Jail House Conversations Ruled Public

Posted July 30, 2008 11:58:00 PM

ORLANDO -- A judge denied a motion Tuesday by the family of Casey Anthony to stop the release of any recorded jail house conversations.

Casey's attorney, Jose Baez, argued the release of the conversations may hurt any attempt to bring home Casey's missing daughter.

George Anthony, Casey's father, took the stand Tuesday to explain why he thinks releasing recorded conversations, 911 tapes and visitor logs is bringing negative publicity and affecting Casey's case.

" I believe whoever has Caylee, if they keep hearing these phone conversations, they're going to find something out, and it's going to take her further and further away from us, " George Anthony said.

The ruling from Judge Stan Strickland, however, said that was not enough to overrule what is clearly stated in the law.

"When push comes to shove in a case like this, I'm going to err on the side of the First Amendment every time, and I'm going to do that here by denying your motion, " Strickland said.

It is now clear that anything Casey Anthony says behind bars could possibly be used against her.

Mark NeJame, a defense attorney, said he knows exactly what he would tell Casey if he were her attorney.

" There's a saying in this business: 'You can't catch a fish if their mouth is closed,' so we tell our client to shut up. Do not talk; there's nothing positive that can be gotten from talking to someone from the jail and giving it to law enforcement, " NeJame said.

Law enforcement said they just want to get to the truth, and while Baez said he is still negotiating with detectives, Casey remains uncooperative.

Casey Anthony has not been charged in her daughter's disappearance. She is in jail on charges of child neglect, lying to investigators and interfering with an investigation.