Hopefully, for lawyer Jose Baez, he got some of his legal fees from Casey Anthony up front. Because while his eloquent closing argument persuaded a Florda jury to find her not guilty of killing her own child, a bankruptcy court ruled recently that Anthony, referred to as Tot Mom by Nancy Grace on HLN, would not have to pay Baez approximately $500,000 in legal fees she owes him.
Actually, she won't have to pay several creditors a total of approximately $800,000 in debts she owes, but Baez is the biggest loser, according to a recent report by HLN.
Of course Baez did get plenty of free advertising as HLN carried the entire jury trial gavel to gavel including his performance which enhanced his reputation nationwide among potential future clients.
Anthony was arrested in October of 2008 and charged with killing her two-year old child Caylee Anthony. She waited a month to report her child missing, according to reports.
The trial grabbed the attention of most the nation's news media as Baez and Anthony appeared in the living rooms of millions of Americans during the duration of the jury trial.
Following the not guilty verdict, Baez was seen escorting his acquitted client to a waiting vehicle which took her to a secret destination where she remained in hiding. The verdict was unpopular among many television viewers who watched the courtroom drama unfold on a daily basis. She was referred to in the media by some as "the most hated person in America" while the emotions of the trial boiled shortly after the verdict.
She told bankruptcy court Judge K. Rodney May that she had only $1,000 in assets, was unemployed and couldn't afford to pay the approximately $790,000 in debts she accrued.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton may have been the biggest financial winner as he wrote a bestselling book entitled "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony" about his efforts to convict Anthony.
While Baez was a huge winner when he defended Anthony on the murder charges, he was the biggest loser in bankruptcy court.
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