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Casey Anthony Jail Video: Florida Judge Delays Decision On Controversial Footage

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Attorneys in the Casey Anthony case listen to chief judge Belvin Perry during the hearing at the Orange County Courthouse. | AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool

A Florida judge Wednesday recessed court without delivering a decision about the possible release of a video that shows Casey Anthony's reaction when she learned her daughter's remains had been found.

Orange-Osceola County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr., the same judge who presided over Anthony's murder trial, listened to arguments from Orlando media outlet WKMG-TV Channel 6 and Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez.

According to CNN, Baez argued that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act prevented the tape from being released because Anthony was receiving medical attention when it was recorded.

WKMG attorney Jack Kirschenbaum argued that the tape is part of public record because the regulation pertains to medical data and not treatment, the International Business Times reported.

The footage was recorded on Dec. 11, 2008, the day two-year-old Caylee's skeletal remains were found. The discovery was made some six months after the little girl was last seen, and two months after a Florida grand jury indicted Anthony on first-degree murder charges.

The video reportedly shows a visibly distraught Anthony suffer an anxiety attack.

In June 2009, Judge Stan Strickland sealed the video because he did not want potential jurors to see it. This June, after a jury was seated for Anthony's trial, WKMG-TV filed a motion to unseal the video, saying it could no longer prejudice Anthony's right to a fair trial.

On July 5, a jury of seven women and five men acquitted Anthony of killing 2-year-old Caylee, but found her guilty of lying to investigators. Credited with time served, Anthony was released from jail but ordered to complete a one-year probation term.

After listening to both sides Wednesday, Perry recessed the hearing without ruling.

After the hearing, Chief of Due Process Services Karen Connolly Levey would only say, "Judge Perry will not be issuing a ruling on this matter today." It remains unclear when he will do so.

Jose Baez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

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