Orlando, Fla. – On Monday, a Florida judge ruled that Casey Anthony is to return to Orlando to serve a year of probation in connection with her check fraud conviction.
Judge Stan Strickland said on Aug. 1, “From my reading of this, she should be reporting to probation in Orlando probably within 72 hours,” reports the Orlando Sentinel. Thus he added specific verbiage to amend his original order.
Casey’s whereabouts are currently unknown and have been kept a secret after she walked out of jail a free woman on July 17, 2011, after being acquitted on July 5 of killing her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2.
In Jan. 2010, she pleaded guilty to felony check fraud charges before Judge Strickland in connection with a checkbook she stole from her former friend, Amy Huizenga.
She was arrested in connection with Caylee’s death in Oct. 2008 and the court announced her probation for the check charge had been served while behind bars.
Orange County state attorney’s office spokesperson Randy Means told the Sentinel that there was a mis-communication between Judge Strickland’s ruling during Casey’s check fraud sentencing and the court clerk’s interpretation of what was ordered. In essence, the clerk believed the judge ruled probation was to run concurrently with Casey’s time in the Orange County Jail.
Thus, the original order was amended Aug. 1 with the words “upon release” added, according to the Sentinel.
WESH was told by Gretl Plessinger, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections that Casey must report to Orange County within 72 hours, noting, “We are moving forward to make sure she is following the judge’s orders.”
Casey’s attorneys are fighting the amended order and are seeking to disqualify Judge Strickland from having any further dealings with their client, reports HLN.
Prior to the commencement of Casey’s murder trial, Judge Strickland recused himself from the case due to arguments from the defense that he was biased.
To watch the entire Casey Anthony trial, including jury selection, opening statements, court proceedings, witness testimony and closing arguments, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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