On September 21, 2012, several developments were revealed in the civil trial against Casey Anthony. Anthony first made headlines in 2008 when in July, her mother, Cindy, tracked her daughter down after a month of not knowing where she and her two-year-old granddaughter, Caylee were. On July 16, 2008, Cindy Anthony called 911 several times to report her vehicle stolen, then to say her granddaughter had been kidnapped. Caylee Anthony was last seen by her grandparents one month prior, on June 16, 2008. Anthony told responding officers that she left her daughter with a Florida nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez who lived in the Sawgrass Apartments, located in Orlando. A woman by the same name, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez is now suing Anthony for defamation.
Authorities investigated Anthony’s claims and found the mother-turned suspect- had difficulty telling the truth. Anthony did not work at Universal Studios as she claimed, and she did not leave her two-year-old daughter with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez or Zanny for short. After a six-month search that involved the volunteer search team of Texas Equusearch operated by Tim Miller turned up nothing of evidentiary value, a meter reader named Roy Kronk stumbled upon a black trash bag, located in a wooded area, approximately one mile from the home Anthony shared with her parents, Cindy and George. Inside the bag was a gruesome discovery: Caylee Anthony’s skull. Caylee Anthony’s remains were officially located on December 11, 2008, six months after she was last seen alive. Anthony learned her daughter’s remains were found while in jail. She had been charged with first-degree murder and would face the death penalty.
Anthony sat before a jury of her peers and though her “dream team” of experts and star-defense attorneys specializing in death-penalty cases had changed in the years before her trial began, her defense team consisting of Jose Baez, J. Cheney Mason, Dorothy Sims, and several more pulled off an unbelievable win. On July 5, 2011, Anthony was acquitted on all charges, except for four misdemeanors of lying to law enforcement officers. Anthony served one-year probation on a previous conviction of check fraud, and was officially a free woman. No one has been punished in the death of Caylee Anthony who would have turned seven-years-old this past August.
Casey Anthony has been named America’s most hated person. Yet, she has remained hidden from public view and has never held a face-to-face interview discussing the details of her daughter’s death, Anthony’s subsequent three years behind bars while waiting for her criminal trial to begin, or her reaction to the verdict. Anthony did not testify during her murder trial, however, she is facing three civil suits and is expected to take the stand in January 2013 when she appears in Zenaida Gonzalez vs. Casey Anthony. Gonzalez states Anthony’s false lies ruined her life, her name, reputation, and caused death threats against her. Gonzalez is represented by the legal team of Morgan and Morgan.
Casey Anthony Challenged to Celebrity Boxing Match
On September 20, 2012, Tampa Bay’s WTSP reported that Anthony has been challenged to a celebrity-boxing match. The National Enquirer was first to report the story that former Jesse James mistress and exotic dancer Michelle “Bombshell” McGee had challenged Anthony to a celebrity boxing match. Anthony would receive $20,000 for the fight. According to the Enquirer, McGee is ready for the fight and wants to teach Anthony a lesson.
“I want THIS match! I know she’s lying about killing her daughter Caylee. I want to kick her a@@!” The Enquirer quoted McGee as saying. Celebrity Boxing is promoted by Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing Federation. According to the Enquirer, Feldman has offered $10,000 for Anthony to get in the ring and another $10,000 for her favorite charity. He hopes the fight will take place on November 3, 2012. Anthony has not agreed to enter the competition and with her low profile and ability to stay out of hiding, it’s unlikely she will make her grand return to the public by getting in a boxing match with “Bombshell” McGee.
Of course, that is if Anthony is even in Florida.
Report: Casey Anthony no Longer Lives in Florida
A new report by Florida reporter Adam Longo for KPHO, states that since finishing probation, Anthony has chosen to move out of Florida. Anthony served one-year probation in Orange County, Florida for check fraud. Anthony successfully completed her probation on August 23, 2012, enabling her to move out of the state, or country, as she sees fit. Anthony still has a civil trial to attend to, but that doesn’t mean she can’t leave the state.
According to Longo, Charles Greene, who represents Anthony in her civil trial stated, “She has relocated. She no longer has to live with the same security precautions that surrounded her. The hate mail has subsided a lot. She’s doing better.”
The comments mark the first time that we’ve heard how Anthony is doing amidst the intense scrutiny she faced before, during, and immediately following her trial. Though Greene says hate mail has subsided, he does speak about the public outrage, hatred, and vitriol that has been leveled against her.
“Casey is surprised and hurt by the intensity of the hatred directed towards her. None of the people who have profited from her case, the TV pundits and others, none of them have been looking for the truth. They’re all dwelling on the scandal,” Longo quoted Greene as saying.
Exactly what truth Greene is referring to remains to be seen. Anthony never took the stand during her murder trial to explain events in her own words. After spending nearly three years in jail, the first time the public heard an “account” of what transpired in June and July of 2008 was during Jose Baez’ opening statements in the trial. Baez presented a defense entirely different than anything anyone had suspected, or the media had reported.
According to Baez, Anthony was at home with her father George and daughter Caylee when on June 16, 2008, she awoke to see her father holding Caylee’s lifeless body in his arms. Baez stated in his client’s defense that Anthony was the victim of sexual abuse, an allegation that George Anthony vehemently denied. Baez never stated who concocted a kidnapping story to cover up a drowning, or why Caylee’s lifeless body was discarded in a wooded area and not buried. He did say that the Anthonys had a routine of burying their pets by wrapping them in blankets, putting them in trash bags, and sealing the bags shut with duct tape. The explanation was enough to cause doubt in the prosecution’s story.
Prosecutors Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane-Burdick described Anthony as a party girl who had become a young mother and was tired of the responsibilities a single parent faces. She wanted to live a life free from parental stress and murdered Caylee. They never did explain how they believe Caylee was murdered, though they did indicate evidence showed duct tape had been on her skull. Other than saying Anthony wanted to be free from parental stress, they did little to show a motive or trigger for murder. There were insinuations that chloroform may have been involved, but nothing actually linked chloroform to Caylee’s body. Cayee’s remains were deteriorated beyond the point of conclusive testing. Dr. Jan Garavaglia, the Orange County Medical Examiner, listed Caylee’s cause of death as homicide by undetermined means. She stated she did so because of the presence of duct tape and the manner in which the remains were found. The defense brought their own witnesses who stated otherwise.
The truth, however, has yet to be revealed. Anthony has never told the account in her own words, and many in the public have their own ideas, opinions, and belief regarding the truth about what happened to Caylee Anthony.
Longo reports that the day may come when Anthony will speak publicly about the events that transpired in June and July 2008.
Quoting Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene, he states, “Greene says Anthony looks forward to the day where she can speak publicly about her case, but she doesn’t plan to speak about the case until her legal issues have passed.”
According to court records, that may be a while.
Zenaida Gonzalez vs. Casey Anthony Civil Trial Updates
Casey Anthony has three open civil cases against her according to the Orange County Clerk of Courts. The first is Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez vs. Casey Anthony. The other two civil suits are Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery vs. Casey Anthony and the third is Roy Kronk vs. Casey Anthony. Anthony was scheduled for her next hearing on September 26, 2012 but according to the KPHO report, he hearing has been moved to October 4, 2012.
At issue will be the witnesses Gonzalez’ attorneys plan to call to the stand, as well as mention of Anthony’s 2011 murder trial in the upcoming civil suit. Anthony’s attorneys want the trial excluded from the civil suit. You may read the motion here. As Anthony was acquitted on the charges, it appears they may have legal ground to make the claim that the information contained in the trial prejudices their client. Anthony’s attorneys fault law enforcement for releasing information contained within Anthony’s interview to the public.
Gonzalez’ attorneys are suing over statements made as a direct result of the investigation. As Anthony presented the case to law enforcement as a missing-child or missing persons case, and it is routine to enlist the help of the media when finding a lost child, the judge may rule against the defense. Since this was a missing child investigation, it would appear that should Judge Munyon rule in favor of the defense, potential issues could arise that would impact future missing children cases. Were Anthony’s statements to law enforcement privileged, or does the search for a missing child override those protections?
Judge Lisa Munyon may rule in favor of the defense and allow only the statements made to law enforcement officers to be included. How much evidence from Anthony’s murder trial will ultimately be allowed in the civil suit will be determined by the motions in limine filed by Anthony’s attorneys and Judge Munyon’s rulings.
The case is an interesting suit, because Anthony herself never publicly spoke to the media and said that the nanny kidnapped her baby. Anthony never mentioned the name Zenaida Gonzalez to the media. The media is the true source that broadcast information said between Anthony and law enforcement officers, as well as the fact that Florida has Sunshine laws that makes documents open to the public. Though Anthony never stated those comments directly to the public, she did make those statements to law enforcement and they were reported in media. However, Anthony also said that the woman who is now suing her was not the same woman who abducted her daughter.
Do you think Anthony should be held accountable for the aftermath of her lies to law enforcement officers?
Judge Munyon is also the presiding judge in Texas Equusearch vs. Casey Anthony. Judge John Marshall Kest presides over Roy Kronk’s suit.
Stay tuned, as we’ll bring you updates from Anthony’s next hearing.
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