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Casey Anthony off probation; lawyer fears for her safety

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Pool via AP, file

In this file photo from July 7, 2011, Casey Anthony is pictured before the start of her sentencing hearing.

Casey Anthony, the Florida mother found not guilty in the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, completed her probation for unrelated check-fraud charges on Friday.

Anthony, 26, was acquitted in the highly publicized case last year, after spending three years in jail awaiting trial on a murder charge. Her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, disappeared in 2008, and months later, authorities found the 2-year-old's body in the woods near the Orlando-area Anthony family home.

Anthony was ordered one-year probation for a check fraud charge, after she pleaded guilty to making purchases using a friend's checks.


The public closely watched the murder trial through the eyes of televisions cameras and faced much public scrutiny. According to Reuters, the judge let Anthony serve her probation at a secret location.

A Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman told Reuters that Anthony didn't commit any violations that would have prolonged the one-year term.

Her probation officially ended at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, according to her civil-defense lawyer Charles Greene. Now that she's free, no one knows Anthony's next plan, but Greene told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that he has "sincere concerns as to her safety."

"Her future plans are the subject of serious deliberation and discussion," Greene said.

The Orlando lawyer is also not sure how Anthony will support herself.

"She is looking forward to being free to move about and make decisions for her life," Greene told Reuters. "I think she just wants to live out of the public eye and live as normal a life as she can, which will be a difficult thing to do because she's been so vilified."

Anthony's legal woes are not over. She still faces lawsuits related to Caylee's death, Reuters reported, including a defamation case.

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