i just read a book in which a character on trial for murder says ” i only want one lawyer, the more you have the more you look guilty”….so true. i’m hoping two things come from this “dream team”, one is they discover the truth and it “anonymously” gets left at the prosecutors office and two is that i hope these people can still sleep at night if they get her off.

MomO3 December 22, 2008, 6:33 PM

What I hope is she gets the same fair trial I like to think I or one of my children would be entitled to if I were accused of a crime. I, too, hope someone discovers “the truth,” because what we have so far is a witch hunt.

Anonymous December 22, 2008, 7:24 PM

Well, they just want the publicity and fame. This is such a high profile case and they will be getting a lot of the spotlight.

GuiltyAsCharged December 22, 2008, 8:43 PM

Even if it’s being compared to the OJ trial, the jury this time around will NOt be as STUPID as the OJ trial! they will have learned a Valuable lesson on how NOT to set free a MURDERER !!!

GuiltyAsCharged December 22, 2008, 9:43 PM

I hope you are right, but the world is full of stupid idiots!

JohnLloydScharf December 22, 2008, 10:03 PM

Having read the Pre-Trial material, issued before finding the body, I can say investigators considered no others involved as suspected and issuing an alert on Caylee was an after-thought more than 24 hours after Casey’s arrest.

Having read the previous DNA Identification and other forensic reports, I san say they started making their case with inadequate testing and untested forensic science.

They let a memorial be set up on the crime scene where body parts were found, contaminating the scene.

If learning from the OJ trial or the Jonbenet Ramsay case were a felony, there would not be enough evidence get an indictment, much less a conviction of the prosecutor, forensic labs, or detectives.

This case is already blown and the Defense team will tear them to shreds.

They have not told when the date of death was, but if it was after July 15th, then they let a monster get away with murder.

Just as ONE example, they did forensics on Casey’s computer in August and did not report those searches for chloroform then. If it was not a complete report after two weeks of having it, why did they not say so?

Easy pickin’s for a Defense and I suspect the investigators contaminated the evidence themselves.

In one interview they mention a written statement while doing an interview/statement and I have yet to find it in the Pre-Trial Discovery, which was released to an online site under the Florida Sunshine Law. Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous.

The Defense likely has this now and if they failed to reveal anything else, they can suffer a Brady challenge.

I am not even qualified for most of this, but there are glaring errors any juror would question.

They may have already set free a murder. The next door neighbor, the ex-fiance, and several of Casey’s “friends” should hbe been treated as suspects and were not.

Bad procedure.
Bad policies.
Bad investigation.
Bad science.

They have contaminated evidence, the investigation, and the jury pool. What next? The due process of law?

Given the media coverage, they might get a conviction in trial court. In appeals court, they are sunk.

Justice4Caylee December 23, 2008, 2:33 AM

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7:30pm, we will be putting up a 6ft bright pink cross at the site where Caylee’s remains were found. Any locals that can attend to help, would be great.
If you would like to see a picture of the cross, email me at:
Justice4CayleeAnthony@yahoo.com

SUZANNE SMITH December 23, 2008, 8:40 AM

how disgusting all of the “dream team” - do they not have any compassion for the sweet, INNOCENT baby who was slaughtered so her “mommy” could go out partying? I hate ALL defence lawyers now - if I was one, I would and could not EVER defend a piece of scum like Casey - I am shocked.

MrRealist December 23, 2008, 11:56 AM

Baez is a slimeball defense attorney. Letting that poor child’s body rot in the florida heat for 6 months, just to defend an obvious murderer. Not allowing her to talk early on and take a plea deal, he should go to hell for that.
He got what every defense attorney dreams for, a high profile case with mega media attention, even if he loses he knows he and his equally attention starved “dream team2” will go down in history for this circus of a trial.
yeah yeah yeah, innocent til proven guilty…please, everyone knows Casey did it, even her parents but they too are going to keep this serial acting performance up to try and save this poor excuse for a human being daughter.
I hope Baez, Cindy and George get exposed for what they really are, selfish pretenders.

Meeps December 23, 2008, 3:35 PM

These people should be ashamed of themselves do none of them have childre n and would they defend them if they killed their own children in such a terrible manner, they must be using the reward money for the payments since we all know the psycho had no more money since she can’t still in jail anymore from her parent’d, grandparents, friends, and daughter. She cleaned them all out and the meter guy can’t have the reward since he works for the city. The liars probably found a way to get to it

Anonymous December 23, 2008, 3:54 PM

Ok people. Do not comment on what kind of trial this is going to be if you have not read every ounce of information. To the idiots- it is not a requirement for the investigators to release every ounce of info they have.
How dare you think you know what is truth and what is not. I read every published transript from the interviews with the ex-fiance, Casey herself and all these friends she named. Casey lied, lied and lied some more. To the extent that when they took her to her work, she led them down a hall, stopped and said, “I have something to tell you. I don’t work here.” That was afte rshe told them she did. When they called her out on it and asked to go to this place she was caught. There are no records in HR for one of the employees she said she worked with. For the unemployed idiots commenting. Companies are required to keep legal documents and employment records on file for 10 years. So shut the hell up. Go read all the interviews they are avail. Lie after lie, the boyfriend will be testifying that during the time she was living with him from June to July when he asked where Caylee was, she had an excuse, everytime. This was after she had been there with Caylee. The people who believe a neighbor did this should be calling Illinois and having the investigators re interview Drew Petersons neighbors, unless you truly think she just took off and left her kids with him because she wanted a new life. Our society is so hell bent on the innocense factor that we are closing our eyes to real problems. And that goes for Casey’s parents who were on the right track when they talked to an attorney about filing for custody of Caylee. Bless their hearts for one brief moment of reality. Caylee is dead and whether Casey gets off or not, that child is not coming back. And Casey is the one who will spend her life knowing that she is to blame, whether she did or not, she truly impeded the investigation that could have solved this sooner.

cecil demurs December 26, 2008, 8:50 PM

wherever she may be, hide hide casey the boogy man is near …..

JohnLloydScharf January 9, 2009, 12:26 AM

Pre-Trial Discovery requires that the prosecutor must reveal EVERYTHING the prosecutor and investigators have on the defendant.

No ifs, no ands, and no buts…..

Dekko Pahj January 10, 2009, 9:38 PM

“This case is already blown and the Defense team will tear them to shreds.”

Is this ‘shredding’ gonna happen before or after the Dream Team peruses thru all the ‘tips’ that they never picked up from OCSO?

Or the ‘tips’ from the new tipline? You know - the new tipline that has the message to send them an email to a *Yahoo* email addy?

Hmm…or maybe the shredding will begin after deposing TES’s 4000 volunteers.

I’m getting a *big* bowl of popcorn for this showdown. ;)


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Joyce January 14, 2009, 11:08 PM

It bothers me so much that Jose Baez has created somewhat of an altered identity for himself. Many news articles that refer to his illustrious background and his accomplishments pull the information from his website and take it at face value. In reality it is littered with little “mistruths.” What one comes away with after looking at his site is that he was a practicing attorney for the Public Defender’s office having won 32 of 34 cases back in the 90’s. The truth is he was in law school at the time and interning for the P.D. He did not take the bar until 8 years after graduation and has actually only been practicing law for approximately 3 years. I think his smoke and mirrors bio on his site speaks for itself. Links that go nowhere to list his “associates” is another clue to his true status. And his profile picture being pulled from a t.v. shot from the Anthony case….ugh!

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