TAMPA — A bankruptcy judge ruled this week that defamation lawsuits against Casey Anthony will proceed in his court and not in state court where they started.
The ruling from U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May in Tampa is a small victory for Anthony, whose attorneys want the suits handled federally.
Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk each are suing Anthony for defamation. The cases were progressing in Orange County until Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection in January.
Gonzalez claims Anthony tarnished her reputation by saying a nanny with a similar name kidnapped her daughter Caylee. Kronk, a meter reader who found Caylee's body, claims Anthony's defense attorney wrongly implicated him in the toddler's death.
Anthony's attorneys want May to decide if the suits are dischargeable bankruptcy claims.