Thursday, March 17, 2011
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Casey Anthony's murder trial could be in jeopardy if proposed legislative funding cuts go through, according to Orange County Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner.
Gardner said the court won't be able to afford the trial, which would then be canceled, if the proposed 5 percent cut goes through.
Gardner released this statement to WFTV: “Our funding for the Casey Anthony trial is in serious jeopardy at this time. The Florida Senate has proposed a 5 percent cut to our budget in the 4th quarter, just as the Anthony trial is scheduled to begin. I have informed both the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court as well as Chief Judge Belvin Perry of these dire circumstances. If the Senate proposal goes through, the trial is in jeopardy of being canceled or suspended.”
However, a spokesperson for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court suggests that talks of continuing the case are "extremely premature."
"The State vs. Casey Anthony trial is moving forward. It has not been continued," said the Chief of Due Process Services, Karen Levey.
Casey's trial is scheduled for May 9.