What was the Casey Anthony v Florida case about?

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The case of Casey Anthony v. Florida is a relatively obscure case that arose out of a much more famous criminal case called Florida v. Casey Anthony. 

Casey Anthony was a woman who lived in Florida with her young daughter, Caylee Anthony.  Caylee was born in 2005 and died in 2008.  Casey Anthony was charged with murdering Caylee.  This is what the case was about.

In July of 2008, Casey Anthony’s mother called 911, saying that Caylee had been missing for 31 days and that Casey’s car smelled like it had a dead body in it.  From then on, Casey Anthony was a suspect in a murder case. She was charged in October of 2008.  Caylee’s body was found in December.  During interrogation by police, Casey Anthony told a number of different stories about what had happened.

Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder and of other serious charges such as child abuse.  She was convicted on four counts of providing false statements to police.  Two of these sentences were overturned on appeal.  Appeals on the other two cases are still ongoing.  These appeals are called Casey Anthony v. Florida.  The case argues that Anthony was in police custody at the time that she made the statements that were proven false.  If she was technically in police custody, the police would have needed to read her her Miranda rights.  They did not.  Therefore, her lawyers argue, her statements cannot be admitted as evidence.  The state denies that she was in police custody at the time and, therefore, says that the police did not need to read her rights to her.