Casey Anthony attorney makes rude gesture in public

UPDATE: The Associated Press has withdrawn this story about a lawyer filing a Florida Bar complaint against Casey Anthony attorney Cheney Mason for making an obscene gesture in public. Florida Bar spokeswoman Karen Kirksey says that a complaint has not been received and that the man who claimed to have filed it is no longer an attorney.

Defense attorney Cheney Mason gestures toward reporters and spectators peering through a restaurant window across the street from the Orange County Courthouse, while trying to get a glimpse of the Casey Anthony defense team celebrating after the not-guilty verdict was announced in Orlando on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Defense attorney Cheney Mason gestures toward reporters and spectators peering through a restaurant window across the street from the Orange County Courthouse, while trying to get a glimpse of the Casey Anthony defense team celebrating after the not-guilty verdict was announced in Orlando on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Casey Anthony attorney's rude gesture earns Florida Bar complaint

ORLANDO — A Florida Bar complaint has been filed against one of Casey Anthony's attorneys for making an obscene gesture at reporters and spectators after her acquittal on murder charges.

While celebrating the jury's not guilty verdict Tuesday at an Orlando restaurant, attorney Cheney Mason gestured with his middle finger toward people gathered outside. An Associated Press photographer snapped a picture of the gesture.

In his complaint, Coral Gables attorney John B. Thompson said Mason violated Bar rules for "maintaining integrity of the profession."

The complaint says Mason's gesture in a public setting falls under the Bar's regulatory policy, which holds that actions by lawyers even in private that reflect poorly on the profession are subject to discipline. Mason was in court Thursday and not available for comment.

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