Baez threatens to sue over jail video
Casey Anthony remains jailed in death of daughter
ORLANDO, Fla. – Casey Anthony's attorney has threatened to sue anyone involved with videotaping a conversation that took place between him and his client inside the Orange County Jail.
Local 6 News has learned that the video shows Jose Baez and Anthony crying together on the day human remains -- later identified as Anthony's daughter, Caylee -- were found in a wooded lot near the Anthony family home.
Baez on Wednesday said that it is "100 percent untrue" that he cried with his client inside the jail. He also said that reports about the "secret" video are a violation of an order from the judge, who has yet to rule on whether the video should be made public.
According to documents released by the state in the discovery process, Anthony hyperventilated upon hearing the news that remains of a child had been discovered, and she requested medication.
In newly filed court documents, Baez asks the judge to launch an investigation into the video. He also claims a high-ranking jail official monitored a conversation between himself and Anthony and then relayed the details of that conversation to detectives.
Baez said he believes jail staff violated his client's constitutional rights, and he has threatened legal action against anyone who discloses the details of his attorney-client meetings.
In a court document filed by Baez on Tuesday, he acknowledged the video, mentioning what he called an "unauthorized videotaping of the defendant's counsel while meeting with the defendant," Local 6 News reported.
Prominent local defense attorney Mark NeJame, who once represented Anthony's parents, said it is not illegal for the jail to record visits.
"It might be bothersome, but it's surely not anything unordinary to the extent that routinely all that I can remember in 28 years of jail visits, we're always watched and there's no expectation of privacy in the jail," NeJame said.
Orange County Jail spokesman Allen Moore said he was unaware of any such recording. However, Moore did say that there is security video throughout the female detention center, including its classrooms where Baez often meets with his client.
Anthony, 22, remains jailed on first-degree murder charges in the death of her daughter. She said in a sworn affidavit on Tuesday that she has not given Baez any right to sell her story or that of her daughter.
Prosecutors filed a motion on Monday to learn if Baez has made any deals that could be a conflict of interest in representing his client. Prosecutors were concerned that if Anthony was convicted, she could appeal the decision by claiming that her attorney was not serving her best interests but his own.
Baez has called the state's action a witch hunt. In the sworn affidavit, Anthony wrote in her own words that she believes one of the prosecutors is "angry because I have refused to take a plea agreement for a crime that I DID NOT commit."
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