Key Rulings Made In Casey Anthony Case

7:19 AM, May 7, 2011   |    comments
Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A judge on Friday ruled that George and Cindy Anthony can attend their daughter's entire murder trial even though they will be called as witnesses.

Judge Belvin Perry made the ruling after calling a surprise hearing in the Casey Anthony murder case.

Typically, witnesses are not allowed to hear testimony before taking the stand, but Florida law allows victims' families to attend trials. Casey Anthony's defense did not want her parents to be allowed to sit through all of the testimony.

Earlier on Friday, Casey Anthony's defense team withdrew its objection to Perry's choice of venue for jury selection. The withdrawal came after a 20-minute private session with attorneys for the state, defense and Perry.

Meanwhile, the 5th District Court of Appeal on Friday ruled that it will not force Perry to disclose publicly the location of jury selection, which is scheduled to begin on Monday. However, the appeal court ruled that the confidentiality agreement Perry asked media outlets to sign cannot stand. Perry asked media outlets to sign the agreement in exchange for a day's notice of the jury selection location, although the agreement said the media couldn't reveal the location until Monday. Local 6 did not sign the agreement and did not appeal Perry's decision to uphold it.

The three-judge appeal court panel ruled that Perry must give media members enough time to travel from the Orange County Courthouse to the location of jury selection before it begins Monday morning. The location will be released to the media Monday morning, court officials said.

Also on Friday, Cindy Anthony on Friday scheduled a jailhouse visit to see her daughter, but it's not known if Casey Anthony will accept the request.

Jail rules stipulate that visitors must give 24 hours notice to visit an inmate. Cindy Anthony's requested visit would occur at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Orange County Jail.

Inmates are notified of visitation requests the morning of the potential visit, which would be recorded on video.

Earlier this week, George and Cindy Anthony made it known that they would like to visit with their daughter. Mark Lippman, the attorney representing George and Cindy Anthony, told Local 6 News reporter Tony Pipitone that if Anthony agreed to his clients' request, he will ask Perry to block the release of video of the meeting.

Anthony last met with her parents in August 2008.

Jury selection in Casey Anthony's murder case is scheduled to begin Monday, and Perry has not yet ruled whether prosecutors can use the results of air tests conducted in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car.

Casey Anthony, 25, remains jailed on murder charges in the death of her daughter, Caylee, whose remains were found in December 2008. Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008, about a month after she was last seen alive.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty.

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