This is the interview that stirred up the issue with Todd Black, Baez's spokeperson.
10:45 a.m. Thursday/Update at 11 a.m. Thursday 10/16/08: A spokesman involved in the Casey Anthony case used the words “loss of a life” in an interview on Wednesday with CNN when talking about Caylee Anthony. This has caught the attention of the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office, which said on Thursday it requires further investigation. Here is the full quote:
“This is a very serious case involving not just the loss of a life of this little girl, but the loss of whatever is going to happen to Casey Anthony.”
WESH 2 News reporter Bob Kealing just talked with Black, who serves as a spokesman for Casey’s attorney, Jose Baez, to ask more about what he meant. Black said the quote was taken out of context, and that he was actually responding to a bad joke someone else made about Caylee being dead. He said he absolutely believes Caylee is alive.
Notice For On Camera Statement:
Update at 2:15 p.m. 10/16/08: Attorney Jose Baez emphasized that he believes Caylee Marie Anthony is alive. “I want to make it as clear as possible…we believe Caylee is alive. I’ve said that from Day 1,” Baez said outside his Osceola County office during a news conference that just ended.
His comments came in response to the reporting on a comment from his spokesman, Todd Black, who said on a CNN program about “loss of life” that some read as saying he believed Caylee was dead. (See post below).
Baez criticized the media, agreeing with Black that the quote was in response to someone else’s joke and was taken out of context.
Baez also said he was still getting leads on Caylee’s disappearance, but declined to provide details to the media.
Baez's Press Conference:
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WHw--9AqEQ
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UMGqZ875EE