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Two Casey Anthony Convictions Overturned

By January 28, 2013

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A federal appeals court has overturned two of the four convictions of a Florida woman found guilty of lying to investigators about the whereabouts of her 2-year-old daughter. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Casey Anthony's attorney that two of the convictions amounted to double jeopardy.

The appeals court rejected Anthony's claim that all the statements she made to police should not have been admitted in court because she had not been read her Miranda rights at the time.

Anthony attorneys argued before the court that all of the lies Casey told detectives in the early stages of the investigation into the disappearance of Caylee Anthony should be considered a single offense.

Lied During Two Interviews

Anthony told Orange County Sheriff's Det. Yuri Melich four lies while she was still at the home of her parents in Florida. She later repeated two of those lies to Melich in a separate interview.

The court ruled that because of the time between the two interviews, the lies could be considered two different offenses.

"Where there is a sufficient temporal break between two alleged criminal acts so as to have allowed a defendant time to pause, reflect and form a new criminal intent, a separate criminal episode will have occurred," the court ruled.

Did Not Need to Read Her Rights

The court also ruled that the detectives did not need to read Anthony's Miranda rights to her during these interviews because she was not yet in police custody.

"A reasonable person in Casey's position would not believe that his or her freedom was curtailed to a degree associated with actual arrest," the court said.

Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of Caylee, but was found guilty on four counts of lying to police. She was sentenced to four consecutive 1 year sentences, but was released from jail 10 days later because of time she had already served awaiting trial.

Casey Declares Bankruptcy

On the same day that two of her convictions were overturned on appeal, Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Orlando.

According to court papers, Anthony owns approximately $792,000 and has current assets of $1,084. Her current known debts include:

  • $500,000 to defense attorney Jose Baez
  • $145,660.21: Orange County Sheriff's Office
  • $68,540: Internal Revenue Service
  • $61,505: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • $10,283.90: to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation

Some of the above amounts are expenses Anthony was ordered to repay as part of her restitution sentencing.

Facing Other Judgments?

Anthony is also facing possible judgments against her in three civil lawsuits in connection with the disappearance and death of Caylee. She is being sued by:

  • Zenaida Gonzalez, who has the same name as Casey's fictional nanny.
  • Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's body.
  • Texas EquuSearch, which spent more than $100,000 searching for Caylee.

Gonzales claims she suffered damages when Casey used her name for the nanny she told detectives kidnapped Caylee. Kronk said he was defamed by Anthony's attorneys who insinuated he killed Caylee, and Texas EquuSearch claims Casey knew all along where Caylee's body was while they spent weeks searching.

See Also:
Two of Four Casey Anthony Convictions Thrown Out
Casey Anthony Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Background:
The Trial of Casey Anthony
The Caylee Marie Anthony Case
Timeline of Early Events
9-1-1 Call Transcripts
Profile of the Casey Anthony Jury

Photo: © Getty Images

Comments

January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm
(1) roseyoungstewart says:

Casey Anthony has a serious problem of not remembering important facts. I believe she wil forget how much money she owes and to who it is owed to. She also gets away with it. Unless Larry Flynt is willing to pay her for a few magazines, she might be able to pay a portion of these debts.

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