She was sentenced to the maximum four years in jail. With credit for time served in pretrial detention and for good conduct, Anthony was ordered released on July 17.
The acquittal and early release sparked outrage among many trial watchers who had concluded that Anthony was guilty and that the justice system was allowing her to get away with murder. Other commentators said the jury system requires prosecutors to prove each case beyond a reasonable doubt and that it is the jury’s responsibility to hold the state to that high standard.
Although she has already served her full sentence, defense attorney Baez is appealing Anthony’s four convictions for lying to law enforcement officers. The appeal will be heard by Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals.
If successful, it would head off efforts by the state attorney’s office to force Anthony to pay the costs of the investigation and prosecution.
Baez also submitted a motion to find Anthony indigent and to have the state pay for the appeal.
Some legal analysts have suggested that Baez undercut any appeal when he admitted in his opening statement to the jury at trial that his client lied often during the period following Caylee’s death. But the appeal will likely focus on the context in which the statements were made rather than their truth or falsity.
Three of the four false statements were elicited from Anthony during a recorded interrogation in which detectives encouraged her to confess that Caylee had died as a result of an accident. The interrogation took place in a conference room at Universal Studios, shortly after Anthony admitted that she did not work at the theme park as she had earlier – and falsely – claimed.