Casey Anthony’s Attorney: She Wasn’t “Playing With a Full Deck”


Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted last year of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, had mental health issues that contributed to her habitual lying, Jose Baez, the lead attorney in her criminal case, says in a new book, reports the Associated Press. In “Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story,” Baez said detectives should have realized Anthony had built a “fantasy world,” and her lies weren’t evidence of guilt but signs of someone with “serious mental health issues.”

Anthony is serving probation for an unrelated charged at an undisclosed location in Florida. Describing how Anthony led detectives on a wild goose chase, even taking them to Universal Studios where she falsely claimed she had a job, Baez writes, detectives “should have stopped and realized, ‘Wait a minute, we’re not dealing with someone who is playing with a full deck.’ “

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