Her experience with the legal system may be a benifit to the most hated woman in America since Typhoid Mary. Her trial, which was known as the "Trial of the Century" drew national and worldwide attention and was the most-watched criminal trial since O.J. Simpson's in 1995.
Yes, THAT one. She may be getting on her feet financially and may be considerning a position as a paralegal, according to her attorney Charles Greene, ABC News, the Orlando Sentinel and the Associated Press.
Anthony filed for bankruptcy last week and is almost $800,000 in debts from legal fees and fines and has less than $1,100 worth of assets according to filings. The 26-year old woman has been unemployed for the last four years and when asked by Greene what she was interested in doing, she told him that she would like to consider being a paralegal. Anthony's bankruptcy filing includes 15 pages of people who have made claims, including legal consultants, media consultants, authorities, the IRS and Anthony's parents, with the largest chunk coming from her defense attorney Jose Baez who is says she owes him $500,000.
The filing details Anthony's personal property, which includes some 10-year-old furniture at her family home, a laptop, some clothing, a pearl necklace, family photos, books, a sapphire and opal ring, two digital cameras and a bike. The total value of the items is just over $1,000.
Greene said that bankruptcy offers Anthony a fresh start and the ability to start with a clean slate, debt-free.
"She is the perfect candidate because she has more bills than she can pay and they continue to increase and she can't go on and start any sort of road to normality until she puts all this behind her," he said.
Greene told ABCNews.com, "I truly believe that she has a lot of skills." She's better than many paralegals I know. She could be a paralegal or something like that right away. She is very organized, a very intelligent, very computer savvy person, so I think her skills and her desire may lie somewhere in that field." Greene also said that she "believes strongly in our justice system" and constitutional rights and I think she may be the type that ends up trying to work within our system to make our system better rather than being a person who's trying to break it down."
Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2011 but she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, stemming from her initial statements to detectives. Two of the lying convictions were overturned on Friday.
This is a start, a clean slate for her.
But let's not jump the gun.
Greene said that it will be a while before she can take any kind of job, saying that life will "never be normal" for the woman who still breaks down in tears at times.
"You don't go from the most hated woman in the world, according to some media outlets, to being a normal person or being able to live a normal life," Greene said. "I'm not saying she's not a normal person but people do not perceive her as a normal person."
Greene said that Anthony still receives threats and lives in hiding, despite the fact that both her prison time and probation have both been served.
She is the target of a number of civil lawsuits, which also prevents her from moving, Greene said.
Greene would not comment on Anthony's whereabouts but her last known location was in Florida and it is likely she is still in the area, due to her ongoing legal matters.
"We think that once the lawsuits are over she'll be able to go where we think she is going to ultimately end up and then start about the process of getting a job," he said. "She's going to be 27 in March. She's still a young person and she's basically in a virtual prison based on her inability to move. So she would like to get a job, I can assure you but she can't work at McDonald's. People would be looking at her instead of at the menu."
The few glimpses of Anthony since her July 2011 release from jail have been a few leaked video diaries and some unconfirmed sightings and photos of her in Florida.
Greene is adamant that Anthony has a story to tell but that telling it right now is "not even under consideration except to say no."
"There will be no tell-all book, there is no tell-all movie," he said. "Her ability to progress and to grow up and to even be at her normal age was thwarted by what's happened to her in the last few years and what we believe happened to her in her earlier life but that's her story to tell one day. The events are very private and Miss Anthony is still yet to come to terms with them and they're still so emotional, so emotionally traumatic for her. There's just moments she breaks down and starts crying when she starts thinking about it. It's nothing she's going to talk about. She's a very private person and she won't let people see that side of her either. She'll put up a tough face."
Yes, she is the most-hated woman in America. Yes, she is this generation's answer to Mary Magdaline and yes, there are some that would not spit in her direction if she were dying of thirst. That's understandable and I can live with that. I'm not saying that she's perfect, either. When you look at her relationship with her parents, that's gone. Wiped off the planet forerver, when you stop and consider that in her trial, they were the ones that almost threw her under the bus while the bus was still moving. At least she has what some would think is a relationship with her brother Lee. She underwent a trial that put the justice system in the clear light of day, where it needs to be. Our justice system is NOT perfect and let's be clear about that.
Having said that, the trial that got the nation's and world's attention in May through July of 2011 was fair, open to the public and a viewing audience that treated it like it was a soap opera and the jury, which had to come all the way from Clearwater (Pinellas County) to Orlando (Orange County) because a fair and impartial jury could not be found, got it right. Why? The state of Florida did NOT meet its burden of proof BEYOND a reasonable doubt.
As I always say, the justice system that we know is not like Burger King. You don't get it your way. You don't wrap up a trial in an hour and get a verdict and have a director yell "cut!" and everyone goes home as the credits roll. There are even some that want her retried. Sorry, folks. It doesn't work that way. That's not what the founding fathers planned.
Casey Anthony may well have the mark of Cain on her. She is by far despised for what some think was a horrible act that left 3-year old Caylee dead. Some are saying that her death was an accident and that George and Casey panicked. That sounds plausible.
Hated and despised? Sure.
Reputation and relationship with family and friends ruined? Yes.
Deserving of a second chance? Mary Magdaline had one, so why not her?
The fact that she is reaching out for help is a start. Her experience with what she went through may be a benefit.
She deserves that much.
(Photo courtesy the Associated Press, the Orlando Sentinel and WESH-TV)