Casey Anthony leaves court after a bankruptcy hearing, 3/4/13
Tampa, Florida (WKMG) -- A judge could decide at a hearing Thursday whether two lawsuits against Casey Anthony can proceed.
Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk are suing Anthony, who has filed for bankruptcy, for defamation.
and Kronk want the judge to delay the deadline to object to the
bankruptcy until after their civil lawsuits are decided.
and Kronk want the trials held in state circuit court, where they were
originally filed. If the civil cases must proceed before her debts are
discharged, Anthony's attorneys prefer the civil cases be handled in
Anthony filed for Chapter 7 protection in January
in Tampa, claiming $1,000 in assets and nearly $800,000 in liabilities.
Gonzalez and Kronk were listed as creditors and their cases were put on
Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her
daughter, Caylee, in 2011 in Orlando. She initially claimed in 2008
that a nanny by the name of Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee. At
trial three years later, however, Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez,
said Caylee drowned in a swimming pool at the Anthony family home.
says her reputation was ruined because she was linked to the case by
having a very similar name to the fictitious nanny.
Kronk, an Orange County meter reader who found Caylee's remains, claims
his reputation was harmed when Anthony's attorneys wrongly implicated
him in the Caylee's death.
Anthony's civil attorneys say both lawsuits are frivolous.