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.
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.