Judge Stan Strickland has ruled that the fraud trial for Casey Anthony will be scheduled for sometime in the near future. In a ruling released this morning, Strickland stated:
After considering all of the factors and argument of counsel, this Court feels that the best resolution is to set the matter for trial in the near future. In terms of legal skill and analysis, this case is rather simple. Few witnesses will be called, and, excluding jury selection, should not take more than a day or two. The Defendant argued that the real problem in this matter will be the jury selection which may be protracted. While this Court agrees, that is not a sufficient reason to delay this matter until after the murder trial. Further, the State has offered to go "non-jury", with a simple bench trial.
In the ruling, Judge Strickland seemed to be strongly influenced by the difficulties Amy Huizenga has gone through due to the case.
The issues involved in the hearing on the 21st are now all resolved. We can expect to be hearing more from the defense after Labor Day, when Andrea Lyon will be submitting motions concerning the death penalty.
Read the judge's ORDER