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Team Casey re-files request to throw out ZG’s punitive damages claim

From Orlando Sentinel, 11-19-2012:

Attorneys for Casey Anthony are again seeking to limit the damages Zenaida Gonzalez can pursue in her civil defamation lawsuit.

Circuit Judge Lisa Munyon denied Anthony’s previous attempt to throw out Gonzalez’s claim for punitive damages, ruling that defense attorney Charles Greene hadn’t filed the proper type of motion. Munyon left open the possibility of Greene refiling his pleading, and the defense did that last week.

“Based on, among other things, the fact that neither party knew the other, had a history of ill will towards the other, or was otherwise even aware of the other’s existence, [Gonzalez] cannot present sufficient evidence to satisfy the specific and mandatory requirements” for pursuing punitive damages, the new motion says.

In another recent filing, Anthony’s defense has asked the judge to bar from the civil defamation trial any reference to the death of Anthony’s daughter, 2-year-old Caylee, in 2008.

The defense argues that “the death of Caylee Anthony is not relevant to any issue in this case,” noting that the suit was filed before Caylee’s body was even found. “The claim here is defamation, not wrongful death.”

That filing is the latest of a slew of motions by Anthony’s legal team to block testimony from the civil suit. The suit was set for trial in January, but Munyon last week granted a motion to delay it indefinitely so Anthony’s appeal of her convictions for lying to law enforcement — which she has cited to avoid answering questions in the lawsuit — can play out.

Comments

  1. Good. Let’s hope this time they are thrown out. This case should have been thrown out a long time ago.

  2. I just found out that M & M had to refile the suit because in the first one, they had Zenaida’s name wrong. They were calling her Zenaida Fernandez Gonzales.

    Her name is Zenaida Gonazales and has never been Zenaida Fernandez Gonzales. If that doesn’t get the case thrown out, God only knows what will.

    • I never understood why this judge is so nice to them, they lied to the court (among other things)!! They also got on television shows, including InSession while the Casey Anthony trial was happening and claimed that was her name. Not to mention all of the “journalists” in articles and on TV called her Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez for months (some still do). The media, her attorneys, and her all knew it was a lie, that wasn’t her name. How did they get away with filing a suit under a false name? I know they changed it, but still they didn’t even get told not to do it! Charles Greene files a legitimate motion wrong and it gets thrown in the trash, but nothing happens about this? Come on. Mr. Greene even brought this false name thing up to the judge and still nothing. Ridiculous.

    • JA Kalskett says:

      Yes, Zenaida Gonzalez was the woman who got the seatbelt ticket in March ‘o8…But that undercover cop C Behnaida-Gonzale(z) (Cecelia, the #10 in LE) who filled out the visitor card at the Sawgrass apts on June 17th, she was Geo’s friend; sister to Crystal Holloway. (Cecelia later dropped the Gonzalez part after her divorce in 2009)

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