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Casey Anthony Trial: Fighting Among Spectators Prompts New Seating Rules

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A fight between would-be courtroom observers has prompted Florida's Orange County Courthouse to change the way seating passes are handed out at the Casey Anthony murder trial.

"Effective today, individuals who want to get into the courtroom to watch the State v. Casey Anthony trial should line up at 4:00 p.m. for tickets for the following day," Karen Connolly Levey, Chief of Due Process Services, said in an email to The Huffington Post and other media outlets.

Anthony, 25, is accused of multiple charges, including capital murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement in the case of the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.

According to Levey, the Court will take the names of the first 50 people in line Monday through Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

"Those individuals should return the following Court day at 8:00 a.m. with identification," she said. "They will receive a pass to enter the courtroom at that time."

The fight that prompted the temporary policy change for the duration of the trial occurred at about 5:45 a.m. today, when two men were accused of cutting in line.

According to WKMG-TV, a CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla., the fight broke out at about around 5:45 a.m., when two men cut in line.

"[They] just cut in front of us," Jessie Dorris, 27, told Central Florida News 13.

The fight was stopped moments later by intervening spectators. Police questioned the parties involved but no arrests were made.

The fight was perhaps reminiscent of protester fights that broke out in front of the Anthony family home during the summer of 2008, when Caylee was reported missing.


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