Cindy Anthony will not face trial for perjury after allegedly lying in court to protect her daughter, Florida state prosecutors have announced – saying, too, that they had earlier considered bringing such charges.
Cindy Anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform on the family computer, only to reverse her statement when she took the stand in her daughter Casey Anthony’s trial for the murder of Casey’s 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
“Our office is not pursuing perjury charges,” Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office, told the Orlando Sentinel in an email.
Cindy Anthony’s lawyer, Mark Lippman, has rejected any suggestion that his client lied to protect Casey, the paper also reports.
Prosecutors had suggested that the computer searches about the chemical were conducted by Casey and were evidence that she’d planned to kill Caylee.
Casey Anthony, 25, is due to get out of jail on Sunday. She was acquitted of all charges in the death of Caylee but received the maximum sentence of four years for lying to law officers investigating Caylee’s disappearance.
Her release this weekend is because of time already served.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that, upon her release, Casey plans to change her name and, short of plastic surgery, change her appearance.