ORLANDO, FLORIDA– In the 48 hours that have passed since Judge Belvin Perry ordered the names of the jurors in the Casey Anthony murder trial to be released, many of the jurors have went into hiding.
According to reports by CBS News, the twelve person jury that acquitted Casey Anthony on charges of murdering her two-year old toddler and tossing her body into a heavily wooded swamp have retreated in fear of retaliation by an angry public still seething over the verdict.
Since the verdict was announced more than three months ago, both Casey Anthony and the jurors that acquitted the disturbed Florida mother have been the target of death threats and public ridicule. Documented threats of violence against Anthony and the Pinellas County based jury, who were transported into Orlando to serve on the case, led judge Perry to delay releasing the names of the jury members in the hopes that, over time, anger over the verdict would fade. That, according to all indications, has not been the case.
Since her acquittal, Casey Anthony, recently named the most hated person in America, has remained in hiding, rarely venturing out into the public. When Anthony does go out in public, it is only under the watchful protection of guards and dressed in heavy disguise.
Since the names were released, throngs of reporters have visited the homes of the Anthony jurors for comment, only to find the homes vacant or the blinds drawn and those inside refusing to answer the door.
According to the list which was published by the Orlando Sentinel, the seven female, five male jury consisted of:
Juror No. 1- Joan G. Meier, unemployed, late 60’s.
Juror No. 2- Raymond L. Screen, Black male in his mid-30s, an information-technology worker.
Juror No. 3-Jennifer Ford, a 32 year old nursing student.
Juror No. 4-Linda F. Bills, Middle-aged black female.
Juror No. 5-Harriet B. White, White female in her 50s; former nurse.
Juror No. 6-Brian P. Berling, 33 year old male chef.
Juror No. 7- Kimberly A. Kimball, 41 year old single white female, no children.
Juror No. 8- Kathleen A. Nighland, Female in her mid 50’s, works as a customer service representative
Juror No. 9- James P. Kearns, 53 year old single male, described as “semi-retired”.
Juror No. 10- Ronald H. Robertson, 57 year old single male, works as a billing representative for Verizon.
Juror No. 11-David W. Angelo, white male, early 30’s, health and physical education teacher at Largo High School.
Juror No. 12- Mary L. Fuhr, white married female, employment status, “undefined”.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has announced that they will be adding additional patrol units to areas in which members of the jury are known to reside and work in an attempt to prevent acts of violence.