Judge Postpones Casey Civil Case Until Jan 2013
“ORLANDO, Fla. — A judge decided on Tuesday to grant both sides a continuance in the civil trial against Casey Anthony.
The attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez and attorneys for Casey asked Judge Lisa Munyon to move the April 10 trial because of scheduling conflicts. Munyon granted the motion and the trial is now set to begin on Jan. 2, 2013. The pretrial conference will be held in December.
Munyon kept the hearing scheduled for March 23 on the docket. One expert said he doesn’t think this case will ever go to trial. “I predict it’s going to be dismissed,” said legal expert Jeff Deen. “It’s one thing to say you’ve been slandered or liabeled by somebody. It’s another thing to say you’ve been damaged by that.”
On Monday attorneys for Gonzalez asked the judge for Casey’s address so they can serve her with a subpoena. Munyon said the attorneys can subpoena Anthony, but that they will have to find her themselves. The civil case against Anthony was expected to go to trial next month. Attorneys for Gonzalez want to be sure Casey will be there for the trial.”We subpoena people for trial all the time,” attorney Keth Mitnik said. “This is just her wanting to be treated different once again.”
Anthony attorney Cheney Mason said he would file a federal lawsuit if his client’s address is made public. Mason said he doubts the attorneys with Morgan and Morgan, who represent Gonzalez, will be able to find her. “If they do, she’ll be gone very quickly,” Mason said.
Casey’s attorneys said she is undecided on whether she plans to attend the two-week trial. Attorney Charles Greene said it isn’t likely she will attend because of security concerns. Casey’s civil attorney said he carries a gun due to the ongoing threats against Casey and those who defend her. Gonzalez is suing Casey for defamation. She says Casey ruined her reputation when she said a nanny with the same name kidnapped her daughter 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony in 2008. Casey’s attorneys said that the case has no merit.
Attorney’s said that Casey never identified Gonzalez as “Zanny the Nanny” when she was shown pictures of Gonzalez. Documents show Casey said “that’s not her.””The fact of the matter is this plaintiff, Zenaida Gonzalez is not ‘Zanny the Nanny’ no matter how badly she wants to be,” said Greene. Another point Casey’s attorney’s make was that Casey claimed her made up nanny was Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, not Zenaida Gonzalez like the plaintiff signs her name. Gonzalez put herself in the public eye by conducting interviews, according to the documents filed by Casey’s attorneys.
The last point attorneys made in their motion for dismissal was only after Gonzalez showed her face on TV did she received impolite and unwanted comments from the strangers. The judge will review the motion in a hearing scheduled for March 23.”