Casey Anthony reports for probation in Florida

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 25, 2011 3:33 AM
Casey Anthony reports for probation in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - Casey Anthony, the young Orlando mother acquitted of killing her toddler daughter, reported for probation on Wednesday in Florida in a check fraud case, the Department of Corrections said.

Anthony, 25, voted the most hated American in a celebrity poll after a jury found her not guilty in July of the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, dropped from public view following her release from jail. Her lawyers confirmed she had moved out of state.

But earlier this month, a judge ordered Anthony to return to Florida to report for a year of probation for a different crime -- check fraud charges she admitted to in 2010.

"Casey Anthony reported to probation in Florida on Wednesday evening," the Florida Department of Corrections said in a statement.

Another statement would be released on Thursday, it said.

Confusion has swirled around that case. Earlier this week, Anthony's lawyer told Fox News his client was back in Florida in a safe location.

The original judge in the check fraud case told Anthony she must serve her probation after her release from jail. But his intent was not written into the final sentencing order, leading officials to allow Anthony to complete her probation while she sat in jail awaiting trial for the murder charge.

The judge, Stan Strickland, filed a clarified version of the sentencing order on August 1, following Anthony's July 17 release.

Her lawyers, seeking to have that order quashed, argued the court had no jurisdiction to tell Anthony to serve probation now and that it violated her rights against double jeopardy.

(Writing by Cynthia Johnston)