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Casey Anthony – Never Ending Story

08/05/2011

Well, everybody is in an uproar again over the case that won’t disappear!

Today’s emergency hearing in front of Judge Belvin Perry centers on whether Casey has or hasn’t served her one year probation stemming from the check fraud conviction.

In July 2010, Judge Stan Strickland ordered, “The Defendant is to report to Probation upon release.”  It is quite clear what Judge Strickland’s intent was, however it somehow got lost in the translation to the written order and Corrections officials interpreted Strickland’s order as meaning that Anthony should serve her probation while still in jail.  She was released from probation on January 24.

Depending which TH you listen to, the opinions vary greatly.  I personally believe she should serve her probation as any other convicted felon has to.

I also believe all sides are on shaky ground here.  Judge Strickland’s amended order comes pretty late in the game and after he recused himself.  The defense admits knowing what Strickland intended, but kept quiet till now.  Their claim it would be unsafe for Casey to return to Orlando is so much smoke and mirrors to keep the publicity machine stoked.  Regardless, she is no different from any other convicted felon.  Judge Perry, whatever his decision, faces some wrath either way.   He lets her go, he’s too soft, he makes her do probation, he’s just vindictive.

Holy cow, Baez is doing the hearing!  Mason and Fryer are also present as are Linda Burdick and Frank George.

Ms. Susan Finnegan, Florida Department of Corrections Probation Department.  She testifies they made visits to jail, did an intake and monthly residence verifications and believed Casey was serving her probation while in jail awaiting trial.

Finnegan admits she made the decision not to toll the probation, or delay probation.

She says if Casey begins probation now, she is concerned about the media coverage.  She believes they might have to take extra security measures and probation officers safety may also be jeopardized.

Frank George asks what is the purpose of probation?  To protect the public, for restitution, also to assist them back into a law-abiding lifestyle.

A normal condition of probation is for the individual to report in person every 30 days?  Correct.

The words ‘upon release’ have specific meaning?  Correct.

The words ‘upon release’ are not so confusing that the department wouldn’t be able to administer reporting?  Correct.

Is it the department’s position that Ms. Anthony has completed probation?  As of my review in January, yes.

It all boils down to a major FUBAR!

Judge Perry asks about tolling and whether she contacted Judge Strickland for his opinion?  No sir.

Fryer gets up and argues Judge Strickland was previously disqualified (uh, that was for the murder case!) and Anthony has served her probation.  She also indicates possible double jeopardy.  And the new order amended by Judge Strickland is illegal.

Judge Perry states it is a legal morass and he needs to determine if the court has jurisdiction to correct a scrivener’s error.  He also says Anthony was erroneously placed on probation.

Frank George says because Anthony was imprisoned she really wasn’t under probational supervision.  Oral orders take precedence over written ones.  Casey served 30 months, not 36 months.

Judge Perry asked when the State learned of the probation issue.  George says when Judge Strickland amended the order.  His office never received any paperwork stating probation began and ended.  The State takes no position on administrative probation.

Judge Perry reserves ruling so he can do additional research.  As with this entire case, what a mess!

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  1. Hilde
    08/05/2011 at 11:46 am

    I agree this whole Case is a Mess and a Joke.
    Casey Anthony needs to serve her Probation as it was originally ordered by Judge Strickland. I am so tired hearing All that legal Jumble and Mumble from the Defense, All it comes down too is how can they find another Loophole for Casey Anthony to get her again of the Hook.
    Hopefully Judge Perry will come back with a just and fair Ruling in this Mess.

  2. donchais
    08/05/2011 at 11:53 am

    If there is a strong legal precedent to support it, Judge Perry will be the one to find it!

  3. ritanita
    08/05/2011 at 12:43 pm

    I think Perry would love to see Casey serve real probation! All he needs is some case law out there. BTW, Stricland only recused himself AFTER he wrote the sua sponte correction.

    I don’t consider Casey’s sitting in protective custody a good taste of how to live the straight and narrow.

  4. Jo
    08/05/2011 at 12:46 pm

    I swore I would not be sucked in to watching anything else concerning Beelzebub’s daughter (sorry I cannot even say her name anymore) but once again, I caved. Ms. Fryer, over and over said Judge Strickland’s name with such contempt (probably I just perceive it that way) when she was not even present at that particular time. I have read Judge Strickland’s letter to the court recusing himself and he did himself proud. He is no slouch. This is truly a mess and for once although I would want her to serve her probation like anyone else, I don’t see it happening. After the OJ trial, I did not think there would be another person who could be coated in teflon the way he was, what with constantly weaseling his way out of paying the Goldman family by one means or another. But I was wrong. This woman, by far, has him beat.

    And did you notice, the few moments the cameras happened to catch the defense table, Mason and Baez had the continual smirks on their faces? I wonder if that was decided beforehand or is that just the arrogance now that they got her off. Jean C. mentioned on In Session it was the first time they strode into the courthouse front and center.

    Oh well. I can still pray that God will impart His justice someday. Now or another time. OJ got his.

  5. donchais
    08/05/2011 at 1:02 pm

    ritanita, Ms. Anthony and the ‘straight and narrow’ appear to be strangers!

    Jo, This diva and her handlers like to believe she is above the law that all citizens must abide by. I’m at the point I don’t really care where she spends her time as long long as it is filled with severe mental and emotional pain and anguish!

  6. GETTINGTIRED
    08/05/2011 at 2:38 pm

    Personally Im sick of this wench

  7. donchais
    08/05/2011 at 3:14 pm

    AMEN!

  8. kas
    08/05/2011 at 3:16 pm

    You don’t serve Probation behind bars. That’s absurd. Baez knows it’s absurd which is why he’s been stinkin’ up my TV screen again on every show that will have him saying “they are trying to make her serve Probation for something she was found Not Guilty of”. Still an idiot, I see.

    She doesn’t have to serve Probation in Orlando. Wherever she does serve it, they could easily stagger the dates she meets with the PO to hold off the Press and assorted nut jobs.

    Baez not selling tape of her to TMZ would probably help with her privacy (I’ll bet you anything it was him).

  9. donchais
    08/05/2011 at 3:56 pm

    Well, kas, that sums it up pretty nicely!

  10. Reality
    08/05/2011 at 4:24 pm

    Anyone notice that Baez will accuse others of doing something that he himself is actually doing? Is he doing this on purpose, playing people for fools, or is he really that clueless?

  11. donchais
    08/05/2011 at 4:49 pm

    Yes!

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