It’s been a while since I’ve written about the Casey Anthony case – I haven’t been reading very much about it lately. That’s not to say the case has disappeared from the media! Nope, the story is still generating interest despite the dearth of information to report.
Yesterday (Wednesday) there was a hearing about the previously sealed jail video of Casey Anthony’s reaction to learning that her daughter’s remains had been located. Inquiring media-minds want to publish this video for the obvious ratings bonanza.
The media will have a field day with this. They will likely remind us about when, early in the case, searchers thought they’d found Caylee’s remains at Blanchard Park, in Orlando, Casey had no reaction versus her extremely emotional reaction when she learned that remains of a small child were located near her home. In a swamp.
Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., heard arguments from the media about why the video should be released; and Jose Baez, Anthony’s defense attorney, argued that the video should not be released because it would violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), which protects unauthorized access to medial records, ensuring privacy. Baez contends that, at the time of the video taping, Casey was administered medication. This, argues Baez, would compromise Casey’s right to privacy via HIPPA.
The HIPPA argument may give Judge Perry something tangible to hang his ruling on, providing him good cause to deny the video release.
It would be interesting to see, sure, but it should be kept sealed. Why must we bring back more of the Casey Anthony drama? The video is likely to incense people anew, giving them greater reason to issue their horrible messages of hate. Casey Anthony is not enjoying the good life, though she is free and that is what sticks in our collective craws.
There is no good reason to release this video now. Can we move on and let this old dog lie? Releasing it will benefit TV ratings, but is it news worthy? I don’t think so.
How will releasing this video benefit the public? It’s likely to anger us to see it! And, what good will that do – it will not change anything.