Judge makes no decision on Casey Anthony jail tape

Footage of Casey Anthony reacting to news that her daughter's remains had been found was ruled "highly inflammatory."

Story highlights

  • The tape shows Anthony reacting to the news that her daughter's remains were found
  • The tape was sealed before Anthony's murder trial
  • A judge called the tape "highly inflammatory"
A Florida judge did not make a decision on whether a controversial jailhouse videotape of Casey Anthony can be released to the public.
The footage of Anthony reacting to the news that the remains of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, were found was sealed before her murder trial. A judge had ruled that the tape was "highly inflammatory."
At a hearing Wednesday, Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr., who presided over Anthony's murder trial, heard arguments on whether the videotape should be released.
The hearing was held in response to Orlando TV station WKMG's July motion to unseal the jailhouse video.
The videotape from security video in a waiting room at the county jail has no sound, and shows Anthony receiving medical assistance.
During the hearing, defense attorney Jose Baez argued that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act prevented the tape from being released in public because Casey received medical attention while she was in the waiting room.
The news station argued that regulations pertain to medical data and not treatment, and insisted that the tape is part of the public record.
It was unclear when Perry will make a decision in the case.
Last week, Perry ordered Anthony to pay $217,000 to authorities for the costs of investigating Caylee's disappearance.
Officials had argued that if it were not for the 25-year-old Orlando woman's lies, investigators would not have had to spend the time and money to find her daughter's body.
Anthony maintained her daughter had been kidnapped by her nanny, identifying the woman as Zenaida Gonzalez. Investigators searched for the child for five months, eventually finding Caylee's skeletal remains in woods less than a mile from her grandparents' Orlando home. Perry determined Anthony is liable for those expenses.
Authorities were never able to track down the nanny. They found a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez, but she denied knowing either Caylee or Anthony and later sued for defamation.
Anthony's attorneys have admitted that she lied to authorities during the search for her daughter, saying she knew the girl was dead. Her attorneys have claimed that the toddler died accidentally when she drowned in the Anthonys' pool.
A jury acquitted Anthony in her daughter's death but convicted her of lying to authorities.