Casey Anthony Probation Case Taken Over By Judge Belvin Perry
Casey Anthony’s check fraud case will be taken over by Judge Belvin Perry after Stan Strickland released himself from it.
It will now be up to Perry to decide whether Anthony must begin serving probation, which Strickland ordered. She is supposed to report for probation by 10 a.m. Thursday.
According to WKMG-Channel 6’s Tony Pipitone, the state attorney’s office agrees with Anthony’s defense, which holds that she already completed probation, so the court doesn’t have jurisdiction to sentence her to it.
The Orlando Sentinel quoted WFTV reporter Kathi Belich as saying, “Her lawyers are still trying to avoid having to make her come back here. When Casey walked out of jail last month, she walked out free and clear. She had apparently completed her probation [in] January.”
After being acquitted of first-degree murder in her daughter Caylee’s death, she was released on July 17th.
Judge Strickland said that Anthony’s probation should begin after she left jail. However, the corrections department said Anthony’s probation would be treated the same as anyone else’s.
If Judge Perry decides to hold an emergency hearing, the situation could change, but that has not happened as of yet.
“Corrections says that Judge Strickland’s recusal earlier this morning does not affect Casey Anthony’s so-called probationer status,” said WESH-Channel 2’s Bob Kealing, as quoted by CBS.
Anthony has been seen in various places around the country since her acquittal.