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No decision on Casey Anthony probation issue

By the CNN Wire Staff
Casey Anthony was released from the Orange County jail and leaves with her attorney Jose Baez last month.
Casey Anthony was released from the Orange County jail and leaves with her attorney Jose Baez last month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Casey Anthony was not at the court hearing Friday; her whereabouts are unknown
  • She was cleared of murder charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee
  • The hearing is about probation related to a check-fraud conviction

(CNN) -- A Florida judge said Friday that he will not make an immediate decision on whether Casey Anthony will have to return to Orlando to begin serving probation for a check-fraud conviction.

Anthony was not at the emergency hearing on the issue in Orlando and her whereabouts were unknown Friday.

Judge Belvin Perry Jr. may make a decision on the issue after Tuesday next week, court officials said.

Anthony was cleared earlier this year of murder charges related to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Casey Anthony's return delayed
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But she was convicted in January 2010 of felony check fraud charges, after she admitted she stole a checkbook from her friend Amy Huizenga and wrote five checks totaling $644.25.

Anthony's defense attorney, Lisabeth Fryer, argued that Anthony completed the probation while she was serving time in jail waiting for her trial on the murder charge.

Prosecutors disagreed.

Perry said during the hearing Friday that he was having difficulty making a decision.

"I admit that this is not a clear-cut case," he said.

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