A judge is considering whether to unseal a video of Casey Anthony considered so inflammatory that it would have infringed upon her right to a fair trial.
The jailhouse video shows Anthony reacting to news reports that a child's body had been found in a swampy area near the family's Florida property.
The tape reportedly shows Casey doubled over and hyperventilating when Orange County jail officials reveal that a body was found near the home.
Too inflammatory to be played for a jury? What the heck is on that tape? It's not like the videos that were played (such as below) were flattering ...
At the time of the December 11, 2008 video, the body was not yet identified as the remains of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.
The court took what is called an "unusual step" and sealed the video on June 17, 2009 claiming the public seeing it would violate Casey's rights.
The court "could not absolutely protect the defendant's right to a fair trial" if the "inflammatory" tape got out, according to the order to seal it.
Casey Anthony was found not guilty last week of charges of killing Caylee and is now scheduled to be released from jail this Sunday night.Regarding the video and whether it will be released now, Orlando television station WKMG-TV Local 6 filed the request to unseal the tape.
WKMG-TV made the request July 6, arguing "that with the jury is sequestered, no prejudice to the defendant's right to a fair trial could incur."
While other pieces of evidence could be seen as damaging, the court said "no other item ... would carry a similar inflammatory impact."
If released, the tape could spark more outrage surrounding the verdict. Casey Anthony death threats have been common in recent days.
In the past week, the jury, Anthony family and Judge Belvin Perry have received threats regarding the case in addition to Casey herself.
Anthony's highly-anticipated release from jail on Sunday has already prompted concerns for her safety and calls for extra protection.