Two of Four Casey Anthony Convictions Thrown Out
One of the most infamous defendants in U.S. trials of recent years took two big steps Friday toward clearing her name, and she vowed to “keep fighting.”
Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeal threw out two of Casey Anthony’s four convictions of lying to authorities as they investigated the disappearance of Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
The appeals judges agreed with Anthony’s argument that the multiple convictions amounted to double jeopardy. But the judges upheld the other two convictions.
In an internationally publicized and emotionally charged case, Anthony was tried in 2011 and acquitted of murder charges in the death of Caylee.
The child was last seen June 16, 2008, but was not reported missing until July 15, 2008, when Casey Anthony’s mother tracked her daughter down and demanded answers regarding Caylee’s whereabouts.
Investigators searched for the child for five months, eventually finding Caylee’s skeletal remains in woods less than a mile from her grandparents’ Orlando home.
While she was acquitted in the death of her young daughter, Anthony was convicted of the four counts of lying to authorities.
Those charges arose from statements Anthony made on July 16, 2008, to Orange County Detective Yuri Melich, who was investigating the disappearance of Caylee.
According to Friday’s court filing, the appeals judges rejected Anthony’s claim that statements she made before being read her Miranda rights should not have been allowed in the trial.
And they rejected her argument that the state statute she was convicted of violating is unconstitutionally vague.
Anthony’s lawyer, Cheney Mason, said when he called his client to share the ruling that two of the four convictions had been overturned, she said, “We keep fighting.”
Anthony could appeal the remaining two convictions to the Florida Supreme Court next.
When questioned early in the investigation, Casey Anthony admitted to police that she hadn’t seen Caylee for more than 30 days, and on July 16, 2008, she was arrested on suspicion of child neglect, filing false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. At that time, she made the statements to Melich, which led to her convictions.
After nearly three years of legal maneuvers, Anthony’s capital murder trial began on May 24, 2011.
Prosecutors alleged that she killed Caylee by using chloroform and covering her nose and mouth with duct tape, and that she put her body in the trunk of her car before dumping it in the woods.
Defense attorney Jose Baez argued that Caylee drowned in the Anthony family pool on June 16, 2008, and that Casey Anthony and her father, George, covered up the death.
On July 5, 2011, a jury found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child, while convicting her on the four “false information” counts.
Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail, to be served consecutively. But with her time in jail as she awaited trial counting against the jail terms, she was released 10 days after her sentencing, on July 17. Even though she exited shortly after midnight, about 1,000 people jeered her as police guards and Baez escorted her to a waiting SUV and drove away quickly.
Anthony still faces a defamation lawsuit from Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, of nearby Kissimmee, Florida.
During Anthony’s disputed July 16, 2008, statements to Melich, she said the last time she had seen her daughter was when she dropped Caylee off at Gonzalez’s apartment.
Gonzalez filed suit in September 2008, claiming that Anthony ruined her reputation.
Last April, a judge ruled that the suit needed to go to trial by jury and denied Gonzalez’s request for a summary judgment.
- The appellate ruling makes sense.
- At first it made me angry she got off so easily, but then I figured karma will get her in this life or the next.
- As long as she has an appeal pending, she can take the 5th in a deposition in the case filed by Zannie the Nanny. She wants to avoid that at all costs.
- Casey Anthony files for bankruptcy in Florida
Associated Press - 53 mins ago
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.
Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa.
Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.
The filling also states that she is a defendant in several civil suits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in Orange County Circuit Court.
Fernandez-Gonzalez claims her reputation was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped Caylee. The detectives were investigating the 2008 disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead. Anthony's attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her.
Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
An attorney for Anthony, David Schrader, did not immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press.
Anthony lists about 80 creditors in the 60-page court filing. The claims largely cover fees for legal, medical, psychiatric and forensics consulting or services. But one claim covers a debt for scuba diving services.
According to the courts, the aim of seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection is to be discharged of most existing debts — essentially to obtain a fresh financial start. A trustee may have the right to take possession of and sell non-exempt property and use the sale proceeds to pay creditors, but Anthony lists little in the way of assets. A debtor may still be held responsible for some obligations, such as taxes and student loans.
The filing came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.
Though Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee, jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, and her attorneys appealed those convictions. Anthony was sentenced to time served for the misdemeanors.
She was sentenced to a year of probation after her release from jail for an unrelated case. For her protection, her whereabouts have been kept secret since she was released from state supervision last year.
- WE WILL NEVER FORGET, NOR FORGIVE YOU, TOTMOM!
- How does she pay for legal work?
- She spreads her legs
- I think the verdict was just.
- Just in time for the maid's civil suit for defamation. What are the chances?
- She should quit while she's ahead. She does poses alot of nerve though. I can't believe this vile cunt. Women are the worst.
- She is a Grade A USDA certified psychopath. Up until now she's had her infatuated parents and the morontocracy of FloriDUH to cover for her as she goes from one fuckup to another, but eventually she'll run out of luck and end up dead or with a very long prison sentence. Let's hope the former, for the sake of all her potential victims.
- Are you brain damaged, r12? There are twenty sociopathic male murderers for every Casey Anthony.
- [quote]Just in time for the maid's civil suit for defamation. What are the chances?
Her chances are jail time for defamation of character. They will nail her for that.
- Anthony just filed for bankruptcy in Florida.
So glad that cold, murdering bitch didn't profit from killing her 2 yr old.
Remember when her team was shopping around an interview for a million dollars?
- They over-charged in all areas of the case. This is just another example of the eneptness of the state. They lost the trial for the same shit.
- [quote] This is just another example of the eneptness of the state.