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Lawyers, jurors, and Casey Anthony herself all cash-in on their involvement in the murder trial

7:48 AM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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Plenty of people involved in the Casey Anthony trial stand to make big bucks from their involvement. Jurors and attorneys are already cashing-in with exclusive TV interviews.

Because the jury acquitted Casey Anthony, she could collect millions from book deals and made-for-TV movies, and Anthony might need the cash. The State of Florida wants her to reimburse the tremendous amount of money spent investigating the death of her daughter Caylee.

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As of Wednesday night, two jurors already made national television appearances. Wednesday evening, Barbara Walters landed an exclusive interview with defense attorney Jose Baez. Still, a third juror sent letters to national media asking for an interview -- if the price is right.

ABC News scored an exclusive with Juror #3, Jennifer Ford, on Wednesday. One of Ford's relatives told 10News ABC compensated her for the exclusive.

Also Wednesday, TMZ released a letter from Juror #6, Brian Berling, saying that he's willing to be interviewed "so long as the opportunities are paid."

None of it surprises Tampa defense attorney John Fitzgibbons. "Certain cable networks made lots and lots and lots of money on this, and it's just typical today. It's almost a reality show. So if somebody can make a buck- I guess that's where we are today," Fitzgibbons told 10News.

ABC also billed a one-on-one with Barbara Walters and Jose Baez as "exclusive" during World News Tonight, but attorney Fitzgibbons says those who want to cash-in should act fast. "There will be a few train-wrecks down the line for some of these people, and we all like to watch train-wrecks happen. But... in another few days nobody is going to care what happened in the jury room... but this is going to be a footnote for a lot of the participants shortly."

To be clear-- 10News does not pay for interviews. Technically, national news operations don't pay for interviews either. Instead, they pay fees to license pictures and video. Still, money is changing hands. The St. Petersburg Times wrote more about this phenomenon after a witness in the Anthony trial admitted ABC paid him for his interview.

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