A jailhouse video of Casey Anthony’s response upon learning that the remains of her daughter were found in a swampy area near her home in December 2008 has been released.
The video, which has no sound, was recorded on Dec. 11, 2008 , the day 2-year-old Caylee’s skeletal remains were found. It reportedly shows Anthony suffering an anxiety attack.
The reason the tape was initially sealed is that it could have influenced the jury’s decision in her murder trial.
Chief Judge Belvin Perry ordered the unsealing of the video, arguing that the recording is a public record and the original reason for sealing it is no longer a factor.
“There is no reasonable expectation of privacy in jail,” Judge Belvin Perry wrote in his ruling. “The jail video, as the court has previously recognized, is a public record subject to disclosure.”
He continued, “The reason for sealing it – Ms. Anthony’s right to a fair trial – is no longer applicable because the trial has been completed and she has been acquitted of all charges other than lying to law enforcement officer.”
Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez, argued that the unsealing the tape would be an invasion of his client’s privacy under HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which protects patients’ rights to privacy.
At the time, Anthony was in a jail medical facility and asked for a sedative to calm down.
However, Judge Perry pointed that Anthony was in a waiting room, not in a treatment room, and that the administration of a sedative in the waiting room did not “convert the incident into a medical evaluation.”
“I think that Mr. Baez will agree with the court’s assessment that this is a waiting room, but Mr. Baez’s argument is since they gave her some medication, it transformed the waiting room into a treatment room,” he said.
According to a source close to Anthony and cited by People, she is doing “well” and “hopes she will someday redeem herself and live a productive life.”