Casey Anthony Goes Free

She leaves Florida jail for undisclosed destination
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2011 11:27 PM CDT
Casey Anthony Is Released From Jail in Florida
Casey Anthony leaves the jail with attorney Jose Baez.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Casey Anthony is a free woman. She was released from the Orange County jail shortly after midnight as protesters and throngs of media camped outside. Anthony got into an SUV in the company of her attorney Jose Baez, and neither said anything to reporters. Her lawyers have kept the 25-year-old's destination and future plans a secret. Anthony was given $537.68 in cash from her jail account and escorted outside by sheriff's deputies.

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One of her attorneys, Cheney Mason, said yesterday that Anthony was scared to leave jail, given numerous threats on her life and the scorn of a large segment of the public that believes she had something to do with the death of daughter Caylee, despite her acquittal 12 days ago. Another defense attorney, Charles Greene, said that Anthony was "emotionally unstable" and needed "a little breathing room" after the two-month trial. She is expected to try to disguise her appearance to some degree. (Read more Casey Anthony stories.)

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