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Casey Anthony Takes The Fifth:judge May Rule On Whether She Will Have To Testify
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Casey Anthony Takes the Fifth:judge May Rule on Whether She Will Have to Testify

Casey Anthony was acquited of murder charges in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee in July but knew that her legal ordeal was far from over. She was found guilty on four charges of lying to police during the initial investigation into the death of her child and has also been found responsible for some of the expenses incurred in searches for her daughter. Those searches, done under false pretenses because of information given by Anthony, cost the state of Florida not only man hours but the use of equipment and other charges. Anthony will now need to pay back over two hundred thousand dollars to the state.

She was in court for depositions in a civil defamation lawsuit stemming from her claim that a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped her daughter in 2008, a woman that she claimed had been working off and on as her nanny. No one in the Anthony family knew who this woman was or how to contact her and police found no one in the area that Anthony had claimed that she lived. During one police interview, Anthony took detectives to the location she "remembered" as "Zanny's" home but later had to admit that she had made it up.

Detectives did find a Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman who said that she did not know Casey Anthony nor had she ever cared for young Caylee Anthony. Because of the intense media coverage, Gonzalez, who was later cleared of any connection in the Anthony case, lost her job, her home and endured death threats. Gonzalez's two daughters also recieved a number of death threats from people who thought she was a kidnapper and possible child killer.

During the deposition, Anthony's lawyer, Charles Greene, invoked his client's Fifth Amendment rights over sixty times keeping her from answering questions that related in any way to the 2008 death of her young daughter. Greene refused to allow Anthony to speak to whether she had ever claimed to have known a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez. He also would not let her answer a question related to her criminal trial in which her own defense attorney, called the person known as "Zanny the Nanny" a figment of her own imagination, one of Anthony's many imaginary friends.

Greene told the court that Anthony would not be answering any of those questions because they would be used against her in a still pending criminal case. It is likely that a hearing will be held to determine if a judge will compel Anthony to answer the questions as posed or not.


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