“Casey Anthony will be forced to answer questions about what happened to her daughter Caylee, more than two years after being acquitted in her murder.
The questions will come in a deposition scheduled in Tampa on October 9. It’s related the ongoing civil case regarding Zenaida Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is suing Casey Anthony for defamation, saying her life was ruined when Casey told detectives her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez in 2008. Anthony later admitted to lying, and there was no such nanny.
This deposition will be the first time Anthony will be under oath, which means she cannot plead the fifth or remain silent as she has in past depositions.
“There is no option, when you are being deposed your attorney can make an objection but you have to talk, there’s no option to stay silent or plead the Fifth in this particular set of circumstances,” said Matt Morgan from Morgan and Morgan Law Firm.
Morgan is representing Gonzalez in the defamation case. They are hoping to get answers as to how Gonzalez got dragged into the investigation.
This deposition will go to a judge who will decide whether Gonzalez’s case is dis-chargeable, which her attorneys have said it is.
“We believe that it’s not because it was an intentional act and the judge will make a final decision,” said Morgan. “We hope it’s going to reveal the truth of what happened and how Zenaida got drug into the circus in the first place.”
Anything revealed in the deposition will be public and could eventually be heard in court.
Legal Analyst Mark NeJame of Mark NeJame law said any and every relevant question about Caylee’s death will be asked in the deposition. He hopes what he believes is the truth will come out.
“I’ve always believed this is pre-meditated, first-degree murder,” said NeJame. “How she weaved the set of facts into Zenaida Gonzalez being the nanny is relevant because all of that would be a part of the parcel of the apparent lie that was told.”
Still NeJame thinks this will be a difficult case for Gonzalez to win, and that this will probably be the first of many depositions for Anthony.
“She is between a rock and hard spot at this time, she needs and will be required to answer the questions, and if she doesn’t she’s going to have hell to pay,” said NeJame.
Being under oath Anthony faces perjury charges if she lies, a crime she’s been charged with before.
We reached out to Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene and he had no comment as of Thursday afternoon.
Caylee Anthony was found dead six months after she was last seen alive. Casey Anthony was acquitted of her daughter’s murder in 2011, but she faces ongoing civil cases against several parties, including Gonzalez and the search group Texas EquuSearch.