Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old-daughter in 2011, filed for bankruptcy in 2013. Her Defense attorney Jose Baez was notified on Friday that he would not receive the $400,000 owed to him by Anthony.
Baez successfully represented Anthony, 28, after she was accused of murdering her daughter, Caylee. Her daughter went missing in June, 2008, but Anthony failed to report the missing child for over a month. Her mother called the police, saying Casey’s car smelled like a dead body. Caylee’s skeletal remains were found six months later.
Baez’s defense of Anthony claimed that Caylee had drowned in the pool and that Anthony was too scared to notify police. Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. She served some time in prison for providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
In 2013, Anthony filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy, claiming $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities, including attorney fees, court fees and back taxes. Her debt was distributed among 80 creditors.
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Almost half of the money she owes is to Baez. However, he still managed to earn some money from Anthony. Baez released a book with an inside look at the trial about a year after Anthony was found not guilty.
After being acquitted of the murder, Anthony went into hiding. She agreed to pay $25,000 to her bankruptcy estate in order to avoid having to sell the rights to her life story. Bankruptcy lawyers argued that selling her story would allow her to pay the legal fees she owed.
According to court documents, Anthony was allowed to keep $500 worth of property, including jewelry, a bike and furniture.