Lots of nooses
Anthony's lawyers say she must be protected from those with "the lynch-mob mentality." Image: Brett L./Flickr/CC BY-SA

Recently freed Casey Anthony, who was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, left her Orlando, Fla., jail cell early Monday morning and has not been heard from since. Her lawyer says she is safe and that elaborate protections are needed to keep her safe from those with a “lynch-mob mentality.”

Armed escorts from jail

Anthony was released shortly after midnight Monday morning. She was escorted out by sheriff deputies armed with assault rifles and whisked off to a location so secret even her family doesn’t know where it is. She had $537.68 in her pocket, all that was left in her jail account.

Cheney Mason, one of Anthony’s attorneys, said “She’s gone, she’s safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her. Her life is going to be very difficult for a very long time as long as there are so many people of the lynch-mob mentality.”

Rumored to be in Ohio

Rumors have abounded that Anthony boarded a private jet at Orlando Executive Airport and was flown to Columbus, Ohio, to stay with relatives. But that part of her family denies any knowledge of such a maneuver.

“Casey is not staying with us,” said Anthony’s uncle Eddy. “I haven’t heard from Casey, and I don’t know where she is.”

The disappearance of Caylee

Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter Caylee was reported missing in 2008. Anthony did not report the disappearance for a month, and was arrested after telling a string of lies to the police investigating the case. The child’s remains were found in December, 2008.

Prosecutors tried to prove that Anthony had strangled her daughter. Defense countered that the child drowned in an accident and that the attempt to cover it up snowballed beyond control. Jurors decided the prosecution had failed to prove its case, and Anthony was acquitted on July 5.

At the time of her acquittal, Anthony had already spent three years in jail. She was sentenced to four years for lying to investigators, but with good behavior and time served, she had only a few days left to serve at the time of her acquittal.

Vilified by the public

Anthony continues to be vilified by a segment of the population who see her as guilty, no matter what the court decision. Jose Baez, one of Anthony’s attorneys, said there have been a number of death threats made against her.

Future legal issues to face

Though her criminal case is behind her, Anthony is not through with legal issues. She is facing more than one civil suit. A Texas group that helped search for Caylee in the weeks after the child was reported missing is suing for hundred of thousands. Prosecutors are also suing to recoup money spent on the search for Caylee. Anthony is also being sued for defamation by a Zenaida Gonzalez, who alleges that she has not been able to get work since Anthony claimed her daughter had been kidnapped by a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez.

Sources

National Ledger: http://www.nationalledger.com/politics-crime/where-is-casey-anthony-locati-267958.shtml
New York Post: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/location_secret_anthony_will_need_50RD93WMGWF1JTRmteEy5K
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/18/casey-anthonys-lawyer-che_n_901894.html

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