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.