What was behind Casey Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason’s criticism of the news media over trial coverage? Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera tells the Orlando Sentinel that it involved criticism of defense attorney Jose Baez. “There was negative press directed at Jose by the local bar,” Rivera said. “They went after Jose in a way that was vicious.” He cited Mark NeJame, a legal analyst for WKMG-Channel 6.
NeJame said: “What we did were never personal attacks. I was being critical of matters such as those brought out in the opening statement.”WESH-Channel 2 legal analyst Richard Hornsby was definite about Baez. “He is not owed an apology,” Hornsby said. “The verdict doesn't excuse sloppy pretrial legal work.” Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee .Baez “deserves every accolade, and he grew as an attorney,” Hornsby said. “The verdict he obtained is a greater achievement than the O.J. Simpson verdict. People liked O.J. No one likes Casey.” WFTV-Channel 9 legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said that Mason's criticism had some validity because they were lawyers from outside Central Florida who were commenting about a case they didn't understand.