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Cindy Anthony Facing Possible Perjury Charge

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Jul. 12 2011, Published 4:10 a.m. ET

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UPDATE: The State Attorney’s office said they will not charge Cindy Anthony with lying on the stand during her testimony.  “Our office is not pursuing perjury charges,” said Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office.

Casey Anthony is just days away from being released from jail after being found not guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, but her mother may be facing charges of lying during the hearing.

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Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings spoke on Tuesday in a press conference next to a large picture of Caylee.  “We’ve had discussion with the State Attorney’s Office…they will make a determination about perjury charges in the near future,” the sheriff said about Cindy Anthony being charged with perjury for her testimony during her daughter’s trial, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Prosecutors in the case against Casey, 25, had expert witnesses testify about the number of times the words chloroform, neck breaking and other violent terms were searched in March of 2008, three months before Caylee died.  They claimed that the searches were made during the afternoon by Casey, but Cindy took the stand and said she may have made the searches herself for chloroform accidentally while she was searching for chlorophyll and made the searches for neck breaking while seeking information about a skate boarding accident.

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Cindy’s testimony shocked the courtroom, and prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick had two of Cindy’s former supervisors testify that according to computer records she was in fact working at the time she claimed she was home searching for the terms.

Sheriff Demings said that he supported the newly proposed Caylee’s Law, which will make it a felony to wait more than 24 hours to report a missing child and a felon not to report the death of a child within one hour.  “I think it’s a wonderful law,” he said.  “No parent should be allowed to not report their child missing under the age of 12 when they know or don’t know the whereabouts of their child.  In this case, it seems somewhat unbelievable that ta loving mother or parent would not know where their daughter would be and wouldn’t report the child missing.”

A jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering little Caylee, but guilty of four charges of lying to law enforcement officers.


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