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Lawyer wants to auction rights to Casey Anthony's story

TAMPA — The trustee overseeing Casey Anthony's bankruptcy plans to sell the rights to her story, a new court filing states, and one person already has offered $10,000 in hopes of preventing her from profiting off it.

In a motion filed Friday, Allan Watkins, an attorney for Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Stephen L. Meininger, asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell "the exclusive worldwide rights in perpetuity to the commercialization of Anthony's life story" including her daughter's death and her high-profile murder trial.

According to the motion, there has already been one offer on the rights: $10,000 from a man identified only as "James M. Schober."

"Mr. Schober's stated intention is to acquire the Property in order to prevent Ms. Anthony or others from publishing or profiting from her story in the future," Watkins wrote.

The motion says the trustee anticipates other offers, and suggests the rights could essentially be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The winning bid would go toward paying her debts.

It also says Anthony's compliance is not needed to sell the rights now. Others interested in upping the price also would be given a "statement that such higher bid is not contingent upon Ms. Anthony's cooperation."

Meininger's interest in liquidating Anthony's life story as an asset was apparent at a creditors meeting in federal bankruptcy court in Tampa earlier this month. The trustee repeatedly questioned Anthony, who appeared at the hearing, about whether she had received offers or agreed to deals to sell her story. She said she had not.

Anthony's bankruptcy filing did not list her story as an asset, but many have speculated since her trial that it's likely the only substantial one she has.

Anthony says she's been unemployed since her acquittal in 2011. She has been living off the charity of friends and her lawyers, she said at the hearing in Tampa.

Anthony filed bankruptcy in January, listing more than $792,000 in debt. Her largest creditor is her criminal attorney Jose Baez, whom she said she owes $500,000. She declared less than $1,100 in assets.

Lawyer wants to auction rights to Casey Anthony's story 03/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:43pm]
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