Florida Department of Corrections being accused of allowing Casey Anthony to skip her probation. Screen shot via Orlando Sentinel.
Judge Strickland who presided over numerous Casey Anthony felony charges in January 2010, which seemed to fly under the radar in contrast to the murder charges Casey Anthony was famously acquitted of, ordered probation for when Casey got out of jail, but nobody’s owning up to it. In January 2010, Anthony was convicted of six felony charges, including grand theft larceny for forging and stealing checks from a former friend who pressed charges against her. Casey Anthony was supposed to serve jail time plus a one year probation period for those felony convictions but the Florida Department of Corrections have seemingly ignored the probation requirement.
Meanwhile Judge Strickland claims he no longer has authority to enforce the probation he set forth in her conviction because he gave that authority over to the state after recusing himself in Anthony’s murder trial. Since he had already convicted Anthony of felonies, he felt there could be a perception of bias if he were to preside in the murder trial. According to the terms of her felony check fraud sentence however, she was supposed to serve a one year probation period which would limit her freedom to travel outside Orange County and require probationary supervision for one full year.
Upon recusal, Judge Strickland’s probationary intentions and enforcement fell to the Florida Department of Corrections to carry out, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The Florida Department of Corrections however, claims that the probation terms confused them so rather than seek clarification, they added fuel to the already outraged public’s opinion fire for which, 3 out of 4 people believe her to responsible for her toddler’s death although she was ultimately acquitted of that crime. The Florida Department of Corrections felt that she met the obligation of her probation while incarcerated, but experts say that is ridiculous — that nobody serves probation while in prison. That’s not the point of probation.
While Judge Strickland’s sentence of one year jail time and probation clearly states that Anthony is not to have any personal contact with the prosecution’s client, Amy Huizenga, one could logically assume that probation was outside the confines of prison.
If the Florida Department of Corrections is reading Judge Strickland’s intention incorrectly in his transcripts, it means that the state has bungled Casey Anthony’s probation obligation and gave special permission to Anthony to circumvent her legal obligations not offered to other convicted felons.
If the public didn’t already feel violated by the outcome of her murder trial, this treatment of Anthony’s potential obligation to the state will only further rub salt int he wounds of those seeking some sort of vindication in the case.
Below you can view the sentencing followed by the terms of the probation for Grand Theft Larceny which Judge Strickland clearly states — to be served after her prison term is served:
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