The great media scramble is on to land the first interview with a juror in the Casey Anthony murder trial—and the smell of money is in the air.
Given the huge amount of coverage her acquittal on murder and manslaughter charges is generating, there is obvious interest in getting an inside account on why the jury so quickly dismissed the prosecution’s charges that Anthony had killed her 2-year-old daughter.
Juror No. 6 is interested in talking—for a price of at least $50,000.
Undoubtedly mindful that the networks have sometimes paid big licensing fees for photos or other property of interview subjects, the “college-educated” juror has hired a North Carolina publicist to shop his story around. Below is the e-mail that PR man Rick French sent to the networks.
From: "Rick French"
Date: July 6, 2011 12:02:07 PM EDT
To: < >
Subject: Juror in the Casey Anthony Trial
Good Morning, my name is Rick French and my firm has been retained to handle media requests of Juror #6 in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Your name has been forwarded to us because you gave your contact information to the court and that information was in turn passed along to all jurors.
Our client—a married, college-educated, 33-year-old white male with two young children – is willing to consider granting one or more media interviews so long as the opportunities are paid, which I know is always a sticky subject and believe me, I understand the delicacy of this type of negotiation. He will not entertain any offers that don’t include compensation for a myriad of reasons.
If you are interested in discussing his request with me and can meet our client’s terms, feel free to e-mail me or call me at the number below.
The Daily Beast’s Diane Dimond witnessed the following exchange between juror No. 6 and a prosecutor during jury selection:
Asst. Prosecutor Frank George: "You know you have the right not to talk to any media after this is over...media like Dateline, shows like that. Would you do that?"
Juror No. 6: "I don't see why I would."