Attorney: Casey Anthony rejected early plea deal

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 10:03 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Casey Anthony's attorney says he originally considered whether she should plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the death penalty if convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Attorney Jose Baez (by-EHZ') writes in his just-released book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," that prosecutors offered Anthony a plea deal in 2008. But Anthony adamantly insisted she had nothing to do with the toddler's death.

Today is the one-year anniversary of Anthony's acquittal.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Baez says in those early days, he thought taking the plea deal might be in Anthony's best interest. But Anthony "would not entertain it for a second."

Prosecutors claimed Anthony suffocated Caylee with duct tape so she could spend time with her boyfriend and take part in Orlando's nightlife.

Baez declined to comment on what Anthony is doing these days and how often he talks to her.

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151-a-02-(Archive sound of the court clerk reading verdict in Casey Anthony case, on 7/5/2011)-"defendant not guity"-Archive sound of the court clerk reading the jury's verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. (5 Jul 2012)

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152-a-14-(Jose Baez, defense attorney for Casey Anthony's murder trial, in AP interview)-"good for her"-Defense attorney Jose Baez says he at times thought it might be the best course to consider a plea, but Casey Anthony rejected any such notion. (5 Jul 2012)

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150-w-35-(Tony Winton, AP correspondent, with Jose Baez, defense attorney)--It was a year ago today that a Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter, and in a new book, her defense lawyer says she rejected his suggestions about a plea. AP correspondent Tony Winton reports. (5 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO FLWL202: In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 photo, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coral Gables, Fla. In his just-published book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," Baez said prosecutors offered in 2008 to allow Anthony to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a child and serve up to 13 years in prison. Baez said that in those early days he thought taking it might be in Anthony's best interest. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (3 Jul 2012)

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APPHOTO FLWL203: In this Tuesday, July 3, 2012 photo, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Coral Gables, Fla. In his just-published book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," Baez said prosecutors offered in 2008 to allow Anthony to plead guilty to aggravated manslaughter of a child and serve up to 13 years in prison. Baez said that in those early days he thought taking it might be in Anthony's best interest. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (3 Jul 2012)

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