Cheney Mason

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Cheney Mason
Born James Cheney Mason
(1943-12-12) December 12, 1943 (age 73)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Residence Winter Park, Florida
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida (BA, 1968; JD, 1970)
Occupation Lawyer
Employer J. Cheney Mason, P.A.
Known for Co-counsel in the Casey Anthony trial

James Cheney Mason (born 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American attorney[1] best known as co-counsel for Casey Anthony in the 2011 Casey Anthony trial and counsel for Nelson Serrano in his 2006 murder trial.

Early life and education[edit]

Cheney Mason is a graduate of the University of Florida, in 1968 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1970 with a Juris Doctor.[2]


Mason started his private law practice in Orlando, Florida in 1971. He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, certified by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mason has written legal articles, and has lectured at the Florida State Bar, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, and other legal associations.

Mason has appeared on news media outlets including Dateline, Piers Morgan Tonight and HLN, providing expert commentary.[1]

He is the author of Justice in America: How the Prosecutors and the Media Conspire Against the Accused, a book about Casey Anthony, published in August 2014.[3][4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Mason has received awards including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers's Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award received in 2004.[5][6]

Nelson Serrano trial[edit]

Mason represented Nelson Serrano in his murder trial. Serrano was convicted of premeditated murder in October 2006 and has been on death row since June 26, 2007.

During the trial, in an appearance on Dateline, Mason said he would pay $1 million to anyone who could make it from the Atlanta airport to a La Quinta Inn in 28 minutes - as his client was accused of doing.[1] Dustin S. Kolodziej claimed he accepted the challenge, and made it in 19 minutes, and asked for the $1 million. When Mason refused to pay, Kolodziej sued.[7] In January 2014, U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell ruled against Kolodziej, now an attorney, based on the issue that "Kolodziej was acting on edited comments by Florida lawyer James Cheney Mason that didn’t reflect his true offer. As a result, there was no mutual assent."[1]

Casey Anthony trial[edit]

Mason was hired as co-counsel to Casey Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez, in March 2010.[8]

On June 30, 2011, the defense team for Casey Anthony rested.[9] The jury began deliberations on July 4, 2011. On July 5, 2011, Anthony was acquitted of felony murder, aggravated child abuse, and manslaughter. She was found guilty on four misdemeanors of providing false information to police. For the four convictions of providing false information, she was sentenced to four years in county jail, but with credit for time served and good behavior she was released on July 17, 2011.[10][11]

Rape lawsuit against Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein[edit]

On October 10, 2016, it was announced attorney Mason will represent a woman using the pseudonym "Jane Doe" in a case claiming that 2016 US Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump and financier Jeffrey Epstein raped her in 1994, when she was 13 years old. Judge Ronnie Abrams scheduled the first hearing for December 16, 2016.[12][13][14] Epstein, Trump, and Jane Doe will also discuss the possibility of settlement and possible trial length.[15][16] Abrams asked for both sides to provide information to assist the court in advancing the case to settlement or trial.[17] Donald Trump was absolved of the issue after a voluntary dismissal of the claim by the alleged Jane Doe.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Weiss, Debra Cassens (5 February 2014). "Lawyer won't have to pay $1M to law student after making a hyperbolic challenge in TV interview". American Bar Association. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "J. Cheney Mason Lawyer Profile". Martindale-Hubbell. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Holly Bristow (July 8, 2014). "Defense Attorney Cheney Mason writes book about Casey Anthony". My FOX Orlando. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Amy Pavuk (July 3, 2014). "Cheney Mason tells CNN: Casey Anthony essentially imprisoned, working clerical job". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ NACDL Awards
  6. ^ "Awards" Orlando Sentinel Final Edition [Orlando, Florida] October 25, 2004
  7. ^ "Man Wants Attorney to Cough Up the $1M". Courthouse News. 2010-07-01. 
  8. ^ Kelli Cook (October 27, 2011). "Cheney Mason to write book on Casey Anthony trial". Bay News 9. Retrieved May 11, 2015. Mason was hired as co-counsel to Casey Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez, in March 2010 
  9. ^ "Defense wraps up case". Fox News. June 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Casey Anthony to be released July 17". MSNBC News. 2011-07-07. 
  11. ^ "Jury Reaches Verdict In Casey Anthony Trial". WESH 2 NBC. 2011-07-07. 
  12. ^ Casey Anthony's Former Lawyer Is Taking On A Rape Case Against Trump. The Indy Channel. 5:56 PM, Oct 10, 2016.
  13. ^ High-Profile Casey Anthony Attorney Now Representing ‘Jane Doe’ in Trump Rape Lawsuit. LawNewz. 1:12 pm, October 10th, 2016.
  14. ^ Donald Trump rape accuser gets Dec. 16 court date for federal civil suit: Report. The Washington Times. Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Donald Trump rape accuser gets Dec. 16 court date for federal civil suit: Report. The Washington Times. Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of raping 13-year-old girl gets December hearing. New York Daily News. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 3:15 PM.
  17. ^ Donald Trump underage rape accusation: Judge sets date for hearing of lawsuit

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