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Saturday
Sep032011

Casey Anthony Broke, Sober and Unemployed Say Probation Officers

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony is unemployed, has not consumed alcohol or drugs and has not made any money over the past month, according to the Florida Department of Corrections where Anthony reported for probation at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“She was cooperative and answered all the questions of her probation officer,” according to a media advisory.

Anthony, the 25 year old acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee, also reported that she had not attended any classes, had not used or purchased illegal drugs nor had any contact with law enforcement over the past 30 days. Anthony’s attorney did not wish to comment on Anthony’s probation visit.

Despite Anthony’s declaration that she does not have a job and has not made any money, there is speculation that Anthony will be able to cash in on her notoriety with a book or television appearances. So far, however, she has remained in hiding since her release from jail.

It also comes as Judge Belvin Perry presided over a hearing Friday on whether Anthony should have to reimburse local and state authorities for money spent on Caylee’s search, according to ABC News’ affiliate WFTV in Orlando. Anthony admitted to and was convicted on four counts of lying to authorities. One of her admitted lies was that Caylee had been snatched by a babysitter, triggering a massive investigation and search.

Anthony could be facing bills that add up to more than $500,000. Agencies including the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney’s office have all been called to testify regarding how much money they spent in the search for Caylee, according to WFTV.

Prosecutors want Anthony to pay up for every day from July 15, 2008 when Caylee was reported missing to Sept. 19, 2008 when her remains were identified.

Friday’s hearing is one of several lawsuits Anthony can anticipate.

Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman who shared a name with the fictional nanny Anthony claimed abducted Caylee, is suing Anthony for defamation.

“When Zenaida first came to me, we never thought Casey would see the light of day again,” Fernandez-Gonzalez’s attorney John Morgan told ABCNews.com. “It was never about money in the beginning. Now, it’s about accountability and responsibility.”

According to Morgan, Fernandez-Gonzalez received threatening phone calls, lost her home and lost her job because of Anthony’s use of her name.

Anthony is scheduled to do a video deposition for the defamation lawsuit next month and the trial has been tentatively set for April 2012.

Anthony is also facing a suit for $100,000 by EquuSearch, the volunteer search organization that hunted for Caylee after being assured by Anthony that her daughter was alive and pleading with them to help find Caylee.

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Tuesday
Aug022011

Casey Anthony Fights Order to Report to Probation Officer

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO) -- A lawyer for Casey Anthony said Tuesday that he will fight a judge's order requiring her to report to a probation officer this week, saying the order is "illegal" and he will seek to have the judge booted from the case.

Attorney Jose Baez told ABC News he plans to contest the ruling by Florida Judge Stan Strickland just hours after Strickland signed the order telling Anthony to report to a probation officer in Orlando within 72 hours.

Anthony, 25, has been in hiding seen since she was acquitted last month of killing her daughter Caylee.

Strickland had ordered Anthony to serve 412 days in jail followed by a year's probation on charges she stole checks from her friend Amy Huizenga and fraudulently cashed them. The judge's ordered was initially issued in January 2010, while Anthony was in jail awaiting trial on her murder case.

When Anthony was released from jail on July 17 following her murder acquittal, she was granted time served for the 412 days of jail time on the check fraud charges, and prison officials interpreted the judge's order to mean that her probation was also served during her time in jail.

Strickland signed an order Tuesday clarifying his ruling, that he intended her probation would be served once she was released from jail.

Baez, however, said he will file a motion to recuse Strickland from the case and to toss out the judge's order. He claims that Strickland no longer had jurisdiction in the case.

Anthony is required to report to her probation officer by the fifth day of every month, and she will not be allowed to leave Orange County, Fla., without permission from her probation officer.

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Saturday
Jul022011

Casey Anthony Trial: Prosecution Presents Rebuttal

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial on Monday presented their rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments, reasserting that forensic evidence links Casey Anthony to the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The jury in the Anthony trial is expected to start deliberating the fate of the 25-year-old Florida woman on Monday.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton attempted to shore up forensic evidence presented in his case after defense attorney Jose Baez called the state's case "fantasy forensics" in his closing argument on Sunday.

Ashton also said it was "absurd" for the defense to argue that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that George Anthony, Casey Anthony's father, helped dispose of the body.

"Any way you slice it...Casey Anthony is guilty of murder in the first degree in this case," Ashton said.

The prosecution argues that Casey Anthony chose to sacrifice her daughter to be free of the restraints of young motherhood.

Casey Anthony looked away from the monitor as Ashton showed jurors images of Caylee's skull and skeletal remains found on Dec. 11, 2008, nearly six months after the little girl disappeared. Cindy and George Anthony, Caylee's grandparents, also looked down as the images were shown.

Ashton showed the images in an attempt to dispel the defense's argument that Caylee's remains were tampered with, either by George Anthony or the meter reader who found them, Roy Kronk.

The prosecution poked holes in the defense's claims that George Anthony had anything to do with Caylee's death and that he tried to implicate his daughter to deflect blame from himself.

On Sunday, defense attorney Baez portrayed George Anthony as a selfish man, saying repeatedly, "George only cares about George." Baez and his defense team attempted to undermine a suicide attempt that George Anthony painfully described on the witness stand last week.

"If he really wanted to kill himself, he could have," Baez said.

George Anthony attempted suicide in January 2009, just weeks after Caylee's remains were found.

On Sunday, Judge Perry reprimanded both Ashton and Baez after Baez interrupted his summation and yelled to jurors that prosecutor Jeff Ashton was a "laughing guy" as Ashton barely hid a smile behind his hand.

Perry threatened to expel attorneys from the courtroom if the gamesmanship continued.

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Sunday
Jun052011

FBI Analyst: Hair in Casey Anthony's Trunk Came from Dead Body

Orange County Government, Florida(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- An FBI hair analyst testified on Saturday that a hair found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car likely came from a dead body.

Karen Korsberg Lowe said she felt definitively that the sample of hair removed from the trunk showed post-mortem banding -meaning that hair was consistent with hair from a dead body, not a live one.

"It has a darkened band at the root portion of the hair. This is consistent with apparent decomposition," Lowe said during the court session Saturday morning.

Casey Anthony is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee. The Florida mother is charged with first-degree murder.

Lowe said the hair was similar to one removed from Caylee but not the same when compared to a sample from Casey Anthony.

Prosecutors say the hair is evidence that Caylee was dead inside in the trunk and not alive.

The defense challenged Lowe's credentials in microscopic hair tests and the limitation of such analysis.

The defense claimed that Caylee died after accidently drowning in her grandparent's swimming pool.

Mike Vincent, an assistant supervisor with the Orange County Sheriff's office also testified how he collected air samples as evidence.

The defense questioned the fact that this was the first time these air samples have ever been used in court and that the actual expert had no experience doing this before.

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Monday
May232011

Casey Anthony Trial: Strong Forensic Evidence from Car But No Cause of Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- When opening statements begin in Casey Anthony's murder trial Tuesday, what will Anthony's defense team be fighting for: exoneration or a guilty verdict that avoids the death penalty?

Anthony, 25, is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie in 2008.

"It comes down to how the defense is going to define a win. If their goal is to have her completely exonerated, she would have to take the stand," said Richard Hornsby, an attorney who has blogged about the case, which is scheduled to begin in earnest on Tuesday in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom.

"If their goal is a lesser manslaughter charge, I think it would be detrimental for her to testify because once she testifies and [if] the jury disbelieves her...she's testifying herself into the death penalty," Hornsby said.

Anthony faces a battery of charges including first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and providing false information to law enforcement.

The most crucial piece of evidence for the prosecution is Anthony's 1998 Pontiac Sunfire. Forensic experts said the car's trunk tested positive for chloroform and decomposition.

"So much emanates from the car," said Jean Casarez, an attorney and legal correspondent for In Session on truTV. "Casey Anthony had possession and control of that car. She's the one that drove it. She's the one that ran it out of gas...From chloroform to the hair that had signs of decomposition, according to the prosecution, to the smell from the trunk of the car, to the doll in that car that Caylee Anthony loved."

Caylee Anthony was missing for a month when her grandmother Cindy Anthony called 911 in the summer of 2008 to report her granddaughter's disappearance. In the call, she was alarmed about her daughter's car.

"I can't find my granddaughter. There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smelled like there's been a dead body in the damn car," said Cindy Anthony in the July 2008 call to police.

Despite the car's forensic evidence, experts say the state doesn't have an airtight case against Anthony.

"There are so many pieces of strong evidence, but in a lot of them there seem to be strong evidence of reasonable doubt, too," Hornsby said.

There is no cause of death for Caylee. Her body was found in December 2008 by a meter reader near the home of George and Cindy Anthony, and was too decomposed to determine how she died. The little girl's death was ruled a homicide of undetermined means by the medical examiner.

In the 31 days while Caylee's disappearance went unreported, Casey Anthony was seen partying and getting a tattoo. Despite the damning impression that leaves, experts said that people who knew Anthony told investigators she was a good mom.

The prosecution will likely use Anthony's bizarre behavior in the month her daughter disappeared as evidence that Anthony was celebrating her daughter's death and newfound freedom, Hornsby said.

Anthony's parents, George and Cindy, will testify during the trial and Casey Anthony's relationship with them may even be part of her defense.

The start of the guilt phase of the trial on Tuesday follows 11 days of grueling jury selection and nearly three years of intense media scrutiny surrounding the case.

Judge Belvin Perry expects the eight-week trial will draw more interest than the O.J. Simpson trial in 1994.

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