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Judge: Casey Anthony defamation claims can move forward


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A federal bankruptcy judge in Tampa ruled Tuesday that two claims filed by people suing Casey Anthony for defamation can move forward in Anthony’s Chapter 7 case.

Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk filed defamation suits before Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection in Tampa in January and want to be considered creditors. With the ruling by Judge K. Rodney May, Anthony would be responsible for any judgement awarded in those cases.

Also, Anthony may be deposed by attorneys representing Zenaida Gonzalez.

The lawsuits stem from the investigation into the disappearance and death of Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. Anthony was acquitted of murder in 2011 in the case.

In her suit, Gonzalez claims her reputation was ruined when Anthony told detectives investigating Caylee’s disappearance that a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez 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 bankruptcy attorneys said the suits were “frivolous” and asked the judge to have the complaints dismissed.

Anthony previously reached a settlement with Texas Equusearch, a search-and-rescue group that helped look for Caylee in 2008. The Texas group had objected to the bankruptcy, claiming it had spent more than $100,000 on the search.

Anthony’s bankruptcy filing claims she has $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

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