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Has Casey Anthony served her probation, or not?

Casey Anthony is facing new questions over an old charge she pleaded guilty to that could land her in fresh trouble.

The question now is whether Anthony properly served probation for check fraud, CBS' Mike DeForest, of Orlando station WKMG, reported.

The presiding judge says no, but her defense disagrees, and is hoping to keep her hidden from the public eye - at least for now.

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When Anthony left jail on July 17, she seemed to be a free woman. Her whereabouts are unknown, and because of public anger over her acquittal in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, her defense team wants to keep it that way.

But Monday, Judge Stan Strickland ordered her back to Orange County, Florida, to serve probation, stemming from the check fraud conviction in January 2010. Strickland was the judge at that case.

He said in those proceedings, "I sentence Miss Anthony to time served, which again, is 412 days followed by one year of supervised probation."

DeForest noted it's a thorny issue, because Anthony was already in jail, awaiting trial on the Caylee-related charges, so when she might in fact serve probation was unclear.

Strickland said prior to her trial for Caylee's murder, "We don't know what the future holds here. If the state's correct, there will be a conviction and a lengthy prison sentence or worse. If the defense is correct, there will be an acquittal and she'll walk free."

Corrections officials interpreted the orders to mean Anthony was to serve probation while in custody, and in January, they presented her with a letter indicating she had completed her probation.

But Strickland says he intended for Anthony to serve probation after her murder trial.

Attorney Cheney Mason filed an emergency motion on Tuesday to "quash, vacate, and set aside the court's order."

"She has done her probation," Mason said. "If you all go read what we just filed you'll see how blatantly clear it is and how blatantly wrong Mr. Strickland was."

DeForest added on "The Early Show" that this is not the first time Strickland and the defense team have locked horns. He was supposed to preside over the murder case, but recused himself. Anthony's lawyers accused Strickland of being a "self-aggrandizing media hound."

On "The Early Show," Casey Jordan, a legal analyst and criminologist, said the real question now is if Anthony understood she was on probation while in jail.

Jordan said, "(Her attorney) says that she was interviewed, but doesn't appear any probation officer went to visit her. There were conditions that were laid out in that order. ... I find this comical (in the order that includes), 'stay away from all people involved in crime,' well, she's in jail, so that's already a violation. I don't know whether she paid her $20 a month for her probation supervision fee. As far as I know, she didn't hold down a job, which is also condition of probation. It was simply a clerical error in terms of putting the word "concurrent" in (the order), in the sentence before it said that she shall serve it upon release. You can't have it both ways, but does raise the legal question, should she get off on the technicality."

Going forward, Jordan said the emergency motion filed on Anthony's behalf shows they do not want Strickland officiating because, Anthony's attorneys say, he is prejudiced.

"They want him removed from this because earlier this week Judge Strickland amended the order to clarify what his intent was, that the intent was she would start her probation as soon as she was out of jail and if Florida correctional officials made a mistake, too bad. No reason why she can't start probation now. Nothing would have changed with her situation being in holding while on trial. So you have two issues here: Does she get off on the technicality, but they don't want Judge Strickland to decide that because they believe he already has it in for Casey Anthony."

"Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge noted Strickland did express to local TV stations shock and utter disbelief at the verdict.

Wragge added if Anthony were on probation for a year, her address would become public record - a fact her defense is looking to avoid now.

But, Jordan noted, it can be arranged for probation to be served in a different location.

"They work with other states' probation offices all the time," she said. "She needs to come back for the hearing as early as tomorrow, but there's nothing to say they can't make arrangements for her to serve it elsewhere. The issue that they're trying to raise is personal security, they don't want anyone to know where she is, and they think this is a huge waste of Casey Anthony's time."

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