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Casey Anthony Bankruptcy Proceedings Begin

March 4, 2013

A federal judge in Florida ruled Casey Anthony's bankruptcy proceedings would take place in Tampa Monday, denying a request that they be moved to Orlando.

Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of killing her daughter, Caylee, is being sued for defamation by Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez for falsely telling police a nanny with a similar name had kidnapped her daughter.

On Feb. 5, lawyers for Gonzalez filed a motion to transfer Anthony's bankruptcy case -- the result of which could cause the defamation case to be dropped -- to Orlando.

Anthony's lawyers had requested the proceedings take place in Tampa because she is in danger in Orlando due to public outrage over her 2011 acquittal, Tampa Bay Online reported.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May turned down Gonzalez's request.

Anthony filed for Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy Jan. 25 in Tampa, declaring assets of less than $1,100 and debts of more than $792,000.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2013

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