In 2011 Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. However, the 26-year-old was convicted of lying to lead detective Yuri Melich when she said she left Caylee on or about June 9, 2008, with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez at the Sawgrass Apartments in Orlando.
Today the Fifth District Court of Appeals held a hearing to decide if Casey Anthony was actually in police custody when she lied to officers. According to experts this legal technicality could overturn the misdemeanor convictions on the grounds that her statements were inadmissible because she was not placed under arrest. Anthony’s defense points to the fact that in order for an arrest to occur police would have had to read the suspect her Mirana rights.
The state is relying on the fact that Anthony was handcuffed and therefore she was under arrest. However, when a suspect is handcuffed there is a dichotomy within the law that can be argued point in the direction of detainment or arrest.
If Anthony is judged accountable for lying to police it is probable that she still will remain free when you take into account the three years she spent in jail awaiting trial, time off for good behavior and other factors.
The hearing in the case ended at approximately 2 p.m. local time.
By D. Chandler