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Anthony reports to Fla. probation officer

Associated Press / August 26, 2011

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TALLAHASSEE - Florida authorities said yesterday that Casey Anthony was polite and cooperative during a meeting with her probation officer and pledged to meet the conditions of her one-year probation for check fraud.

Anthony, 25, who has remained hidden since a jury acquitted her of killing her daughter, met with the officer for more than an hour Wednesday evening at an undisclosed location as she began her probation. Citing death threats against her, state officials said they will not reveal her location, including the county where she will serve her probation for the unrelated charge.

“She told the probation officer that she intended to do well on probation; she was polite and cooperative,’’ said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.

Anthony has been in hiding since being set free last month after a jury found her not guilty of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. But a legal battle then commenced over whether she still needed to serve her probation.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland said in January 2010 that Anthony should serve probation after her release. In an order this month, Strickland clarified that Anthony must begin her probation now that she is out of jail. He then recused himself and turned the case over to Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over Anthony’s murder trial. Perry upheld Strickland’s order, and Anthony’s attorneys appealed last week to the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach, which was denied.

The terms of Anthony’s probation require her to physically report to her probation officer no later than the fifth day of each month and that she cannot change her residence or job - if she finds one - without permission. She would also need permission if she wanted to relocate to another state in the next year. She also cannot carry or possess a gun without permission and she is supposed to “work diligently’’ at a lawful occupation.

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