Casey Anthony Appeals Convictions For Lying to Law Enforcement Officials

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Casey Anthony is appealing four convictions handed down for lying to law enforcement officials in 2008 regarding her daughter Caylee's disappearance.

It's unlikely that Anthony will be at the hearing (defendants rarely attend) but the outcome of the appeal likely will affect her testimony in several lawsuits.

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Tuesday's arguments will be heard by a three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. The hearing, set for 1:30 p.m., will be short.

The panel is not expected to make a ruling Tuesday.

The convictions Anthony is appealing stem from her initial claims that Caylee was kidnapped by a nanny whom she named as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

In reality, authorities said, Caylee Anthony was dead.

Anthony was charged with her daughter's murder, and despite public perception of her guilt, was found not guilty of murder charges at her sensational 2011 trial.

The appeal is notable because of the effect it has on lawsuits she faces, including one brought by a woman whose name is similar to the fictional nanny.

Anthony has cited her right against self-incrimination during the appeal, which asks for her convictions to be vacated or for a new trial on the lying charges.

Her defense is expected to argue the appeal on several grounds:

  • Jurors only heard testimony about Anthony's lies because Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry improperly allowed it into her trial.
  • Casey had not been read her rights before making statements, nor was she officially in custody, though she was cuffed and in a deputy's vehicle.
  • Anthony's attorneys also argue that her four convictions for lying are improper under the "double jeopardy" clause of the U.S. Constitution.
  • The four lies she was charged with were actually one ongoing act.
  • Perry incorrectly ruled against Anthony on an objection to a portion of the jury instructions, relating to the materiality of alleged false statements.

Casey Anthony, 26, has been in hiding since her acquittal.

She has been living almost completely under the radar, but was subpoenaed to appear at trial in the Gonzalez suit, which was delayed pending this appeal.

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