Casey Anthony lawyer worried about her safety after release; speculation continues about Caylee’s death

July 11, 2011

Casey Anthony’s lawyer Cheney Mason said that he is worried for his client’s safety after she is released from jail. As Sarah Anne Hughes reported:

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.

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.

While the murder trial for Casey Anthony is over, the details of how exactly Caylee Anthony died are still a mystery. As AP explained:

Many of the thousands who followed the Casey Anthony trial did not get the guilty verdict they wanted, nor did they learn the truth about what happened to the 2-year-old daughter she was accused of murdering.

And for the public, that may be one of the most frustrating parts of the case: Despite all the speculation and theories, they will never know how or why Caylee Anthony died.

“I think we know as much as we ever will know,” said Beth Hough, a 27-year-old administrative assistant from Chicago who followed the trial. “We don’t know exactly what happened, but if we did, it would help people to finally just move on and to end the story.”

That’s what’s missing: an ending. And because we’re so used to neatly packaged, hour-long TV crime dramas where the bad guy is usually put behind bars, the fact Anthony could be convicted only of lying to police has left people unsatisfied. And they have been vocal about their dismay, turning to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustration.

Opinions about whether the jury was correct in acquitting Casey Anthony on the charges of murdering her daughter are still varied, and some media critics have asked whether the average American would have followed the case had Caylee Anthony not been white. As Keith Alexander wrote:

Here’s a quiz: Which names do you recognize? Aja. N’Kiah. Tatianna. Brittany. Caylee.

All five girls, authorities said, were killed by their mothers. Yet it’s likely that, besides their family and friends, not many people remember sisters Aja Fogle, 5, N’Kiah Fogle, 6, Tatianna Jacks, 11, and Brittany Jacks, 16. In 2008, when their decaying bodies were found in their mother’s Southeast Washington rowhouse, their faces weren’t splashed on the covers of magazines, and their deaths weren’t the subject of debate on national news programs.

The contrast to the story of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, who also died in 2008, and whose face has graced numerous magazine pages and prime-time television specials, could not be more stark.

Banita Jacks, now 36, the mother of the four girls found dead in Washington, was convicted of her daughters’ murders and sentenced to 120 years in prison. Caylee’s killer has not been convicted, though prosecutors charged her mother, Casey Anthony, 25, with her daughter’s slaying. A Florida jury acquitted her of the murder charge this past week, and she will spend a handful of additional days in prison for lying to the police.

Prior to Jacks’s conviction, she was known by few outside Washington. A Google search revealed about 26,000 hits for stories mentioning Jacks, vs. more than 73 million hits, and growing, for Anthony.

How is it that the tragic death of one little girl could attract so much more attention than the tragic deaths of four sisters?

More from The Washington Post

BlogPost: The Casey Anthony verdict

National: Strauss-Kahn, Anthony and presumed innocence

For God’s Sake: Why are we so obsessed with the Casey Anthony trial?

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