Court strikes two Casey Anthony convictions
January 25th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Court strikes two Casey Anthony convictions

Two of Casey Anthony's convictions of providing "false information to a law enforcement officer during a missing person investigation" were
thrown out today, while an additional two convictions on the same counts were upheld by Florida's 5th District Court of Appeal.

Casey Anthony's lawyer Cheney Mason tells In Session correspondent Jean Casarez that when he called Anthony to tell her the ruling, Anthony
said, "We keep fighting."

The next step in the process would be to appeal the remaining two convictions to the Florida Supreme Court.

In 2011, a jury found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter.

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October 30th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Superstorm Sandy has left millions without power and a trail of devastation in its wake.  Watch CNN.com Live for all the latest developments on the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Sandy tracker and briefings

9:00 am ET - Casey Anthony hearing - Casey Anthony's civil attorney will ask a judge to move the defamation trial against her out of Orange County, Florida.

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October 4th, 2012
07:49 AM ET

Thursday's live events

The first presidential debate has come and gone, and now it's the running mates' turn to take the stage.  Vice President Biden and GOP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan will hold their only debate October 11, and CNN.com Live is your home for all the action from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony defamation hearing - Casey Anthony's attorneys are expected to ask a judge to keep out any references to her murder trial when she goes on trial in Zenaida Gonzalez's defamation lawsuit against her.

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August 28th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Tropical Storm Isaac could make landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast as soon as tonight.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage of the storm.

Today's programming highlights...

Continuing coverage - Tropical Storm Isaac tracker

8:30 am ET - Casey Anthony defamation hearing - Attorneys for the woman suing Casey Anthony for defamation will ask a Florida judge to force Anthony to reveal her finances and source of income.

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July 5th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

A look back: Casey Anthony found not guilty of killing daughter one year ago

One year ago Thursday, Casey Anthony entered a courtroom in a pink ruffled shirt, her hair pulled back in a ponytail. She waited to learn whether a jury had found her guilty in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

The tension was palpable. The case had gripped the entire country, and emotions were flaring outside the courthouse. Inside, Anthony was biting her nails and her lower lip and taking deep breaths at the defense table.

Then came the words that would divide many: not guilty. Her trial was one that had gripped the nation. It was a summer obsession for many, who stayed glued to the TV from the moment Caylee went missing to the moment that verdict was read.

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Anthony had been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter and of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. The woman whose face was known around the world, who had been dubbed "tot mom," had her day in court.

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 She wiped tears from her eyes, clutched her attorneys' hands and hugged them.

One year later, Anthony remains in hiding, fearful for her safety and her life. She says she's received numerous threats because people still believe she is guilty of the crime. But she continues to fight to convince them that she is not guilty, exactly the finding a jury decided 12 months ago. Anthony said the world may have one view of her, but she knows who she truly is.

"There’s obviously several misconceptions," Anthony told CNN's Piers Morgan in June. "Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter."

Anthony told Morgan that she cherished her daughter and did not want to get rid of her, as many people had suggested during and after her trial.

"If anything there’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter," Anthony said. "She’s my greatest accomplishment."

As the anniversary nears, here is a look back at evidence and testimony, the verdict as it happened, analysis of the "historic decision" by the jury and some key video from the trial.

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Gotta Watch: Stay away from the webcam
January 6th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Stay away from the webcam

Nowadays just about anyone can get a hold of a camera and upload videos online for the whole world to see… whether this is a good or a bad thing is still up for debate. Just yesterday a “web diary” from Casey Anthony was “leaked” online, receiving a lot of attention. This got us here at Gotta Watch thinking about the perils of webcams. Whether you shouldn’t be allowed alone with a camera, or you just can’t figure out how to work it, here is a look back some top webcam fails.

Casey Anthony’s web confessional – A video surfaced Thursday of Casey Anthony, sporting a new blonde hairdo and glasses, talking vaguely about the developments in her life since being acquitted of murder last year. Many people have criticized the “tot mom” video as being narcissistic and a publicity stunt, even though her lawyers claim it was unauthorized.

Is this thing on? - An older couple mistakenly became a YouTube hit after recording themselves trying to use a webcam.  These seniors may not have any idea what they were doing, but it sure is amusing to watch.

Leave Britney alone! – One passionate fan just couldn’t stand all the criticism Britney Spears was receiving from the media in 2007, so he decided to speak up on her behalf. While you may not agree or even care about the point he is trying to make, you can’t deny that he is pleading his case with fanaticism enthusiasm.

What are your thoughts on the proliferation of web videos these days? Share your favorite webcam moments and leave your thoughts in the comment section below… or better yet create your own video response here.

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Gotta Watch: Best of Behar
December 15th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Best of Behar

Today, HLN says goodbye to one of it's most entertaining programs, "The Joy Behar Show."  We will definitely miss Joy's infamous, and often hilarious interviews with celebrities, politicians and media figures.  In honor of the show's last day, we decided to put together a list of our all-time favorite clips.  Catch Joy's final farewell tonight at 10 p.m. ET on HLN with special guest Steve Martin.

Who’s Joy Behar? – Comedian Gilbert Gottfried tears Joy up over her show ending. You can even hear the show's crew cracking up off-camera.

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December 8th, 2011
04:42 AM ET

Casey Anthony's lawyers return to court in civil case

Attorneys for Casey Anthony and Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman who has filed a civil suit against her, return to court Thursday to argue whether Anthony should fully answer questions posed to her during her deposition in October.

In that hearing, Anthony's lawyers invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 60 times. Attorneys for Gonzalez want the court to compel her to answer.

Gonzalez's defamation lawsuit alleges that Anthony falsely accused her of kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Gonzalez alleges that Anthony defamed her and damaged her reputation when she claimed that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez had taken Caylee, who was reported missing in July 2008 - a month after she was last seen.

Authorities were never able to find the nanny. But they did find Gonzalez, who claimed she never met Anthony or her daughter.

Anthony's civil attorneys have argued that she never identified this specific woman as the "Zenaida Gonzalez" she was talking about.

Gonzalez's attorneys claim, according to questions asked of Anthony in the October 8 deposition, that Gonzalez was questioned by the police in Caylee's disappearance, was kicked out of her apartment complex, lost her job and that she and her two daughters received death threats as a result of media attention in the case.

Anthony herself said little in the deposition, but did acknowledge she was aware she was being sued by Gonzalez.

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Names of Casey Anthony jurors released
October 25th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Names of Casey Anthony jurors released

Florida court officials on Tuesday released the names of the Casey Anthony trial jurors, after the expiration of a three-month “cooling-off” period that a judge imposed because of concerns for the jurors’ well-being.

CNN  noting the judge’s concerns that jurors might face threats from elements of the public after acquitting Anthony in the high-profile murder trial  will not name any jurors who haven’t come forward to identify themselves.

Anthony was released in July after being acquitted on charges of murder, aggravated manslaughter and child neglect in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, whose skeletal remains were found in 2008 in a wooded field in Orange County, Florida.

Casey Anthony was convicted on four counts for misleading law enforcement and was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released after serving nearly three years in prison while awaiting trial.

Only three of the 17 jurors – one who was among the 12 who deliberated, and two who were among the five alternates – have revealed their identities voluntarily since the trial ended. A few others, including the jury foreman, have given interviews on the condition of anonymity.

Though the trial happened in Orange County, the jurors came from Pinellas County – about 110 miles to the southeast because authorities hoped to find a jury pool less likely to have been swayed by the intense media coverage surrounding the case.

Cecilia Barreda, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said she is aware of no requests for security by any juror.

“Our deputies are aware of the release of the names, and we’re prepared to address any complaints or concerns as needed,” Barreda said Tuesday.

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On the Radar: No school in Tacoma, rally for Davis, bill for Anthony
Teachers walk a picket line Wednesday in Tacoma, Washington.
September 16th, 2011
05:50 AM ET

On the Radar: No school in Tacoma, rally for Davis, bill for Anthony

Three things you need to know today.

Tacoma school strike: Classes are suspended again Friday in Tacoma, Washington, after teachers voted to continue their strike, in defiance of a a court order to stop.

Rich Wood, the spokesman for the Tacoma teachers union, said teachers voted Thursday to continue their strike despite a judge's Wednesday order. At a union meeting Thursday afternoon, 1,478 teachers voted to keep striking, Wood said, adding that 107 voted "no" or abstained. He said teachers were concerned about how Judge Bryan Chushcoff would react to their defying his order.

The Tacoma School District did not return a call seeking comment, but a message posted on the district's website said school for 28,000 students would be suspended again Friday, as it has been all week.

Rally to stop execution: The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network plans to hold a candlelight vigil Friday for convicted cop killer Troy Davis at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Sharpton will speak at the rally at 7 p.m. ET.

Davis, 42, is set to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday by lethal injection next week for the 1989 murder of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail.

But since his 1991 conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. No physical evidence was presented linking Davis to the killing of the policeman.

Supporters Thursday delivered a massive petition containing more than 663,000 signatures in support of clemency for Davis to Georgia officials.

They're worried that won't be enough, as all legal appeals have been exhausted and only Gov. Nathan Deal or the state Pardon and Parole Board can call off Wednesday's execution. The board denied clemency in 2008.

Bill for Anthony: Casey Anthony owes authorities just under $98,000 for the costs of investigating the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.

The decision means prosecutors are set to recoup less than one-fifth of the more than $516,000 that they had sought. The state had argued that if it were not for the 25-year-old Orlando woman's lies, investigators wouldn't have had to expend the time and money to find her daughter's body.

They searched for five months, eventually finding Caylee's skeletal remains in woods less than a mile from her grandparents' Orlando home.

Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. found Anthony is liable for expenses incurred from July 15, 2008, when Caylee was reported missing, to September 29 of that year, when authorities ended their missing-person case and opened a homicide investigation.


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On the Radar: Texas fire, Clemens' trial, Casey Anthony
Firefighters say they've achieve 50% containment on a blaze that has burned 6,200 acres.
September 2nd, 2011
05:47 AM ET

On the Radar: Texas fire, Clemens' trial, Casey Anthony

Three things you need to know today.

Texas fire: Authorities were working on plans Friday to return home residents forced to flee a wildfire in northern Texas, a day after firefighters made progress battling the blaze that destroyed dozens of homes.

The blaze in Palo Pinto County scorched 6,200 acres by Thursday, according to the Texas Forest Service. The fire is burning near the resort of Possum Kingdom Lake, near the town of Brad, about 100 miles west of Dallas.

"We feel much better about this fire today" as the blaze is now 50% contained, said John Nichols, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

He said evacuations were lifted for some residents forced to evacuate the fire, which was driven by high temperatures and dry winds.

Clemens' trial: A judge will hold a hearing Friday to consider whether former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens should be retried for allegedly lying to Congress.

The case against Clemens - who is accused of one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury - was declared a mistrial in July after evidence previously ruled inadmissable was shown in court.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton will consider how to resolve the case at Friday's hearing in Washington.

Casey Anthony: Casey Anthony's attorneys will be in court Friday fighting a motion by prosecutors to have her  reimburse the costs of  the investigation of her daughter's disappearance  and death.

Court documents filed by the state attorney's office and law  enforcement agencies indicate those costs are more than $350,000.

It is unclear whether Anthony will be at the hearing Friday in front of Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr.

Anthony has been in seclusion since  her July acquittal on murder charges in the 2008 death of her  2-year-old daughter and her subsequent release from jail.

But  in the same case, a Florida jury convicted her on four misdemeanor  counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Prosecutors have cited a Florida law that allows the state to fine defendants in criminal cases to recoup money spent.

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August 25th, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Casey Anthony reports for probation after appeals court ruling

Casey Anthony has started a one-year probation sentence for check fraud and fraudulent use of a personal ID, the Florida Department of Corrections announced Thursday.

She held her first probation meeting Wednesday evening, according to the department.

Officials refused to say where in Florida Anthony is serving her probation, noting in a statement that they have been directed by local courts to "keep confidential (Anthony's) residence or any information that could lead to the discovery of her location because of the death threats against her."

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August 15th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Attorney: Casey Anthony will appeal probation order

Casey Anthony and her legal team will appeal the order that would force her back to Orlando to serve supervised probation, her attorney Jose Baez told CNN.

On Friday, Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. ruled that Casey Anthony must serve one year of supervised probation for a check-fraud conviction.  She is required to report no later than noon on August 26.

Perry also ruled the Department of Corrections can keep Anthony's address confidential to safeguard her well-being. Citing reports indicating Anthony is highly disliked by the public, the judge acknowledged that there "is a high probability that there are many that would like to ... physical(ly) harm" the defendant.

The probation order states that Anthony cannot leave "the county of (her) residence" - which has been Orange County - without her probation officer's approval.

Judge in Florida orders Casey Anthony to serve year of probation

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Casey Anthony must serve 1 year probation, judge rules
Casey Anthony must serve a one-year probation on a check-fraud conviction.
August 12th, 2011
01:02 PM ET

Casey Anthony must serve 1 year probation, judge rules

A Florida judge ruled Friday that Casey Anthony must serve one year of supervised probation for a check-fraud conviction.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. said Anthony has to report no later than noon on August 26, but that she can report earlier.

Perry also ruled that the Florida Department of Corrections is authorized to keep her address confidential to safeguard her well-being.

Anthony was cleared earlier this year of murder charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

But she was convicted in January 2010 of felony check fraud charges, after she admitted she stole a checkbook from her friend Amy Huizenga and wrote five checks totaling $644.25.

Anthony's defense attorney, Lisabeth Fryer, argued that Anthony completed the probation while she was serving time in jail waiting for her trial on the murder charge.

Prosecutors disagreed.

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July 28th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Latex Casey Anthony mask fetches almost $1 million on eBay

A big spender on eBay shelled out almost $1 million to get inside Casey Anthony's head.

A Los Angeles eBay user called "prophunter" wound up with six rubber renderings of Anthony's face that had been used in a parody video and put one of them up for auction on eBay. That first mask  garnered a winning bid of $999,900 Wednesday. It beat out 104 other bids that started at $25 on  Monday.

In the description field for the item, the seller billed it as "possibly the most frightening mask on the planet."

The mask's expression is, well, expressionless, capturing the image that became a national obsession over the course of Anthony's almost six-week trial for the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony was acquitted on July 5, drawing the vocal ire of crowds outside the courthouse, social media users and television personalities nationwide.

On HLN's Showbiz News Tonight on Wednesday, Popeater.com columnist Rob Shuter pronounced then-active bidding "tasteless, but it is capitalism."

For comparison's sake, the most expensive set of Charlton Heston's stone tablets from "The Ten Commandments" fetched $87,000 at Christie's in 1995, which would be a little more than $120,000 today.

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Deputies wanted Anthony release to look 'normal'
July 17th, 2011
12:49 AM ET

Deputies wanted Anthony release to look 'normal'

A videographer who was one of three journalists who were granted access to the Orange County jail facility to document Anthony's release. This is his briefing to reporters after Casey Anthony's release:

Concerned about security, officials had three scenarios ready for Casey Anthony's release.

Scenario no. 1 was the front door. Deputies wanted to make it look like any other normal release. She came out at 12:11 a.m.

Deputies did not share the other two scenarios with the journalists.

She had a sign of relief on her face as she walked out wearing a bright pink T-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

She thanked an SRT sergeant and walked quickly into a waiting sport utility vehicle.

Matt Sedensky, the second of three reporters granted access to document Casey Anthony's release, offered this information at his briefing:

– Anthony was given $537.68 from her inmate account

– There were no threats received against her at the jail, but they had a number of contingency plans

– "This release had an unusual amount of security. So therefore, in that sense, it would not be a normal release," said Allen Moore, the spokesman for the Orange County Corrections Department in a statement.

– "We have made every effort not to provide any special treatment for her. She has been treated as every other inmate," Moore also said.

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July 15th, 2011
07:33 AM ET

Friday's live video events

President Obama will address the nation once again on America's debt ceiling crisis.  Watch CNN.com Live for continuing coverage on this developing story.

Today's programming highlights...

8:00 am ET - Casey Anthony defamation suit hearing - A hearing is held in a Florida court in regards to Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez's defamation suit against Casey Anthony.

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Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story
A Florida jury acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her daughter, Caylee.
July 13th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Why jurors nixed Caylee drowning story

Even with testimony about duct tape and gas cans, Internet searches about chloroform and photos of a partying Casey Anthony, the jury charged with deciding her fate acquitted her of murdering her daughter, Caylee. The question on the minds of many observers: How could they?

Juror Jennifer Ford tells CNN's Gary Tuchman that since the verdict was read, she's received hate mail and threats and has been smothered by media who won't leave her alone. Still, Ford stands by her decision. Why? Ford says that while she may not think Anthony is completely innocent, there wasn't enough hard evidence to make the charges stick.

In today's Gotta Watch, Ford talks about the jury's verdict and the fact that they weren't swayed by defense arguments about molestation or drowning.

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No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother
July 12th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother

Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges over testimony she gave during the murder trial of her daughter, Casey Anthony.

"We are not going to pursue perjury charges against Cindy Anthony," State Attorney's Office Spokesperson Danielle Tavernier said.

Cindy Anthony testified that she was responsible for searches about chloroform on the family's home computer, but evidence indicated she was at work at the time.

Florida prosecutors argued that Casey Anthony was responsible for the Google searches. They alleged she used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious and then duct-taped her mouth and nose to suffocate her. They said that she put the child's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it.

Casey Anthony is set to be released Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence. She was convicted of lying to police during the investigation into daughter Caylee's disappearance. She was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in Caylee's death.

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Gotta Watch: Mythical creatures
Does this amateur photo show the real Bigfoot?
July 12th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Mythical creatures

Is that really Bigfoot? Has someone finally tracked down the elusive chupacabra? Can you ever really, truly know if these creatures really exist? It’s the subject of our blog today. You’ve gotta watch these encounters with mysterious creatures.
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