Casey Anthony: Florida Judge to Rule on 'Inflammatory' Tape

The video was taken eight days before the remains were confirmed to be Caylee's.

Sept. 28, 2011 — -- A Florida judge heard arguments today regarding whether a "highly inflammatory" jailhouse video of acquitted murder suspect Casey Anthony should be unsealed to the public, but adjourned the hearing without a ruling.

The tape was sealed after the court ruled that its release would have made it difficult for Anthony to have a fair trial. The video reportedly shows a jailed Anthony reacting to news reports that a child's body was found in a swampy area near the Anthony home more than a week before the remains were identified as her daughter Caylee's.

The court went into recess following the arguments and a court spokeswoman said Judge Perry will not be issuing a ruling today.

Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, argued that unsealing the tape would be an invasion of his client's privacy under HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which governs patients' rights to privacy, because Anthony was in the jail's medical facility.

It was pointed out, however, that Anthony was in a waiting room, not in a treatment room.

"I think that Mr. Baez will agree with the court's assessment that this is a waiting room, but Mr. Baez's argument is since they gave her some medication, it transformed the waiting room into a treatment room," Perry said.

An attorney for the state of Florida countered Baez's argument by saying, "Unquestionably ... the privacy issues are miniscule compared to the public right to know."

Perry acknowledged the argument from the defense that the making of the soundless videotape was set up, as he said, to "observe whatever reaction that one can glean from the tape."

"I think that was a generous choice of words," Baez said. "'Torture' comes to my mind."

On the tape, Anthony reportedly doubles over and starts to hyperventilate when Orange County jail officials told her a meter reader stumbled upon the remains near Suburban Drive, according to an Orlando Sentinel article from 2009.

At the time of the Dec. 11, 2008 video, the body had not been identified as the remains of her 2-year-old daughter . Positive identification came eight days later.

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The court took what is called an "unusual step" and sealed the video on June 17, 2009, claiming that allowing the public to see it would be "highly inflammatory," and that the court "could not absolutely protect the defendant's right to a fair trial," according to the order to seal the document.

Orlando television station WKMG-TV Local 6 filed the request to unseal the video on July 6, just before the verdict came down.

The station argued in its filing, "Now that the trial has started and the jury is sequestered, no prejudice to the defendant's right to a fair trial could incur."

While other pieces of evidence could be seen as damaging, the court said that "no other item comes to mind that would carry a similar inflammatory impact."

Anthony was acquitted in July of charges of killing her daughter Caylee. After her release from jail, Anthony went into hiding amid death threats.

Broke and unemployed, Anthony was forced out of hiding and ordered to return to Florida at the end of August to serve a year of probation for her check fraud conviction. Perry has also ordered that Anthony reimburse local and state investigators more than $217,000 to help pay for Caylee's search.

In mid-September, Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, made a buzzed about appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show, revealing their personal beliefs about what happened to their granddaughter.

"Yeah I blame my daughter for Caylee not being here today," George Anthony said on the "Dr Phil" show. "I believe she was there and I also believe she probably had some help."

Cindy Anthony, however, said she believes her daughter's claims that the death was an accident.

"I buy the part that Caylee drowned," she said.

Anthony was convicted on four counts of lying to authorities. One of her admitted lies was that Caylee had been snatched by a babysitter, triggering a massive investigation and search.

ABC News' Jessica Hopper contributed to this report.