BY BUDDY NEVINS
A lawyer locked in a three-way race for Broward County Judge has gotten help from the best-known member of the Casey Anthony’s defense team – Jose Baez.
Baez is listed as a member of the Committee To Elect Jonathan Kasen for County Court Judge.
A fund raising letter distributed to lawyers this week contained Baez’s name along with many of the best-known members of the Broward criminal defense Bar.
Kasen earlier told me that Baez, who has a law office in Kissimmee, is a personal friend. Kasen was also helping with Anthony’s defense early in her murder trial.
My question is whether it is good to be associated with Anthony?
I know and believe deeply that everybody is entitled to the best defense. Baez and Kasen helped provide Anthony that defense.
Jose Baez and Casey Anthony in court
But do average voters support a candidate who helped get the “most hated woman in America” acquitted of charges she killed her daughter, Caylee? Add to that having Casey Anthony’s most visible defender — Baez — raise money for your campaign.
In an ideal world, it wouldn’t make a difference.
Politics is not an ideal world. Judicial campaigns is a world of double-dealing and backbiting.
Slurs, once only whispered, now cascade from Internet sites. They have become part of campaigning and there are actually professionals who get paid to plant items on comment boards.
How will an association with Casey Anthony, hammered into iPhones and home computers in bits and bytes, effect Kasen’s chances?
I don’t know the answer to that one. We’ll find out next August in the primary.
Another interesting point about Kasen’s fund raising committee: It contains super lawyer Michael Dutko and not his long-time law partner David Boganschutz, also a courtroom heavy-hitter. Maybe its just an oversight.
Kasen is running against incumbent County Court Judge Ian Richards and Fort Lauderdale attorney Claudia Robinson.
The fund raising letter is below (click to enlarge):