ORLANDO (CBS4) – In the wake of the Casey Anthony trial and its subsequent controversial verdict, a Central Florida lawmaker has proposed legislation that would prevent jurors from cashing in on their trials.
The legislation filed by State Rep. Randolph Scott would “prohibit Florida jurors from being compensated or profiting from outside sources, for information regarding a case in which they served,” according to a statement released by Randolph and attorney Mark E. NeJame.
At least one juror is rumored to have hired an agent to shop for paying interviews, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Randolph’s bill would stop that sort of behavior.
Although a few of the 12 jurors and five alternates which acquitted Anthony of murder in the death of her 2-year old daughter Caylee have come forward, the identities of the rest have not been made public on Chief Judge Belvin Perry’s orders.
The Orlando Sentinel, and number of other media outlets, has asked Perry to release the names. Perry, however, has said that a cooling off period is needed because of some people have publicly expressed anger over the verdict and he fears for the jurors safety.
Source: The Orlando Sentinel