Casey Anthony may testify for the first time regarding events that transpired when her two-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared in 2008 according to a September 12, 2012 video interview with attorney Matt Morgan. HLN’s Vinnie Politan spoke with Morgan of For the People.com who represents Zenaida Gonzalez, the Florida woman who is suing Anthony for defamation. Speaking about the upcoming civil trial, Morgan addressed a motion filed by Anthony’s attorneys requesting media coverage surrounding Anthony’s 2011 murder trial be excluded from the current case. Anthony was acquitted of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and aggravated child abuse on July 5, 2011. However, she was convicted of making false statements to law enforcement officers regarding comments made during the initial investigation.
Anthony first stated she left her daughter with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez. Authorities proved this was false and during Anthony’s murder trial, her defense claimed there was no nanny, but that Caylee had drowned in her backyard swimming pool. They described it as a tragic accident that her grandfather, George Anthony, knew about and helped cover up. George Anthony denied the claim and there has never been any medical proof to suggest Caylee died from drowning. However, the defense’s testimony proved that Anthony’s original statements to authorities were not only false, but that she was well aware that they were untruthful at the time they were made. In addition to the conviction, Anthony faces several civil suits regarding those statements.
Anthony did not testify during her murder trial, has not spoken to media regarding her case, and never held a one-on-one interview telling her side of the events that transpired in June and July of 2008. Though much of Anthony’s words have been played through the media, they were taken through jailhouse recorded conversations, taped phone calls (such as 911 calls), visits with her family while in jail, and written statements made through a series of jailhouse letters. Casey Anthony never held a press conference begging for her daughter’s safe return when the nation searched for Caylee Anthony as a missing child.
According to Matt Morgan, Anthony may be called to the stand and required to testify during the Zenaida Gonzalez civil trial set for January 2013.
Referring to the upcoming trial, Vinnie Politan asked Morgan, “Is this thing going to happen in January, will Casey Anthony be in that courtroom, will you call her to the stand, will you ask her questions?”
Matt Morgan replied, “You got it- you got it to all of the above! No questions about it, Vinnie. We’ve got her subpoenaed. She will be there. We will put her on the stand. If her appeal is exhausted at that point in time, she will have to speak. She will have to testify for the first time.”
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