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May 18, 2009

Judge To Consider Motion To Dismiss Zenaida Slander Case

Posted: 03:49 PM ET

From CNN affiliate WFTV.com

A judge will consider a motion Tuesday to dismiss the Zenaida Gonzalez slander case against Casey Anthony. Casey originally told detectives she thought a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped Caylee.

A woman with the same name is suing Casey for slander in civil court. Detectives haven't been able to prove Caylee ever had a babysitter named Zenaida.

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Avery   May 18th, 2009 5:54 pm ET

I think Zenaida Gonzalez should be compensated because her reputation was wrongly tarnished and she lost her job because of Casey Anthony's negligence. But for how much?


Judith   May 18th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

I agree with you Avery.If she's not then her lawyer should take it to another Judge.


TCB   May 18th, 2009 6:44 pm ET

The Nation is watching! ZFG deserves to have her name cleared, and receive compensation i.e., punitive, lawyers fees.

If this Judge considers dismissing , wonder what he/she would site the reasons? One can not rationalize why this particular ZFG nor deduce if in fact she is the one implicated. However, with the facts found in discovery, she indeed is the ONE Casey decided that would never be found.

The Anthony's Depo w/ Morgan did not indicate whether she was or was not, Cindy Anthony, your cute, but not that cute. What was that?
Incoherent ramblings of a loose cannon, that refuses to end the charade, and admit to the perpetrating the lie.

Go Morgan, continue to seek justice for this lady, challenge all the way to the top if need be.

Not only is the world watching, Caylee Marie DEMANDS justice !


Deb R   May 18th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

I personally feel that this case should not be dismissed as this poor woman has more than likely seen a side of our justice system that she never should have been exposed to due to her unique name of Zenaida and that was the name that Casey gave to the investigators. I am a firm believer that there are way to many "stupid" lawsuits being filed everyday, but this is not one of them.


Barbara   May 18th, 2009 7:08 pm ET

I believe and so does LE that Casey got Zenaida's info. from Sawgrass Apt. application...Casey and the Anthony family will try to implicate innocent people...I hope the judge does not rule against this case. Maybe it will stop them from trying to point fingers at the innocent if they thought there could be slander law suits against them...The grandparents cursed out the lawyers of Zenaida at their depos and were so disrespectful the grandparents have no integrity at all. Now they are trying to come across "as softer" on TV, but we already saw their true colors and certainly have seen Casey's time and time again...theough tapes and pictures, tons of them, not just one as Cindy stated...it shows Casey's character: before -during- and after Caylee "went missing.."


The W.O.   May 18th, 2009 8:43 pm ET

I wish her every success in her case.
The sooner someone puts a stop to these pigs and their slandering the better..


Wayne Berkstresser   May 18th, 2009 11:17 pm ET

Larry this case is so sad, what a sharade game this family has been
playing from the begining! Im beyond sick with this.Is there any other sane person out ther that believes Little Caylee died accidentaly and soon after George figured out what his daughter was now facing,"criminal charges " then the "two" of them( Casey & George} comenced to a crazy cover up that only an ex cop and a deranged daughter could muster! Poor Mrs Anthony
took a few more weeks to figure out what was being hidden and why.Would'nt
they all be better off to step forward now and admit what really happened!
Would we all not respect that a little more ? Do they think thier going to get off scott free?? stop playing games Wayne b.


Verna   May 19th, 2009 12:18 am ET

This is such a tragic case, my only intention is to block it out. Caylee was such a beatiful child, its still hard to comprehend that she was murdered. On that, I rest my case –hopefully justice will be served.


Jessica   May 19th, 2009 2:51 am ET

I can see where Casey got her lying from. Is there anyone in that family that can see the forest through the trees. I thought George was being honest in the beginning but I think Cindy got to him. It's just really sad. Little Caylee is the one who has been robbed from all of them.The true Cindy came out during her depo. Gum chomping low life! She cares about other people missing children? That is a joke. Now that Caylee is no longer with us, she is the one that has been thrown under the bus from the ones that were suppose to love and protect her. They know their daughter did this. I have thought long and hard about this. I have 2 sons and if I knew one of them harmed their child it would be hard but, I would tell them that even though I loved them. I would not lie nor protect them. That it is time they tell the truth. Lee sat in Tony's car and told him how much Casey lies, then turns around in his depo and says he believes everything his sister says. How would they feel if she got off and she had another child and harmed that one because she got off on this one. Poor Caylee having to be born into such a family. I think the only one that truly wants to be truthful is George and I really hope I'm right about that. I just think that the way Cindy is he's afraid of losing the rest of his family. Cindy your daughter is the way he is because of you! You really need to do the right thing by Caylee, stop pointing the finger and stop lying. If I was Jesse Grund I would be filing a lawsuit against you and if I were the police, I would arrest you for tampering with evidence and perjury. Who would wash a pair of pants that smelled like a dead body?You could also be arrested for intentionally lying to the FBI and the police. Not to mention everything that came out of your mouth at the depo was a LIE and you know it!!! SICK ! SICK! WOMEN!


Jessica   May 19th, 2009 3:02 am ET

One more thing ZFG should not only win her lawsuit but she should file one against Cindy. She knew there was no baby sitter by that name. If she believed there was then she is a worst Grandmother than I thought. I would certainly know who was watching her and where she lived and her phone number. What if Casey was in a serious car accident? Maybe you would get off of work early one day and pick her up to save your daughter money. It's all a crock and everyone knows it. Your not fooling anyone on your TV interviews either!


michelle   May 19th, 2009 11:50 am ET

This is the worse case i ever heard on the news. not only does my heart break for this little girl's life lost but for the grandparents. i know they care for the daughter but they are in complete dinal that there daughter could do such a thing. we americans all think that the daughter is guilty and commited this crime. If i could ask caysee one question it would be if you did kill your daughter , did you not know the were other ways you could of found peace . Like god for example . and if your relationship was so bad as you tell people with your mother. all you had to do was talk to both your parents. read a bible and pray .


Pete   May 19th, 2009 1:54 pm ET

Sawgrass Apartments should be liable for releasing personal information from the applicants. Did they ever hear of Privacy in regards to personal information.?


Barbara   May 19th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

Just in from Orlando Sentinel:
Haleigh Cummings father wants the ANTHONY FAMILY to stay away!
Ronald Cummings to Casey Anthony family: Stay away
Ronald Cummings, father of missing 5-year-old Haleigh Cummings, said he wants help from everyone "except Cindy and George Anthony."
Ronald Cummings begged the public for help to find his missing 5-year-old daughter Haleigh Cummings in a video released last week on his lawyer's Web site.But today he amended that message - he wants help from everyone except Cindy and George Anthony."The family of Ronald Cummings, father of Haleigh Cummings, wishes to make it clear that they do not want any involvement by George and Cindy Anthony in the continuing search for Haleigh Cummings," according to a news release issued by the Kimball & Snider Law Firm, which represents Cummings."The Anthony's have their own agenda, as witnessed by their recent media tour. The facts relating to the death of Calee (sic) Anthony, which resulted in the first degree murder charges against Casey Anthony, are in no way similar to Haleigh's disappearance," the release said.


Barbara   May 19th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Haleigh Cummings father made a statement they want "George and Cindy to stay away from them", you can read entire article on Orlando Sentinel website!


Barbara   May 19th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

Eyewitness News found out that her lawyers are trying to keep Padilla's statement a secret.

VIDEO REPORT: New Insight Into Possible Motive

George Anthony told investigators he last saw Caylee alive Monday, June 16 as she left with Casey, who he thought was going to work.

It was the day after Father's Day and the day after witnesses say Casey and Cindy had a terrible fight over money that Casey allegedly stole from Cindy's mother.

Padilla, who had bonded Casey out of jail in the past, says George's story is not true. Eyewitness News reporter Kathi Belich talked to Padilla on the phone Tuesday.

Kathi: "George says he saw Caylee the next day."

Padilla: "She didn't leave the next day like George said."

Kathi: "Oh, you think George is lying about that?"

Padilla: "I know he is, yeah."

Kathi: "How do you know that?"

Padilla: "Because Lee says so."

Kathi: "What did Lee say?"

Padilla: "Lee says she left that night. She was upset and took off with the baby."

Kathi: "Lee actually told you that and you told investigators that when you were questioned?"

Padilla: "That's correct."

Leonard Padilla says Lee told him Cindy tried to choke Casey on Father's Day and that's when she took off with Caylee.

Eyewitness News learned Cindy Anthony denied that ever happened and Casey's defense team wanted to keep incriminating statements from Padilla and his associates a secret, claiming they were working for the defense.

Padilla says they were not and says after he bonded Casey out of jail, she did not seem desperate to find her missing toddler.

"It's almost like there was no daughter. There was no daughter missing. There was nothing to be concerned about," said Padilla.

Jose Baez is expected to depose one of Casey's friends on Thursday. Then, on May 28, Baez will be back in court to try to get a jail videotape thrown out that supposedly shows Casey's reaction as she watched the discovery of Caylee's remains play out on Eyewitness News.

JUDGE: CIVIL CASE AGAINST CASEY CAN MOVE FORWARD

Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman who is suing Casey Anthony for defamation, won her court battle Tuesday in a motion hearing that started just after 10:30am.

Casey Anthony's lawyers tried Tuesday to have a defamation suit against her tossed out, but a judge ruled the civil case can move forward.

The case was filed by Zenaida Gonzalez, a woman with the same name as the nanny who Casey claimed took Caylee. Gonzalez says because of that claim her life has been ruined.

COURT HEARING: Watch Raw Video | See Images
VIDEO REPORT: Civil Suit Moving Forward

Circuit Judge Jose Rodriguez had some words of caution about Casey's refusal to answer most of the written questions Zenaida wanted her to answer.

One of Casey's attorneys, Jonathan Kasen, attended the 30-minute hearing to convince the judge to throw out the defamation case.

"They never established the individual in question, his client, and Mr. Morgan's client is that individual who was allegedly disparaged or defamed," said Kasen.

"The court as you mentioned, in January 2009, sought to have a, to split the baby if you will," he said.

"No, I was not splitting any babies," replied Judge Rodriguez.

Zenaida Gonzalez' attorneys convinced the judge to add the possibility of punitive damages to the case, arguing the damage was done when investigators questioned Zenaida after Casey's story about last seeing Caylee with a woman of the same name at the Sawgrass Apartments.

"That was the defamation to her," said Zenaida's attorney Keith Mitnik.

Casey has waffled on whether the Zenaida Gonzalez who is suing her is the one who took off with Caylee.

"Our client said, 'I don't know this lady, never heard of her, never babysat for her. I don't know what you are talking about,'" said attorney Keith Mitnik. "It's troubling that she resists answering that question. Why do you think? I don't know. I don't know whether she wants to keep her options open. I don't know."

Casey's attorney could not rule out that she could use Zenaida as a defense.

"I think that's speculative," Kasen said.

The judge is allowing Gonzalez's attorney's to seek punitive damages.

"If there are two statements that are opposite, it becomes a question of fact for the jury," said Judge Rodriguez.

George and Cindy Anthony were inside the courtroom for the hearing along with their attorney Brad Conway, but Cindy and George were not so light-hearted when they left, after things did not go Casey's way.

Lee Anthony disputes what George Anthony said: Leonard Padilla says Lee told him Cindy tried to choke Casey on Father's Day and that's when she took off with Caylee.Eyewitness News learned Cindy Anthony denied that ever happened and Casey's defense team wanted to keep incriminating statements from Padilla and his associates a secret, claiming they were working for the defense.Padilla says they were not and says after he bonded Casey out of jail, she did not seem desperate to find her missing toddler."It's almost like there was no daughter. There was no daughter missing. There was nothing to be concerned about," said Padilla.Jose Baez is expected to depose one of Casey's friends on Thursday. Then, on May 28, Baez will be back in court to try to get a jail videotape thrown out that supposedly shows Casey's reaction as she watched the discovery of Caylee's remains play out on Eyewitness News.


Marilyn   May 20th, 2009 10:59 am ET

I just saw on HLN (headline news), the release by the Cummings family attorneys for the Anthony's to stay away from the search for Haleigh Cummings. Whoever encouraged the Anthony's to try and take this path is as much a nutcase as the Anthony's. It's been proven over and over that all they have done in regards to their own granddaughter, Caylee's, investigation was to DERAIL it. I'm sure law enforcement handling Haleigh's disappearance would really not want the kind of help the Anthony's have brought.


Cindy Martin   May 23rd, 2009 4:27 pm ET

I just dont see how anyone could murder her child if she didnt want the sweet precious child she should of let someone raise her and go on with her life.` if she was jealous of the grandparent's affection toward Caylee then let someone else adopt her


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