Casey Anthony won a small victory in bankruptcy court as a judge decided to move the cases to federal court instead of keeping them within the state. Anthony claims she is completely broke and has significant debt stemming from the 2011 trial in the death of her daughter, Caylee.
Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk are each suing Anthony for defamation. Gonzalez claims that Anthony ruined her reputation by telling detectives that a nanny with a similar name kidnapped Caylee in 2008. Anthony used the fictitious name "Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez" when questioned by police.
Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's body, claims that Jose Baez, Anthony's attorney, falsely implicated him in the little girl's death. Kronk had to hire his own attorney in order to battle the allegations brought against him during the trial.
"It's been hard on Roy to be made out to be a target of this activity," Kronk's attorney, David Evans, told The Orlando Sentinel, "to make him out to be a villain when all he did was find Caylee's remains and report it to law enforcement."
Kronk no longer works as a meter reader, and Gonzalez has struggled to find work as well. They brought suits against Anthony, who then filed for bankruptcy, claiming that she owes approximately $800,000 to various collectors. Judge K. Rodney May described Anthony as "destitute" and ordered that the cases be presented before a federal court.
May also questioned whether it was worth the time and effort to continue with the lawsuits, given that Anthony has filed for bankruptcy. There is a chance that the suits could ultimately be dismissed because of Anthony's lack of funds and inability to pay.
Anthony's attorneys told the Sun Sentinel that they were "pleased" with the ruling. Their client did not attend the hearing, and none of the lawyers spoke about where she may be. Anthony has been in hiding ever since being acquitted of her daughter's murder.