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Tuesday
Mar052013

Casey Anthony Supporters Send Her Cash, Gift Cards

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- In her first public appearance since her murder acquittal in 2011, the unemployed Casey Anthony said that she lives, "free off of the kindness of others," along with donations of cash and gift cards from strangers.

Even though she's been called the most hated woman in America, Anthony has a fervent group of supporters who use assumed names and brush off death threats in order to stand by her side.

"I think Casey made some mistakes and I think the picture that we see is a caricature of who she really is," a supporter who goes by Melissa told ABC News. "I don't think we see the whole Casey in what has been presented. There's a hard road ahead of her, but she has a lot of support."

Melissa asked that her real name not be used in order to protect herself and her family. She said she is a college-educated, married mom in her 40s who lives on the West Coast.

Melissa said that she has never personally given money to support Anthony, but has seen comments on the website she helps run, CaseyAnthonyIsInnocent.com, from others who, "have sent support to the attorneys."

"From what I gather, she has a strong support system after the trial," she said. "I think the lawyers are personally invested in Casey and want to see her succeed, and therefore there is a support system of people that do help her."

While Anthony was in jail, she received checks in the mail from sympathetic supporters so that she could spend money on snacks and cosmetics.

When asked if Anthony or her team have been in touch with the website, Melissa said, "Yes, we have been thanked...I can't really speak to whether we've talked to her personally."

Melissa said her initial belief was that Anthony was guilty, but after watching the trial, she came to a different conclusion.

"I didn't buy the evidence...I came to the conclusion that the verdict was correct," she said. "I think that the jury got it right."

Melissa thought Anthony was "vilified" in the public and found other Anthony supporters online. They began to communicate on Facebook and Skype. Eventually, the website CaseyAnthonyIsInnocent.com was created. It is one of several websites and many Facebook pages on which people sympathize with, and even admire, Anthony.

"It was to give people a safe place to go and support Casey," Melissa said. "Some of the comments are from the men who may think she's cute, but it goes beyond that."

Melissa said the website frequently receives death threats, some so serious that organizers have reported them to police.

"We can't control some of the comments where it may seem that someone has a crush on Casey, but we are not a fan site," she said. "We are a support site with the goal of counteracting the court of public opinion and supporting her through the justice system and thereafter."

Anthony, 26, went into hiding in 2011 after she was acquitted of murdering her toddler, Caylee. She received a barrage of threats. Aside from a few stray photos, Anthony has succeeded in staying out of sight.

Anthony has been unemployed for the past four years and filed for bankruptcy in January. She's almost $800,000 in debt and has less than $1,100 worth of assets, according to her bankruptcy filing.

"I don't pay rent. I don't pay utilities," Anthony said in bankruptcy court in Tampa, Fla., on Monday. "I guess you could say I'm living free off the kindness of others."

 She said at the meeting that she lives with friends. When a federal bankruptcy trustee asked her if she bought her own food, she said, "I try to contribute when I can."

Anthony's lawyers have said since she was acquitted that she has not received any offers for book, movie or television deals. She repeated that at the bankruptcy hearing.

Melissa used to be afraid to support Anthony publicly, but said she has become more vocal about her sympathy. She said her husband and parents are aware of her "hobby" and support her. She spends several hours a day working on the Anthony website and has also been kept busy by a second website she is helping with, JodiAriasIsInnocent.com.

"My reason for helping with it is because I do think women in high-profile trials are misportrayed [sic] in the media, and it drives me crazy to see them calling someone a sociopath by the way their eyes look and diagnosing people they haven't ever met," she said. "I have a lot of passion in what I do."

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Sunday
Jan272013

Casey Anthony Files for Bankruptcy in Florida

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy protection in Florida.

The 26-year-old, who has been in hiding since she was acquitted 18 months ago of murdering her daughter, is seeking relief from a mountain of legal fees, penalties and back taxes.

Anthony filed the motion Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. According to the filing, Anthony has $1,084 in the bank and owes nearly $800,000, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The bulk of Anthony's debt -- $500,000 -- is attorney's fees and costs for her defense during her high-profile murder trial.

Anthony also owes $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff's Office for investigative fees related to the case because she misled them during the investigation; $68,540 to the Internal Revenue Service; and $61,505 in court costs.

The filing also mentions that Anthony is a defendant in several ongoing civil suits, including one filed by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation.

Anthony told detectives in 2008 that her daughter, Caylee, had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

Authorities found the woman did not exist, but a Florida woman sharing a name with the fictitious nanny filed suit against Anthony.

Gonzalez said she lost her job and was evicted from her house as a result of Anthony's tale. The two women did not know each other.

Anthony later told authorities her daughter had drowned.

Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found the body of 2-year-old Caylee, and Texas EquuSearch, a group that spent more than $100,000 searching for the missing toddler, are also suing Anthony, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

On Friday, a Florida appeals court overturned two of Anthony's four lying convictions for misleading authorities.

Anthony completed her one-year probation for check fraud in August, leaving her free to go wherever she pleases. She resurfaced a few times over the past year via a leaked video diary and a telephone conversation with Piers Morgan, but has otherwise succeeded in disappearing from the public eye.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Casey Anthony Awaits Decision on Appeal of Lying Convictions

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A panel of Florida judges heard arguments Tuesday regarding Casey Anthony's four convictions for lying to authorities during the search for her daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008. Her defense attorneys are appealing the convictions.

Anthony, 26, was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, but she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, stemming from her initial statements to detectives.

Anthony falsely told police that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez.

Anthony, who has been dubbed the most hated woman in America and has been in hiding since her release from jail, was not at the hearing at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, Fla.

No ruling was made Tuesday and the court has as long as needed to make a decision.

The appeals court is being asked to decide whether Anthony was in police custody when she made the statements that led to her convictions, according to ABC News' Orlando affiliate, WFTV.

If the appeals judges decide she was in police custody, the convictions could be overturned on the grounds that the statements were inadmissible since she had not been read her Miranda rights.

The outcome of this criminal appeal could impact Anthony's pending civil suit from Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman who shared a name with the fictional nanny Anthony claimed had taken her daughter.

Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation, saying she was damaged by the use of her name. Gonzalez says she lost her job and was evicted from her house as a result of Anthony's tale. The two women did not know each other.

"This hearing today is critical for our case because, at this junction, we have been unable to get testimony from Casey Anthony...because she has been hiding behind the shield of the Fifth Amendment," Gonzalez's attorney, Matt Morgan, told ABC News Tuesday.

Anthony's pending criminal charge allows her to plead the Fifth so that she does not incriminate herself in her criminal case.

If the appeal is granted and the state does not appeal to the Supreme Court, Anthony could eventually be forced to answer questions about Caylee in the civil trial.

"We expect that her criminal appeal will hopefully be resolved and she will no longer have protection for the Fifth Amendment to hide behind," Morgan said.

Morgan hopes that the civil trial will be able to proceed in the late spring or early summer.

Anthony's attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Anthony completed her one-year probation for check fraud in August, leaving her free to go wherever she pleases. She resurfaced a few times over the past year via a leaked video diary and a telephone conversation with Piers Morgan, but has otherwise succeeded in disappearing from the public eye.

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Friday
Aug242012

Casey Anthony Completes Her Probation

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images)(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony has completed her one-year probation sentence for check fraud, leaving her free to go wherever she pleases.

Anthony's attorney Charles Greene told ABC News that Anthony was free as of midnight, but that she has many issues to face before she attempts to move forward with her life.

"She's lost her daughter, she's lost most or all of her family, she's lost her friends, she's reviled by a percentage of the population and that will probably never change," Greene said. "She will never be able to walk down the street with anonymity."

Anthony, 26, was acquitted last summer of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.

After Anthony's acquittal, Florida Judge Belvin Perry ordered her to serve one year of probation for a 2010 check fraud conviction. 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.

Since then, Anthony has been serving her probation from an undisclosed Florida location. She has resurfaced a few times over the past year via a leaked video diary and a telephone conversation with CNN's Piers Morgan, but has otherwise succeeded in disappearing from the public eye.

Greene would not comment on any details of Anthony's whereabouts or her future plans.

Anthony has checked in with probation officers every month for the past year and her monthly reports have been public. Anthony's reports have consistently said that she is unemployed, has not been taking any classes and has not been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

"It'd be hard to imagine that, at least in the very near future, she could ever have what many of us would consider a normal life," Greene said.

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Tuesday
Aug212012

Casey Anthony to Be a Free Woman as Probation Ends

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony's one-year probation sentence for check fraud ends this week, giving her the freedom to go wherever she pleases.

"As of Friday, Aug. 24 at 12 a.m., nobody will be able to tell her where to be," Anthony's attorney Charles Greene told ABC News.

"She's complied with all the terms of her probation and she's looking forward to having her freedom to move forward because, even though she's been out of jail for the last year, she's essentially still been in prison by the requirement that she remains in one location," Greene said.

Anthony, 26, was acquitted last summer of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.

After her acquittal, Florida Judge Belvin Perry ordered her to serve one year of probation for a 2010 check fraud conviction.  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.

Since then, Anthony has been serving her probation from an undisclosed Florida location. She has resurfaced a few times over the past year via a leaked video diary and a telephone conversation with Piers Morgan, but has otherwise succeeded in disappearing from the public eye.

Anthony has been unemployed for the past year, according to her monthly probation reports, so it is unclear where any money she might use comes from.  She has not published a book or sold her story in any known capacity.

Greene hopes that one day she will tell her own story.

"There's things she wants to say, but they need to be on her time, her terms, her conditions," he said.  "I hope that one day she says more."

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Thursday
Jul052012

Casey Anthony's Family Computer Shows Suicide Searches: Lawyer

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the day 2-year-old Caylee Anthony disappeared, someone in her house used the computer to run suicide-related searches, on terms including "foolproof suffocation" and "venturing into the pro-suicide pit," according to Casey Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez.

Baez described the "bombshell evidence" in his new book Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story.

One year ago, on July 5, 2011, Anthony was acquitted of charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony. She was convicted of lying to law enforcement.

In the book, Baez wrote that the suicide-related searches were done one hour after Casey Anthony's father George Anthony said that she had left the home. Casey Anthony's mother Cindy Anthony was not home at the time and her brother Lee Anthony no longer lived there.

Though Anthony home computer searches for "chloroform" were heavily scrutinized during the trial, Baez said the suicide-related searches one of his experts later discovered were never disclosed.

"I have a hard time believing that law enforcement wouldn't check the internet history of the day that the child went missing," Baez said Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America. "That would have been bombshell evidence in the trial if it had come out.

Baez concedes in the book that computer experts say it is very difficult to prove who was the person using a computer at any given time, but that one can speculate based on the type of searches made.

On the morning of June 16, 2008, computer records show that someone, presumably Casey Anthony, spent about two hours on Facebook, Myspace and "researching outfits worn by shot girls in clubs," Baez wrote. Anthony's boyfriend at the time was a club promoter and Anthony was helping him manage the shot girls, the women who walk around the club selling shots of liquor.

A few hours later, someone got on the computer and logged into an AOL Instant Messenger account. Baez said that George Anthony had an AIM account and that Casey Anthony did not.

"Then someone typed in 'foolproof suffocation.' It was misspelled, and George was a poor speller," Baez wrote. "Google automatically corrected the spelling, and the first link that was clicked was 'venturing into the pro-suicide pit.' It appeared that someone was thinking about killing himself."

At the time these searches were being made, phone records showed that Casey Anthony was on the phone with her friend Amy Huizenga, who did not recall anything strange about the phone call, according to Baez.

"By looking at the websites being researched, all concerned with suicide and death, it certainly appears that the one who felt the blame was a guilt-ridden Goeroge Anthony," Baez wrote in the book. "It had to have been George on the computer because he said Casey was gone, and he was the only one out there trying to kill himself."

George Anthony attempted suicide in January 2009. Police found him despondent and possibly under the influence of medication and alcohol in a Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel. Police also discovered a five-page suicide note in the hotel that Anthony had apparently written.

In the book, Baez also wrote that Casey Anthony has "serious mental health issues" and described her as someone "not playing with a full deck."

In early 2009, Baez wrote that Anthony finally told him her version of what happened the day Caylee died. She recounted waking up, Caylee being missing, searching for Caylee outside and finally seeing her father carrying Caylee's wet, lifeless body from the pool.

Anthony claimed that she had been sexually abused by her father and brother and told Baez that she feared that her father had tried to do something to Caylee and then tried to cover it up.

"The day that Casey actually told me what happened was long into the case. She was essentially the boy that cried wolf at this point in time in our case," Baez told GMA. "What I tried to do was disprove what she was telling me and I just, quite frankly, I couldn't."

Baez said he was able to corroborate everything that Casey Anthony told him, so he believed her for several reasons.

"One, some of the evidence that corroborates it and there's a handful of pieces of evidence that came forward that she had no idea existed, so I knew that that was important to corroborate," he told GMA. "And another thing was, I couldn't disprove it. This case was so heavily investigated, so thoroughly looked into when it came only to Casey so no stone was left unturned when I came to Casey."

On the anniversary of Anthony's acquittal, Baez described to GMA what he recalls from that day.

"I remember after the first not-guilty verdict I reached over and squeezed Casey's hand because it was a death penalty case and all I was concentrating on was saving her life," he said. "And after the second not-guilty verdict came, I squeezed her hand even tighter and then the third one...I think I may have cracked a bone at that point. I knew right then that my life was going to change and it certainly has."

Baez no longer represents Anthony who is currently on probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

"I have contact with her like I have with any other previous client," he told GMA. "But she is a previous client. I just certainly hope the she'll be able to go on with her life and make something of it.

Anthony has been in hiding since her acquittal and the court ordered her location to be kept secret because of death threats she has received. Her probation ends Aug. 21, 2012.

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Friday
Jun292012

Florida Police Tortured Casey Anthony, Lawyer Says in New Book

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony's jailers took her in shackles to a room where she was to be surprised by news coverage when police discovered her daughter's decomposed body, a tactic that her lawyer claims in a new book was "torture."

Attorney Jose Baez writes that police hoped to get a revealing reaction, possibly a confession, out of Anthony by shocking her with the news story and refused to let her lawyer see Anthony while this was going on.

"They sent someone to Casey's cell," Baez writes in his upcoming book.  "They shackled her legs and hands in chains, marched her to the medical unit, sat her down where there were several correctional officers and a couple of nurses standing around watching her, and forced her to watch the breaking news that police had found Caylee's remains so they could record her reaction."

The grainy video shows Anthony sitting in a waiting room.  There is no audio, but after she appears to hear something -- reportedly the televised news that a child's body was found in a swampy area near the Anthony home -- she puts her hands and forearms across her stomach, and begins to slowly rock backwards and forwards.  Her breathing seems to quicken and her chest can be seen rising and falling.

The remains were not identified as Caylee's until more than a week later.  In September 2011, a Florida judge unsealed for public view the tape that had previously been sealed in order for Anthony to get a fair trial.

On July 5, 2011, Anthony was acquitted of charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.  She was convicted of lying to law enforcement.

The circumstances surrounding the tape, which a Florida judge called "highly inflammatory," are detailed in Baez's book, Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, set to be released on July 3.

"As soon as the police got to the site where Caylee's remains lay, Commander Matt Irwin, the head of missing person's unit, came up with the bright idea of calling the jail and asking if there was a room where they could take Casey and videotape her reaction to their finding Caylee's remains," Baez wrote.

Irwin was told Anthony could be taken to the medical unit where there was a TV and a camera that could record her reaction, according to Baez who claims police were hoping that Anthony would "say something, maybe flip out and confess."

Baez said he had rushed to the jail to see his client in hopes of breaking the news to her.  But when he arrived, authorities would not let him through the gate.  He was told that Anthony was being taken to the medical unit and he would have to wait to see her.

Anthony was inside being shown news coverage of the discovery of Caylee's remains.

"Meanwhile, oblivious to what they were doing, I was outside trying to get in while they were torturing her," he wrote.  "Clearly this was a violation of her right to counsel and what two of the correctional officers would later testify to be cruel and unusual punishment."

"To this day it was one of the cruelest and most disgusting things I have ever seen the cops do," Baez wrote.

Authorities later said that they had taken Anthony to the medical unit out of concern for her health and well-being.  Nearly an hour after he arrived at the courthouse, Baez said he was taken to Anthony.

Anthony has been in hiding since she was acquitted last summer.  She is on probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction, but the court ordered her location to be kept secret because of death threats she has received.  Her probation ends on Aug. 21, 2012.

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Thursday
Jun282012

Casey Anthony's Great Escape Detailed in Lawyer's New Book

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the hours following Casey Anthony's frenzied release from jail, her defense team executed a movie-like getaway plan, complete with decoy vehicles, a helicopter chase and a stop at an all-night Steak 'n Shake for her first meal.

The July 17, 2011 scene was broadcast all over the country.  Anthony was scheduled to be released from jail at midnight and swarms of media and avid-trial watchers camped outside in the dark, harshly illuminated by TV lights.

What the public didn't see is what was going on inside the jail, now detailed in defense attorney Jose Baez's book, Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, set to be released on July 3.

"She was wearing a dark pink polo shirt with jeans and some funky tennis shoes that had two-colored laces," Baez wrote.  "'Hey,' I said.  'Hey,' Casey said.  Looking at her sneakers, I said, 'What the hell is that all about?'  'They don't exactly have a shopping mall here at the jail,' she said."

Ten days earlier, Anthony had been acquitted of charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.  She was convicted, however, of lying to law enforcement.  Since she had credit for time served, the maximum sentence the judge could give her for the conviction was 10 days, which he did.

Baez and his team spent those 10 days crafting an escape plan for Anthony, a way to get her from the jail to the airport where a private plane would be waiting to whisk her away.

"There were too many crazies who were convinced she had killed Caylee while she danced the night away, and I feared for her safety," he wrote.  "In addition to avoiding an army of media, we knew we were going to also duck the surveillance of a half dozen helicopters."

The plan was to get Anthony into a car as quickly as possible before driving across the street to attorney Cheney Mason's building that had a multilevel garage.  There, they planned to have one car block the garage's entrance while a small fleet of cars waited inside.

Anthony and Baez would get into another car and all of the cars would leave the garage and head in different directions, leaving followers unsure of which vehicle Anthony was in.

"As soon as we walked out that door, I heard screams, the way teenagers screamed for Justin Bieber at one of his concerts," Baez wrote, describing the moment they exited the jail.  "I'm certain they were yelling 'Baby killer' and the like, but after going from total silence to the sound of insanity, neither one of us could make out a single word they were saying."

They got in the car and headed for the garage where they quickly switched vehicles, which was not as smooth as Baez had hoped.

"I opened the door, grabbed Casey's hand, pulled her out, and I was so hopped up with adrenalin, I forgot she was there and slammed the car door on her leg before she could even get out of the car," he wrote.

The vehicles took off from the garage and the plan worked, shedding all of their pursuers except for one helicopter.

A half-a-dozen helicopters over the airport prevented them from going there directly.  They went to a lake, parked in a wooded area and waited until the helicopter trailing them gave up and left.

With time to kill, the group went to an all-night Steak 'n Shake where Anthony had her "first meal of freedom" -- a cheeseburger, fries and chocolate milkshake.

Anthony and Baez eventually made it to the airport and took off for St. George Island, an island on the Florida panhandle near Panama City.  The defense team had rented a house on a secluded beach.

When the secret location was discovered by the press, Baez had Anthony moved immediately.

"I had one of my investigators drive Casey to New York," he wrote.  "While the entire national media was searching for her in Arizona and California, she was within walking distance of all of their offices."

Anthony has been in hiding since she was acquitted last summer.  She is on probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction, but the court ordered her location to be kept secret because of death threats she has received.  Her probation ends on Aug. 21, 2012.

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Casey Anthony: 'I Didn't Kill My Daughter' 

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony, once described as the "most hated woman in America," spends her time watching old movies and reading the The Hunger Games, a trilogy about a game of killing children.

Anthony, 26, who was acquitted last summer of killing her daughter, Caylee, spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan on a phone call for about 10 minutes on Tuesday along with her lawyer, Cheney Mason.

Anthony told Morgan that she has "gone through hell," that she is not a "party girl," and that she was "ashamed in many ways of the person I was," according to Morgan.

She scoffed at reports that her weight has ballooned and that she wanted to move to Costa Rica.

"It's doubtful she weighs 120 pounds," her lawyer said.

But she also insisted to the talk show host, "Obviously, I didn't kill my daughter.  If anything in this world I was more proud of was my daughter.  She was my greatest accomplishment.  I didn't kill my girl."

When Morgan asked if Anthony would ever want to be a mother again, Mason said, "She probably would.  It would take a long time [though] for her to be accepted."

When asked if she was marketing her story, Morgan said Anthony told him, "I'm not making gazillions dollars [selling her story].  I don't give an [expletive] about money. ... I may have in the past. ... I was a stupid kid.  I am 26 now.  I have gone through hell."

Mason added, however, "We are sitting back watching. ...When the time comes she will have her story to tell."

Anthony has been in hiding since she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

"She's in a different prison," Mason said.  "She's in a home where she can't go outside. She can't be seen so she spends the day in the house, cooks, cleans, reads books, exercises, watches programs on TV, movies mostly."

When asked what she enjoys, Mason said, "She doesn't watch the news. She doesn't watch these so-called reality shows that are about as real as wrestling.  She's reading a trilogy of books called Hunger Games. ...She's very interested in photography, works out a lot, likes I Love Lucy, The Three Stooges, travel."

When Morgan mentioned that The Hunger Games was about killing children, Mason replied that he was aware it had Harry Potter type of popularity.

Anthony is on probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction, but the court ordered her location to be kept secret because of death threats she has received.

Since slipping into hiding, Anthony has surfaced only occasionally in photos or in an online video diary she kept that was leaked.  In the video diary, she talked about her new blond bob hair style, getting her nose pierced, and her new pet dog. Photos posted online also showed Anthony in a bar.

In none of the appearances did she make a reference to her daughter or to her estranged parents.

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Thursday
May242012

Casey Anthony Reportedly Spends Days Eating in Front of Computer

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Casey Anthony has been gaining weight as she serves her probation in hiding somewhere in southern Florida, two sources told People magazine.

“Quite honestly, she’s gained a few pounds,” the source told the magazine. “She does nothing but sit in front of her computer and eat.”

Anthony, 26, was acquitted last July of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, but was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement for claiming that 2-year-old Caylee had been kidnapped by a babysitter. She is currently serving one year of probation in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

After being released from jail, Anthony went into hiding amid death threats from people who were shocked that she was not convicted of killing her daughter. She has maintained a very low profile, but might soon be forced to take the stand in a civil suit against her.

The suit was filed by Zenaida Gonzalez, a Florida woman suing Anthony for defamation. During the search for Caylee, Anthony told investigators her daughter had been kidnapped by a fictional babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez. The real Gonzalez has never met Anthony, but claimed that her reputation was ruined by the association to the case.

The case goes to trial in January and Anthony so far has avoided any in-person appearances related to the case. In October, she filmed a video deposition from an undisclosed location in which she was disguised in sunglasses, a baseball cap and what appeared to be a long, black wig. Her attorney invoked the Fifth Amendment for nearly every question so she did not have to respond.

Sources told People that Anthony is dreading her possible court appearance in January.

“Casey was really hoping to leave Florida and never look back,” the source said. “She was really ready to move on with her life. This has ruined everything.”

Her probation is scheduled to be complete in August, but a required court appearance could force her to stay in the area, at least until January.

“Casey just wants this case to go away,” the source said. “She definitely doesn’t want to testify, and she’s annoyed that she has to.”

Anthony’s attorney, Cheney Mason, was not available for comment.

Monthly probation reports have shown that Anthony remains unemployed and broke.

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