ORLANDO (CBS4) – Time is running out for attorneys representing Casey Anthony in their fight against a probation order stemming from a check fraud conviction.

On Tuesday an appellate court denied her request to have a probation order halted.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland sentenced Anthony to a year of probation in January 2010 after she pleaded guilty to stealing checks from a friend. At the time, Strickland said Anthony should serve the probation upon her release, but those instructions never made it into a written order.

Corrections officials interpreted the sentence to mean Anthony could serve the probation while she was in jail awaiting her murder trial, where she was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Strickland clarified in an order earlier this month that Anthony must begin her probation now that she is out of jail. He then recused himself from the case and turned it over to Judge Belvin Perry, who had presided over Anthony’s murder trial. Perry upheld Strickland’s order and said she must report to the probation office by noon his Friday.

Anthony’s attorneys filed an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach claiming she served the probation sentence in jail while awaiting her murder trial. But the three-judge panel sided with the circuit judge.

Anthony was acquitted last month of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a case unrelated to the check fraud. After her release, she vanished from public view amid threats against her and kept a low profile. Her attorneys said Anthony is undergoing therapy and counseling and is trying to get a grasp of what happened to her.

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