BARTOW, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The parade of high-profile attorneys continues in the Polk County cyberbullying case.
Jose Baez, who represented murder suspect Casey Anthony, now represents a 12-year-old girl who is charged in connection with the bullying case that ended in the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick.
Baez told reporters of his client: "She is not what her mugshot or the headlines are portraying her to be. She is a child, and I'm not going to allow her to be bullied and I'm not going to allow the system to bully her."
On Thursday, former Florida governor Charlie Crist says he's part of the legal team representing Sedwick's mother, who is considering legal action against the two middle school girls charged in this case. The other is a 14-year-old.
Baez blasted Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, saying he's plastered the young suspects' mugshots all over the media instead of treating them like the children they are.
But Judd says, rather than big-time attorneys grandstanding, the two suspects need to work toward a resolution so this doesn't happen again.
"Why does a flashy attorney drive all the way across the state to represent a juvenile in juvenile court on a case that's going to be worked out...or should be worked out, anyway, because she's already taken responsibility. All we're interested in at this point is looking out for her best interest so that it never happens again."