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Jose Baez on Casey Anthony Trial, Geraldo Rivera, Nancy Grace and that ABC News $200K Payment

Time flies, doesn’t it?

It was a year ago today that a Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony in the death of her toddler daughter Caylee. Now, the lawyer who got her off has written a book about the case.

Jose Baez gave his first TV interview about “Presumed Guilty,” to Josh Elliott this morning on “Good Morning America” and he’ll give his first cable news interview to Greta Van Susteren tonight and continuing tomorrow night, on Fox News.

The Orlando’ Sentinel’s TV guy Hal Boedeker read the book and reveals the media angles in it.

On the issue of ABC News paying to license photos of Caylee, Baez writes, “In exchange for giving photos of Caylee and her to a national news organization, Casey was paid $200,000, most of which was used to mount her defense. Of course, when the media found out, she was roundly criticized for it — unfairly if you ask me.”

However, the media didn’t just “find out” about the payment, Anthony’s defense team brought it up in court way back in March 2010. And it wasn’t Anthony getting the brunt of it, it was ABC which has since changed it policy on paying license fees.

Baez adds, “without that money, we wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of the things we needed to do to fight her case.”

As for the media coverage, Baez says he and Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera have “a true friendship.” He calls Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV “the worst tabloid channel” and “a channel so inflammatory it was just a notch below ‘Nancy Grace.’” And as for Grace, he likens her show to professional wrestling, “where the action and drama are more important than truth or facts.”

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Casey Anthony Released from Jail

FNC, CNN and MSNBC broke in to regular programming after Midnight this morning as Casey Anthony was released from jail. Interestingly, the one network that has been covering the case the most — HLN — didn’t. Instead, the network ran a crawl during a pre-taped Casey Anthony special. The network’s @hlntv Twitter feed is also being updated.

CNN broke in at 12:13am with a simulcast special report from CNN International and anchor Natalie Allen; Fox News broke in at 12:14amET, with anchor Marianne Rafferty; MSNBC also broke in at 12:14am with Mara Schiavocampo anchoring and live chopper coverage from NBC affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando. By that time Anthony and her attorney Jose Baez had left the Orange County jail.

Moments later, pool video of Anthony leaving jail was aired on the networks.

Fox News also carried a news conference from the three journalists acting as the pool, including the AP’s Matt Sedensky and photojournalist Tony Zumbado. Zumbado has worked for NBC News in the past, including covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

FNC also carried helicopter shots from WOFL-TV which showed a small airplane that Anthony was reported to be getting on to a destination unknown to the media.

Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Casey Anthony to the maximum for the four counts on which she was convicted in the murder case against her. HLN, FNC, CNN, and MSNBC carried the sentence hearing live.

NBC News produced a special coverage during the third hour of “Today.” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report for ABC News at 9:35amET, interrupting “Good Morning America” in the Central and Mountain time zones.

The early reporting showed a discrepancy of when she’ll be released, with ABC saying it could be next month and Fox News saying next summer. The decision is expected later today.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton was not in court for the sentencing. He’s still in New York, and was to appear in studio on MSNBC with Chris Jansing in the 10amET hour. “He decided at the last moment not to join us,” said Jansing on air. Ashton was on “Fox & Friends” in the 6amET hour. Defense attorney Jose Baez was in court in Orlando, after returning from New York yesterday where he was interviewed by ABC’s Barbara Walters.

ABC News Speaks with Juror #3, Jennifer Ford: ‘We Were Sick to Our Stomach to Get That Verdict’

ABC News has gotten the first interview with a juror in the Casey Anthony trial. Juror #3, Jennifer Ford said that she and the other jurors cried and were “sick to our stomach” after delivering the not guilty verdict.

“I did not say she was innocent,” said Ford. “I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be.”

“Everyone wonders why we didn’t speak to the media right away,” Ford said. “It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren’t ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial.”

ABC News, which like other networks has been under scrutiny for paying licensing fees to obtain interviews, says it did not pay anything for Ford’s interview, which was conducted by Terry Moran in Orlando.

During testimony on June 28, the meter reader who discovered Caylee’s remains testified ABC News paid him $15,000 for a photo of a snake.

The interview with Ford, as well as Barbara Waltersinterview with defense attorney Jose Baez air on tonight’s “Primetime Nightline” at 10pmET/9pmCT.

Geraldo Rivera to Casey Anthony Attorneys: ‘I congratulate you on a really brilliant outcome’

While the jurors who acquitted Casey Anthony of killing her 2-year-old daughter aren’t talking to the media, Anthony’s attorneys are — at least to one network.

Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera got an interview with Jose Baez and Cheney Mason.

Rivera, who is also an attorney (Brooklyn Law ’69) said, “From lawyer to two lawyers who have litigated their tails off in a very successful way, however unpopular it may be to most of the people watching that right now. But, as a lawyer to lawyers, I congratulate you on a really brilliant outcome and good luck to you going forward.”

Earlier, at a news conference following the verdict, Mason had some not so kind words for the media: “Well, I hope that this is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years.”

Casey Anthony: More Questions, Few Answers

vargas_9-10.JPGEarlier today TVNewser got a tip that a news organization had posted the $500,000 bond to get Casey Anthony out of jail.

Todd Black, EVP of Press Corps Media, who is handling press requests for Anthony’s lawyer Jose Baez, reiterated to TVNewser that the bond was posted by a single anonymous donor. He said it is, “absolutely a bald-faced lie if anybody is saying,” a network paid for the bond. “That party wants to remain anonymous,” said Black.

TVNewser reached out to the broadcast and cable networks today and all denied posting the bond.

Still, much of the focus turned to ABC News. The network aired exclusive home video footage of the Anthony family on GMA Friday morning and on 20/20 Friday night. The Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedecker was first to report, “ABC News did not pay for interviews or the home video…but ABC News told me that it did license the home videos and photographs.”

An ABC News insider tells TVNewser the network paid $200,000 to license “several hours worth of home videos.” The insider also says NBC was involved in a bidding war for the footage. A second source inside ABC tells TVNewser all three broadcast networks bid on the material which was eventually licensed to ABC.

An NBC News spokesperson disputes the claim, saying, “NBC did not make any bid to license the footage.”

A CBS News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We did not bid for the video.”

But even if the figure was $200,000, still far short of the bond amount, Black is adamant the Anthony family did not receive any money. “If any news organization wants to pay for items of that nature, it has nothing to do with him,” he says of Baez. “People have been making money out there selling items and making deals.”

An ABC News spokesperson would only tell TVNewser the network licensed the footage from “rights holders,” and did not specify if they went through the family or the family’s attorneys.

This whole idea of a TV network posting Casey Anthony’s bond was first brought up Friday night on The O’Reilly Factor, with Geraldo Rivera telling Bill O’Reilly, “Not ours, but it could be a network.” O’Reilly responded, “If that’s true, we’re going to have a field day.”

Another network TV insider tells us Baez attempted to “sell an interview” with Casey Anthony last week. We’re told he’d been asking $500,000. Todd Black, the publicist, says Casey Anthony, now free from jail for five days, does not have any interviews at the “immediate time.”

Did A News Organization Post Casey Anthony’s Bond?

anthony_9-10.JPGFrom a TVNewser tipster: “a major mainstream news organization is the reason Casey Anthony was bonded out jail — yep a major news organization posted her bail.”

TVNewser is making calls on this tip.

Anthony made bail for a second time on Friday. The Orlando Sentinel reported, “A public-relations firm that represents Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, issued a statement saying that said an ‘individual’ who wishes to remain anonymous posted bond for Anthony because of concern that her constitutional rights have been violated.”

Also today, the Orlando Sentinel’s Hal Boedeker reports that high-profile Florida attorney Mark NeJame, who’s been advising Anthony’s parents, is making the TV rounds today: “He will be on NBC’s “Today,” on Nancy Grace‘s show on CNN Headline News and on Greta Van Susteren‘s show on Fox News Channel. “Today” said he would be on in the 9 a.m. half-hour, which WESH-Channel 2 shows at 10 a.m. There could be more interviews. I’m told he might visit CBS’ “The Early Show” and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Boedeker writes.

(image by Red Huber of the AP)