Casey Anthony’s out (of jail). She’s probably partying. But really…who cares?
Yes, she should be assessed the costs of the search for Caylee, and I think the judge will still do that (which I think is a prime reason why the defense is appealing Casey’s obviously-valid convictions of lying to the cops — to buy her some time to earn some money before she’s ordered to fork six figures over to Orange County).
Yes, she’s being sued by Texas Equusearch, the private organization that helped search for Caylee, and she should have to pay six figures to them, too (and maybe even also Leonard Padilla, the “world-famous bounty hunter” whom I diagnosed on the air with “Spotlightus Enviosis” early in the case).
Yes, she’s being sued by a woman named Zanaida Gonzales, and while there’s apparently no evidence that Casey meant to implicate this specific woman when she made up that name for her imaginary nanny, I’ll be fine with it if this real-life “Zanny” gets some cash, too.
Now that she’s not facing criminal jeopardy anymore, Casey would have to testify in any/all of these civil cases, and while it’d be interesting to finally get her on a witness stand, I doubt we’ll ever see her there — I think she’ll settle all of the above fairly quickly.
No, there’s not going to be a wrongful-death lawsuit against Casey. That was my bright idea after the not-guilty verdict — for George Anthony to essentially “O.J.” Casey by filing suit as a bereaved family member of the deceased, winning a multi-million-dollar civil judgment from a jury to which Casey’s responsibility for Caylee’s death could be proven by a “preponderance” of evidence rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt,” committing any/all collections to non-profits who help missing and abused children, and thereby making it practically-impossible for Casey to ever profit from the case. Unfortunately, after looking at Florida law, among several problems, it appears first and foremost to be too late — there’s a two-year statute of limitations (so there’s yet another lesson for the victim’s family next time there’s a potentially-high-profile murder case: file a civil suit early).
No, Casey’s mother Cindy won’t be prosecuted for perjury, and while I think it’s a terrible example for America’s kids to see that society will look the other way when someone lies in court as long as the person cries enough, I’m not going to spend a lot of my time crying about that.
So, as the existing civil lawsuits against Casey Anthony play out, I think the best would probably be if the world simply paid the Anthonys no attention, no money, and really no mind — at least until Casey breaks the law again, which I fully expect her to do.