Attorneys, Books, and Casey Anthony

I am a compulsive reader.  When I say compulsive, I mean that I even read the toothpaste tube every time I brush my teeth, LOL.  Needless to say, I have a huge collection of books.  My hubby actually told me just the other day that I should open a used book store to get rid of some of them, LOL, but as I told him, that is never going to happen.  I love the feel of books, and I even love the smell of them.  I love holding them in my hands, and they bring me comfort for some reason I cannot explain.  Needless to say, I am not a Kindle kind of gal, LOL.

Still, since I do buy lots of books of every imaginable description – my preference is nonfiction, reference and the classics – I am always interested to know what nonfiction books are being released.

I saw on The Huffington Post today that Jose Baez, former attorney for Casey Anthony, has written a book about the case.  In that book, according to HuffPo, he discloses detailed information about the alleged abuse by her father, among other things.

This concerns me because, if the information was given to him by Casey Anthony during the preparation of her defense, and she did not disclose it to third parties, that information is privileged under attorney/client confidentiality.  The privilege attaches to the client, so it cannot be disclosed without her permission.  So I have to ask, is it privileged information?  Did she give permission for him to disclose such sensitive information in a book?  If she gave permission, did she realize exactly what she was permitting him to do with that information?

Even the idea of an attorney disclosing privileged information in a book makes me queasy.  This has nothing to do with Casey Anthony, mind you, and everything to do with the fact that each person who hires an attorney has the absolute right to believe that nothing they say in confidentiality will end up in a book.  Obviously, I do not know for a fact that what he is saying is privileged or that the privilege has not been knowingly waived, since the book has not even been released yet, but it sure seems like it is privileged information based upon the HuffPo article.  That really and truly bothers me, as would be the case regardless of the client, because it eats away at the basis of our justice system.

It also concerns me a great deal because I seriously doubt that any of those sexual abuse allegations are true.  This is a young woman who lies compulsively and seems to live in a world the rest of us cannot see, after all.  In my opinion, she is quite obviously mentally ill (or as we say in these parts, nuttier than squirrel crap) and as such, no responsible person would ever repeat those kinds of allegations from her without proof that they were true.  Yet if Baez had proof that the allegations were true, he would have presented that proof at trial, since he made the sexual abuse allegation a major part of his opening statement.  I am therefore more than a little disturbed that those types of accusations are being repeated and even expanded upon in a book, from which this attorney will no doubt handsomely profit.  It will thus be very interesting to see if he he ends up getting sued by George Anthony.

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