Casey Anthony Signs a Book Deal at Her Peril

Why both she and her publishers should think twice before inking a deal

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Casey Anthony is in a bit of a bind. The 25-year-old Florida woman acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter has almost no money and is estranged with her family (according to court records, she left jail with $537 in her inmate account). The best way for her to get back on her feet is a book or TV deal. But because many still view Anthony as guilty, any potential deal faces a wave of public scorn toward her or a potential publisher. "Her story is worth millions," says imaging and self-branding consultant Candace Bradfield. "Trident would be interested," said Robert Gottlieb, the president of Trident Group book agents in an interview with USA Today. "I do believe people are entitled to write books and sell their stories." But here's a glimpse the pressure Anthony and her publishers face if they engage in a deal:

Boycotts  "A local mother is already organizing a boycott, fueled through Facebook, of any book or movie that would enrich Ms. Anthony," reported the New York Times this weekend. “We refuse to be a part of blood money,” Bree Thornton, the organizer of Boycott Casey, told the newspaper. “We would like to stop the publication of a book before it starts.”

Death threats Along with a slew of vicious statements trial observers have said about Anthony, others have gone so far as to assault people misidentified as Anthony, as in the attack on an Oklahoma woman last week. "Sammay Blackwell, who works at a convenient store, was rear-ended by a woman who accused her of looking like Anthony," according to a report by KOTV. “After driving a few miles, Nalley rammed her van into the back of Blackwell’s truck, and struck her again, causing Blackwell’s vehicle to flip two and a half times before landing on the driver’s side."

Pressure from family Anthony's aunt, Pam Plesea, who lives in Warren, Ohio, was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate saying any book or TV deal would be a disgrace, and she wouldn't participate in it. "I don't want to hear her name anymore. I don't want to read a book. I don't want to hear an interview. I don't want to see any more magazines in the checkout line with her face on them," she said. "I'm sick to death of it. I don't want to see any money go anywhere that has to do with the death of that child. It's like dancing on Caylee's grave."

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