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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Aruba suspect’s family hires Casey Anthony’s attorney

Jose Baez, left, with Casey Anthony. (Red Huber - AP)
The Gaithersburg man jailed in Aruba in connection with the disappearance of a Maryland woman has hired the lawyer who successfully defended Casey Anthony in her murder trial this summer, the Associated Press reports.

Gary Giordano, left, speaks with Aruba's police detectives as they search for Robyn Gardner last month. (Elton Malone - AP)
Jose Baez confirmed in a text message to the AP that he has been hired to defend Gary Giordano., who was detained in Aruba Aug. 5 after his traveling companion, 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, went missing. Giordano told police Gardner disappeared while snorkeling. Giordano is the only suspect in her presumed death.

Baez, Anthony’s lead defense lawyer when she was tried in the killing of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, did not provide additional details about his role in the Aruba case. In July, Anthony was acquitted of the murder, but convicted on charges of lying to police.

According to Giordano’s Aruban lawyer, Michael Lopez, Baez was retained by Giordano’s father. Lopez said Baez will serve as a “consultant.”

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