The Casey Anthony jury selection is finally beginning. Starting today the process will be underway. What will happen to those who chosen for the jury? How will their lives change? The 12 jurors and 8 alternates who will decide the fate of Anthony will begin a life that they've probably never known before.
They will have to be sequestered. That means they will live secluded in a hotel for the duration of the trial. They will be housed, fed, and transported to and from the hotel to the court, all at the cost of the State of Florida. This isn't something that will take a week or two; the trial can go on for months. The juror's lives will change drastically. They will have to follow rules about what they watch on TV, what they are allowed to read and how often they can speak with their family members. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the cost of sequestering the jury for the duration of the trial is $360,000.
Being a juror in this high-profile murder case adds emotional stress to the members of the Casey Anthony jury. It is difficult enough to serve on a jury of any type, but a murder case like this will be trying for all of them. Anthony is accused of murdering her two-old-daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008.
Due to the publicity of the events leading up to the trial, it is best that jurors be sequestered during the entire process of jury selection through the verdict. Florida law dictates jurors be sequestered during deliberations only, but the judge in this case has determined that sequestering begins with the jury selection.
Remember the face of that sweet little girl, Caylee Anthony. The Casey Anthony jury will be giving up a few months of their lives for a trial that the world has been waiting for. A trial to prove that she was murdered by her mother, how sad is that?