Archive for May, 2009

Lawsuit expanded to include Cindy Anthony

Gonzalez’s attorneys have amended their complaint by accusing Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother, of spreading the defamation on television, DeForest added. Kasen has 20 days to respond to the amended complaint, DeForest said.

meancindyWFTV-Channel 9’s Mark Boyle noted that George and Cindy Anthony, Casey’s parents, had attended the hearing this morning. “They came and left without saying a single word,” Boyle said.

DeForest said more fireworks were expected Thursday in the civil suit. Gonzalez’s attorneys will ask the judge to force the Anthonys — George, Cindy and Casey’s brother Lee — to answer questions they sidestepped in videotaped depositions.


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Court Proceedings are on video in Zenaida Gonzales against Casey Anthony

5/19/09 Hearing
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Civil Case Against Anthony Can Proceed

A judge ruled to allow Zenaida Gonzalez’s legal team to file for punitive damages against Casey Anthony.

Attorneys for Anthony asked a judge on Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Gonzalez, who claims Anthony defamed her when she told police that her daughter, Caylee, had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida courtroomGonzalez. The motion to dismiss was tabled for a later hearing. Judge Jose Rodriguez approved Gonzalez’s lawyer’s motion to amend the complaint and assert their right to punitive damages. “I have to allow you to assert a request for punitive damages,” Rodriguez said.

According to Gonzalez’s attorney, the amended lawsuit includes more examples of attempts by Anthony and her family to convince the public that Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee. Anthony’s attorneys have 20 days to respond to the ruling. Gonzalez is seeking $15,000 in damages. Anthony’s attorney, Jonathan Kasen, wants the lawsuit thrown out on the grounds that Anthony’s statements did not harm Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s attorney, Keith Mitnik, said his client had a hard time obtaining employment because of her ties to the case. Mitnik wants Anthony to look at a picture of his client and say that Gonzalez is not Caylee’s kidnapper. “How could it incriminate her (Anthony) to look at a picture of our client and say, ‘That’s not her,’ ” Mitnik said. “That’s what she told the police, her lawyers, her parents. Everybody in the world on her behalf says it. Why would it incriminate her to say it? It’s true.”  “You cannot intentionally harm someone you don’t know. It’s sort of axiomatic. You can only harm an individual that you have contact with and that you know, and in this case, neither applies,” Kasen said.

Another hearing in the civil case will be held on Thursday. Gonzalez’s legal team will try to force member’s of Anthony’s family to answer questions they refused during their depositions. Caylee was 2 years old when she went missing last June, but her remains were not found until last December. She had been missing for about a month before her mother reported it. Anthony has been charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Anthony did not attend the hearing, but her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, did attend with their lawyer Brad Conway.


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Bounty hunter won’t be questioned today in Casey Anthony civil case

47004517The California bounty-hunter who once bailed Casey Anthony out of jail won’t be questioned today in the civil case against the single mother.

Attorneys with the Morgan & Morgan law firm, who represent Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez in the defamation suit against Casey Anthony, had expected to question Leonard Padilla at 1 p.m. today.

But Padilla’s deposition was rescheduled.


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