Casey Anthony's lawyer Jose Baez made a huge admission about ABC News' controversial payment to his client in an interview that aired on Tuesday.
PBS Frontline investigated the reliability of forensic evidence for "The Real CSI." In it, Baez said that unlike most other cases, Anthony's defense team could afford to challenge forensic experts because of money from ABC News.
"She had photographs of her and her child, and a network paid us $200,000 so we could mount a proper defense," he said. The remarks begin at the 7:25 mark in the clip above.
Baez was referring to ABC News. The network paid Anthony $200,000 for the rights to photos and home video in 2008. In 2010, her defense team revealed that it had spent $275,000 thus far — the bulk of which came from the licensing fee.
Though American networks forbid paying subjects outright, paying licensing fees has been another means to score exclusive interviews. ABC News came under fire for Anthony's payment, and other instances of "checkbook journalism." The network has since ended the controversial practice.