We reported to you earlier in the week that Casey Anthony’s probation, barring unforeseen circumstances, would end today, Friday, finally making her a free woman. Anthony did indeed wrap up her probation from a check-fraud charge today, though her lawyer says that she’ll never truly be free.
Though the end of Casey Anthony’s probation makes her a legally free woman, her lawyer regrets that despite being acquitted in the killing of her 2-year-old daughter, his client will never escape the bad press and public perception of the trial.
She will “always be imprisoned by her reputation, deserved or not,” Orlando lawyer Charles Greene told Reuters.
After a highly publicized and culturally polarizing trial, Anthony was only found guilty of lying to authorities, earning a sentence that was dramatically shortened due to time served. She is currently living in secret, and has been under probation after pleading guilty to using a friend’s checkbook years ago. Her secret-living arrangement is considered a rare allowance, owed to the widespread anger over the verdict, notes Newser.
Despite calls to cash-in on her side of the story, Casey Anthony’s next move and future whereabouts are shrouded in mystery, with the likeliest conclusion being that she will disappear.
“We’re still greatly concerned about her safety. Security precautions are being taken to ensure that she continues to be safe and her whereabouts are not disclosed,” Greene notes. “I think she just wants to live out of the public eye and live as normal a life as she can, which will be a difficult thing to do because she’s been so vilified.”