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Judge: Defamation suits against Casey Anthony can proceed

TAMPA — The fight over Casey Anthony's bankruptcy will continue after a judge ruled Tuesday that complaints filed by two people suing her for defamation can move forward in federal court.

It was a defeat for Anthony, who now faces a deposition by attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez, though Gonzalez's attorneys said in court that they've agreed not to publish the deposition or reveal its time or location.

Gonzalez and Roy Kronk both had defamation lawsuits pending against Anthony in state court when she filed for bankruptcy in January, and have been fighting to salvage their claims since.

They filed complaints against Anthony's bankruptcy in federal court, arguing that Anthony was "willful and malicious" in damaging their reputations.

Anthony's attorneys filed motions to dismiss the cases.

On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May declined to dismiss the Gonzalez complaint. Kronk's legal team will have to amend his complaint, but it will be allowed to move forward.

Gonzalez filed suit in 2008 after Anthony claimed a similarly named nanny had kidnapped her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee. The nanny didn't exist, and the girl's remains were later found by Kronk, a meter reader.

After Anthony was charged with murder in the death of her daughter, Kronk alleges that her defense attorneys falsely implicated him in the death.

Judge: Defamation suits against Casey Anthony can proceed 11/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 10:16pm]

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