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Bankruptcy lawyer seeks okay to auction Casey Anthony's tale

Casey Anthony leaves a federal courthouse in Tampa in March after a bankruptcy hearing.
Published Apr. 9, 2013

TAMPA — How much is Casey Anthony's story worth — even if she doesn't tell it?

It's up to a federal bankruptcy judge in Tampa to decide Tuesday whether we'll ever find out.

The trustee overseeing Anthony's bankruptcy wants to sell the rights to her story to pay debts. One person already has offered $10,000 in hopes of preventing her from profiting off it, a court filing says.

In a motion last month, an attorney 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.

The motion said the trustee anticipated other offers besides the one already received. The winning bid would go toward paying Anthony's debts.

But the attorney said he would warn any interested parties that "such higher bid is not contingent upon Ms. Anthony's cooperation."

Anthony's bankruptcy filing did not list her life story as an asset, but many have speculated since her criminal trial that it's probably 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 earlier at a hearing in Tampa.

Her bankruptcy attorneys planned to argue Tuesday that the judge should not allow any bidding for her story to occur.

The life story in question doesn't even exist, they argue in a court motion.

"This sets up a terrifying Orwellian prospect that would destroy the long-standing protections guaranteed by the Bankruptcy Code and the Fifth, Thirteen, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution," the motion says.

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

The hearing on the sale of her life story was scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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