Parents' depositions delayed in Casey Anthony civil case
Lawsuit filed by woman with same name as alleged baby sitter
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orange County judge on Wednesday delayed the depositions of George and Cindy Anthony by at least 20 days in a defamation lawsuit against their daughter.
The defamation lawsuit was filed months ago by Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman who shares the same name as a baby sitter with whom Casey Anthony claims she left her daughter, Caylee, at an Orange County apartment complex. Caylee's remains were found in December. She was 2 years old when she disappeared in June.
Gonzalez is seeking more than $15,000 in punitive damages, claiming she has been harmed by being linked to the case. Casey Anthony claims she left her daughter with another woman by the same name.
Brad Conway, the attorney who represents George and Cindy Anthony, filed an emergency motion requesting that the depositions be canceled or delayed until May, when a ruling is expected on whether Gonzalez's lawsuit is frivolous.
Conway claims Gonzalez's attorneys will ask embarrassing questions that are irrelevant to the lawsuit.
Gonzalez's attorneys have said the media would be able to witness and videotape the depositions because, they said, civil depositions are open to the public. Conway called the move a publicity stunt.
The judge said he put the depositions on hold until he decides whether the media can attend them.
Gonzalez's attorneys said they want their client's name cleared as soon as possible.
Lee Anthony, the brother of Casey Anthony, is scheduled to deposed by Gonzalez's attorneys on Friday.
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