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Chicago Tribune – Casey Anthony trial: Could Cindy Anthony face perjury charges?

Posted by 4love2love on July 1, 2011

By Amy Pavuk, Orlando Sentinel6:09 p.m. CDT, July 1, 2011

Cindy Anthony told jurors she was the one who used her family computer to search the internet for “chloroform” in March 2008 — not her daughter Casey Anthony as suggested by prosecutors.

Under cross-examination, when a prosecutor asked the elder Anthony how she could have made the internet searches when employment records showed she was at work, Cindy Anthony said she went home from work early during the days in question.

But on Friday, the state called witnesses who refuted what Anthony claimed — about her being at work and the internet searches.

John Camperlengo, a chief compliance officer for Gentiva Health Services, said company records show someone with Anthony’s password and username logged in and out at her work computer during the week of March 17, 2008.

His testimony showed the records show activity on the work computer during the time where chloroform searches were made at the Anthony family home.

Also disputing Cindy Anthony’s testimony was Sgt. Kevin Stenger, a Sheriff’s Office investigator who said the other keywords she claimed to search at the time of the chloroform research — chlorophyll, sanitizer and bamboo — were not found on the computer.

Orlando attorney Richard Hornsby, who is a legal analyst for WESH-Channel 2 for the Casey Anthony trial, said he has no doubt that the state could charge Cindy Anthony with perjury.

“Will they charge her with perjury is a totally different question,” he said. “Will they? No.”

Witnesses often make misstatements for their loved ones in trials, especially in murder cases, he said.

There are other reasons prosecutors wouldn’t want to charge Anthony with perjury, including appeal reasons. And, if the jury is hung and the case is retried, the state won’t want one of its key witnesses under perjury charges.

apavuk@tribune.com or 407-420-5735

Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel

 

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