Awww. Judge Strickland, who probably bit off more than he could chew with the probation thing, recused himself from the ongoing mini-circus concerning Casey Anthony’s probation sentence, which if ruled proper would mean that Ms. Anthony would have to return to Orlando and stay here for a year. Our old buddy, Chief Judge Belvin Perry, has taken over the case. He’ll hear arguments by some familiar voices on Friday morning at 9 am.
At issue is a vague statement in the original sentencing documents that was later amended to make it apparent that by serving her time in jail the Muffin of Mendacity did not complete the probation portion of the sentence. Looking to put the kebash on this most recent strangeness, defense counsel filed an emergency motion to “quash, vacate, and set aside” Judge Strickland’s earlier ruling.
Many legal experts, such as WFTV’s loquacious Bill Shaeffer, feel that the probation was served by the Fabling Fabulist while she was in the hoosegow. This morning on the dreaded Fox News, Judge Andrew Napolitano sided with Casey’s lawyers, stating that this seems like posturing by a judge (Strickland) seeking re-election, knowing that he’ll get plenty of media attention for it. He also said that this sort of thing doesn’t happen in places where judges are appointed instead of elected — people never tire of taking shots at Florida’s political processes — and if he were the judge, he would have recognized that Ms. Anthony had served the full sentence for the check fraud conviction plus the required probation period during her time in the Orange County jail. The Judge also mentioned that there were people in Orlando who wanted to kill the Nubile Necromancer. Thank you, Judge Napolitano, who has no discernible forehead, but instead has a salt-and-pepper Grandpa Munstersesque widow’s peak pointing at his unibrow.
Meanwhile, back at the Casey spotting game, it seems that our good friends at TMZ, who after all were the first to report that Michael Jackson had kicked the proverbial bucket of propofol, have spotted Ms. Anthony in Columbus, Ohio, high-tailing it on High Street, trying to fit in with the rest of the students at Ohio State. Either that or they’ve found a bespectacled look-alike in an OSU baseball cap who has about the same bra size as Casey. It is well known that Ms. Anthony has relatives in Ohio, and that a private jet owned by one of them, an Ohio auto dealer, left Orlando on the night of Casey’s release, ostensibly to return some golfers home from a Florida weekend sponsored by the dealer. The plane filed no flight plan. The rest is all conjecture. You can look at the TMZ paparazzipix here. You decide whether it’s the real Casey or a look-alike.