In a shocking outcome that either proves the justice system works or reveals some truly stunning failures on the part of the state's case against her, yesterday Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing her daughter. So what's next for Anthony? Not much in the way of punishment, that's for sure. While she was found guilty under four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers, those charges are misdemeanors. She'll likely be out on bail today or tomorrow.
Her attorney said he wants Anthony to "be able to grieve and grow and somehow get her life back together." Anyone want to take bets on how long it will be before Casey begins rebuilding her life by cashing in on her infamy? Now that the trial that gripped a nation has come to an end, Casey Anthony stands to make a ton of money from her villain status.
How much could she get from one interview? As much as a million bucks, according to multiple sources. And that's just for the Oprah/Katie Couric/tabloid exclusive—never mind photos, book deals, and movie rights.
Anthony has already been paid $200,000 from ABC for the exclusive licensing of personal photos and videos. Obviously media outlets have been chomping at the bit to purchase any and all trial-related content: the meter reader who discovered the body of 2-year-old Caylee was also paid $15,000 to license a photo of a dead rattlesnake he found in the area several months before.
The idea of Anthony profiting from her daughter's death is sickening, but it almost seems inevitable. Just hours after the not guilty verdict, porn empire Vivid Entertainment contacted Casey's lawyer to make some sort of business offer. Vivid's co-chairman said,
Whether you agree with the verdict or not, Casey will want to move forward with her life and has a right to make a living. It’s not going to be easy for her and we believe we can help her make the transition into a new life. (...) We’ve all seen the pictures of her partying and having a good time with friends where she definitely looks hot.
(Stay classy, Vivid.)
You know what I'd like to see? A plea agreement associated with the false information charges that allows her to skip the potential jail time (it's not much: the misdemeanors are punishable with up to one year per count) if she agrees to forfeit any proceeds earned from her story. Like the way Colton Harris-Moore can sell his story rights, but has to use the earnings to pay off his victims—what if Casey Anthony had to send any of her profits to a child protection charity, or something?
Of course, that doesn't address the fact that someone will be making millions from Caylee Marie's tragic death at some point. Whether it's a media outlet, a film production company, a publishing house, her family, the jury members, that meter reader ... someone will cash in. Because no matter what anyone says right now about how they would ban an Anthony-related story, they wouldn't. The made-for-TV movie, the tell-all book—whatever it is, people will go apeshit over it, just like they did over the trial itself.
Do you think Casey Anthony should be banned from selling her story?
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