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Casey Anthony Trial Lives on — in Defamation Cases

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As we mentioned in a post about possible legislation called Caylee’s Law, the legal ramifications of the Casey Anthony trial continue, and not only in legislatures around the country. There are now two notable civil defamation actions related to the case making their way through the court system as well.

Defamation Case Against Anthony

During the search for Caylee Anthony, her mother, Casey, said that a nanny had kidnapped the child; she told authorities that the nanny’s name was Zenaida Gonzalez, and now a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation.

According to Reuters, legal experts don’t think the plaintiff has much chance of winning this one, not only because the woman identified by Anthony had fewer children and a different car than the woman who brought the lawsuit, but also because the plaintiff must show harm.

Fernandez-Gonzalez’s lawyer doesn’t believe harm will be difficult to prove, however, noting that his client has received death threats and had to move from her apartment.

Anthony’s position on the lawsuit is that it is “frivolous” and merely seeks to “cash in” on the media attention the trial has received.

Defamation Case Against Bounty Hunter

Roy Kronk, who discovered the body of Caylee Anthony, is suing a bounty hunter named Leonard Padilla for more than $15,000 in damages.

According to the complaint, “Over the course of two years, defendant Padilla published false and defamatory statements about plaintiff Kronk.” The plaintiff alleges that such statements were “done with malice,” made both online and on television, and include that Kronk conspired with Casey Anthony and authorities, hid Caylee’s body, participated in a cover-up and/or cooperated in a crime, and should be considered a suspect in the case, among others.

A response from Padilla regarding the complaint was not available.

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July 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 am

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