Casey Anthony plans to appeal convictions for lying

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 15, 2011 12:43 PM
Casey Anthony plans to appeal convictions for lying

By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - Casey Anthony will appeal her convictions on four charges of lying to detectives who investigated the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, according to a notice filed on Friday by her criminal defense attorneys.

Meanwhile, Anthony is scheduled to give sworn testimony on Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit after her civil lawyer failed Friday to secure an order blocking the videotaped deposition.

But Anthony may not answer any questions. In his motion to stop the deposition, lawyer Charles Greene said Anthony likely would assert her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination due to the status of her criminal case.

A Florida jury acquitted 25-year-old Anthony on July 5 of killing Caylee, whose skeletal remains were found in woods near the Anthony family home after a five-month search.

Anthony was convicted of misdemeanor charges of lying to the detectives searching for her then-missing daughter. Among other lies, Anthony said she left Caylee in June 2008 with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez at an apartment complex in Orlando.

Anthony was sentenced to the maximum of four years in jail on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

She will be released on Sunday after receiving credit for time served awaiting trial and good behavior.

The deposition on Tuesday will be conducted by lawyers for a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who claims her life was ruined by Anthony's allegation that a nanny by that name kidnapped Caylee.

The defamation lawsuit was filed in 2008 but put on hold during the criminal proceedings. Fernandez-Gonzalez's lawyers this week asked for an emergency order to compel Anthony to appear at the deposition, telling the judge they were concerned she would disappear after her release from jail.

Greene countered with a motion for an emergency protective order, arguing that Anthony was emotionally and mentally exhausted by the seven-week criminal trial and has had no time to prepare for her defense in the defamation case.

At a court hearing Friday morning, Greene immediately asked Judge Jose Rodriguez for a private bench conference.

When it was over, Rodriguez announced he would step down from the case and adjourned the hearing. Neither Greene nor Keith Mitnik, who represents Fernandez-Gonzalez, would discuss what transpired in the private discussion with the judge.

Mitnik said Anthony's deposition is still on.

"What was accomplished today in my opinion is she's now going to get out of jail, and we've got to wait and see if she shows up," Mitnik said.

(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jerry Norton)