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Casey Anthony: Attorneys to Argue Over Rights to Life Story

April 9, 2013

A The bankruptcy trustee handling Casey Anthony's case will argue Tuesday afternoon why he should have permission to sell her life story to help pay her debts.

Anthony's attorneys have objected to trustee Stephen Meininger's proposal, calling it an invasion of her rights and "private thoughts."

Meininger filed a motion last month arguing that Anthony's story is property and an asset, which could be sold to pay off the more than $790,000 she owes others, including criminal defense attorney Jose Baez.

Anthony, who claims she's been unemployed since being acquitted in 2011 in her daughter's death, filed for bankruptcy early this year.

In his legal filings, Meininger said he believes there will be interest in purchasing Anthony's life story. He noted he's already received a written offer for $10,000 -- to prevent Anthony or others from publishing or profiting from her story in the future.

Meininger said he would entertain higher bids.

Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys have opposed Meininger's motion, stating in their own legal filing that it "should be denied because the 'property' that the Trustee seeks to sell does not exist."

Anthony's attorneys say Meininger's motion creates a "slippery slope that would have dangerous repercussions far beyond the scope of this case."

"Perhaps more troubling, the Order sought by the Trustee would result in the judicial invasion and taking of thoughts and memories that have not been memorialized but are contained solely within the debtor's mind," Anthony's attorneys stated.

The hearing, which will be held in Tampa, is slated to begin at 2 p.m.


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