ORLANDO, Fla. – A spokeswoman for Casey Anthony's lead attorney said in a statement on Friday that "it is outrageous and cruel" that officials recorded Anthony's response in jail as she learned human remains had been located near the home where she lived.
Anthony, 22, remains jailed on murder charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee. The remains found in the woods in December were later identified as Caylee's.
Marti Mackenzie, the spokeswoman for Jose Baez, released a statement that said:
"It is outrageous and cruel that they were standing by to record her emotions. Let's face it, there is nothing 'normal' about anyone's response to losing a child. Everyone handles personal tragedy in an individual way. Let's call this the potentially latest in a 'tape and release' strategy that the Sherriff's (sic) Office seems to have used since Casey was first arrested. Even if it was not their primary motive, the release of this kind of information alone has to have an influence on viewers and readers. Just look at the blogs. In fact, it's also a concern that many so-called experts who publically (sic) evaluate Casey's reactions and often seem to advance the prosecution's theories of guilt."
The day human remains were found in a wooded area near her family's home, Casey Anthony was taken to a medical unit at the Orange County Jail where she could see breaking news coverage of the discovery, Local 6 News has learned.
According to Local 6 News, once detectives realized that the body likely belonged to Caylee, investigators developed a plan to capture Anthony's reaction on videotape.
Anthony hyperventilated and requested medication after hearing the news of the discovery, according to documents released by authorities earlier this week.
Local 6 has been told that the video of Anthony's reaction could be used to show that she had a consciousness of guilt before anyone knew that the remains were that of her daughter.
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