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Casey Anthony a 'strong person,' attorney says

  • Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering daughter on July 5, 2011
  • Her attorney Cheney Mason says she never leaves home
  • Anthony’s probation is over on Aug 24, 2012

Casey Anthony's attorney Cheney Mason spoke with In Session's Jean Casarez on Thursday about how his client is “a strong, independent person."

Mason also said Anthony is ready for her probation to end. Her probation will be over on August 24, 2012. According to Mason, Anthony never leaves the house. “She can’t go out, she won’t go out -- she’s not going to be seen anywhere in public because there are still crazies out there,” he said.

The probation department determined that Anthony’s safety outweighed the requirement that she get a job outside the home.

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Casarez also asked Mason about the allegations defense attorney Jose Baez made during his opening statements for Anthony's trial. Beaz proclaimed in open court that Casey's father George Anthony sexually abused her as a child. Mason said he was unaware that Baez would bring the accusation up during the trial, and disagreed with the strategy. But Mason did meet with George and Cindy Anthony before the trial started to let them know the sexual abuse allegations would be released to the media.

Mason also had strong words for the prosecutor in the trial, Jeff Ashton. Mason said Ashton’s book included “exaggerations, untruths, and just false memory." Mason said he would not vote for Ashton as state attorney, although he technically can’t because Ashton is not running in his district.

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