The Jail's 4-1-1 on Casey Anthony

 

Allen Moore is caught up in the drama, but he prefers to work behind the scenes.  




Allen Moore is built like a wrestler and has a haircut like a Marine.

And he knows what Casey Anthony ate for dinner as well as what time she is scheduled to see her attorney and other visitors while she’s in jail charged with the murder of her missing daughter. 

Moore, 61, is the king of information at the Orange County Corrections Department’s jail on 33rd Street and John Young Parkway. As public information officer, he handles media inquiries and internal communication at the jail.

He has had the busiest time of his 12-year jail career since Anthony, 22, was arrested in July in connection with the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. While Anthony was in and out of jail over the summer, Moore kept the media updated on her whereabouts as a matter of public record.

“I’ve never seen a story that has had such longevity of intense interest on the part of the media,” Moore says.

And that includes the case of Lisa Nowak, the astronaut accused of attempting to abduct a romantic rival in an Orlando International Airport parking lot in 2007.

The Anthony case has Moore working up to 12 hours a day, as well as nights and weekends, updating reporters via mass e-mails he sends from his BlackBerry. Calls and e-mails from reporters have more than tripled since Anthony was first booked. Moore says he handles an average of 400 media contacts every month—the vast majority related to Anthony’s case. 

“I don’t think Allen’s hours really know any bounds,” says Jessica D’Onofrio, a reporter who has covered the Casey Anthony case for WKMG Local 6. “Especially when you have high-profile cases. It’s not just [Anthony] getting booked in and bonded out. He’s keeping everybody updated with the minutiae.”

Moore refuses to let the jail overshadow the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as the authority on the investigation. He’s turned down interviews on Good Morning America, CNN’s Larry King Live and other national TV programs. His pet peeve is Nancy Grace, who he says tramples on the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” regarding Anthony. Grace’s cable-TV show calls regularly to ask for the jail’s menu while Anthony is locked up. “I have serious ethical concerns about her,” Moore says. “I think due process keeps us all safe.”

Drawn to reporting during a 16-year military career, Moore served as a combat journalist while a Marine in Vietnam. He also spent time in the Army. Law school deepened his passion for criminal justice but convinced him he didn’t want to be an attorney.

 While the Anthony case has gotten national attention and tabloid-like coverage, Moore doesn’t fault the media for staying on top of the story. “The media wouldn’t be doing that if there weren’t intense interest on the part of the public,” he says.

Edit Module
Want to read the whole issue? Download and read this issue and others on Magzter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Guides & Resources

Premier Realtors 2017

Let Orlando's best realtors help you find your dream home!

Orlando's Best Lawyers 2017

Our annual list includes hundreds of Orlando-area attorneys in dozens of areas of practice.

Orlando's Top Dentists of 2017

Our annual list featuring 224 of the area's finest dental professionals.

Guide to Private Schools 2017

Our searchable annual database will help you chart an educational course for your family.

2016 Premier Doctors

Our annual list of over 500 doctors.

Best Doctors 2016

The Annual List of the Best Doctors in Orlando.

Top Doctors 2016

The Annual List of the Top Doctors in Orlando.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

MoreRecent Blog Posts

Weekend Happenings May 26 to 28

Know what's happening in and around Orlando for the weekend.

Fringe Favorites

Here are 6 not-to-be-missed shows at the annual theater festival, which ends this weekend.

Lower Your Energy Bill in the Heat of Summer

12 ways to cool your home that helps reduce your energy use and lower bills.

Health Hub: No problem. Period.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Patrick Martinez: American Memorial

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College presents "American Memorial" by Patrick Martinez on view May 25 to September 10, 2017.
Edit Module