By Calvin Palmer
A Florida judge today ruled that a video showing Casey Anthony’s reaction when she learned a child’s remains had been found less than a mile from her own will not be available for public viewing.
Orange Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland that the video taken at the Orange County Jail on December 11 be sealed.
“While the court is loathe to shield any public record, an argument can certainly be made that the contents of the video are highly inflammatory,” Strickland wrote in his three-page ruling.
He continued: “Given the nature and scope of the pretrial publicity, it is not unreasonable to assume that many persons in the potential jury pool might view this video and develop a ‘hardened’ attitude in reference to the defendant’s guilt.”
Defense attorneys argued release of the video would taint a potential jury pool and violate Anthony’s Constitutional rights.
They have asked that the trial be moved to South Florida because of intense media coverage in Orlando, where the body was found.
Anthony, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie. The remains of the two-year-old were found in woods less than a quarter of a mile from Anthony’s home on Hopespring Drive.
Hours after the discovery, jail officials moved Anthony from her cell and to the medical facility where a TV was showing reports of the find.
The video showed her reaction while watching the TV report. At that point, investigators had not confirmed the remains were Caylee but everyone believed it was the child.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty, saying a baby sitter kidnapped the child.
Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if she is convicted of first-degree murder.