Casey Anthony smiles before the start of her sentencing hearing in Orlando, Fla. Anthony was deposed Oct. 8, 2011, for a civil lawsuit that accuses her of ruining another woman's reputation.(Photo: Joe Burbank AP)
TAMPA, Fla. - A judge has denied a motion by Casey Anthony to dismiss the two civil defamation suits against her in federal court.
The judge's ruling opens back up the possibility that Anthony will have to be deposed, because she will be unable to plead the fifth in a civil case.
Zenaida Gonzalez said she was defamed when Anthony said a babysitter by the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.
Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's remains, claims Anthony and her defense inferred that he had something to do with her disappearance.
Gonzalez attorney Matt Morgan said the judge's ruling Tuesday was "justice."
Anthony's attorney has not responded to WESH 2 News request for comment.
Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.