Lawyer: Casey Anthony Lives Like a Hermit

3 years after acquittal, she 'wants to speak out'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2014 11:52 PM CDT | Updated Jul 4, 2014 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – It has been almost exactly three years since Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but she is still essentially a prisoner, one of her lawyers says. Anthony, now 28, lives in an unnamed location in Florida and remains afraid to go out in public because of death threats, Cheney Mason tells CNN. She does clerical work at home for various clients, but "she hasn't been freed from her incarceration yet 'cause she can't go out," the lawyer says. "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." The Orlando Sentinel notes that Mason says Anthony doesn't live alone, and isn't romantically involved with anyone.

Anthony—who accused her father of sexually abusing her—"does not have any blood family anymore" and the family she has now consists of members of her defense team. Mason says he thinks she "wants to speak out"; Anthony declined CNN's request for an interview, however. "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," Mason says. His book, Justice in America: How Prosecutors and the Media Conspire Against the Accused, will be released this summer. Mason—the third attorney associated with the case to write a book—says it will include information never revealed before, and will go beyond the Anthony case to explore broader legal issues.

In this March 3, 2011 photo, Casey Anthony listens to testimony during the last day of hearings during her murder trial in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool, File)
Casey Anthony leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa, Fla., after a bankruptcy hearing in March last year.   (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)
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