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Anthony to appeal convictions; won't face deposition until October

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 02:00 PM
ORLANDO -

Casey Anthony filed notice she planned to appeal her misdemeanor convictions Friday, not long before a judge ruled she won't have to be deposed this weekend or Tuesday in a civil case.

Anthony's attorneys filed a notice of appeal of her four convictions of lying to investigators. They also filed a motion to find her indigent for purposes of appeal and an affidavit declaring she is unable to pay court costs.

Those motions come the same day a judge issued a protective order for Anthony and rescheduled her deposition in a defamation case for Oct. 8.

The civil case, brought by Zenaida Gonzalez, was reassigned to Judge Lisa Munyon after Judge Jose Rodriguez recused himself earlier in the day.

Anthony was acquitted of murder and other major charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. However, she was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to investigators. She was also fined $1,000 for each count.

The notice of appeal, filed with 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, asks for a review of the judgment and sentence by Orange-Osceola Chief Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. The motion is signed by Anthony's attorneys Jose Baez and Cheney Mason.

The other motion asks for the court to continue finding her indigent during the appeal, as she was for her trial. That means the state would be responsible for her court costs.

Anthony has been in the Orange County Jail since October 2008 awaiting trial. She was sentenced to four years on the lying charges, but will be released Sunday due to credits for time served and good behavior.

Anthony did not attend Friday's civil hearings, called so the attorney for Gonzales might argue that Anthony should be deposed before her release from jail.

Gonzalez sued Anthony for defamation, claiming her reputation was maligned when Anthony falsely told investigators a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee.

It was one of the four lies for which Anthony was convicted. The others were for telling investigators that she worked at Universal Resort, that she told two people that Caylee was missing and that she spoke to the toddler on the phone.

A deposition in the civil case had been scheduled for Tuesday in Orlando.

During Friday's civil hearing, Anthony's attorney, Charles Greene, said Anthony was recently examined by a psychologist, who said she was emotionally unstable.

Greene, in a motion filed Thursday, said Anthony is emotionally and mentally exhausted and asked that the deposition be delayed.

Greene's motion said the deposition was scheduled "unilaterally" and that Gonzalez's attorneys made "no effort to communicate or coordinate" it with Anthony's attorneys. Greene's said he would be in trial on a different case Tuesday.

Gonzalez's attorneys said in their motion they may not get a chance to depose Anthony once she is released from jail. The motion stated they were concerned that Anthony would change her appearance or name after her release, making her difficult to find.

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