Should Casey Anthony have to reimburse state for its failed case against her?
Casey Anthony should have to pay more than $500,000 in prosecution costs, the state tells the judge, asserting that the case was 'put in motion' by her lies. Her lawyers decry 'sour grapes.'
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At the start of Anthony’s murder trial, Defense Lawyer Jose Baez asserted that Caylee had accidentally drowned in the backyard swimming pool in June 2008. That would suggest that Anthony knew all along that her daughter was dead but remained silent while the state used substantial resources to try to find the little girl.Skip to next paragraph
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Specifically, Anthony was convicted of telling four distinct lies to detectives during questioning on July 16, 2008.
1) She claimed that she was employed at Universal Studios in Orlando in 2008. She had not worked at Universal for at least two years.
2) She claimed that she had left her daughter with a nanny in June 2008 and that the nanny had taken the child. There is no indication that such a nanny existed.
4) She claimed that she’d received a telephone call from her daughter at noon on July 15. Phone records showed no such call took place.
At the hearing Friday, Mason argued that detectives were able to disprove each of Anthony statements within a day or two. He said by Sept. 30, detectives had ended their missing person investigation and started a murder investigation.
The defense lawyer said an accurate assessment of costs related to the four guilty verdicts for lying should encompass expenses incurred no later than Sept. 30, 2008.
He added that if police had diligently followed up on a lead provided by a county meter reader named Roy Kronk, they would have discovered Caylee’s remains on Aug. 13, 2008, four months earlier than when authorities found the body in the same location in December.
Mason said the state was seeking reimbursement from Anthony for $46,427 in transcription fees incurred in 2010 and 2011. He said they sought payment of $5,750 for a University of Florida hydrologist who was never called as a witness, and $32,072 for an expert in the types of insects that are attracted to dead bodies. Mason said Prosecutor Jeff Ashton had even submitted a bill for $31.50 for a book he purchased on Amazon.com dealing with human decomposition.
“You have the state claiming, in essence, 100 percent of their expenses for the prosecution of the case they lost, not for expenses related to the four misdemeanor counts,” Mason said.
Burdick insisted that the charges were proper and should be paid by Anthony. “It is our position that as a result of the lies that she told, the Sheriff’s Office undertook an investigation that cost them hundreds of thousands of unnecessary dollars,” Burdick said.
“Once Ms. Anthony set that machinery in motion by lying, there was no turning back,” she said. “The lies are inextricably intertwined with the investigation and cannot be apportioned.”
Judge Perry invited counsel to submit additional briefs. He said he expected to issue a ruling by Sept. 22.
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