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Casey Anthony jury stays out of the media spotlight

The names of the 12 Pinellas County jurors in the Casey Anthony trial were finally released by an Orlando judge on Tuesday.

But the jury that acquitted Anthony has so far stayed silent. They did not appear to respond to any of the messages left by members of the media on their phones and doors this week.

Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. came to Pinellas in May to select an impartial jury in the trial of the Orlando mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. They acquitted Anthony of all murder charges on July 5.

The result was a media firestorm. Fearing for their well-being, Perry kept the jurors' names sealed for a "cooling off" period. That ended Tuesday. Several media outlets, however, mistook a St. Petersburg woman for Juror No. 5. She called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to complain.

"She was a little bit concerned and a little bit distraught about the media attention she was getting," said sheriff's spokesman Cecilia Barreda.

The Sheriff's Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department say they've kept a closer watch on the jurors since the verdict. But the agencies say the jurors have not complained to them about any threats or harassment.

Only three jurors spoke out after the verdict: Jennifer Ford, Juror No. 3, spoke to ABC News; Juror No. 2 spoke anonymously to the St. Petersburg Times; and the foreman, Juror No. 11, was interviewed anonymously by On The Record with Greta Van Susteren.

The Times attempted to contact all 12 jurors on Tuesday. Those who could be reached declined to comment.

Casey Anthony jury stays out of the media spotlight 10/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7:51pm]
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