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Criminal Law Update

Casey Anthony reports to probation

Casey Anthony reported to probation on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida and began her 1 year term of probation for her check fraud case.  A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections said that Anthony was cooperative and polite and met with her new probation officer for over an hour.  The spokesperson said that Anthony told her probation officer that she intended to do well on probation and that she pledged to satisfy her conditions of her probation.  Due to numerous death threats to Anthony, the Department of Corrections said they would not reveal her location or the county where Anthony will serve the probation.


Couple in pet python case sentenced

Charles Darnell, 34, and live in girlfriend, Jaren Hare, 21, were sentenced to 12 years in state prison on manslaughter and child neglect charges.  They were found guilty in July by a Jury in Orlando, Florida, for failing to protect Hare’s daughter from their 12 foot long albino Burmese Python.  The snake had not been properly secured in its cage and was able to escape.  It entered the child’s room and wrapped around the child ultimately strangling her to death.

The couple’s lawyers blamed the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial for the guilty verdict in their clients case.  Darnell’s attorney said, “I don’t think after watching one Central Florida accused child killer walk free … that they wanted that to happen to anyone else accused [in a child killing] whether they fully believed the case was proven to them beyond a reasonable doubt or not.”

The couple will serve their 12 year sentence followed by 5 years of probation.

Our original blog post on this case can be seen here.


Strauss-Kahn has his French passport back

Dominique Strauss-Kahn had dinner in New York Thursday night and is planning a visit to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. early next week.  Strauss-Kahn wants to personally say goodbye to his staff at the IMF.

He will then return to his home in France for the first time since May.


Boyfriend and Mother on trial because their pet python strangled their 2 year old child


ORLANDO, Fla – Trial proceedings began on Monday for a central Florida mother and her boyfriend who are accused of allowing their pet python to strangle a 2-year-old girl in her crib.

Jaren Hare, 21, and boyfriend Charles Darnell, 34, were charged with manslaughter, third-degree murder and child neglect after the July 1, 2009, death of Hare’s daughter, Shaianna Hare, in Bushnell northwest of Orlando.

Darnell found the couple’s 12-foot-long albino Burmese python named Gypsy wrapped around Shaianna’s head and body, according to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The medical examiner found bite marks on the child’s head and arms.

Darnell estimated that Shaianna weighed 22 pounds compared to the snake’s 45 to 50 pounds, the incident report said.

Darnell told deputies that he woke up in the middle of the night, found the python in the hallway and returned it to its 200-gallon aquarium where it spent most of its time. He thought he had secured the snake by placing it in a laundry bag, which had a small hole in it, and then covering the aquarium with a quilt held on by safety pins.

But Hare told deputies that the snake had escaped from the tank and laundry bag 10 times in the previous two months, and she was planning to make a locking lid for the tank.

Florida state law requires owners to keep pythons under lock and key. Neither Darnell nor Hare obtained a state permit to keep the python.

Darnell said the snake was due for its monthly feeding, but he didn’t think the animal wanted to eat the little girl. Darnell said he stabbed the snake while trying to pry the toddler from its grip but the child was already dead, the sheriff’s report stated.

The couple told deputies they often took the snake out of the tank to play with it and would place it around the shoulders of the children in the home without incident.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took possession of the python and a red-tailed boa constrictor in the home. After the python was treated for stab wounds, both reptiles were placed with a licensed facility.

Lawyers selected a jury on Monday and were scheduled to begin opening statements Tuesday morning.

Update:  Thursday, July 14th – Jaren Hare, 21, and her boyfriend, Charles Darnell, 34, were found guilty of third-degree murder, manslaughter and child neglect in the 2009 death of Hare’s 2-year-old daughter Shaiunna.