Yesterday, on the three year anniversary of the conclusion of one the largest viewed criminal cases in American history; the State of Florida vs. Casey Anthony, defense attorney Cheney Mason stated in an interview with CNN, that although there was not guilty verdict found in the case, Casey Anthony’s life is anything but free. After the two-month trial, the jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial announced they had arrived at a verdict. For many it came as a blow. Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder and most of the other serious charges against her in the death of her daughter two year old Caylee Anthony. Today Anthony lives in seclusion and does not have contact with her family. According to Mason, Anthony, who accused her father of sexually abusing her "does not have any blood family anymore" and the family she has now consisted of members of her defense team.
The criminal investigation developed before our eyes on the television when in 2008 when Caylee Anthony was reported as missing by her grandmother Cindy Anthony on a 911 call, "I found out my granddaughter has been taken, she has been missing for a month." Cindy Anthony made three calls to 911 and the other stated, "I found my daughter's car today and it smelled like there's been a dead body in the damn car." Cindy Anthony would later retract that statement and then support her daughter through the criminal trial.
Casey Anthony was arrested in July of 2008 and released on bond, but then rearrested, held throughout the development and trial of criminal complaint in the murder of little Caylee Anthony. Caylee’s skeletal remains were found within walking distance of the Anthony home on December 11, 2008. Caylee’s autopsy and final death certificate list homicide as the matter of death. The trial of Florida vs. Anthony starts May 24, 2011. The verdict of not guilty was handed down on July 5th, 2011.
In the interview with CNN, Mason tells of Casey Anthony’s life now. He continued saying, Anthony “lives in an unnamed location in Florida and remains afraid to go out in public because of death threats.” Regarding what she does for a living, Mason stated, Anthony does clerical work at home for various clients, but "she hasn't been freed from her incarceration yet 'cause she can't go out," the lawyer says. "She can't go to a beauty parlor, she can't go shopping in a department store, she can't go to a restaurant, and she can't even go to McDonald's. She can't do anything."
In his new book "Justice in America” Mason insists that the jury got it right, and the rest of the country had it wrong. According to Mason, he believes that Casey would like to speak out about what happened to her, but that "She is kind of, I think, afraid of people”, and that "I know she has very strong feelings about what has happened to her. I also know she's very saddened by her loss and she will never forget her daughter Caylee, ever.”
Casey Anthony had not granted any interviews since the trial and Mason suggests she won’t any time soon. Mason’s wife Shirley, who has also befriended Casey said that “she believed Anthony "wants to speak out. “My hope for her is it gets better for her and the world or the people who have been so hateful can let that go and they can move on.”
Mason book,” Justice in America: How Prosecutors and the Media Conspire against the Accused,” will be released this summer. Mason is the third attorney associated with the case to write a book.