While this blog is dedicated to the Conrad Murray trial, we know many In Session and HLN viewers have also been very closely following the Casey Anthony story. That case was back in court today and so we've included the following to be sure that those interested in the case were up-to-speed on these latest developments:
Casey Anthony is back in the news. In a hearing today, Judge Belvin Perry has reserved his ruling on the matter of possibly releasing sealed jail video of Casey.
The hearing was held in response to Orlando TV station WKMG’s July motion to unseal jailhouse video of Casey. The video shows Casey’s reaction immediately after watching TV news reports saying police found remains that later turned out to be those of her missing daughter, Caylee.
The videotape came from security video in a waiting room at the Orange County Jail. It shows Casey receiving medical assistance. Judge Stan Strickland sealed the tape from the public before Casey’s murder trial because it was considered to be "highly inflammatory" and prejudicial.
During today’s hearing, defense attorney Jose Baez argued there are some HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) considerations due to the fact that Casey received medical attention while she was in the waiting room looking at the television. WKMG’s attorney argues that HIPAA regulations pertain to medical data and not treatment, and insists the tape is part of the public record. We are waiting for Judge Perry’s ruling on the matter.
WKMG attorney Kirschenbaum says there is no question that this is public record and once posed the question, "Is this person's right to privacy in this instance so strong that it trumps the Public Records Act?" He also brought up the point that there were absolutely no papers filed in opposition to this motion.
Assistant State Attorney Frank George took no position in the hearing.
We are waiting for Judge Perry’s ruling on the matter.