Casey Anthony Lawyer Uses Platform To Oppose Death Penalty: ‘Today I Saved A Life’

Following today’s verdict that found Casey Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, child abuse or manslaughter, Anthony’s Defense Attorney Jose Baez spoke to the press outside of the Florida courthouse. He thanked his legal team, praised his “adversaries” in the Prosecution, and decried a media he felt convicted his client before her day in court. He also, however, used the moment to speak out against the death penalty, asking why the country still sees fit to “kill its own citizens.”

“I think that this case is a perfect example of why the death penalty does not work and why we all need to stop and look and think twice about a country that decides to kill its own citizens. Murder’s not right no matter who does it, whether its a ritual killing or someone becoming a victim in a drive by shooting. It’s disgusting and I think, if this case gets any attention, it should focus on that issue, that we need to stop trying to kill our own people.”

Baez ended by saying that he was happy to be able to tell his daughter that he “saved a life” today.

Watch the video from CNN below. The death penalty comments begin around the 4:20 point.

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