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Casey Anthony has freedom, limited options

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's whereabouts for her first week of freedom were a closely guarded secret yesterday, known only to a select few as she tries to start a new life after being acquitted of killing her daughter.

One of her lawyers said an elaborate plan was made to protect her from people with "the lynch-mob mentality." She walked out of jail on Sunday, shortly after midnight.

Her options for starting a new life could be limited by lawsuits pending against her, the scorn of multitudes who think she was guilty of the killing and a criminal record from her convictions for lying to police.

Her attorney Cheney Mason told NBC's "Today Show" yesterday that he's confident in Anthony's safety, but declined to answer questions about where she was.

"She's gone, she's safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her," Mason said. "Her life is going to be very difficult for a very long time as long as there are so many people of the lynch-mob mentality."

Asked about how Anthony was paying for her fresh start, Mason replied that many volunteers have offered their help.

Her notoriety could also help her earn money. Experts who have helped other notorious defendants through rough times say she will have opportunities, but it won't be easy for the 25-year-old, who was found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of lying to investigators.

In response to a question about whether Anthony planned to cash in on her fame, her lead attorney Jose Baez told Fox News Channel late Sunday that she has "certain rights as an individual in this country." Attorneys planned to handle Anthony's affairs in a "dignified manner," he said. -- AP

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