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Defamation suits against Casey Anthony still in limbo

TAMPA — The debate continued Thursday on what's next for the defamation lawsuits against Casey Anthony, with nothing decided at a bankruptcy hearing.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May said he hopes to rule in about three weeks on whether the Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk lawsuits, both halted by Anthony's January Chapter 7 filing, can continue toward jury trials in state circuit court.

That's what Gonzalez and Kronk want. But Anthony attorney Debra Ferwerda said she disagrees that Anthony's Fifth Amendment right not testify ended with her criminal trial.

Anthony has been in hiding since her trial in the 2008 death of her daughter, Caylee. She was acquitted of all major charges.

Gonzalez sued after Anthony said a similarly named nanny had kidnapped Caylee. Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's body, says Anthony's attorneys wrongly implicated him.

Defamation suits against Casey Anthony still in limbo 05/30/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 8:00pm]
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