Casey Anthony’s trial from May to July 2011 may not have been the “trial of the century,” but it did keep the nation riveted for six weeks.
Anthony, accused of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, stood trial for murder and the televised TK was the stuff of soap operas — sex, drugs, murder, mystery. The only thing missing was rock roll.
“The Anthonys made the Addams family resemble the Cleavers,” said one member of her defense team. “Casey Anthony appeared the most mentally stable of the bunch.”
The trial which included accusations of incest was fascinating. The surprises didn’t end with the not guilty verdict rendered by the jury.
More than five years after Anthony was cleared of the murder of Caylee, a private investigator told Fox News that Anthony admitted she killed the toddler, hid the body and slept with her attorney because she didn’t have money to pay him.
Social Media Trial of the Century? Or a Jerry Springer Episode?
Amy Singer, the jury consultant for Anthony’s defense team, termed the trial “the social media trial of the century.”
As part of Singer’s job description, she managed a corp of people monitoring social media. Singer tasked the army of social media bird dogs with assessing how the case was playing out in the digital life.
The findings weren’t surprising. The majority hated the then 25-year old Orlando female. They were convinced of her guilt.
Singer called it a “lynch mob.”
At one time, more than a million people were writing about the case. That figure doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands tweeting or texting about the case or discussing it in online forums.
Following the case by way of television, home viewers couldn’t understand every twist in the case. Singer says they didn’t.
The TV cameras focused onlookers’ concentration on the witness box and whoever was occupying it. The jurors saw the whole picture and watched more than just the 4×4 foot witness stand. What were they watching?
George Anthony, Casey’s father.
Singer said what the jurors saw reinforced misgivings when he finally took the stand. George fidgeted, gulped and didn’t appear trustworthy.
Defense attorneys understood. “The jurors can see the body language of everyone in the courtroom,” said West Palm Beach lawyer Michelle Suskauer.
The nonverbal signs, facial interpretations, and remarks which don’t make the live feed all played into the jury’s decision.
Following 11 hours of consideration, the panel determined Anthony’s guilt of just four counts of lying to law enforcement.
Anthony would eventually walk out of jail a free woman, but her troubles weren’t over.
In April 2016, Dominic Casey, a private investigator, filed documents with the court connected with Anthony’s bankruptcy case, Kronk v. Anthony.
In the documents, he claimed Casey Anthony’s attorney admitted the woman killed the child and hid the body. In one affidavit filed in April, the investigator stated that on July 26, 2008, Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, confessed to him that Casey Anthony had murdered Caylee Anthony and dumped her body.
The court documents also reveal Casey’s claim that Anthony paid her attorney with sex.
The attorney, Baez, hired Casey just a few days after the mom was arrested in July 2008. The investigator claimed that Baez “informed me that Casey had slain Caylee and discarded the body. He needed help to recover the corpse before anyone else.”
The investigator resigned from the defense team in October 2008 and Anthony filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
In the 2016 court filing, Dominic Casey claimed the defendant and her attorney were having sex because she couldn’t afford the legal fees.
“I arrived at Baez’s office unexpectedly and witnessed a naked Casey. This time she ran from his private office, through the conference room, and into the hallway. That night I told her that she can’t allow him to continue. Casey said she had to do what Jose said because she didn’t have money for her defense.”
Baez has denied a sexual relationship.
It’s been over five years since the doors of Orange County jail opened and Casey Anthony walked out a free woman. The first thing she saw was hundreds of protestors outraged over her acquittal.
What is her life like now for the woman once described by a Florida Department of Corrections official as one of the “most hated women in America.”
People Magazine sources say that Anthony still lives in South Florida and gets financial support from a few members of her former legal team.
Early in 2016, Anthony set up her own photography business, but has done very few projects according to the magazine.
Her day-to-day existence is monotonous.
“There’s not much going on in her life,” said a friend of Anthony’s. “She gets up every day and hangs around. Check the internet, takes some pictures, but doesn’t do much.”
According to several sources Anthony doesn’t talk often with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony.
“They don’t talk,” one source told People. “She has spoken with her mom a few times, but hasn’t talked to her dad at all.”
Anthony’s relationship with her brother Lee has been strained in part to Casey’s accusation that he had molested her.