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Appellate court sets aside two of four Casey Anthony convictions for lying to detectives

Casey Anthony with daughter Caylee are pictured together. Personal Photo

Casey Anthony with daughter Caylee
Personal Photo
(CBS/AP) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appellate court has set aside two of the four convictions Casey Anthony received for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

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Judges on the 5th District Court of Appeals agreed with Anthony's attorneys Friday that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy.

"We cannot conclude that the Legislature intended to authorize separate punishment for each false statement made during a single interview," the judges said in their ruling.

The judges, however, ruled that the trial court was correct to allow Anthony's statements to detectives to be used during her murder trial.

Anthony's attorneys had argued that she was in police custody at the time she made the statements in question and hadn't been read her Miranda rights.

In July 2011, Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee. Instead, jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, and her attorneys appealed those convictions.

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