Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Casey Anthony probation case judge steps down

Casey Anthony and her lawyer, Jose Baez, leave the Orange County Jail in Orlando, July 17. (Reuters)
Judge Stan Strickland has recused himself from Casey Anthony’s probation case. The judge ordered Anthony to return to Orlando to serve one of year of probation for check fraud charges. He sentenced Anthony in January 2010.

Anthony’s attorneys claim she served the probation while in jail awaiting trial for first-degree murder and other charges. She was found guilty of lying to police and was released in July.

Strickland came under fire for telling a local TV station Anthony’s murder trial did not “turn out the way I thought it would, but nothing wrong with that.”

Anthony’s lead defense attorney, Jose Baez, called the order to return “flawed,” on Wednesday’s “Today.” He also expressed concern for Anthony’s safety in Florida. “The last thing we want to do is put Casey in harm’s way,” Baez said. “We’re very concerned. It’s not something we’re taking lightly.”

The case has been reassigned to Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over Anthony’s high-profile trial. An emergency hearing will be held Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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