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Casey Anthony must return to Orlando for probation

August 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Florida judge ruled on Friday that Casey Anthony must return to Orlando and serve probation for check fraud.

Judge Belvin Perry said Anthony must follow a probation order issued by another judge earlier this month. She was ordered to report to an Orange County probation officer no later than Aug. 26 at noon, although she could report earlier.

Anthony was sentenced in January 2010 to probation after pleading guilty to using checks stolen from a friend. Circuit Judge Stan Strickland said he intended the probation to be served after Anthony was released from jail.

Anthony's attorneys had argued that she served her probation while in jail awaiting trial in her murder case and requiring her to do so again would be double jeopardy.

Strickland recused himself and turned the case over to Perry, who presided over Anthony's murder trial. Anthony's defense team had accused Strickland of being biased, pointing to his reaction to Anthony's verdict on the cable television show "Nancy Grace."

Anthony's attorneys also argued that bringing her back into the public eye would be dangerous. She has disappeared from the public eye since being acquitted last month in the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

Perry said he would authorize the Department of Corrections to make an exception and keep Anthony's address private during her probation. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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