Man Jailed For ‘Middle Finger’ Gesture In Casey Anthony Trial

ORLANDO (CBS4)—A man was sentenced to several days in jail after he made an obscene gesture during his attendance at the Casey Anthony trial.

Courtroom cameras captured a 28-year-old waiter extending his middle finger toward a prosecutor during the Anthony murder trial, and the man was promptly sentenced to six days in jail.

Matthew Bartlett also was ordered to pay a $400 fine after he was photographed making the obscene gesture toward prosecutor Jeff Ashton on Thursday.

matthewbartlettcourt Man Jailed For Middle Finger Gesture In Casey Anthony TrialBartlett, who had been watching the trial from the courtroom gallery, was immediately escorted out by deputies and was brought back inside to face Judge Belvin Perry once the jury was sent home for the day. He was assigned a public defender.

Bartlett apologized for his actions during a brief hearing and was then sentenced by Perry. He was taken to jail by deputies.

By Thursday evening a Facebook page was created titled, ‘Casey Anthony Trial Middle Finger Man‘ displaying a profile picture of Bartlett.

Perry said Bartlett will have six months to pay his fine.

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