Anthony’s pending criminal charge allows her to plead the fifth so that she does not incriminate herself in her criminal case.
Casey Anthony’s defense attorneys will be in court today to appeal her four convictions for lying to authorities during the search for her daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008.
Anthony, 26, was acquited of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, but she was convicted on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, stemming from her initial statements to detectives.
Anthony falsely told police that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez.
Anthony, who has been dubbed the most hated woman in America and has been in hiding since her release from jail, is not expected to attend the hearing at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach, Fla.
If the appeals judges decide she was in police custody, the convictions could be overturned on the grounds that the statements were inadmissible since she had not been read her Miranda rights.
The outcome of this criminal appeal could impact Anthony’s pending civil suit from Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman who shared a name with the fictional nanny Anthony claimed had taken her daughter.
Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation, saying she was damaged by the use of her name. Gonzalez says she lost her job and was evicted from her house as a result of Anthony’s tale. The two women did not know each other.