Date set for Casey Anthony's appeal

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  • Casey Anthony is appealing her convictions for lying to law enforcement
  • A court has set a date to hear her appeal
Date set for Casey Anthony's appeal

Casey Anthony’s attorneys are getting the chance to argue that her four convictions for lying to law enforcement should be overturned.

A Florida appeals court in Daytona Beach has scheduled Anthony’s appeal for January 8. Meanwhile, Anthony’s defamation trial is set to begin January 2.

In July 2011, a jury acquitted Anthony of all the charges related to her child's death, but convicted her on four counts of lying to law enforcement. She was sentenced to four years. With credit for the time she served before and during her trial, she was released from jail July 17.

Anthony’s appeal has caused difficulties for two different teams of attorneys that are suing her.

Texas EquuSearch is suing Anthony for fraud for resources the search and rescue organization spent during the hunt for her daughter. A Florida woman is also suing Anthony for defamation.  Zenaida Gonzalez says she never met Anthony, but claims Anthony damaged her reputation with statements she made during the search for Anthony’s daughter. Anthony told police a babysitter with Gonzalez’s name took her daughter.

During the course of these lawsuits, Anthony attorneys have argued that she shouldn’t have to answer questions about the circumstances around the disappearance of her daughter and the ensuing investigation and search for the child, because her appeal is pending.

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