A bankruptcy judge in Tampa says he will rule within 30 days on if a trustee in the Casey Anthony bankruptcy case can sell Anthony's life story rights as a means to help pay off her outstanding debts.
Judge K. Rodney May said Tuesday that his is skeptical that the request by the bankruptcy trustee could be used "as an injunction dressed up as a sale." May added that his initial thought is that it could be too restrictive on Anthony as she seeks a fresh financial start.
Trustee Stephen Meininger wants to set up a potential auction for "exclusive worldwide rights" for Anthony's life story. Meininger presented a motion Tuesday trying to receive permission to set up a potential auction for Anthony's life story. In court filings, Anthony lists about $792,000 owed to several dozen creditors.
So far, bids received on the rights to Anthony's life story have reportedly been $10,000 and $12,000. Trustees are investigating if Anthony had an offer to sell her story after Anthony said under oath last month that she had not received or discussed with agents any offer for her life story. If Anthony lied, her defamation case would continue and a judge could decide she doesn't deserve bankruptcy relief.
"She does not want to sell anything she just wants to be left alone and return to being normal," said David Shrader, one of Anthony's bankruptcy attorneys.
When asked by Local 6's Tony Pipitone if Anthony wants to sell her story in the future, Shrader replied, "And bring all this attention back on her? Why would she want to do that?"
Anthony's attorneys said Tuesday the court can't force her to sell her thoughts and memories, not tangible property.
"Well basically property of the estate is a material, physical thing," said Deborah Ferwerda, Anthony's bankruptcy attorney. "Her observations, memories, impressions are not a physical thing they're only in her head."
Trustees are supposed to obtain as much money as they can from Anthony before is allowed to be forgiven of her debts.
Judge May on Tuesday also denied motions for the attorneys of Orange County meter reader Roy Kronk and Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing Anthony for defamation, to question Anthony under oath. But the judge said the defamation cases should be resolved before he decides on the bankruptcy discharge.
Now 26, she was acquitted of murder in 2011 in the death her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Anthony has never told her side of the story, despite intense media scrutiny. She said last month that she was unemployed and hasn't received any money to tell her story.
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