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Against Casey Anthony’s Objections, Judge Allows Her Parents at Trial

Posted May 6, 2011 4:10 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Casey Anthony, a Florida woman accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, doesn’t want her parents at her trial, and argued to keep them out, on the basis of her right to a fair trial.

However, an Orange County Superior Court judge says that they can be there.

Anthony’s daughter, Caylee, was last seen alive in June 2008, CNN Justice reports. The child’s maternal grandmother, Cindy Anthony, called 911 in July 2008, when she learned that Caylee had been missing for one month.

Prosecutors allege that Casey Anthony “used a substance” to kill Caylee; according to CNN. Her remains were found in December 2008.

In its motion, the defense asked that Anthony’s parents be sequestered “throughout relevant portions” of the trial.

The judge ruled that they can sit in the back of the courtroom, where members of the media usually sit. If they behave in a way that shows “approval or disapproval” during trial, the order notes, the parents could be thrown out.

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