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Raleigh publicist reps Casey Anthony juror

Posted July 7, 2011 10:22 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2011 8:25 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh publicist is helping one of the jurors from the Casey Anthony trial navigate interview requests from national media outlets.

“People now dislike the jury because they didn’t give the public the verdict they want,” Rick French, chief executive of French, West and Vaughn public relations, told WRAL News on Thursday.

A jury of 12 found Casey Anthony not guilty this week of killing and abusing her 2-year-old daughter.

French would not name his client, but said he is a husband and father of two with a degree in economics. Since the verdict, the juror's family has been under siege. 

"He has no privacy. He can't go to the grocery store. The news trucks have his driveway blocked in," French said. 

French said his phone rings constantly with networks willing to offer cash for an interview with his client. One national publication claims $50,000 was offered to a juror. French said that information didn't come from him, and the offer was actually higher. 

"The figure is low compared to what some media outlets are suggesting they would pay him," French said. 

French said the juror contacted his company for help handling those offers and to help him decide whether or not to talk to the media. 

For those who would criticize his client for hiring a publicist, French reminds that it is the media throwing money around to "get ratings, to get exclusive interviews." 

French said his client has decided for now not to speak to the media. 

"That person is responsible for letting Casey Anthony go free. What is that worth to you? When they sat back and thought about it, there wasn't a price that could be put on that," French said.