Casey Anthony Released from Jail Over the Weekend

Posted on July 18, 2011

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LAUREN LINDER

A crowd of about 100 protesters shouted “Killer!” and “You suck!” at Casey Anthony as she left jail a free woman early Monday morning. She had been in the Orange County Jail awaiting trial for three years, after being accused of murdering her daughter Caylee in 2008. She was found not guilty earlier this month.

Courtesy of NY Times

With a little over $500 in cash from her commissary account, Anthony, 25, was driven away from the jail in a heavily guarded SUV. Police vehicles and officers blocked streets around the jail to prevent people from impeding the SUV.

Courtesy of AP

“This release had an unusual amount of security, so, in that sense, it would not be a normal release,” said Allen Moore, a representative for the Orange County Jail. “We have made every effort to not provide any special treatment for her. She’s been treated like every other inmate.”

Anthony’s unknown destination after being released raised questions across the country. According to the Associated Press, Anthony’s vehicle went into the parking garage of one of her lawyers’ offices. It was reported that she boarded a private jet at Orlando Executive Airport bound for Columbus, Ohio. Those claims were never proven, though. No one saw her board the plane, and Columbus airport officials said the plane was bringing back golfers from a Florida vacation.

Anthony has received countless death threats from people convinced of her guilt. Since her July 5 acquittal, social media, like Facebook and Twitter, have provided outlets for people who believe the verdict was unjust.

Where Anthony’s future lies is uncertain.

Because Anthony is estranged from her family and friends, her lawyer, Jose Baez, is providing assistance as she makes the transition from jail.

In a statement made available to the press, Baez said, “It is my hope that Casey Anthony can receive the counseling and treatment she needs to move forward with the rest of her life.”

(Main Image Courtesy of the NY Times)

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