Anthony's Ohio relative says no one should cash in on verdict

10:47 PM, Jul 17, 2011   |    comments
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WARREN -- A woman who is related to Casey Anthony's Ohio family says if a book or TV deal is out there for the acquitted mother, she wants no part of it.

Pam Plesea likens any endorsement that comes out of Anthony's 'not guilty' verdict to a shameful act.

"I think in some kind of way, [Casey Anthony] truly believes she's a celebrity, and sad to say, the media has painted her as a celebrity. There's certainly nothing to celebrate here," Plesea said.

The 25-year-old Anthony was released from an Orlando jail, just after midnight, Saturday. She'd already served three years during the length of the investigation into her two-year-old daughter's murder.

Out of the six-week trial, jurors found the mother guilty of lying to investigators, but innocent of capital murder. 

The judge gave her credit for jail time already served.

As crowds waited on Anthony to walk out of jail, many booed her.

Yet a Cleveland image consultant says someone will inevitably try to pay Anthony to share her story.

"Her story is worth millions," said Candace Bradfield.

As co-founder of AumenteStyle, Bradfield works with people on self-branding and marketing. She says Anthony's case reminds her of other high-profile defendants, like OJ Simpson, who went on to write a book about the murder of his wife.

"I'm sure the tabloids have been in touch with her. The sensational talk shows. I'm sure [Anthony] is going to be approached by any number of people," Bradfield said.

Bradfield says if Anthony's lawyers do their job, they'll advise her to lay low for a while.

"She needs to go away and disappear for a while, until the anger people feel has dissipated somewhat," Bradfield said.

Plesea also thinks Anthony should go away, but her reasons are different.

"I don't want to hear her name anymore. I don't want to read a book. I don't want to hear an interview. I don't want to see any more magazines in the checkout line with her face on them. I'm sick to death of it," Plesea said. "I don't want to see any money go anywhere that has to do with the death of that child. It's like dancing on Caylee's grave."

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