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Court denies Casey Anthony's probation appeal

Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla.,Thursday, July 7, 2011. Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years for lying to investigators but says she can go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior. While acquitted of killing and abusing her daughter, Caylee, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to detectives trying to find her daughter.
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Court denies Casey Anthony's probation appeal
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(CBS/WKMG/AP) DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appeals court on Tuesday denied a request filed by Casey Anthony's attorneys appealing a judge's order that she serve a probation sentence for check fraud.

Earlier this month, Judge Belvin Perry upheld an order made by Judge Stan Strickland that Anthony serve one year probation for the conviction. Perry said Anthony must report for probation by Friday at noon.

Anthony's defense team filed an appeal of Perry's ruling last week with the 9th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. The appeal cited double-jeopardy because Anthony was visited by a probation officer while behind bars awaiting trial on charges that she murdered her daughter and accused Strickland of bias.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the court issued an order denying the appeal.

"The trial court's actions are not barred by the petitioner's constitutional claim of double jeopardy, as the petitioner has not legally commenced her probationary sentence," the order said according to CBS affiliate WKMG.

In Jan. 2010, Anthony was convicted of check fraud for stealing checks from then-best friend Amy Huizenga during the month in 2008 that Anthony's daughter, Caylee, was missing before being reported.

In July, Anthony was found not guilty of murder in Caylee's death and released from jail after serving a four-year sentence for lying to police. Strickland issued the order earlier this month, clarifying that he had intended Anthony to serve probation if she was ever released from jail.

The terms of Anthony's probation include monthly check-ins with a probation officer and random searches of her residence. She will also be required to have a job. Anthony could request to serve probation in another state but the other state would have to approve the request.

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