Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Casey Anthony's civil attorney deposes Zenaida Gonzalez

Lawyers finished questioning Zenaida Gonzalez 12 hours later in a deposition for the civil suit filed against Casey Anthony.

The woman claiming Casey Anthony ruined her life remains was in the hot seat, answering questions under oath.

A judge ordered the deposition finish the same night. It ended 12 hours later.

Casey Anthony's attorneys said the lengthy questioning was to find out the truth.

For the first time in years, a tired and worn down Zenaida Gonzalez stood in front of microphones and the media just after finishing the deposition.

"I'm looking for closure, I want to clear my name. I'm looking forward to the next step," said Gonzalez.

Attorneys for Gonzalez and Anthony showed up at the Morgan and Morgan law firm in the Wells Fargo building downtown just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.

After the depostion, they called it pointless and just an attempt to wear her down.

During an afternoon break, Anthony's attorney pulled us aside to tell us how the day of questioning was going.

Greene said there wasn't any bombshells or big break throughs in the questioning.

Despite a few breaks, the woman who is suing Anthony for defamation has spent all day answering questions.

Greene said there were some answers he liked and some he didn't.

When asked if he asked Gonzalez if she was being paid to sue Anthony, he wouldn't get into specifics.

Earlier in the day, attorneys on both sides said things were civil and there hadn't been any arguments.

In the middle of questioning, we were able to ask Greene if the deposition was a success.

"The goal is to win this case and we are well on the way," Greene said.

Gonzalez brought a lawsuit against Anthony in September 2008.

She claims Anthony ruined her reputation when Anthony told police a woman by the same name had kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony sat for her deposition already, though she didn't say anything except to invoke her 5th amendment right.

“I'm sick of Casey Anthony getting special treatment. Not having to face civil justice,” said Keith Mitnik.

Mitnik, a Morgan and Morgan attorney, lost a court battle to delay Gonzalez's deposition until after Anthony actually answers the questions.

“Why won't she answer the questions? She's the plaintiff. She has a burden of proof. Just sit down Ms. Gonzalez. Stop running. What are you hiding from?” asked Greene.

Greene went on the offensive against Gonzalez for trying to delay the case.

In recent court filings, Greene laid out that he wants to know:
If Zenaida is being paid by the Morgan law firm
If she's seen a psychiatrist
How much money she actually wants as damages in this case

There is a hearing scheduled next month where both sides will argue about whether or not Casey should be required to answer the questions from last month’s deposition or whether she has the right to take the 5th amendment.

The case is scheduled to go to trial next April.

By Adam Longo and Jaqueline Fell, Team Coverage

Source: Central Florida News


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