From Orlando Sentinel, 11-6-2012:
“When Casey Anthony goes to trial in her civil defamation lawsuit, it will be at the same courthouse where she was acquitted of murder last year, a judge ruled today.
Circuit Judge Lisa Munyon has denied Anthony’s request to move her trial away from Orlando. But her ruling allows the parties to revisit the issue if difficulties arise in jury selection.
The ruling comes a week after Anthony’s attorney, Charles Greene, argued at a hearing that it’s an “impossibility, I submit, that Ms. Anthony can get a fair trial in Orange County.”
He argued the jury pool would be better somewhere “north of Orlando,” such as Tallahassee or Gainesville.
“We had hoped that the publicity in this case would subside after the criminal case,” he said. “It has not.”
Keith Mitnik, an attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing Anthony, said he didn’t mind moving the trial, “so long as the defense is willing to pay this expense” of relocating.
“We think we can get justice anywhere,” Mitnik said. He argued, however, that a venue change was unnecessary.
Greene also noted that Munyon isn’t the first judge asked to decide whether Central Florida is too jaded to judge Anthony fairly: The same issue came up before her murder trial. Chief Judge Belvin Perry ordered jury selection in that case relocated to Pinellas County, due to pretrial publicity.
But Munyon, foreshadowing today’s ruling, countered that Perry’s order “was entered almost two and a half years ago.”
The trial is set for January. Gonzalez says her life was upended after Anthony said a similarly named nanny had kidnapped her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, in 2008. The nanny didn’t exist, and the girl was later found dead.
Anthony was acquitted on all major charges in her daughter’s death in July 2011, after a trial that was broadcast gavel-to-gavel across the country and online. She has been subpoenaed to appear at the civil trial.”