Since Tuesday’s shocking decision by the jury declaring Casey Anthony not guilty of murder, Casey’s parents have been receiving several death threats.
With the controversial verdict, the public is reacting and taking things out on Cindy and George Anthony, despite requests from the law enforcement to maintain peace.
Captain Angelo Nieves, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told the Orlando Sentinel that Cindy and George have received at least half a dozen threatening phone calls ever since Tuesday.
Investigators are looking further into the matter, and assessing if the threats are credible.
“We are ... making an effort to identify the callers,” Nieves said.
Additionally, the Anthonys have purportedly gone into hiding as a result, according to WFTV.
Mark Lippman, the Anthony family lawyer, told WFTV recently that the family would welcome Casey into their home despite everything that has happened, including claims of sexual abuse and infidelity painted by the defense.
This announcement may have further contributed to the outrage and resultant death threats.
Similarly, the Anthony family threats come at the heels of Judge Belvin Perry revealing on Thursday that he would not release to the public the names of the jurors for their own safety.
Jurors have come into a harsh light ever since they acquitted Casey on charges of murder, manslaughter, and child abuse in the death of 2-year-old Caylee.
Only one juror, Jennifer Ford, decided to reveal herself to the public while the rest may continue to keep anonymous.
Regardless of the not guilty verdict, it appears as if the overwhelming opinion of the jury was that though they did not believe Casey was innocent, they could not prove murder beyond a reasonable doubt, much to their own demise.
The only counts they found Casey guilty of was lying to law enforcement, which the defendant received a 4-year sentence and $4000 fine for.
Accounting for time already served and gain time based on her good behavior in jail, a surprisingly early release date was announced and set for July 17th, after recalculations.
The public was outraged not only at the soon-to-be-free Casey but also by speculations that she and her defense attorney, Jose Baez, already had a book deal in the works, of which she could potentially earn millions.
Once Casey is released from jail she will most likely be under a one-year probation period, perhaps for her own protection as well.