Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs “Caylee’s Law” … Missing Children Legislation Inspired by the Death of Caylee Anthony & Casey Anthony’s Lying to Police Makes It a Third Degree Felony
Florida Governor Rick Scott signs Caylee’s Law. The legislation was inspired by the death of two year old Caylee Anthony and the outrage following the acquittal of Casey Anthony. The newly signed missing children’s legislation will increases the maximum penalty. Caylee’s Law makes it a third-degree felony and increase the penalty from a year to five years in prison to give false information to a law enforcement officer in the event of missing child.
The law increases the maximum penalty from a year in jail to five years in prison for knowingly making a false statement to police about a missing child.
Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, was acquitted last year of murdering her daughter but convicted on four counts of lying to investigators.
Caylee wasn’t reported missing until 31 days after she vanished in 2008 in Orlando.
Following the absurd decision by the jury in the death of Caylee Anthony, Florida looked to make it a felony offense for an individual not to report a child missing. Sadly, it is too bad this law was not made retroactive for Casey Anthony. Had this law been effective when Casey Anthony did what she claims to have done during her murder trial, Casey could have gotten up to 20 years in prison rather than the slap on the hand.
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