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Admirers and supporters from as far away as Canada have sent money to Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted earlier this month in one of the most followed criminal trials nationwide.

An Orange County jury found 25-year-old Anthony not guilty of a first-degree murder charge stemming from the 2008 death of Caylee, whose skeletal remains were later found in woods near the Anthony family home.

However, Casey Anthony was convicted of misdemeanor charges of lying to detectives during the investigation and sentenced to the maximum four years in jail.

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As of Thursday, Anthony had earned $472.18 — almost $200 more than she had the day she received the verdict, ABC News reported. Donations have come from at least 17 different donors since May, according to Orange County Corrections Department records. Charitable donors have been mostly men, ranging in age from 10 to the late 50s, according to People magazine.

"I do not know Casey personally, nor am I supporting her as a person, nor am I anything like the people sending her love letters and asking her to marry them," one of her more generous male donors, who's in his late 20s, told People. "However, what I am supporting is the jury's decision to acquit based on lack of evidence failing to overcome the reasonable doubt standard."

An average inmate's account balance at the jail checked in at $36.30, according to department records.

Meanwhile, Anthony's legal troubles are not over. Texas EquuSearch is suing the 32-year-old resident.

Story: Search group sues Anthony for costly efforts

Tim Miller, the firm's founder, said he spent a month searching for Anthony's two-year-old daughter, Caylee, in the summer of 2008. "We ended up and spent a little over $112,000 on this search," Miller told KPRC in Houston, adding "I think it is only fair that we try to recoup that money."

Meanwhile, a Fla. lawmaker was seeking to ban future jurors from profiting from their civic service after a juror in the Casey Anthony trial reportedly demanded thousands of dollars to sit for a news interview.

State Representative Scott Randolph of Orlando said he filed a bill to prohibit jurors from receiving compensation immediately following a trial for information about their jury service.

The bill would impose a 270-day "cooling-off" period during which payments to jurors would be banned. Violating the law would be a third-degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, Randolph's office said in a statement.

"Every American must receive a fair trial, without fear that a juror may be influenced by future monetary considerations," said lawyer Mark Nejame, who formerly represented Casey Anthony's parents and is working with Randolph on the bill.

Randolph said he was also preparing to file a bill he called the "Juror Protection Act," which would keep jurors' names secret unless they chose to identify themselves.

A similar proposal was being pushed by the Florida Civil Rights Association, but its version would keep juror names sealed only for a "reasonable cooling-off period."

The civil rights group's version also would make it a crime to contact any juror who has "publicly made clear that they do not wish to be contacted." The group is trying to find a legislative sponsor.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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    >>> new legal trouble for casey anthony said to be released from jail on sunday. a florida lawyer is asking the judge to force anthony to give a deposition for a defamation case filed by zenaida gonzalez in 2008 . anthony told investigators a woman with the same name stole caylee. i'm joined by tim miller the founder of equusearch. why have you decided to sue?

    >> it was not 100% my decision. we had to look at what we did in florida looking for little caylee, and i went to my board of directors first and said do you know what, should we possibly take some action against this and try to recoup a little bit for spend $112,000 plus searching for a little girl that was never missing.

    >> these are donations, right? this is not a publicly funded group?

    >> no, these are donations, of course we're in the worst economic times of our history as far as equusearch and the donations are gone. i mean we're not getting them and i feel as though we were used. there's other families out there that needed us, that wanted us. there's going to certainly be more in the future, we're only one phone call away from the next one and this was not a publicity thing for media attention. this came from the heart of myself, for my daughter, laura, that i made that promise i never never leave a family alone if there was anything i could do, you know, so anyhow, the board made a decision that we would go forward.

    >> let me ask you about the lawsuit, mark, here's what casey anthony 's lawyer, cheney mason had to say, "it sounds to me totally frivolous, how could they have a lawsuit. casey didn't hire them, she had no contact with them, she didn't ask them to come in, her parents did." what's her response?

    >> my response is that statement is incorrect and this lawsuit has a very strong legal basis. for wefseveral reasons. si sinned knee asked equusearch to search. second when mr. miller went to their home, casey anthony , cindy anthony and george anthony told mr. miller that caylee was alive and he should search for them. while cindy and george continued to tell mr. miller that caylee was alive and continued to search, casey sat by and both, a, made the same representations and remained silent. it was an omission by failing to tell tim miller and the state attorney and the public and the judicial system that she knew that caylee was unfortunately dead.

    >> let me ask you finally, tim, because as you have said that this is a labor of love for you, it's something you do to honor your daughter and i'm wondering, when you heard the defense at trial saying that this was an accident, that in fact caylee had drowned and that obviously this was a little girl who never was alive and who you were -- who was missing who you were searching for what was your reaction?

    >> you know my reaction when jose baez opened his mouth in the opening statements was you know that casey , that caylee never was missing, there was a terrible accident, well, i felt as though this was a game that jose baez was playing in, the jury was never going to go for this, and you know, but then when the jury came back with the verdict that, of not guilty, apparently the jury did believe this, apparently this is true now, so why in the hell do you call me five weeks after the accidental drowning and try to convince me and we put $112,000 in this, 4,200 plus searchers for a child that never was missing? you know, i feel like we was betrayed, there was other families out there that really needed us, really needed us, and unfortunately we couldn't help them. we couldn't help families afterwards that really needed us because we used up $112,000 that you know --

    >> understood. we thank you tim miller , mark wites, keep us

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