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Casey Anthony: Judge Steps Down from Defamation Case

11:39 AM, Jul 15, 2011   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Social media influenced Anthony trial? The 2-year-old girl's remains were found in a wooded field not far from the Anthony's home.

Anthony was acquitted July 5 of murder and child neglect charges in her daughter's death. She was convicted of lying to investigators and is expected to be released from jail on Sunday.

The lawsuit is separate from those charges.

Lawyers for Gonzalez want Anthony to answer their questions in a deposition on Tuesday. In seeking an emergency order forcing her to attend, they wrote that they expect her to leave the Orlando area and change her name, making it impossible to interview her.

But Anthony's attorney in the civil case, Charles Greene, said she can't be forced to sit for a deposition so soon after a trial that left her "emotionally and mentally exhausted."

Greene also said he will be in trial on another case that day. If forced to attend the deposition, Greene said Anthony would invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

"Consequently, the deposition would be nothing more than yet another media spectacle and frenzy," Greene wrote in court documents.

Associated Press

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