Casey Anthony‘s one-year probation over check fraud charges ends this week, finally making her a truly free woman just in time for the weekend.
Anthony, the young Florida woman who became infamous nationwide after the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee (and subsequent trial), finishes her probation this Friday, according to ABC News.
“As of Friday, Aug. 24 at 12 a.m., nobody will be able to tell her where to be,” Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene said. “She’s complied with all the terms of her probation and she’s looking forward to having her freedom to move forward because, even though she’s been out of jail for the last year, she’s essentially still been in prison by the requirement that she remains in one location.”
After Anthony’s probation ends, she won’t be required to report to a probation officer, she won’t be subjected to unannounced visits from state officials, and she will be able to leave the state of Florida whenever she likes without permission, notes the Huffington Post.
Now 26, Anthony was acquitted in July of 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter. The verdict did rule Anthony guilty of lying to police, and she was sentenced to four years. Given time served prior to the trial, Anthony was released from prison in July. Her probation dated back even further, from a check fraud conviction in 2010.
The ruling in the Caylee Anthony murder case sparked public outrage, with some polls ranking Casey as the most hated American. Public reception caused the judge to rule that Anthony serve her probation period in a secret location. She has almost completely disappeared from the public eye since that time and does not hold any known employment. Calls to her lawyer inquiring as to her condition, including ones from media outlets, are frequently ignored.
“People ranging from the media to people with lawsuits against her to people with just a fantastic obsession with her search for her on a daily basis,” Greene said. “People have a fascination with her life that, for some people, borders on psychotic.”
Still, Anthony may some day resurface and tell her side of the story.
“There’s things she wants to say, but they need to be on her time, her terms, her conditions,” he said. “I hope that one day she says more.”