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Casey Anthony video: Attorney says it was leaked, vows to sue

January 9, 2012 |  2:10 pm

Casey Anthony's criminal defense attorney says an investigation has been launched into what he says is the illegal hacking and leaking of his client's online video diary. Legal action will be taken against the guilty party, he says.

As soon as investigators find out who did it.

Anthony was the target of national outrage last year when she was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. In one online poll, she was dubbed "the most hated person in America."

Since then, she has largely been out of public view. That is, until her first video diary entry was posted online last week, creating a fresh media sensation.

"It certainly wasn't meant to be disseminated in any way," attorney Jose Baez told Geraldo Rivera last night on Fox News' "Geraldo at Large." "This was a private message solely intended for her private journal."

Baez rejected any suggestion by Rivera that perhaps Anthony was engaging in online video chatting and was somehow responsible for the video's disclosure. Absolutely not, Baez said, adding that a search was underway for the culprit.

"Right now we're investigating everything. We're taking steps. And if lawsuits need to be filed ... as a result of a criminal act, that's exactly what's going to happen," Baez said.

He also said that he might even pursue criminal charges, although he suggested that law enforcement officers in Florida might not exactly fall all over themselves to help Anthony. (She has been ordered to pay more than $97,000 to law enforcement officers who spent weeks following up on Anthony's claims -- since retracted -- that her daughter had been kidnapped by a babysitter.)

"I think this is outrageous that this is happening," Baez said of the reported leak, adding: "I think it's criminal. And if it is, we're going to ask that it be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and let's see if the authorities are brave enough to do it."

Baez also took offense when Rivera posted a clip of Anthony giddily showing off a new nose ring and ear piercings. Rivera asked whether she was being respectful and showing proper sorrow over her daughter's death. But Baez said it was unfair to take a brief, single moment from the last six months and use that to illustrate Anthony's demeanor.

Baez also pointed out a key fact: A jury that heard all the evidence as presented by prosecutors found her not guilty.


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--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch