Will Casey Anthony's first interview with NBC have the Today Show's Matt Lauer talking to her candidly about Caylee Anthony's murder? Even if Casey openly admits to the crime, it is possible Florida's double jeopardy laws would protect her from prison time.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the reason for Casey Anthony's interview would be her recent bankruptcy in addition to the lack of any substantial source of money. It is claimed that Anthony has been working from her home and is limited to jobs as "a housekeeper, clerk, secretary, and stuff like that."
"Her listed debts owed to 80 creditors included $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for back taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs."
TheNew York Post's Page Six has confirmed that Anthony and news producer Don Wood were spotted together in New York City. It seems NBC is treating Casey to the first class since she was picked up at JFK international airport in a limo. She then went on to meet with Matt Zimmerman, the man who handles bookings for NBC News.
Since Zimmerman is also the senior booking producer for the Today Show, it is presumed Matt Lauer might handle Casey Anthony's interview. NBC has declined to comment on this possibility, but an insider says, "News divisions meet with people in the news all the time — as of now, nothing is planned." TMZ notes that Casey has "flirted with network interviews in the past, but never closed. As of now... NBC's saying no deal yet -- and you gotta figure she's also talking to other outlets in NYC."
Even if another major media news outlet handles Casey Anthony's first interview, the major question is what she will be willing to discuss. It is possible she will simply talk about her current lifestyle or complain about how the murder trial ruined her life. But she may even admit to Caylee Anthony's murder, which would bring Florida's double jeopardy laws into play.
Florida Statutes states that a "person charged with a crime can't be charged with the same criminal offense a second time after a conviction, acquittal or mistrial, nor charged with the same offense twice in the same indictment or information." At the same time, if Casey admits to anything at all, it is possible prosecutors could figure out lesser charges than murder. This isn't merely conjecture, since a burglary case managed to prosecute successfully the second time around based upon the legal technical issues.
Would you watch Casey Anthony's interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer if it were to happen?
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