What is in the note George Anthony wrote when he disappeared in January and contemplated suicide? The public might never know.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the family attorney, Brad Conway, filed papers Tuesday (March 3) asking Orange County Circuit Judge Stan Strickland that the suicide note written while George Anthony was distraught not be made public when the investigative reports regarding the incident go public in the next few weeks. In the filing, Conway argues that the contents of the note could be embarrassing to the family and that there exists nothing that was relevant to the criminal case against George Anthony’s daughter, Casey Anthony. Conway has requested a hearing for later this week.
The handwritten note was found in the Daytona Beach motel where police found George Anthony after he left his home outside Orlando and began texting his family that he wanted to end his life. Anthony, whose daughter Casey is accused of murdering his granddaughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, spent nearly two weeks in the hospital under medical supervision after the incident.
Conway stated while George Anthony was being treated at the Halifax Medical Center that the 57-year-old former police officer had been “pushed to the brink” by the events unfolding in his life. Some speculated that Anthony may have wanted to commit suicide because of the release to the public of 311 pages of documents concerning Casey Anthony’s case but Conway dismissed such speculation.
There is little doubt that if Judge Strickland finds nothing of substance in the suicide note that he will agree to Conway’s request that the note be kept private. There would be no value in publicly humiliating a man and his family who have suffered tremendously under the weight of public scrutiny. However, if the suicide note in any way reflects upon Casey Anthony and the case against her for murdering her child, Caylee Anthony, Judge Strickland will have no other choice than to let it become a matter of public record and let it be released for public review, embarrassing or not. In short, if it can be used by the prosecution, it becomes part of the public record.
The filing to keep George Anthony’s suicide note private came just a day after Judge Strickland ruled that he could do little to stop the public dissemination of the Casey Anthony photos her attorney, Jose Baez, attempted to filed to suppress on Friday. Strickland refused to hold the photos because most of them were either already on the internet or had been on the internet on a photo-sharing website for quite some time. Baez had argued that allowing the public to see them might prejudice potential jurors.
Casey Anthony remains in jail, charged with the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Judge Strickland set the trial date on Monday for October 12.