Casey Anthony appeals charges for lying to law enforcement

By Saul Saenz, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 5:55 AM EDT

Casey Anthony’s attorney Cheney Mason filed an appeal to dismiss the charges she faces for lying to law enforcement.

Casey's lawyers filed an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach which deals with the outstanding four counts Anthony was convicted of lying to law enforcement officers.

The appeal was filed around 1:30 p.m. In it, Casey Anthony's lawyer, Cheney Mason, claimed Casey gave the statements in question to law enforcement officers in 2008 before she was even read her Miranda rights by any of Orange County Sheriff's investigators. The court determined those statements were lies.

Mason also argued she should've been charged with only one count of lying to officers, not four counts. He said three of those counts are double jeopardy, since each count stems from the same single offense. Mason said her lawyers filed motions to suppress those statements during her trial, but those motions were denied. That is why Mason is appealing at the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

It was almost three years ago that Casey told Orange County deputies the following:

  • That she worked at Universal Orlando Resort in 2008,
  • That she left Caylee with a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez,
  • That she told Jeffrey Hopkins and Juliette Lewis that Caylee was missing
  • That she spoke to Caylee on the phone on July 15, 2008.

Casey was charged and convicted of a separate count for each statement. She was fined $1,000 for each count, totaling $4,618 after court costs. She was sentenced to one year of probation.