Casey Anthony’s lawyer challenges new probation order
ORLANDO, Fla – A lawyer for Casey Anthony, the single mother acquitted last month of murdering her toddler, challenged a judge on Tuesday who wants Anthony to start serving probation for check fraud charges.
Anthony, 25, was ordered by Judge Stan Strickland to report to a probation office this week for check fraud charges she admitted to in 2010.
The judge said he meant for Anthony to serve a year of probation after her release from jail on the murder charge, rather than during her incarceration.
In an emergency motion, defense attorney Cheney Mason said Strickland had stated in court at the time of Anthony’s check fraud plea that she would serve probation after her release from jail, but failed to repeat that in his final order.
Therefore, Anthony completed her probation in jail while awaiting trial for the murder case, Mason said.
Strickland presided over Anthony’s murder case until 2010, when he stepped down at the request of her defense team.
Anthony was released from jail in Orlando last month without any restrictions on her freedom following her acquittal on a murder charge connected to the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Her whereabouts have been kept secret from the public in the weeks since her release, and the judge’s order prompted speculation that she would be required to report to a probation office in Orlando.
Mason said in his motion that requiring Anthony to return to the Orlando area would place her in «great peril» and force taxpayers to bear a large security expense.
«The defendant has received several threats upon her safety and life,» Mason said.
The attorney accused Strickland of reckless disregard for Anthony’s civil rights and said the judge’s action subjected her to double jeopardy.
Mason said neither Anthony nor her defense team had been notified of the proceeding where Strickland clarified his probation order.