Casey Anthony subpoenaed in nanny's defamation suit
July 6th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Casey Anthony subpoenaed in nanny's defamation suit

Casey Anthony was served papers in jail Tuesday night for her deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, an assistant to Gonzalez's attorney John Morgan said Wednesday.

When her daughter Caylee was missing, Casey Anthony said the 2-year-old was with a nanny by that name. Eventually confronted by her family, Casey Anthony maintained that Gonzalez had kidnapped Caylee.

Authorities never found the nanny. They found a woman named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, who denied ever meeting the Anthonys and later filed the defamation lawsuit.

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  1. Scott

    Hopefully, there will be a wrongful death civil suit brought by the father (if he is alive?) or the parents of the father. I would hate to see her making any money from this. I think I read she has some IRS issues around $65,000.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Common sense

      Oh so now the father should step up? Where was he before this happened? Maybe he should get charged for hiding and letting this happen to Caylee?

      July 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pam

    I also believe that some vigilante will take Casey out within six months of release. Everyone knows she was guilty and someone will take it upon themselves to reap justice upon her for Caylee!

    July 6, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Common sense

      That could be very close to a death threat. The news said there were people that cheered for the verdict, so how do you say everyone knows she is guilty? Maybe you should speak for your self?

      July 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLGrant

      I hope so, Pam, I hope so!

      July 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      I don't think she was speaking for you, and you don't speak for all either.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gasten

      To Common Sense: From what I've been reading/hearing then, there have been quite a few "death threats". More than anyone could keep track of. If I were Casey, I'd be pretty damn scared. Also, last I heard, the majority of Americans are outraged at the verdict, not pleased with it. So I don't think Pam is speaking for herself.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. CaveAdsum

    So much for the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. If the jury returned a verdict of not guilty it was because the prosecution did not present their case well enough to convince the jury of her guilt. Either we are a nation of laws or we are a nation of vigilantes. You cannot have it both ways.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. horrible!

    Justice system failed again!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common sense

      Were you there? Why didn't you testify if you know so much?

      July 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dee

    Dexter Morgan will be waiting for her.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daniele

    At least there's no jury to screw up this one.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. inane5

    I suspect that Zanny isn't ambitious or trying to be the Karma police, she just wants to get something from this strange event. The case will likely settle, cost Casey next to nothing.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common sense

      Maybe she will get her green card if she needs one. Are you telling me that there is only one person with that name? It would be unjust to reward this woman for nothing. You have to be famous to be defamed, do you not?

      July 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby1

      Common sense, this woman was questioned by police. Her face was plastered throughout the media. Casey and her family continued with the lie that she was responsible for the missing child. I think her reputation was damaged and she should pursue a defamation suit against Casey.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bart H

      I don't believe anyone pointed at her once she was found. It was a name. Could have been your name or mine

      July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      You guys don't get it. John Morgan knows what he is doing. He has a huge law firm. He is highly respected among his peers. Former governer Chris Christie is going to join his firm. He took this case becasue he knows it is solid and he will win. It's not the money. The reason why you are here trashing his client is because of Casey Anthony. It just goes on and on for the plain lady with few resources. She just keeps on getting trashed and she did NOT commit a crime. That's the point of the civil suit. She does not deserve any of this. You can trash her if you want to, it's your right. But she has not done ONE THING WRONG! Not so Casey who is a convicted felon, liar and theif.

      You chose. Casey the convicted criminal or this poor woman who because of Casey is being trashed by YOU right now and for the last 3 years. I guess you pick Casey. What does that say about you?

      July 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. abby1

    I know Casey will make lots of money after she is released from jail. She will make money from interviews, photos, modeling, book deals, appearance fees, reality shows and so forth. However, I hope that every potential dollar that she will earn goes to the woman that is suing her for defamation.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ndekitho

    Casey mint Gonzaleze with e at the ent it is not the same person...

    July 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen

    I feel this Zenida lawsuit is a farce. Casey gave a discription of the so called nanny and the discription she gave doesn't fit this Zenida. It is on the jail house tapes. Karen

    July 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jackie

    Regardless of the description Casey gave of this so called "nanny" this womens life has been ruined. She lost her job and has been harassed. I would sue her too!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Why so many are upset

    Ok, so people are beginning to understand better that in the U.S. justice system "Innocent until proven guilty" means that the state in a criminal case must prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," and Casey Anthony's attorney was skilled enought (just like Johnny Cochran) to put up enough arguments to create reasonable doubt of Casey Anthony's guilt. So the prosecution basically failed in its attempt to prove its theory of murder beyond a reasonable doubt. I think everyone gets that not.

    Here is why so many reasonable people are upset. Casey Anthony is clearly responsible for her daughter's death in some way (whether it was intentional or due to an accident as she claims) YET she (1) lied about the death to EVERYONE (parents, police, etc) until it became convenient for her to unleash the "died in a swimming pool accident" theory during her trial; and (2) she clearly didn't care one bit that her daughter was dead (accident or not) for those 31 days before her looney mother forced her to explain where the child was.
    Whether it was due to her intentionally killing her daughter (we don't know that) or it was a terrible accident, Casey Anthony was the little girl's mother and was responsible for ensuring her safety. If she was watching the girl and let her walk outside and climb up in the pool and drown, she is a bad mother for being so unattentive. And there is no way to explain why, if it truly was an accident, that she would go to such ridiculous lengths to cover it up while partying her butt off and living a "beautiful life."

    So whether or not it was premeditated murder, she is an awful mother with a phychotic lying problem and a serious narcissistic streak.

    So the defense was better than the prosecution. Ok. At best, Casey Anthony was a terrible mother who only cared about herself. At worst, she was involved in killing her daugther intentionally but was lucky enough for the body to not be discovered until all evidence that could have proven cause of death was long gone. That's why so many are so upset.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. KF

    It should be her father who files for defammation of character.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gasten

      That's true. But does he have the balls to do it? It is his daughter despite the fact that she threw him under the bus.

      July 11, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Uhm?

    Common Sense, I do believe you're trolling, which is understandable and somewhat humorous given the mentality of a lot of people in terms of this case. However, I just have to say of course you don't need to be famous to be defamed. Defamation suits happen out of the scope of the public eye all the time, but part of the reason this is going to court and we know is because it is in the public eye. However, just as the prosecution had the burden of proof with Casey's man one charges and the like, Zenaida's prosecution must prove that she, in fact, is the one behind Casey's claims of kidnapping, as in, she is definitely the woman Casey is referring to. You'd be surprised how much goes into a proper defamation suit.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alpha Male

    would be in her best interest to flee the country- no matter if you agree or disagree with the verdict- she was proven innocent by a jury of peers-someone may try to harm her or her family wich is unfortunate.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
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