Casey Anthony's release from the Orange County Jail last year was a public spectacle, to say the least. Casey's attorney, Cheney Mason, tells FOX 35 that his client's release from probation late Thursday won't be quite the "Kodak moment."
In an abundance of caution, Mason says he will go to Chief Judge Belvin Perry first thing Friday morning and ask him to sign an order confirming and declaring that her probation is over.
"There are no immediate plans for her to get on a plane and go anywhere at this point," said Mason, responding to a question about Anthony's immediate plans upon release.
Portions of a video diary which were "leaked" on YouTube are all that we've seen of Casey since she got out of jail. Because of the public's hate for her, she's served her probation in hiding, somewhere in Florida. So, what's she been doing for the last year?
"Taking care of her house, working as a clerk, cooking, cleaning, staying out of trouble," said Mason. He clarified by saying she's not working for a company, but earning her keep from those with whom she has been living. He would not say how many people Casey is living with, just that she is not living along. He says she has a few friends now, and that's not all.
"I think she's been in some contact with her mother," said Mason when asked if Casey had been in contact with Cindy. He was very adamant in saying that Casey has not been in touch with her father, George.
Asked if Casey was aware that her father went to congratulate Jeff Ashton last week, after his defeating incumbent State Attorney Lawson Lamar, Mason said, "Well of course. She saw it. Can you imagine a father going to Mr. Ashton's victory campaign party and congratulating the guy who tired to kill his daughter? That's one of the sickest things. To say, 'shame on George is not enough.' It's despicable."
Obviously, Casey won't be going home to her parents house on Hopespring Drive on Friday. Instead, Mason says she'll remain in hiding.
When asked if he felt Casey's life was in jeopardy, he replied, "Yes, I do."
Masons says he hopes that, some day, the public will accept that a jury acquitted Casey and that she can come out of hiding and move on with her life.
"Perhaps, with some passage of time, then she may have a chance at an ordinary life. It's not going to be Friday or Saturday, or a year from now, or probably ten years from now, before people are going to not know who Casey Anthony was. It takes time. She's well aware of this," said Mason.