Why are celebrities drawn to the law like moths to the proverbial flame? Yesterday brought word of Katie Holmes contemplating law school. Today we hear that Casey Anthony, the young mother who was acquitted on charges of murdering her daughter Caylee, might become a paralegal.
It makes sense at a certain level. I previously predicted that Casey Anthony would graduate from Yale Law School, clerk for the Supreme Court, and then become partners with her former defense attorney, Jose Baez. But for the most hated woman in America to become a lawyer and law firm partner would create an unfathomable vortex of hatred.
So why would Casey Anthony make an excellent paralegal? Her lawyer explains….
Here’s a report from ABC News:
Casey Anthony has become so experienced with the legal system since her daughter disappeared in 2008 that she may be considering a job as a paralegal, her attorney said today.
Anthony, 26, has been unemployed for the past four years and recently filed bankruptcy. She’s almost $800,000 in debt but has less than $1,100 worth of assets, according to her bankruptcy filing. When asked what she may be interested in doing, her attorney Charles Greene said she might want to be a paralegal.
“I truly believe that she has a lot of skills,” Greene told ABCNews.com. “She’s better than many paralegals I know. She could be a paralegal or something like that right away. She is very organized, a very intelligent, very computer savvy person, so I think her skills and her desire may lie somewhere in that field.”
A “very computer savvy person.” Most definitely. She’s pretty good with the Google.
UPDATE (10:30 PM): As for the claim that she’s “very organized,” a commenter wonders: “So if one of her case files goes missing, she won’t party for weeks without looking for it or telling her attorney?”
Working behind the scenes as a paralegal might make more sense for Anthony than a job requiring daily interaction with dozens of customers, according to Greene:
“She’s going to be 27 in March. She’s still a young person and she’s basically in a virtual prison based on her inability to move. So she would like to get a job, I can assure you, but she can’t work at McDonald’s. People would be looking at her instead of at the menu.”
That’s on the optimistic side. Stoning her with McNuggets strikes me as more likely.
What about other money-making opportunities for Casey Anthony?
Greene is adamant that Anthony has a story to tell, but that telling it right now is “not even under consideration except to say no.”
“There will be no tell-all book, there is no tell-all movie,” he said. “Her ability to progress and to grow up and to even be at her normal age was thwarted by what’s happened to her in the last few years and what we believe happened to her in her earlier life, but that’s her story to tell one day.”
A question for the bankruptcy lawyers out there. Does the ability to write a bestselling memoir — or, perhaps more realistically, pose nude for $500,000 — constitute an asset of the estate under the Bankruptcy Code? Or can Casey Anthony declare bankruptcy now, wait a little while, and then monetize her infamy down the road?