Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Casey Anthony's Lawyers Fight To Keep Her Out Of Florida

Casey Anthony is not going back to Orange County, Fla., without a fight.

Lawyers representing Anthony will appeal a court order mandating her to return to her home state to serve probation for a check-fraud conviction.

Last week, Judge Belvin Perry ordered Anthony to report to a probation officer in Orange County by noon on Aug. 26 -- but her attorneys argue that the 25-year-old already served the time, CNN reports.

Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in July after a controversial trial. But due to a previous conviction for cashing $644.25 of bad checks using a friend's stolen checkbook, Anthony still faces one year of supervised probation.

In dispute is whether Anthony served her probation while in jail awaiting trial, or whether she must fulfill the probation after her release.

Due to a clerk's mistake, a court order outlining Anthony's probation did not include the words "upon release," CNN notes.

On Aug. 1, Florida Circuit Judge Stan Strickland amended the probation order, forcing Antony to return to Florida within 72 hours, according to The New York Post.

The following day, Anthony's attorneys issued a motion to "quash, vacate and set aside" Strickland's order, claiming they had evidence proving she had already served her probation while in jail.

The new ruling, issued by Judge Perry -- the same judge who presided over Anthony's murder trial -- notes "[i]t is clear the court stated the defendant's probation was to start once she was released from jail."

Anthony's attorneys intend to challenge Perry's order.

If Anthony's lawyers are unable to prove that Anthony already served her probation, they will request she be permitted to serve it in a different state, TMZ notes.

Anthony's lawyers say she has received death threats. A recent poll named her the "most hated" person in America.

By Huffington Post

Source: Huffington Post

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