Orlando, Fla. – On Thursday, the Florida Bar Association determined that Casey Anthony attorney Cheney Mason would not face ethics charges for displaying his middle finger – also known as ‘flipping the bird’ at a spectator as Casey’s legal team celebrated her acquittal for murder on July 5, 2011.
Mason reportedly reacted to an onlooker who was standing outside the restaurant where Casey’s attorneys had gathered and was yelling out for the group to leave.
Jack Thompson, a disbarred lawyer, complained of Mason’s conduct to the Florida Bar arguing that his conduct violated certain rules set out for lawyers regarding the legal profession.
“While the actions of Mr. Mason are not condoned,” wrote Florida Bar counsel Annemarie Craft, his actions did not violate the rules of ethics for lawyers. She added that the incident appeared to be isolated and “unrelated to a legal proceeding.”
To read Thompson’s complaint, which includes a photo of Mason in action, along with Craft’s decision, and Thompson’s letter reacting to the Bar’s decision, click here.
According to the ABA Journal, Thompson was disbarred three years ago after the Florida Bar determined he had a pattern of acting “harshly, extensively, repeatedly and willfully to simply try to bring as much difficulty, distraction and anguish to those he considers in opposition to his causes.”
Mason was part of a bevy of attorneys that helped represent Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008.
A jury of her peers found her “not guilty” of the murder, and she walked out of jail a free woman on July 17. Casey’s lawyers are currently keeping her whereabouts a secret citing safety issues and concern for her well being.
To watch the entire Casey Anthony trial, including jury selection, opening statements, court proceedings, witness testimony and closing arguments, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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