During a contentious hearing in federal bankruptcy court the judge in Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy proceeding delayed his ruling on whether or not Casey Anthony should have to submit to a deposition. Previous media reports by WESH 2 were inaccurate. Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez are fighting to salvage their civil suit amidst Anthony’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Gonzalez had wanted to question Anthony last week, but Anthony’s attorneys filed a protection order against it. Currently, Anthony’s attorneys have a pending motion seeking to dismiss Zenaida Gonzalez’s lawsuit amongst others (i.e. Roy Kronk’s). That hearing will be on November 5th. Debra Ferwerda, Anthony’s attorney, argued that Anthony may never be deposed and shouldn’t have to face questioning, “without the court deciding if [they] even have a case.”
One of Gonzalez’s attorneys, Scott Shuker told the judge he was fine with waiting until after November 5th and even accepted all of the terms that Anthony’s attorneys put forward. “I don’t care if we take it in your chambers…I don’t care if we seal it,” he told Judge K. Rodney May.
Judge May seemed frustrated about the lack of communication between the two sides, “I don’t want to hear about what hasn’t been done…I want to hear how we can move forward.” At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled that he would defer the deposition issue until after he decides whether or not Gonzalez’s claim has merit, “We don’t need to set a deposition if I do dismiss.”
Shuker was agitated throughout the hearing and lashed out at Anthony’s attorney, David Schrader, afterwards. He called him a “bush league” attorney, slang for below standard, poor, pitiful, or awful. He also added, “You used to have a good reputation.” Shuker didn’t comment to reporters, out of character for Gonzalez’s attorneys, and just rushed past the reporters. Schrader and Ferwerda brushed off his outburst and expressed confidence about moving forward and if the judge should decide that there should be a deposition, they said they would figure out how to handle it.
Zenaida Gonzalez claims that she was defamed when Casey Anthony told investigators that a woman named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez kidnapped her missing 2-year-old daughter. Gonzalez faces an uphill battle, including the fact that Casey Anthony created Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez 2 years before the incident, the two share no similarities, and Casey Anthony specifically ruled Gonzalez out when shown a photo lineup. Roy Kronk, a meter reader, who discovered Caylee Anthony’s remains, says he was defamed when Anthony’s defense team said he moved the remains. He also faces an uphill battle, including the fact that he isn’t saying that Anthony defamed him, but rather her attorney’s did, whom he isn’t suing.