Perhaps just as shocking as the decision to acquit Casey Anthony on murder charges of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, was the defense team’s conduct after they had seemingly scored a victory.
Casey was found not guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse, and manslaughter, much to the shock of prosecutors and the majority of the public.
Heading off for victory drinks mid-afternoon at a local restaurant across the street from the courthouse, the defense attorneys celebrated unabashedly, popping champagne and dancing, ironically after attorney Jose Baez had just stated there were no winners in the case because Caylee was dead.
Onlookers protested the scene while most of the media criticized the tactless behavior of the lawyers.
Most notably, defense attorney Cheney Mason unashamedly gloated in the win and was even captured giving the middle finger to cameras at the restaurant.
Mason, hoping to justify his actions, later stated that he was giving an obscene gesture to a man who had continually stalked the team for months, according to Technocrati.
The unidentified person was from a radio station and claimed to have yelled at the ladies on the defense with statements like, “Are you on your period?” and “baby killers.” The same man then came to the restaurant and pounded on the glass windows to which Mason “flipped the son of a b**** off.”
“And I’ll do it again!” he exclaimed.
The defense attorney used the First Amendment to justify his behavior, saying it was his right to flip the man off.
Speaking for the entire team, Mason shared as well that they was just celebrating saving Casey Anthony’s life, repeating the earlier statement made by Baez when he told reporters, “The best feeling I have today is when I go home and my daughter asks me, ‘What did you do today?’ I can say ‘I saved a life.’”
Just prior to the scene at the restaurant, the controversial Mason also harshly criticized the media for indulging in “media assassination” following the verdict and reprimanded lawyers who gave their biased opinions on television.
“Well I hope this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in media assassination for three years, bias, prejudice, incompetent talking heads saying what would be and how be,” he angrily shared.
“I’m disgusted by lawyers who have done this. And my colleagues have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on cases that they don’t know a damn thing about.”
Adding to their victory, Judge Belvin Perry announced Thursday morning that Casey would be released later July of this year.
Though she was given a 4-year sentence, much of that time had already been served since 2008. After recalculations on the credit earned and gain time based on good behavior, the exact release date is set for July 17th.
And with word that Casey and her defense team have already secured future book deals, there’s no telling how long the defense will continue with the celebrations.