Casey Anthony defamation case proceeds in Tampa, for now

Hillsborough County
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Casey Anthony stands for the arrival of the jury at the start of the second day of jury deliberations in her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla.,Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Anthony has plead not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

Attorneys in the Casey Anthony civil defamation case have 45 days to file paperwork before a Federal Judge makes her ruling.  

A status hearing in the case took place at the Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa Monday.  Neither Anthony, nor the plaintiff, Roy Kronk, was there.

Kronk filed the suit in 2013. He’s the meter reader who found Caylee’s body in 2008 in the woods near her grandparent’s home in Orange County.

Anthony was acquitted of the murder in 2011, but her attorneys pointed their fingers at Kronk, claiming he had something to do with the little girl’s death.

Kronk filed a lawsuit, but it has been held up in bankruptcy court for years.  

Howard Marks is one of Kronk’s attorneys and says his client is merely trying to hold Anthony accountable for her actions.  He says previous bankruptcy rulings have essentially wiped her slate clean, with the exception of Kronk’s complaint.  

“Roy Kronk is the last man standing and we are trying to hold her accountable for her actions,” said Marks.  “Now, the only way to hold her accountable for her actions is to get a judgment that’s not wiped out or discharged in bankruptcy.”

Kronk’s attorneys wanted the case moved out of Federal Court and moved back to state court in Orange County, where Anthony stood trial in the criminal proceeding, but the judge denied that request.

David Schrader is the attorney representing Anthony in this case.  He claims his client had no idea the defense planned to name Kronk as someone who was capable of killing Caylee.  He says that was just the defense team’s strategy to create reasonable doubt with the jury.  

He says Casey was in isolation at the jail while this plan was put into place and had no access to television.  He added, if this is a case about money, Kronk’s attorneys are attempting to tap a dry well.  

“If they’re looking for money, she’ll never have a significant amount of money,” said Schrader.  “Everybody thinks she’ll sell a story or whatever and the answer is there’s no story to tell anymore.”

The attorneys have until October 4 to submit their additional case law and paperwork.  The judge will make her decision on whether the case should proceed after that.

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