A Florida appellate court on Friday dropped two of the four convictions leveled against Casey Anthony for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter.
On January 25th, judges on the 5th District Court of Appeals came to the decision that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy, the court precedent that an individual cannot be punished or convicted for the same crime more than once.
In their ruling district judges said, “”We cannot conclude that the Legislature intended to authorize separate punishment for each false statement made during a single interview.”
Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2011. However, jurors convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of lying to detectives, and her attorney’s appealed those convictions. Anthony was sentenced to time served for the misdemeanors.
Anthony was sentenced to a year of probation following her arrest for an unrelated crime. Her whereabouts have been kept secret since her release from State supervision in 2012 due to the intense media coverage that followed the case in 2011.
Jurors determined that Anthony lied to detectives during the investigation when she told officers that she worked at Universal Studios, that she left her daughter with a babysitter who kidnapped the child, that she told friends about her daughter’s disappearance, and how she received a phone call from Caylee.
Anthony’s attorneys argued that two of the convictions be thrown out because the lies in question were perpetrated during the same interrogations. Prosecutors argued that despite the fact that they occurred during the same line of questioning there were still four separate lies.