Casey Anthony free, but in another kind of prison
Will Casey Anthony's notoriety over the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, bring some measure of wealth and security, or will it, instead, condemn her to a different kind of prison?
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Anthony faces civil lawsuits
Anthony is also facing pending civil lawsuits. One was filed on behalf of a Kissimmee, Fla., woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.Skip to next paragraph
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Ms. Fernandez-Gonzalez is suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, claiming that Anthony’s lies about a nanny by the same name damaged her reputation and subjected her to public humiliation.
The suit says Anthony’s false statements to an Orange County deputy sheriff about “Zanny the Nanny” portrayed Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez of Kissimmee as a child kidnapper and potentially a child killer.
The suit alleges that Anthony deliberately and maliciously accused Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez of Kissimmee of kidnapping and that Anthony should pay compensation for the damage done to her reputation.
The suit says in part: “It is undetermined at this time how Defendant, Casey Anthony, got Plaintiff’s name or other identifying information which she provided to the Orange County deputy sheriff.”
She made up "Zanny the Nanny"
Lawyers for Anthony say she made the name up and that the two women have never met. A key issue in the case will be whether there is any link between Anthony’s use of that name and the woman in Kissimmee.
It generally isn’t enough to show that the names are the same. To prove defamation, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the challenged action was done with malice.
The defamation lawsuit has attracted attention this past week because the plaintiff’s lawyers wanted to conduct a deposition of Anthony either while she was still in jail or next Tuesday.
Such a deposition might allow lawyers to question Anthony under oath on a wide range of issues, including potentially whether she killed her daughter and, if so, how she did it.
Anthony’s lawyers are asking that any questions in the civil suit be restricted to the issue of defamation.
The judge in the civil case rescheduled the deposition to Oct. 8.
Tim Miller, founder of the group, says he is suing because, according to statements by defense attorney Baez during the trial, Anthony knew all along that Caylee was dead but allowed volunteers to conduct a massive search anyway.
During that same time, Mr. Miller says, 15 other families sought help in finding a missing loved one but were turned down because resources were already dedicated to the search for Caylee.
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