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Jul182011

Casey Anthony's Parents Were Asked to Be Decoys in Jail Release

Hand Out/ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla) -- Casey Anthony's attorney wanted to use her parents as media decoys at the Orlando, Florida jailhouse where she was released on Sunday, according to the couple's lawyer.

Mark Lippman, who representd Casey Anthony's parents George and Cindy Anthony, told HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell on Sunday that he refused the request from attorney Jose Baez.

"Last night we got a call from Mr. Baez ... he had wanted to use my clients as decoys for the media and I, of course, did not agree with that and neither did my clients," said Lippman.  "One, it was risky at best, and two, just in my opinion, something that would not be beneficial to anybody."

Lippman added that he did find out that Casey Anthony is safe at an undisclosed location.  Anthony reportedly boarded a private plane from the Orlando Executive Airport around 3 a.m. Sunday upon her release after approximately three years in prison just after midnight Sunday.

In the interview, as reported by The Examiner, Lippmann indicated that there has still been no further contact between Casey Anthony and her mother -- though Cindy Anthony did want to have contact with Casey, and Mr. Baez blocked it, according to Lippman.

"After the trial Cindy tried to see Casey and again was rebuked.  Now again, even a simple telephone call apparently seems to be too much for either Casey or Mr. Baez, so we're asking publicly that Mr. Baez at least reach out to me and let me know what's going on," Lippman said.

Casey Anthony's release comes 12 days after she was convicted of four counts of lying to police and a day after she filed an appeal of those convictions.

Anthony, 25, was sentenced to four years for lying to investigators about her 2-year-old daughter Caylee's 2008 disappearance and death, but she had already served three years and was credited for good behavior.  Aside from the jail time, Anthony was fined $4,000.

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