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Casey Anthony gets the job offers. You get the legal bills. No wonder she's America's sweetheart
July 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Casey Anthony leaves the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida July 17, 2011.REUTERS/Red Huber/Pool

Casey Anthony leaves the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida July 17, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Red Huber/Pool

ORLANDO, Fla | Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:29pm EDT

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - The $537 balance Casey Anthony received from her jail canteen fund is hardly enough to live on, but the Florida woman seems to be managing fine since her release from custody on Sunday.

Her lawyers won't reveal where she went or who is funding her new life on the outside, but say the 25-year-old Anthony is safe and has received hundreds of job and housing offers.

Florida taxpayers will receive the bill for Anthony's high-profile prosecution, which ended on July 5 with a jury acquitting her of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.

Taxpayers began picking up Anthony's legal expenses in March 2010 after she ran out of money and was declared indigent by the courts.

So far, the state has reimbursed her defense lawyers for $119,000 in expenses, according to the Justice Administrative Commission. Another $5,800 bill from the defense is pending, records show.

Prosecutors have not finalized their overall expenses but have identified at least $91,000 in costs, State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Danielle Tavernier said.

Still being calculated are the costs of the massive, three-year police investigation that began in July 2008 when Caylee Anthony was reported missing. Casey Anthony falsely claimed her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny.

The toddler's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 in woods near the Anthony family's home.

Casey Anthony was convicted of misdemeanor charges of lying to detectives during the investigation and sentenced to the maximum four years in jail. But with credit for time served awaiting trial and good behavior while in jail, she spent less than two weeks more behind bars after her sentencing.

Anthony has indicated she will appeal her convictions and is requesting that the state continue to fund her defense.

An August 25 hearing is scheduled for Judge Belvin Perry to decide what portion of the trial and investigative costs Anthony should bear. After that, the question will be whether she is able to pay up.

Anthony's defense attorneys have not returned calls for comment from Reuters.

Taxpayers aren't the only ones with a stake in Anthony's financial resources. Lawyers for a woman suing Anthony for defamation filed a motion on Wednesday demanding information about any book, movie or interview deals she has been offered.

The lawyers also want to know about any offers for appearances on television shows or in advertisements, or for purchasing the rights to any documents in Anthony's possession.

Speculation abounds that Anthony could sign a rich contract to tell her story, and theories over her whereabouts since her jail release have also run wild. Lead criminal defense lawyer Jose Baez told Orlando station WKMG that Anthony left town.

"She's not here in Orlando," Baez said.

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  • johnny4ever
    July 23, 2011 at 8:37 AM

     bump

  • mammabear62
    July 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    I don't think thats right!  Why should we pay for her. Why should we pay the price of her killing her child! She should of stayed in jail for the rest of her life. They said she has rights! Bull crap, what about her child's rights? She had a right to live and not die!

  • maciymommieof3
    July 23, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    angry

  • lovinangels
    July 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    HUNDREDS of job offers? I'm sure that's a bit of a stretch.

  • 4kidz916
    July 23, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    This pretty much sums it up.  At a time when jobs are so hard to come by I can't believe she's the one getting the job offers.  Ugh!

    Quoting maciymommieof3:

    angry


  • earthangel1967
    July 23, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    throwing up

  • mom2b116
    July 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

     is anyone surprized by this

  • paganbaby
    July 24, 2011 at 11:12 PM
    Quoting mammabear62:

    I don't think thats right!  Why should we pay for her. Why should we pay the price of her killing her child! She should of stayed in jail for the rest of her life. They said she has rights! Bull crap, what about her child's rights? She had a right to live and not die!

  • sweettigeress
    July 25, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    She needs to rot.

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