Published: Aug 06, 2010 8:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 06, 2010 5:32 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A judge has denied a series of Casey Anthony defense motions that argued against the use of certain parts of the death-penalty statute in the case.

Chief Orange-Osceola Circuit Judge Belvin Perry denied eight motions Friday.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie Anthony. The child's remains were found in late 2008.

The defense team's motions questioned the constitutionality of certain elements of Florida's death penalty statute. It calls for a weighing of aggravating and mitigating factors by a jury if a person is convicted of first-degree murder and then faces the death penalty.

Casey Anthony's attorney didn't immediately return a call by The Associated Press for comment.