Casey Anthony, the Orlando mother who was acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter must serve a year's probation in Florida, after being convicted of check fraud charges, a Florida court appeals ruled on Tuesday.
Earlier in August Judge Belvin Perry ruled out that Anthony had time until Aug. 26 to return to Florida to serve a year’s probation for a check-fraud conviction, upholding a sentence by Judge Stan Strickland.
Anthony’s lawyer filed an appeal in Daytona Beach with Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal, which says that she had already served her year’s probation while she was in jail awaiting her murder trial.
The judge wants Anthony to serve probation after she is released from jail on the murder charge, rather than during her custody, Reuters reported.
The attorney Cheney Mason filed an emergency motion on Aug. 2 before the Orange County Courthouse closed for the day. Strickland, at the time of Anthony’s check fraud plea, said that she would serve a year of probation after her release from jail, but forgot to repeat that in his final order, Mason said.
Strickland was in charge of Anthony's murder case until 2010, but he stepped down at the request of her defense team.
Anthony was released from the Orange County jail on July 15, after she was acquitted of murder charges of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.
The petitioner and her lawyers were well aware that her probationary placement was not to begin until her release from confinement, the court order issued on Tuesday stated.
The court ordered Anthony to report to a secret location by 12:00pm on Friday to meet with Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) officials.
We're waiting for her, DOC spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger told Fox news.
Since Anthony’s release, her location has been kept secret from the public and the judge's order provoked speculation that she would be required to report to a probation office in Orlando.