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August 13, 2011

Casey Anthony ordered back to Florida to serve supervised probation term

As explained in this ABC News piece, headlined "Casey Anthony Must Come Out of Hiding and Report for Probation," a high-profile defendant still has some sentence to serve:

Casey Anthony, the Florida woman acquitted of murdering daughter Caylee, must emerge from hiding and return to Orlando, Fla., by Aug. 26....   Judge Belvin Perry ended 10 days of deliberations by writing an order that Anthony must report to the Department of Corrections in two weeks to serve a year of supervised probation.

Anthony's probation stems from a check fraud conviction in 2010.  Prior to her first degree murder trial, Anthony pleaded guilty to stealing checks from her best friend Amy Huizenga during the time that Caylee was missing.

The judge who presided over that case, Stan Strickland, ordered Anthony to serve 412 days in jail and a year's probation when she was released from jail.  An error was made on the written sentencing documents which allowed Anthony, 25, to serve her probation while in jail awaiting her murder trial.

Last month, Strickland filed an amended order demanding Anthony return to Florida to serve a year's probation.  Her defense attorneys claimed her probation had already been completed and filed for an emergency hearing on the matter.

In the order filed ... by Perry, he writes that probation is meant to rehabilitate an individual and that serving probation while incarcerated "would clearly thwart society's interest in extracting a full, fair, and just punishment for a crime."

"To permit the Defendant, whose counsel was well aware that the probation was to begin upon the Defendant's release from jail, to avoid serving probation now, would take a lawfully imposed sentence and make it a mockery of justice," he writes.

Perry goes on to scold Anthony's defense attorney, Jose Baez.  Perry writes that Baez had a duty to intervene when it was apparent his client's sentence was not being imposed according to the judge's orders.  "To additionally seek to use a scrivener's error to achieve an end that was against the court's intent, especially where both parties had argued the issue of when probation should commence, strikes at the very foundation of our justice system," Perry writes....

Perry acknowledged Anthony's notoriety.  "This court is very mindful that it is a high probability that there are many that would like to see physical harm visited upon the Defendant," Perry wrote.

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this judge is as big a crook and idiot as the first one who took 18 MONTHS to notice he had screwed up and then ILLEGALLY tried to go back and fix it.

in this ones case talk about a conflict of interest! he's just pissed becasue even though he did everything but bend over and kiss the ass of the DA she still walked out of his courtroom!

as for the first retard! he ordered probation and then didnt' NOTICE FOR 18 MONTHS 6 months AFTER the 12 month sentence was to be finished? come on your either STUPID or RETARDED! plus it's not her lawyer or her job to do DOC'S job. IF the sentence of concurent probation was in fact illegal it should have been DOC that said something 18 months ago when it was issued. IT'S OVER AND DONE NOW! You can't go back and get a REDO.

of course if she's smart...she's in south america somewhere and will just tell the nazi's in the united states and florida to KISS OFF!

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