December 8th, 2011
04:42 AM ET

Casey Anthony's lawyers return to court in civil case

Attorneys for Casey Anthony and Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman who has filed a civil suit against her, return to court Thursday to argue whether Anthony should fully answer questions posed to her during her deposition in October.

In that hearing, Anthony's lawyers invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 60 times. Attorneys for Gonzalez want the court to compel her to answer.

Gonzalez's defamation lawsuit alleges that Anthony falsely accused her of kidnapping her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Gonzalez alleges that Anthony defamed her and damaged her reputation when she claimed that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez had taken Caylee, who was reported missing in July 2008 - a month after she was last seen.

Authorities were never able to find the nanny. But they did find Gonzalez, who claimed she never met Anthony or her daughter.

Anthony's civil attorneys have argued that she never identified this specific woman as the "Zenaida Gonzalez" she was talking about.

Gonzalez's attorneys claim, according to questions asked of Anthony in the October 8 deposition, that Gonzalez was questioned by the police in Caylee's disappearance, was kicked out of her apartment complex, lost her job and that she and her two daughters received death threats as a result of media attention in the case.

Anthony herself said little in the deposition, but did acknowledge she was aware she was being sued by Gonzalez.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    The extended interest in Casey Anthony, coupled with other human interest items as the focus of published news, shows that many of us are unable to comprehend and discuss important events, but most USA citizens can gossip about what others "should" do, or what is "good," "right," or "wrong."

    December 8, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I 60 puzzled by why CA would invoke her 5th amendment rights 60 times if this isn't the woman who "kidnapped" Caylee.

    She has been aquitted.
    What is she afraid of?

    December 8, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    My phone is being recalcitrant today.
    The above sentence should read I AM puzzled...

    December 8, 2011 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. hamsta

    even though casey was found innocent she should be sentenced to 10 years hard labor for perjury that resulted in destroying someone elses life.that alone states she is guilty so after serving hard labor she should be tortured to death cuz thats what she has done to her own child and an innocent woman.

    December 8, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    This Casey Anthony stuff is getting as bad as the Sarah Palin sightings. Just went you think they are finally out of the news, BAM they reappear like a bad penny. CNN and other news agencies , please let this go. It's not news anymore. All it does is get people at each throats again.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |