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Casey Anthony Back In Florida; Has Met With ‘Spiritual Advisers & Therapists’


Aug. 22 2011, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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By Neil Woulfe - Senior News Director

She’s b-a-a-a-c-k!

Notorious ‘Tot Mom’ Casey Anthony is back in Florida, is reporting.

Anthony’s lead attorney Jose Baez told Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera Sunday night that Casey is back in Florida and ready to report to probation in Orange County, should her appeal be denied.

“She is back in Florida. We brought her back in the event the appellate court rules sometime this week. And we're going to follow the law... and I’m certain she’ll do what’s asked of her, if necessary,” Baez said.

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Baez wouldn’t say if Anthony has been in a facility or a private home, citing concerns over her safety, but he did say: “She has been with close friends of ours that are somewhat of spiritual advisers and people who care and are trying to help her get on with her life.”

When Geraldo asked if by “spiritual advisers,” he meant “therapists,” Baez confirmed she’s met with “a combination of both.”

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When asked where she is right now, Baez wouldn’t say.

“We have her in a location that is very safe. She has people who care about her around her. She’s really just trying to get on with her life… and it’s proven to be extremely difficult.”

Baez admitted that, right now, Casey has few friends, outside of her legal team. And he admitted that prior to the case, she had no friends at all.

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“We all consider ourselves friends of hers. However, in my situation, I’m her attorney first and foremost. And there are other people associated in the defense who have grown to care about her, as it related to prior, no,”  Baez said.

He also said Anthony has had “limited contact” with her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, since her release from jail, but he said she has in fact spoken to them.

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However, he said she has not spoken to her brother Lee, who like her parents, testified at her explosive trial.

He also said Caylee’s recent birthday was “particularly difficult” for her.

During the interview, Baez also confirmed that photos of Casey taken in Ohio that appeared on the web were in fact real and that she was in Columbus.

As to the still unresolved issue over her probation, Baez said they are in a “holding pattern type of situation because we don’t know what the appellate court will rule.”

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Baez maintained again that the Department of Probation had ruled that Anthony completed the terms of probation, while she sat in jail awaiting trial on charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Following an emergency hearing earlier this month, Judge Belvin Perry ruled that she had not completed the terms of her probation, finding that the judge in the check fraud case, Stan Strickland, had intended Anthony to serve the probation after her murder trial was resolved, and not while she was still in custody.

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“Right now we have a separation of powers issue.. a double jeopardy issue. It's just a mess right now, and we have to figure it all out,” said Baez.

The Fifth District Court of Appeal has given Perry until Monday to respond to the defense's appeal.

Regardless of what the fifth district court of appeal decides, Casey’s attorneys will be in court Thursday.

Judge Perry will decide if Casey owes any money related to her murder trial.

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Since she admitted to lying about Caylee's disappearance, local and state law enforcement agencies are demanding $515,000 of reimbursement.

Casey's lawyers filed a motion claiming she has no money.

Stay with for the latest on the Casey Anthony case.



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