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September 12, 2012

Attorney: Casey Anthony request 'much ado about nothing'

Posted: 01:32 PM ET

Casey Anthony's attorneys have requested to ban evidence of her murder trial in her upcoming defamation case against Zenaida Gonzalez. Gonzalez's attorney, Matt Morgan told In Session's Vinnie Politan that Anthony's request is 'much ado about nothing.'

"To think or believe that a resident of Orange County would not be aware of what was going on in the criminal trial is just not reasonable," said Morgan.

Morgan also ensured Politan that "no question about it...[Anthony] will be there," and might even have to testify for the first time.

Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation and claims she was harassed and threatened after Anthony came up with a fictitious nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez-Fernandez, also known as "Zanny the Nanny."  Anthony accused the fictitious nanny of kidnapping her daughter, Caylee.

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July 9, 2012

Casey Anthony Prosecutor has no regrets

Posted: 02:49 PM ET

Former Prosecutor, Jeff Ashton appeared on HLN's Dr. Drew to discuss Casey Anthony's acquittal one year later.

Jeff Ashton told HLN's Dr. Drew that he did the best job possible with the evidence available to him.

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In the courtroom, during Casey Anthony Verdict

Posted: 02:47 PM ET

HLN editorial producer Allison Rampley was in the courtroom when the "not guilty" verdict was read in the Casey Anthony trial.

Allison shared her personal memories of the tense moments leading up to the verdict in this article.

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July 3, 2012

Honoring Caylee Marie Anthony

Posted: 04:21 PM ET

Thursday will be the one year anniversary of Casey Anthony’s acquittal, so while in the area last week on assignment on for another story, Field Producer Nancy Leung went by the wooded area where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found.

 At the site, about a quarter-mile from where Anthony’s parents live, stands a six-foot white cross. Expressions of love, sympathy, and well wishes cover the cross top-to-bottom, back and front. Dozens of weathered stuffed animals and bouquets of flowers surround the cross. There are so many messages, it is obvious hundreds of people must have visited the memorial.

Just behind the cross, there is a swampy area that stretches out as far as the eyes can see. Tropical Storm Debby drenched Orlando for several days last month, and there were at least three inches of standing water on the ground. Water marks on the trees were an indication that the water had been much higher. The area is not always flooded but, as you may recall, during the investigation, volunteers told law enforcement officials that they did not search the area because of high water levels. A meter reader accidentally discovered the two-year-old’s remains six months after she was first reported missing.

 A couple from New Jersey visited the memorial while our producer was there. They had been vacationing in Orlando and were on their way to the airport. "Such a tragedy," the woman said as she rhetorically asked how someone could leave Caylee’s body in the woods. It’s a question a lot of people have asked, and unfortunately, we will probably never get an answer.

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April 12, 2012

Judge Rules Casey Anthony Defamation Case Can Go To Trial

Posted: 03:55 PM ET

 

Judge Lisa Munyon ruled that the defamation suit against Casey Anthony can proceed to trial because there are issues that must be decided by a jury. Munyon denied Zenaida Gonzalez's request for summary judgment.

The judge partially granted Casey Anthony’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit as it pertains to her statements to police July 16, 2008, in which Anthony denied Gonzalez was not the “nanny” when shown a photograph, but denied the motion as to Anthony’s statements made to her parents on July 25, 2008 during a recorded jail visitation.

The judge also ruled that the jury should decide Gonzalez’s attorney’s claim that Casey Anthony’s mother was acting as her “agent” by publicizing the undisputed statement despite allegedly knowing it was false.

Casey Anthony’s defamation trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 2, 2013.

Click the link below to read the full order:
Gonzalez v Casey Anthony Summary Judgement Order

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March 22, 2012

Is there another Casey Anthony trial brewing?

Posted: 04:18 PM ET

Casey Anthony's civil defense attorney is doing everything he can to make sure a defamation lawsuit against his client won’t go to trial.

On Friday at 1:30 p.m. a Judge will hear Anthony’s defense attorney argue for dismissal of the lawsuit.

Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation and claims she was harassed and threatened after Anthony came up with a fictitious nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez-Fernandez, also known as "Zanny the Nanny." Anthony accused the fictitious nanny of kidnapping her daughter, Caylee.

Also on Friday afternoon, Gonzalez's attorneys will ask the judge to order Anthony to turn over copies of a video diary she has been keeping since her acquittal and which she referenced in a video blog that recently surfaced online.

WATCH: Anthony's video diary leaks on to the web

In July 2011, a jury acquitted Anthony of all the charges related to her child's death, but convicted her on four counts of lying to law enforcement. She was sentenced to four years. With credit for the time she served before and during her trial, she was released from jail July 17.

In Session on truTV will cover the hearing live on Friday at 1:30pm.

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January 11, 2012

A Casey Anthony news round up!

Posted: 09:36 PM ET

Just in case you missed it, lots of news about Tot Mom broke Wednesday.

Here’s the latest news on Anthony:

Court Docs: Casey claimed Caylee born after rape

On Tuesday, Judge Belvin Perry released transcripts of two depostions. They detail what pyschologists told Anthony's lawyers before she stood trial for her two-year-old daughter Caylee’s murder. Anthony’s defense team interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Danziger and Dr. William Weitz about their professional opinions on Anthony. The documents have a variety of bombshells such as Anthony's claims that Caylee was the product of date rape, and that Anthony’s father and brother molested her.

George and Lee have both denied those claims, and no evidence was presented in court to substantiate these claims and neither doctor testified in the trial. Wednesday, Orlando attorney Mark Lippman issued a statement on behalf of George Anthony. He said George Anthony was aware of the claims before the trial and has repeatedly denied molesting any member of his family.

READ THE FULL DEPOSITION DOCUMENTS BY CLICKING HERE

Are Anthony and Jose Baez on the outs?

Reports are surfacing that Anthony was thinking about firing the man that defended her successfully during her murder trial, because she didn't like how he was shopping around her first interview since the trial. Read more about the possible termination of their business relationship by click here.

Is Anthony sitting on a $350,000 offer to tell her story?

Nik Richie, the founder of the website The Dirty, tells HLN’s Showbiz Tonight he is offering Casey $350,000 for a tell-all about being accused and acquitted on charges she killed her daughter Caylee. Read more about the offer by clicking here

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December 8, 2011

Will Casey Anthony be forced to answer some tough questions?

Posted: 08:22 AM ET

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Lisa Munyon will decide whether or not Casey Anthony will be forced to answer some difficult questions about the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

Legal teams for both Zenaida Gonzalez and Anthony are prepping for their latest court battle. During the hearing Thursday morning, Munyon will consider whether Anthony's use of the Fifth Amendment during her deposition was appropriate.

Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation. Gonzalez claims she was harassed and threatened after Anthony came up with a fictitious nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez-Fernandez, who she also called "Zanny the Nanny,” and accused her of kidnapping Caylee.

During a deposition on October 8, Anthony repeatedly refused to answer questions about Caylee’s death by invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Many of the questions involved the lies Anthony told family, friends and law enforcement after her daughter went missing.

Click here to read Gonzalez's motion to compel (PDF)

Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene says her ongoing appeal of the convictions for lying to law enforcement allows her to properly invoke the Fifth Amendment.

 Greene will try to reinforce that argument during the hearing Thursday.

Gonzalez’s legal team will argue that the Fifth Amendment does not protect Anthony in this case, because she's already been acquitted of murder charges. “There is no appeal pending that would subject her to further incrimination or punishment,” says a motion filed Gonzalez’s attorneys.

A jury acquitted Anthony in July 2011 of all the charges related to her child's death, but convicted her of four counts of lying to law enforcement and she was sentenced to four years. With credit for time served, she was released on July 17.

For live coverage of the Casey Anthony’s latest courtroom drama turn in to  In Session on TruTV at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday.

For more coverage online of Thursday's hearing log on to HLNTV.com.

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November 2, 2011

Casey Anthony invokes the 5th 60 times

Posted: 02:07 AM ET

While this blog is dedicated to the Conrad Murray trial, we know many In Session and HLN viewers have also been very closely following the Casey Anthony story. There was an update to the story today so we've included the following post to be sure that those interested were up-to-speed on this latest development.

The judge may have sealed the video of Casey Anthony’s deposition in her defamation civil trial, but he did release a transcript of the deposition. Anthony invoked her right 5th Amendment right to remain silent 60 times. If you want to read the highlights from transcript click here.

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October 21, 2011

Could Casey's deposition video cause harm?

Posted: 04:02 PM ET

While this blog is dedicated to the Conrad Murray trial, we know many In Session and HLN viewers have also been very closely following the Casey Anthony story. There was an update to the story today so we've included the following post to be sure that those interested were up-to-speed on this latest development.

Casey Anthony's civil attorneys are fighting the release of a deposition video that shows Anthony in a disguise.

One of Anthony's attorneys Charles Greene called in to In Session Friday and said the tape could cause harm to his client by creating more pre-trial publicity.

A judge didn't make a ruling Thursday on whether she'll release Anthony's deposition video in her defamation case.  Instead, she'll release a written ruling in the next ten days.

Anthony only answered a few questions invoking the 5th amendment during the deposition earlier this month.

Zenaida Gonzalez's attorneys are challenging Anthony’s use of the 5th Amendment, and want the judge to compel her to answer their questions.

The video has created quite the buzz, because Anthony is disguised with over-sized sunglasses, a Phillies baseball hat, and possibly a wig.

Gonzalez says Anthony damaged her reputation when she said a babysitter by the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.

Check out Christi Paul’s interview with Greene here:

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