Casey Anthony bankruptcy belongs in Orlando, attorney says

Published On: Feb 15 2013 12:52:57 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 15 2013 01:07:08 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Casey Anthony filed her bankruptcy petition in a Tampa court to "avoid undue media coverage' in Orlando, according to an attorney for the woman suing Anthony for defamation.

Zenaida Gonzalez is asking a bankruptcy judge to move the case to the court's Orlando division.

A hearing on the motion to transfer has been set for Feb. 26 in Tampa.

Anthony, acquitted in the death of her daughter, Caylee, filed for bankruptcy protection last month, claiming $792,119 in debt and only $1,084 in assets.

In his motion to move the proceedings from Tampa to Orlando, Gonzalez's bankruptcy attorney argued Anthony filing in Tampa was "forum shopping."

Gonzalez attorney Scott Shuker states in his motion that Anthony's attorney "indicated (to him) the Chapter 7 case was filed in Tampa only to avoid undue media coverage."

That, Shuker argues, is not sufficient to outweigh the inconvenience Gonzalez and other creditors face in being forced to argue the case in Tampa.

Gonzalez, who claims Anthony defamed her when falsely claiming a nanny with a similar name kidnapped Caylee, is one of dozens of potential creditors Anthony says may have a claim against her.

A meeting of those creditors is currently set for March 4 in Tampa.

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