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Casey Anthony Appeal Hearing Today

Jan 8, 2013

Jeff Weiner

Casey Anthony

Attorneys for Casey Anthony will return to court this afternoon, to try to convince a three-judge appellate panel to throw out her four convictions for lying to law enforcement during the search for her daughter.

Anthony is not expected to attend the 1:30 p.m. hearing, which should last about a half-hour. The outcome of Anthony's appeal is notable in part because it will likely impact her testimony in several pending lawsuits.

The Daytona Beach appellate panel in is not expected to make a ruling Tuesday. The misdemeanor convictions Anthony is appealing stem from her initial claims to law enforcement after her daughter disappeared.

Anthony told detectives that the girl had been kidnapped by a nanny. In reality, authorities said, Caylee was dead. Anthony was charged with killing her daughter but was acquitted of all major charges in July 2011.

Anthony has cited the pending appeal to avoid questioning in lawsuits she faces, including the civil defamation case brought by Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman whose name is similar to the fictional nanny's.

Trial in that suit was recently delayed indefinitely to allow the appeal play out. Anthony, 26, has been in hiding since her criminal trial. She has been subpoenaed to appear at trial in the Gonzalez defamation suit.

Source: (c)2013 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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