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Casey Anthony Defense Team Asks For Mistrial -- Again

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Jun. 27 2011, Published 5:45 a.m. ET

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Casey Anthony’s defense team asked for another mistrial on Monday according to a motion they filed in the afternoon.  Casey, 25, is being tried for the first-degree murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, and if convicted she may get the death penalty.  Her defense cited a recent federal court ruling that said Florida’s death penalty statute is unconstitutional and they want Judge Belvin Perry to “declare a mistrial in this case and begin jury selection anew with a non death-qualified jury.”

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This is the latest legal maneuver by the defense to declare a mistrial and came just hours after the judge ruled that Casey was competent enough to continue with the trial.  Her lawyers submitted a motion on Saturday to have Casey evaluated by three mental health experts.  The trial was subsequently halted and three doctors met with Casey over the weekend.

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