Casey Anthony denied killing her daughter “’til her last breath” according to Florida lawyer Cheney Mason, but now the woman who was once at the center of a very public murder trial is living her life quietly like if she were confined to a prison cell.
Mr. Mason contibuted many pro bono hours worth “well over a million dollars” during the Casey Anthony trial. He even spent tens of thousands of dollars out of his own pocket. During that time he came to know Anthony personally while they discussed the events and evidence related to the case. At one point the prosecution discussed offering a plea deal and when Anthony was approached with the idea she was very upset:
“Casey got very angry about that. She got very angry to hear talk about it. She didn’t want to hear it. Casey would fight it ’til her last breath. She didn’t kill her daughter.”
Now Mason believes the jury was correct to let Anthony go. He remembers how Anthony was “holding her breath like a deep sea diver, waiting as we all were” during the 10 hours of the jury deliberation. While she was acquitted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child, she was convicted of four misdemeanors of providing false information to law enforcement officers.
But despite the jury saying she is not guilty, Mason says her life has effectively been like being imprisoned because she works from her home and is limited to jobs as “a housekeeper, clerk, secretary and stuff like that.” Otherwise, Anthony cannot do any of the things people would consider normal:
“She has to live constantly on guard. She can’t go out in public. I think Casey has a lot of world left to have to deal with. She hasn’t been freed from her incarceration yet ’cause she can’t go out. She can’t go to a beauty parlor, she can’t go shopping to a department store, she can’t go to a restaurant, she can’t even go to McDonald’s. She can’t do anything. Casey is aloof. She is kind of, I think, afraid of people … she’s not real close to. We’ve had a couple of occasions to have social gatherings that can include her — close friends, the (legal) team. She still likes to back away from the middle.”
Mason says that Casey Anthony no longer has a relationship with her family and has only spoken to her mother a few times. As for her father, who Casey accused of sexually abusing her during the trial, there has not been any contact according to the lawyer.
While Anthony has denied requests for an interview, Mason believes she wants to get her story out to the public in the hope she may have her life restored to normal:
“I do think she wants to speak out. I have never asked her that, but I know she has very strong feelings for what has happened to her. I also know she’s very saddened by her loss and she will never forget her daughter Caylee, ever.”
Now Cheney Mason gave this interview because he is promoting his new book “Justice in America: How the Media and Prosecutors Stack the Deck Against the Accused.” The lawyer says it will provide more behind the scenes information about what happened during the trial that was never released to the public. Mason claims the book “”shares never before revealed media bias, and enough case secrets to make readers re-examine their conscience and the quick path to judgment and personal conviction of Anthony.”
What do you think about the Casey Anthony trial now that you have read the words of her lawyer?