|Published:||May 11, 2010 2:49 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 11, 2010 2:49 PM EDT|
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - An expert testifying at a hearing for a Florida mother charged with killing her toddler says a mother who is perceived as "deviant" by a jury faces a difficult time in defending herself against criminal charges.
New Mexico law professor Elizabeth Rapaport testified Tuesday at a hearing. Defense attorneys for Casey Anthony are asking a judge to take the death penalty off the table if she's convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.
The defense attorneys say, in general, there is a gender bias in prosecutors seeking the death penalty when a mother is accused of killing her child. Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering her daughter, Caylee, and said a baby sitter kidnapped the toddler. Her trial is set to start in May 2011.
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