Anthony Judge Wants Public Records Law Changed

July 27, 2011 - 3:59 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The judge in the Casey Anthony case is urging the Florida Legislature to change the state's public records law to keep jurors' names secret in high-profile cases.

Judge Belvin Perry said in an order Tuesday that releasing the names of jurors "makes a mockery" of Florida's privacy law, especially in high-profile cases where jurors' may receive threats because of their verdict.

An official with a group that advocates for Florida's public records law said Wednesday there are other ways to protect jurors.

James Rhea, director of the First Amendment Foundation, says citizens have more faith in the judicial process when it is transparent.

Perry has delayed releasing jurors' names in the Anthony case until October. Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee earlier this month.