Casey Anthony: Two of four lying convictions thrown out

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Casey Anthony: Two of four lying convictions thrown out

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Casey Anthony caught a major break on Friday after a panel of three judges at the 5th District Court of Appeals tossed out two of her convictions for lying to police.

"We're tired of the lies. No more lies.  What happened to Caylee?"  That's what Orange County Sheriff's Detective Yuri Melich could be heard saying during a recorded interview with Casey Anthony back on June 15, 2008, the day deputies began looking into what happened to Caylee Anthony.  That's one of two interviews at the center of Casey Anthony's appeals.

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In July 2011, a jury acquitted Anthony of murder but decided she was guilty on four separate counts of lying to police.  There was a charge for each of these lies that she told investigators:  1. That she currently worked at Universal Studios.  2. She gave Caylee to baby-sitter Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez. 3. Juliette Lewis and Jeffery Hopkins  (two people who don't exist) knew the story. 4. That she'd spoken with Caylee after she was kidnapped.  

Casey's lawyers appealed,  saying that was one continuous lie and that four separate convictions constituted double jeopardy.  They also claimed she was in custody during the interviews but she was never read her Miranda Rights.  "The appellate was handcuffed in her home, escorted to a marked patrol car, and placed in the cage of the car," Casey's attorney argued to the 5th District Court of Appeals on January 8.

The only argument the 5th District Court of Appeals bought that Casey's lawyers made, double jeopardy.  They left two guilty verdicts standing saying Casey told those lies to investigators at two separate times, hours apart.

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The judges agreed with the State Attorney General's Office, that Casey was not in custody during either interview.  The panel of three judges also noted that "the overall tone of the conversation was not accusatorial and the officers did not speak to the appellant in an intimidating manner." 

Anthony's attorney Cheney Mason told FOX 35 that he takes issue with that statement.  He says one of the deputies used a loud intimidating tone of voice when questioning his client during the second interview that June day.  Mason says he plans on going over the appeals court opinion Monday with his co-council.   He says they may opt to further appeal the latest decision and ask the court for a re-hearing where he would play the interview in question for them.


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