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Casey Anthony Free But In Hiding Due to ‘Lynch-Mob Mentality’ of Many; Will She Make a Statement?

Posted Jul 18, 2011 3:04 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Freed from a Florida jail over the weekend after completing, with credit for time served and good behavior, her four-year term for providing false information about her missing daughter, Casey Anthony is now lying low.

"She's gone, she's safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her," one of her lawyers, Cheney Mason, told NBC's Today. Because of being accused of murdering the 2-year-old, even though she was acquitted of the crime, Anthony's life "is going to be very difficult for a very long time as long as there are so many people of the lynch-mob mentality," he added.

Although unidentified volunteers have anted up to help her pay for a fresh start, Anthony is facing multiple civil suits as well as the possibility that she will be ordered to reimburse the government for the cost of the investigation into Caylee Anthony's disappearance, reports the Associated Press.

While her notoriety makes a press conference impractical, Anthony should now issue a public statement to dial down the discomfort after her release, a litigation consultant suggests.

Marti Mackenzie says Anthony should admit she made terrible mistakes, express gratitude to her legal team and say what happened has been weighing on her mind every day she has been in jail.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Blog Posts and Tweets Helped Defense Team Win Acquittal for Casey Anthony in Capital Murder Case"

ABC News: "Casey Anthony Release: Parents Refused to be Decoys"

Reuters: "Casey Anthony's attorneys mum on her whereabouts"

Daily Beast: "Casey's Roommate Tells All"

KCRA: "Sacramento Bounty Hunter To Sue Casey Anthony"

Reuters: ""Nanny" defamation case resumes against Casey Anthony"

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