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Casey Anthony civil suits focus of Tampa bankruptcy hearing today


Published:   |   Updated: May 30, 2013 at 03:10 PM
TAMPA -

Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy case resumes this afternoon in Tampa with the focus expected on two defamation suits against her.

Earlier this month, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May heard from attorneys representing Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk, who are suing Anthony for defamation.

Gonzalez and Kronk want May to delay the deadline to object to the bankruptcy until after their civil suits are decided. The judge must also decide whether the suits should be resolved in state or federal court.

Anthony filed for Chapter 7 protection in January in Tampa, claiming $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Gonzalez and Kronk were listed as creditors and their cases were put on hold.

The suits stem from when Anthony was charged in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony was acquitted of murder in 2011 in a highly publicized trial in Orlando.

Gonzalez’s suit claims her reputation was ruined when Anthony told investigators looking for Caylee in 2008 that a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez had kidnapped the toddler.

Kronk, a meter reader who found Caylee's remains in woods near the Anthony home, claims his reputation was harmed when Anthony's attorneys wrongly implicated him in the child’s death.

Anthony's civil attorneys have said both lawsuits are frivolous and should not deny her the “fresh start” she is seeking through bankruptcy.

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