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April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lowell Bergman

An investigative report on PBS’s Frontline scheduled to air on Tuesday will make the case that forensic specialists brought in by the prosecution in highly publicized cases can be challenged effectively in court — but often at enormous legal costs. In an interview with investigative reporter Lowell Bergman, attorney Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony, noted that 95-99 percent of the time, attorneys don’t have the money to mount such challenges. But in Anthony’s case, “She had photographs of her and her child, and a network paid us $200,000 [for the photos] so we could mount a proper defense,” Baez says. The network was ABC, which since then has said that it will no longer pay for pictures or video tied to news interviews.