“Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez have agreed to pare down their witness list to only those likely to testify when her civil defamation lawsuit against Casey Anthony goes to trial in January.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez’s lawyers in separate court filings attacked recent motions by Anthony’s defense seeking to prevent jurors in the civil case from hearing about Anthony’s murder prosecution in her daughter’s death.
Anthony’s lawyers had complained that about 90 people had been listed as potential witnesses by Gonzalez, including people Anthony’s team said were unlikely to have relevant information.
A new order, agreed to by both sides, directs Gonzalez’s lawyers with the Morgan & Morgan firm to limit their witness list to “only those witnesses she intends to call at trial.”
Gonzalez’s attorneys will also “provide a description for each witness” and “summarize the facts to which each witness is anticipated to testify,” says the order, signed by Judge Lisa Munyon.
Gonzalez claims she was defamed when Anthony said a similarly named nanny had kidnapped her daughter in 2008. Authorities later determined the girl was dead, and the nanny didn’t exist.
Anthony was charged with murdering 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, but was acquitted of all major charges at trial last year.
This week, Gonzalez’s lawyers responded to a pair of filings by Anthony’s legal team seeking to bar from the civil trial any reference to the murder case or media reports about Caylee’s reported disappearance and death.
Gonzalez’s team countered that elements of Anthony’s trial — such as defense attorney Jose Baez’s assertion that Caylee drowned, and law enforcement testimony about the fictional nanny — could be relevant to the lawsuit.
The media reports, Gonzalez’s lawyers argue “are relevant to several issues” in the suit. Anthony’s lies about the nanny “did not take place in a vacuum, the impact was broadcast nationally,” Gonzalez’s team says.
The next hearing in the case is set for next week.”