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2 Casey Anthony convictions for lying to police dropped: double jeopardy

Attorney Jose Baez and Casey Anthony are seen in this undated file photo.
January 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Two of four convictions against Casey Anthony have been dropped in Florida. Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, but was convicted on four counts of lying to police.

A Florida appellate court Friday set aside two charges of lying to detectives, agreeing with Anthony's attorneys that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy, being convicted/punished twice for the same crime.

Casey Anthony's whereabouts have been kept secret since she was released from state supervision following a year of probation last year. She had served jail time in an unrelated case.

Jeff Ashton, one of the prosecutors who tried Anthony and who was recently elected State Attorney in the Orlando area, said in a statement that he expected the case would be considered closed once the trial court drops the two counts.

Jurors determined that Anthony lied when she told detectives that she worked at Universal Studios, that she had left Caylee with a babysitter who kidnapped the girl, that she had told two friends about her daughter's disappearance and that she had received a phone call from Caylee.

The appeals judges ruled that the trial court was correct to allow Anthony's statements to detectives to be used during her murder trial. Anthony's attorneys had argued that she was in police custody at the time and hadn't been read her Miranda rights. They also had argued that Anthony should have been convicted of only a single count of lying because of the double jeopardy concern.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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