Considering a new career but have no education and a distinguished criminal history record of lying to police, felony check fraud charges and allegedly killing your two-year old daughter?
Why not use your “on-the-job” training and become a paralegal?
According to her attorney Charles Greene, Casey Anthony is said to be considering just that.
“I truly believe that she has a lot of skills,” Greene told ABCNews.com on Monday. “She’s better than many paralegals I know. She could be a paralegal or something like that right away. She is very organized, a very intelligent, very computer savvy person, so I think her skills and her desire may lie somewhere in that field.”
Imprisoned for several years before being acquitted in the 2008 killing of two-year old daughter, Casey Anthony spent many days, weeks and months in the jail law library studying for her defense.
The lack of a high school diploma and formalized education will not prevent a career in law as a paralegal. Neither will misdemeanor convictions for lying to police, felony convictions for felony bad check charges or even allegations of kidnapping and murder.
Greene said Anthony “believes strongly in our justice system” and constitutional rights.
“Often it is no surprise that jailhouse lawyers draft better motions and do more thorough research than licensed paralegals,” Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich told Examiner. “The challenge Anthony faces is, will society forgive such a notorious person, and will the Florida Bar allow someone who has a crime of dishonesty involving lying to police to become a paralegal? The answer will most likely be no.”
Although the Florida Bar has a “Registered Paralegal” program, it is voluntary and Anthony is not required to apply before being employed.
“Upon release from incarceration a number of former inmates or jailhouse lawyers have become paralegals,” stated Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Contini, author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat. “I have been known myself to hire a few in my criminal law practice.”
An appellate court announced Friday that they were vacating two of Anthony’s four misdemeanor convictions for providing false information to a law enforcement officer during a missing person investigation.
Although Anthony was acquitted of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of Caylee Anthony, she was found guilty by a jury of lying to police.
Sentenced to a year in jail on each count, to be served consecutively, Anthony was released days later having received substantial credit for time served,
An appeal by her attorney followed to Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Seeking a fresh start in life and a discharge from creditors – including the attorney who masterminded her acquittal – Casey Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy the same day in Tampa.
Claiming $1,100 in assets and $800,000 in liabilities, the unemployed Anthony listed unsecured debts that include $500,000 to Jose Baez for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense during trial; $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff’s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs; $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service for unpaid taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for investigative costs.
Listing about 80 creditors in a 60-page court filing, Anthony – for the most part – is claiming unsecured debt for attorney’s fees, forensics, investigative and consulting services, in addition to medical and psychiatric services.
Other unsecured debts include Anthony’s mother, Cindy, unpaid credit card bills and even a debt for scuba diving services. It appears that Anthony has included every possible debt to every possible party.
Truly a fresh start for the woman who on many occasions has been compared to acquitted murderer O.J. Simpson.
“I think she may be the type that ends up trying to work within our system to make our system better rather than being a person who’s trying to break it down,” Greene concluded in the ABCNews.com interview.