No decision in Casey Anthony's misdemeanor convictions

Published On: Jan 30 2013 10:27:34 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 08 2013 12:21:49 PM HST

No decision was made in court Tuesday as attorneys for Casey Anthony appealed several convictions.

At her 2011 murder trial, a jury found Anthony guilty on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers.

Before a three judge panel Tuesday, her legal team made the case that Anthony was handcuffed early on the night her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony was reported missing, was not read her Miranda Rights, therefore her statements to police should have been thrown out at trial.

Anthony, 26, was convicted of lying to detectives about having left Caylee with a nanny she called Zaneida Gonzalez. She was also convicted of lying about working at Universal Orlando, having said her 2-year-old daughter was missing and then that she was alive and well.

The attorneys believe that the four separate convictions should have been tied together into one.

Judges questioned Lisabeth Fryer's argument that Anthony was still in custody even though deputies took the handcuffs on her and let her go inside the house.

"She was still in custody even though she was unhandcuffed and let out of the house and was free to go about her business?" asked Judge Vincent Torpy.

"There's no evidence anyone says you're not free to leave but also nothing that says you are free to leave," said Fryer.

"Wasn't there a question the child is in a Dumpster or buried somewhere?" said Torpy.

The panel also grilled the assistant attorney general representing the state on whether detectives considered Anthony a murder suspect and got statements from her at Universal Studios under the guise of looking for her child.

"It was a classic textbook interrogation that was going on. The only question is whether she was in custody right?" said Torpy.

"She's not summoned. She's asked to come and she does voluntarily," said Assistant State Attorney Wesley Heidt.

Prosecutors tell WESH-TV in Orlando that the judges could take anywhere from a week to months to come up with their decision.

Attorneys for Gonzalez have postponed that trial until the judges render their decision, in hopes she can no longer plead the Fifth Amendment.

Anthony was found not guilty of the more serious charges she faced in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.


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