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Casey declares bankruptcy (talks exclusively to CBS 5)

From Phoenix CBS 5:

“Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection late Friday night in Florida.

This move brings all of Anthony’s civil cases currently under way in Florida state court to a complete halt.

“This is the next step towards closure for me,” said Anthony in a phone conversation Friday evening.

Anthony is listed as a defendant in three civil suits in Orange County, FL. The most notable of those being the suit brought by a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez. Gonzalez claims Anthony defamed her when Anthony told Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies in July 2008 that a fictitious nanny named “Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez” kidnapped her daughter Caylee.

The Gonzalez lawsuit, brought on behalf of the Orlando-based Morgan and Morgan law firm seeks unspecified damages.

“She needs closure in this matter in order to move on with her life,” said Anthony’s civil attorney, Charles Greene.

In a brief conversation with Anthony on Friday night, she told CBS 5 she was hopeful the Gonzalez case would have been behind her at this point.

The case was originally scheduled to go to trial earlier this month, but attorneys for Gonzalez were granted a continuance by the judge. No new trial date has been set.

“These are the things holding me back,” said Anthony. “This is the key for me to move forward.”

Shortly before the phone conversation with Anthony, Greene was adamant that Anthony would not discuss any of the details surrounding her open legal cases.

The bankruptcy was filed in the Middle District of Florida because Anthony has lived somewhere in central Florida for 180 days. Her parents’ address is listed as her home address, though Greene says that she is not living with them. He says that address was listed because it was her most recent permanent address.

CBS 5 broke the story in September that Anthony had moved out of Florida, but Greene says she left only for a short time and then returned because of logistic and financial reasons.

The publication of this story marks the first time Anthony has spoken with a news reporter on the record since her daughter’s death in 2008.

Despite a ruling from Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeals, Anthony’s 5th Amendment protections against self-incrimination still apply because her criminal team has yet to decide if they will file for a rehearing or appeal the outstanding issues to the Florida Supreme Court.

The appeals court Friday tossed out two of the four misdemeanor convictions against Anthony. She was convicted in July 2011 of four counts of lying to law enforcement.

“This (bankruptcy filing) has nothing to do with yesterday’s decision by the 5th Circuit (Court of Appeals),” said Greene. “This document took weeks to prepare. Casey’s legal team has deliberated over this since the trial was continued, and even before then.”

The decision to file for bankruptcy does not mean Anthony’s state court legal issues go away immediately. Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez – and others making claims against Anthony – would have to prove to a federal judge the damages they seek are “nondischargeable,” meaning she would owe money despite the bankruptcy filing.

Additionally, according to the bankruptcy documents filed, the possible financial claims against Anthony include:

$500,000 – Attorney Jose Baez

$60,505 – Florida Department of Law Enforcement

$68,540 – Internal Revenue Service

$10,283 – Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation

$145,660 – Orange County Sheriff’s Office

Anthony’s total assets, according to the 60-page filing are listed at less than $1,100 and her liabilities total more than $792,119.

“All the civil cases and people making potential claims have put her (Casey) in a position where bankruptcy is the only option,” says Greene.

The bankruptcy documents list nearly 100 names and organizations that could potentially pursue claims against Anthony. Many of the names included are the defense experts who testified on her behalf during her murder trial.

“The public doesn’t know all the people who have come out of the crawl spaces attempting to make claims against Casey,” said Greene. “There are other lawsuits, other potential claims and her freedom is restricted.”

Those individuals and organizations listed in the bankruptcy document would have to file a claim in federal court in order to get money from Casey Anthony.

Ultimately, that means a bankruptcy judge could be the person who decides the merits of the civil cases against Anthony.

“Casey hoped the (Zenaida Gonzalez) civil case would be over in January. This has been an ongoing battle for close to five years,” said Greene. “Emotionally and physically, she can’t go on for another year. She needs a clean slate from a financial perspective.”

Anthony tells CBS 5 that although she values the close relationship she has with her attorneys, she does not like to be “joined at the hip” with them. She described her legal advisors to be “like family” to her.

“She (Casey) feels it’s unfair for this process to drag on. We were ready to go to trial on Jan. 2, and there’s no new trial date. She wanted be vindicated in the civil (Gonzalez) case,” said Greene.

Anthony will be required to give sworn testimony in the bankruptcy proceedings, but Greene says the scope of questioning is limited to financial matters.

Greene says not to expect any surprises.

“There are no contracts, no movie or book deals,” says Greene.

The goal for anyone going through bankruptcy proceedings is to give a person a “fresh start.” The process from start to finish could take 90 to 120 days, or perhaps longer, depending on the number of people who bring claims against Anthony.”

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Great to see the tide finally turning for Casey as she prepares to move forward with her life.

SJ

UPDATE: Appeals court sets aside 2 of Casey’s convictions

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From WESH.com:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —The Fifth District Court of Appeals has ruled to set aside two of Casey Anthony’s four convictions from her 2011 trial.

Anthony was convicted in August 2011 of four different counts of lying to police. She claims that she is a victim of double jeopardy.

“We reject Appellant’s first and third arguments, but conclude that double jeopardy principles require that two of her four misdemeanor convictions be set aside,” the court’s ruling reads.

Click here to download the full appeal (opens PDF in a new window)

The court found that giving false information is not the same as giving false statements.

Two of Anthony’s convictions still stand.

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Great news!
SJ

Casey, the movie & future plans – Jose Baez interview (WESH)

Check out the interview below where Jose Baez discusses the recent Lifetime movie, his life after Casey’s trial and his future plans.

SJ

Jose - life after Casey + movie

“Prosecuting Casey Anthony” – the Lifetime movie reviewed!

No wonder all the knuckle-draggers are up in arms. They got bitch-slapped yet again!
SJ

Review from Newsday.com:

If at all possible — and it’s probably not — the best way to approach this film is with a blank slate. Strip away any memory you have of those months.

The net benefit of this little act of mental gymnastics is that you may walk away with the impression that Anthony was innocent after all.

It’s a fascinating impression, and in that sense, so is the film. It is told from Ashton and Burdick’s point of view, not Baez’s, who — far from being the slick Willy the media (and Ashton) made him out to be — is seen here as shrewd, reasonable and quite possibly even right.

Lowe’s portrayal is not far removed from Chris Traeger of “Parks and Recreation”: An earnest, self-righteous choir boy who is so enamored of the evidence he has collected that he tends to dismiss the obvious fact that some of it is probably circumstantial.

He harrumphs when Baez reminds him of this, or (worse) smirks. Even Burdick grows weary of his antics, scolding him as a mother would her precocious and ill-mannered child. He is so blinkered that he never sees the verdict coming, nor quite grasps so-called Juror No. 3’s blunt rationale for acquittal: That he may have been wrong.

BOTTOM LINE A surprisingly revisionist take on one of the most controversial trials of the decade — from someone (Ashton) you’d least expect revisionism from. Nancy Grace, meanwhile, will hate “Prosecuting Casey Anthony.”

GRADE B+

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Leave your review below.
SJ

Team Casey to appeal lying convictions today (1/8)

Attorneys for Casey Anthony will make oral arguments Tuesday in Daytona Beach in her appeal of four convictions of lying to law enforcement officers, court documents show.

The 1:30 p.m. hearing at the 5th District Court of Appeal will address Anthony’s concerns about having being convicted of lying to law enforcement officers. The convictions came from her telling investigators that her daughter was kidnapped when she knew 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was dead, Orange County sheriff’s investigators said.

Casey Anthony, accused of murdering her daughter, was acquitted by a jury July 5, 2011, of charges of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

Her attorneys will argue that Judge Belvin Perry made an error in not suppressing Casey Anthony’s statements to an investigator, which she made without her rights being read to her.

Casey Anthony’s lawyers, Cheney Mason and Lisabeth Fryer, will also argue that Casey Anthony’s consitutional double jeopardy rights were violated when she was convicted of four counts of lying to law enforcement officers, court documnets filed show.

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Click here for live coverage & updates from News13.

More info as we have it.

Happy New Year!
SJ

PS. Don’t forget to check out our Jodi Arias support site to keep updated on all the latest news!

Happy Holidays!

Barring any ground breaking news, or any more spontaneous acts of lawsuit-related stupidity from people that really should know better (naming no names) – this could be the last post of the year. Doubtful, but you just never know.

Rest assured we’ll continue to fly the flag for Casey throughout 2013 and beyond, and we’ll be covering all the relative news & associated ridiculous ongoing BS. We’ll also continue to support Casey until George Anthony is ultimately brought to justice for Caylee’s murder.

After chatting with a few relevant people, I also decided to start up a new & totally separate website for Jodi Arias. You can visit it anytime by clicking here, clicking the logo below – or by going to www.JodiAriasIsInnocent.com

I hope many of you will join me in fighting Jodi’s corner.

Finally, I’d like to wish Casey and all our regular visitors, supporters, contributors, knuckle-dragging retarded haters & all my insider peeps – Happy HolidaysMerry Christmas and a peaceful & prosperous 2013 :mrgreen:

SJ & Co.

Jodi Arias – The HLN Radical Clerics & knuckle-draggers have spoken…

Ok then folks.

Here’s the question.

Do we go with the HLN BS and the (once again) clueless masses here in assuming Jodi Arias is “obviously guilty”? — or do we go through the facts ourselves and make our own decision?

We’ve been here before, right?

I vote for the latter.

Besides a camera and a few friends that were way too eager to start pointing the finger, there’s evidently a lot more to this case than meets the eye.

Having reviewed the case so far – and with the emphasis (once again) being on the prosecution to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt – I think they will fail admirably… Laughing Guy style.

I’m also quite sure that the vast majority of people jumping on the “guilty bandwagon” are doing so to make up for their ongoing disappointment at Casey’s NOT GUILTY verdict. Well, it didn’t happen last time, and it ain’t gonna happen this time either. Get used to it folks.

Click here to visit the special support website I recently launched.

It starts right here and now…

Happy Holidays! :mrgreen:
SJ & Co.

Dr Drew’s Clueless Whores Seek Enlightenment – Can You Help?

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*** Click here to visit our Jodi Arias Is Innocent website ***

Ok… so being female, pretty and playing with your hair proves that you’re guilty now, does it?

You’d think so, watching the latest BS from Dr Drew…

Dr Drew is old enough (literally) to know better, although I’m not totally surprised. He is, after all, one of the radical clerics at the HLN mosque.

Anyways, in addition to his ridiculous ratings-driven stupidity, viewers were also treated to the stupidity of Shanna Hogan… an alleged journalist and true crime author.

When talking about Jodi Arias and Casey (around the 5.25 mark), she starts off by saying they were both women “who committed the most unthinkable acts imaginable”.

She supposedly covered the case extensively. Really? Which case?
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After getting her started, Drew then interrupts her so he can describe the peculiar feeling he gets when watching a seemingly innocuous video of  Jodi & Casey playing with their hair. I think he needs to get out more.
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To top it all off, Pat Brown makes an asshole of herself  too, mainly by making light of being abused and stating it shouldn’t be used as “an excuse” for anything.
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So… if you want to enlighten either of these 2 evidently clueless whores… namely Shanna Hogan and Pat Brown, feel free to click on the links below and make their day:

Pat Brown – contact form

Sounds like they already have super-cute Jodi convicted. Had she been black, they’d never have even mentioned the case. Sound familiar? You bet.

You know me. I’m just calling it as it is.

Later folks,
SJ

*** Click here to visit our Jodi Arias Is Innocent website ***

“Prosecuting Casey Anthony” – Lifetime Movie Preview

I’m still a bit peeved that Dick van Dyke and Jenny McCarthy never got chosen to play The Laughing Guy & Lin Possible – or that Belvin Perry didn’t get replaced by Amos & Andy.

Here’s the trailer…

Casey Anthony - Lifetime Movie Preview

I particularly like the bit where it says:

“Our case is rock solid…
Forensics say she’s guilty…
Common sense says she’s guilty…
And the Jury is gonna say she’s guilty.”

Yeah… right. Are we talking about the same trial here, or what?

Their case was piss poor at best… and the forensics were a veritable fantasy of BS & junk science. The only time common sense came into the equation was when the Jury recorded their Not Guilty verdict.

Later folks,
SJ

Jose Baez – Dr Drew interview, 11-26

Here’s Jose Baez on Dr Drew last night, once again clarifying  the supposedly “overlooked” evidence:

Jose Baez - Dr Drew 11-26-2012

Had the prosecution wheeled this BS out during the trial, it would have destroyed their already feeble timeline and put GA in the spotlight. There was nothing overlooked or missed at all.

SJ