Casey Anthony Can Face Death Penalty, Judge Rules

Casey Anthony weeps in a courtroom of the Orange County Courthouse after she was found guilty on six counts of check fraud and adjudicated on seven other counts in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. She remains jailed, charged with first-degree murder for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.(AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool)
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Casey Anthony (AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool)

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS/AP) The judge in the Casey Anthony murder trial has rejected arguments from her attorneys that the death penalty should be taken off the table.

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Chief Judge Belvin Perry made his ruling against Anthony, who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, at a hearing Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.

Anthony's attorneys argued that the prosecutors had a gender bias in seeking the death penalty and put on an expert witness who testified that a mother who is perceived as "deviant" by a jury faces a difficult time in defending herself against criminal charges.

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Anthony's attorneys also argued that "Societal biases against women provide the state with a way of deflecting attention away from the insufficiency of the evidence in Miss Anthony's case," according to the defense motion.

These arguments did not convince Judge Perry, who said that defense attorneys had failed to prove a gender bias in regard to the death penalty in this case.

Judge Perry previously ruled on Monday that jurors in the trial will be picked from outside Orlando after Anthony's attorneys argued residents there were tainted by negative media reports.

The judge also said he will tell attorneys when he decides where to hold the trial, but that information will be kept secret until just before the trial begins.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering Caylee. Anthony said a babysitter kidnapped the toddler. Her trial is set to start in May 2011.

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