Anthony Drama Continues

Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 8:43am

Judge who ordered Casey Anthony's return to Florida steps down from case.

Wednesday afternoon, a judge signed a stay that will delay Casey Anthony's forced return to Orlando, something her legal team has been working to ensure.

The order, issued Monday by Judge Stan Strickland, calls for Casey Anthony to return to orlando to serve one-year probation.

The sentence stems from her 2010 guilty plea to check fraud, but her lawyers argue she already served that time while in jail on child murder charges.

"She was exposed to probation, she completed it, a probation officer actually came out and met with her, they continued to monitor her. She's completed her probation there is no doubt about it," said Jose Baez, Anthony's attorney.

Wednesday morning, Judge Strickland recused himself from the case.

Judge Belvin Perry, who oversaw Anthony's murder trial, issued a stay, allowing Casey to remain in hiding until a court hearing can decide if she has completed her probation.

If he hadn't, Anthony would have had to return to Orange County, something her lawyers claim jeopardizes her safety.

"It's not something we're taking lightly and Orange County should also be concerned if they are going to require here to come back that's gonna require addition security, that's gonna require additional men," said Baez.

It's a situation the probation office says it can handle.

"Right now we have not received any threats. If we get to the point where we do receive threats we will work with local law enforcement to take any precautions at that point," said Gretl Plessinger of the Orange County Department of Corrections.

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