Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Casey Anthony bankruptcy trial to stay in Tampa

TAMPA — Citing concerns of a "media circus" and vigilantes still looking to "gain justice" for the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, attorneys for her mother, Casey Anthony, successfully argued Tuesday to keep her bankruptcy case in a federal courtroom in Tampa.

Two of her creditors wanted the case relocated to Orlando.

"The debtor is once again playing the role of the victim," Attorney R. Scott Shuker said, "and not playing by the rules."

Anthony, 26, was acquitted of a first-degree murder charge less than two years ago in an Orlando case so widely followed that Time magazine called it the "social media trial of the century."

Anthony's St. Petersburg-based, pro-bono bankruptcy attorney David L. Schrader said that while his client's last-known address is officially her parents' Orlando house, she has not been there for the past five years. Since her trial, he said, she has had no permanent home, moving from secret location to secret location throughout the state, running from cameras and death threats.

In pending civil cases, he said, other judges have made accommodations to limit her time in the outside world — keeping her depositions short, for example, in case word gets out.

He said other lawyers have gotten threats, and there is an anonymous $50,000 bounty out for her address.

"She has no intent to return to Orlando," Schrader said. "That's the last thing she wants to do is put herself into harm's way and into the media circus."

In documents filed in federal court, Anthony says she has only $1,084 in assets, including her old bedroom furniture at her parents' house and a bicycle. She says she has $792,119 in liabilities, including $500,000 owed to her criminal defense attorney Jose Baez.

U.S. Bankruptcy judge K. Rodney May said he saw no need to move the case to Orlando when the Tampa division belongs to the same federal court district.

There is a hearing scheduled Monday afternoon in Tampa. Anthony is expected to attend.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3354.

Comments
Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive on Thursday afternoon.It appeared the child wandered off and that the incident was accidental, deputies said. An adult caretaker was watching the child, ...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data announced Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief operating ...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevy Camero along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he lo...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida

After U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled Florida’s process for restoring felons’ civil rights was unconstitutional in early February, he allowed me to file a friend of the court brief to assist the court as it considered possible solutions. The br...
Updated: 1 hour ago
LA Fitness tones up Hillsborough location

LA Fitness tones up Hillsborough location

When LA Fitness on West Hillsborough Ave. reopens mid-summer, it will have undergone a $5 million renovation and a complete transformation. Closed since November 2017, the 10-year-old facility was completely torn down and is still undergoing construc...
Updated: 1 hour ago