Casey Anthony Update

01/29/2013

For those of us that were fixated on Casey Anthony case, here is an update.  Remember, she was found not guilty (very different then innocent) of killing her daughter.  She was, however, found guilty of four misdemeanor charges of lying to police.  She appealed the four misdemeanor charges and recently, an appeals court overturned (or throw out) two of the four convictions.

The primary issue in Casey Anthony's appeal was whether she should have been charged with four separate crimes for lying to law enforcement. Her attorney argued that Anthony's lies to detectives about what happened to her 2-year-old daughter constituted a single offense ... in other words, it was just one big lie and not four separate lies.  If it was one big lie, it should only be one crime.

Prosecutors argued that each of Anthony's false statements represented a separate offense, and so she was appropriately charged with four separate misdemeanor offenses.

The appeals court did not agree with either side and issued its own opinion.  The court held that Anthony could properly be convicted of two counts of providing false information to a law-enforcement officer, and that she was not being charged multiple times for the same crime.

The court distinguished four false statements Anthony made to detectives during an interview at her home as one offense. The second offense came in a later interview, when Anthony told detectives more lies.

Given that a significant period of time passed between the two events where false information was given, the court found that Anthony could have been charged with two separate crimes.

Also, the court rejected Anthony's other argument that she was technically under arrest and hadn't been read her Miranda rights when she was questioned by authorities.  While the court recognized that Anthony had been handcuffed, the court found that no reasonable person would have believed herself to be under arrest during the questioning (which is an interesting conclusion). Had the court agreed with Anthony's argument, it could have thrown out all of the evidence regarding Anthony's lying to police, and she could have had all of her convictions set aside.