DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida appellate court is being askedTuesday to decide whether Casey Anthony was in police custody when shemade statements that led to her being convicted of four counts of lyingto law enforcement officers.
Anthony's attorneys are appealing themisdemeanor convictions on the grounds that her statements wereinadmissible at her murder trial since she hadn't been read her Mirandarights, which warn suspects that they can remain silent and that theirstatements can be used against them in court. The three judges on theFifth District Court of Appeals aren't expected to rule Tuesday.
Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
AfterCaylee disappeared in the summer of 2008, Anthony told investigatorsthat a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez had kidnapped her daughter,that she worked at Universal Studios, that she had told co-workers aboutCaylee's disappearance and that she had recently received a phone callfrom her daughter. All of the statements were lies and were the basisfor her misdemeanor convictions.
Anthony's attorneys argued thatbecause Anthony had been handcuffed and placed in a squad car, she waseffectively under arrest and should have had her Miranda rights read toher. They also argue that her convictions on four similar chargesstemming from a single encounter with police represents double jeopardy -a person's constitutional protection from being punished multiple timesfor one offense.
Attorneys for prosecutors argued that the trialjudge was correct to allow the statements to be used. They said thatAnthony only was handcuffed because her mother thought she would fleeand not help them try to locate Caylee. They also noted that asupervisor ordered a detective to take the handcuffs off Anthony a fewminutes later.
The appellate court's decision could affect howAnthony testifies in a civil lawsuit. A woman with the name ZenaidaGonzalez sued Anthony, claiming her reputation had been ruined. Anthonyhas used the pending appeal to delay questioning in the lawsuit. Thetrial over the lawsuit has been postponed indefinitely until theappellate court rules.