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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Anthonys' lawyer asks to cancel depositions in defamation suit

Sarah Lundy Sentinel Staff Writer
February 25, 2009

An attorney for George and Cindy Anthony wants a judge to stop the couple's depositions that are scheduled Thursday in the defamation case involving their daughter, Casey Anthony, papers filed Tuesday show.
Brad Conway wrote in the request that the attorneys for Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez — the woman suing Casey Anthony — intend to "annoy, embarrass and oppress" the Anthonys. The depositions are open to the public, therefore reporters can attend.
Casey Anthony, 22, told investigators that a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez at Sawgrass Apartments disappeared with her daughter, Caylee Marie, in June.
Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Caylee, whose remains were found blocks from her family home Dec.11.
Conway said George and Cindy Anthony have been under emotional stress since Caylee's death and their daughter's arrest, and have sought counseling."They should not be subjected to additional publication of personal information while they are still grieving deeply," he wrote.
Conway pointed out that the information sought by Fernandez-Gonzalez's attorneys from the Morgan & Morgan law firm can be obtained through written questions. Another option is to delay the interview until after a May hearing on whether the case will be dismissed.
This request was filed the same day Fernandez-Gonzalez asked the court to allow her more than $15,000 in punitive damages.
According to a motion filed by her attorney, Keith Mitnik, she deserves the money for damage to her reputation, loss of her job, public humiliation and severe emotional distress since Anthony talked about a nanny with her name kidnapping her child...

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