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Anthony must serve probation in check-fraud case, judge rules

Casey Anthony will serve probation for one year for her check-fraud convictions and has to report to the Department of Corrections no later than Aug. 26, Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry ruled Friday.

As part of the order, Perry ruled that Anthony's address can remain confidential because of fears for her safety.

The issue stemmed from Anthony's convictions last year on check-fraud and related charges. At that time, Judge Stan Strickland sentenced Anthony to time served in jail followed by one year of probation.

But the Department of Corrections began Anthony's probation while she was an inmate in the Orange County Jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in her daughter's death. Her probation ended Jan. 24.

When Anthony was acquitted of murder last month, she walked out of jail a free woman.

Soon after, Strickland said he intended for Anthony to serve her probation after she got out of jail -- intentions that were clear in video and transcripts from the January 2010 sentencing -- and the judge amended his original order.

Perry heard arguments last week from Anthony's defense team, who said she already served probation while in jail and shouldn't have to serve it again.

In his order, Perry said Anthony's probation clearly was to start once she was released from jail. He said Strickland had the ability to correct what amounted to a clerical error.

Perry said the issue did not involve double jeopardy because Anthony couldn't comply with the standard 13 conditions of probation while she was in jail.

"To permit the defendant, whose counsel was well aware that the probation was to begin upon the defendant's release from jail, to avoid serving probation now, would take a lawfully imposed sentence and make it a mockery of justice," Perry wrote.

Anthony has been out of the public eye since she was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The jury's decision angered many people online and elsewhere, and threats were made against Anthony's life.

Anthony's whereabouts remain unknown. She did not have to attend last week's hearing.

Perry noted in his order that Anthony's safety is an issue, citing a poll referring to Anthony as the nation's most-hated person.

"This court is very mindful that it is a high probability that there are many that would like to see physical harm visited upon the defendant," Perry wrote.

Perry ordered Anthony to report to the Department of Corrections no later than noon Aug. 26. Her probation will begin the day she reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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