It could possibly have been the most anticipated bankruptcy hearing in central Florida history.
For the first time since vanishing into a waiting SUV outside the Orange County Jail in Orlando, FL, in July of 2011, Casey Anthony was once again surrounded by media cameras as she made the first appearance required by federal bankruptcy laws to discuss her assets.
Walking a gauntlet of cameras has become almost a trademark scene for high profile people involved in Anthony's case, which still receives massive media attention with just the slightest development.
"Am I surprised there's a strong media interest? No," said Jose Baez during a satellite interview from Orlando.
Baez no longer represents Anthony, but she still is represented by Cheney Mason who, with the assistance of attorney Lisabeth Fryer, is handling the criminal appeal of her four misdemeanor convictions on lying to law enforcement.
Mason, with his arm wrapped tightly around Anthony, escorted her in to the federal courthouse in Tampa where the bankruptcy hearing took place.
"I think the fact that she's been out of the public eye for so long that there's still that curiosity," says Baez.
"Once she was released from jail, the media was shut out and this was their first opportunity to get back in. And I would have expected that."
In the year and a half that Anthony has been out of jail, snippets from her video diaries and a blurry photograph at a central Florida restaurant is all the public has seen from her. Shortly after her release from jail, there was also a video posted of Anthony in Ohio captured by a tabloid website.
"Had Casey made multiple public appearances in between that time, I don't think the interest would have been as strong," said Baez.
Anthony has nearly 100 possible creditors listed on the bankruptcy documents she filed with the court. Baez is among them, listed as possibly being owed $500,000 from Anthony.
If Baez wished to contest the discharging of his attorney fees, he would have to petition the bankruptcy court. It's unclear if he plans to do so.
"Those are private financial matters between an attorney and a client," said Baez. "I don't have a waiver from Casey allowing me to discuss that, so unfortunately I can't say a word about it."
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