For the first time in nearly four years, Casey Anthony is free from the State of Florida’s grasp. At midnight Friday morning Anthony’s probation was effectively revoked and terminated as her probationary term expired. As everyone not living under a rock or in a religious compound well knows, Anthony was acquitted last year for the death of her daughter Caylee. Due to Anthony’s dishonesty throughout the criminal investigation she was found guilty of 4 counts lying to police. However, Anthony was on probation for earlier charges of check fraud of which she earned by writing bouncy ball checks from her friend’s account. No longer will Anthony have surprise visits from her probation officer, have to check into probation once a month, or have to ask permission to leave the state. For all intents and purposes, she is as free to do anything she wants to do as we are, of course with the exception of vote, own a gun, and have any prospect whatsoever of getting a job due to her status as a convicted felon. I guess it doesn’t help her that she’s the most despised woman in the United States either. I’m doubting the Mayberry Law Firm would have much interest in her as a receptionist. That could prove to be bad for business.
For Anthony the only silver lining on the fact that had she left the house and been recognized she would have been maimed, is the fact that it made it nearly impossible for her to violate her probation. I’m no psychic hotline but I’d venture to say Anthony would have violated her probation in a hot minute had she not been a hermit. From what I’ve gathered she doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed. Florida Statute 948 and its subchapters govern felony probation which is monitored by the completely autonomous department of corrections. In short, had Anthony violated her probation she could have been committed to the Florida department of corrections to serve out the remainder of time allowable by Florida statute. Because Anthony was on probation for a third degree felony punishable up to 5 years in the department of corrections, if she would have violated probation she could have served the remaining balance of the five years in prison. An example would be if she were two and a half years into a three year probation term on a crime punishable up to five years, if she violated she could serve two and a half years in the department of corrections because that is the balance of the maximum prison term available. Depending on the Judge’s mood she may have found herself serving consecutive VOP sentences if the stars were aligned correctly.
One way or another, for the first time in several years, Casey Anthony did something right. Unfortunately that “right” was being a model probationer.
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