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Casey Anthony soon will be free to come and go as she pleases

August 21, 2012|By Amy Hubbard
  • Casey Anthony was acquitted in July 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, sparking national outrage as well as death threats.
Casey Anthony was acquitted in July 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter,… (Red Huber / Associated Press )

Casey Anthony's probation term is nearing its conclusion, which means she could soon be a free woman.

When exactly? That information is being kept tightly under wraps because Anthony -- despite being acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee -- was widely loathed because of the murder trial.

Ann Howard, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Corrections, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that she could not provide any information about Anthony's probation term.

“We are not releasing anything related to it whatsoever for security reasons,” Howard said.

On Aug. 24, 2011, Florida Department of Corrections officials confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that Anthony had reported to the department to begin a one-year probation term.

Howard said, however, that even the start date of Anthony's probation had been "purged" and could not be released. 

She did say that Anthony had been reporting monthly as part of her probation but that the reporting site had been "gagged."

Anthony was acquitted in July 2011 in the death of her daughter. The one-year probation term now reaching its end was a result of unrelated check-fraud convictions in 2010.

Anthony's acquittal sparked a widespread outcry -- as well as death threats. At one point, a poll named Anthony the most hated person in America.

Caylee's body was found in December 2008 near her home. Her mother failed to report the girl  missing for a month, and inconsistencies in her accounts to police raised deeply held suspicions among the public.

Anthony was largely in seclusion after the acquittal but resurfaced in a video blog early this year. 

Her attorney said the blog was not intended for dissemination and that Anthony's account had been hacked.  In the video, Anthony is seen with a much shorter, blond hairdo and new glasses.


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