(Watch video of Cheney Mason’s interview here.)
Cheney Mason, one of the attorneys who defended Casey Anthony, said he is “concerned about her safety and her future” once she is released from jail.
“It’s as much her country as anybody else’s,” Mason told Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show Monday. “She just needs to have some time and counseling and be re-introduced to society. She’s been in lockdown for 23 hours a day for three years.”
Anthony, who was sentenced to four years with time served for lying to police, will be released from jail July 17. The 25-year-old was acquitted of charges she abused and murdered her toddler daughter Caylee. Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, have received death threats since the trial ended, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
While many commentators and spectators believe Anthony is guilty, Mason does not. “I do believe her story,” Mason said. “I believed it from the first time I met her. I have never for one minute had any doubt at all. She did not kill her child. Period.”
Mason made some strong remarks about the media’s role in the case, scolding those “who have indulged in media assassination for three years.”
“She was not only tried, but convicted and sentenced by the news media, and that conviction was overturned by the jury,” he told Guthrie.
He explained that the vulgar gesture he gave that was caught on camera was directed at one person he called a “stalker.”
Watch Mason’s interview below: