Casey Anthony refused to answer deposition questions, motion claims

By Daniel Dahm, Managing Editor of ClickOrlando.com, ddahm@clickorlando.com
Published On: Feb 13 2014 12:48:23 PM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Casey Anthony refused to answer several questions in a recent deposition, according to a motion filed by Zenaida Gonzalez, who's suing Anthony for defamation.

[READ:  Motion filed by Zenaida Gonzaelz]

The deposition was held January 23 at the office of Cheney Mason, who helped represent Anthony during her 2011 murder trial.  Anthony was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

"First, the Defendant summarily refused to answer approximately twenty questions
without substantive explanation. When pressed for the grounds of her refusal, Defendant stated in various forms that she simply would not answer the questions," the motion stated.  "Second, J. Cheney Mason, Esq., additional counsel for Defendant, improperly instructed the Defendant not to answer specific questions posed to her on grounds of relevancy and/or the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination (the “Counsel Instructed Refusal."

It's not known which questions Anthony did not answer.  The new motion asks a judge to compel Anthony to provide responses.

Gonzalez is suing Anthony, who claimed in 2008 that a nanny with a similar name kidnapped Caylee, whose remains were later found in a wooded area near the Anthony family home.  Investigators later said the nanny was fictitious.  At Anthony's murder trial three years later, her lead attorney, Jose Baez, said Caylee drowned in the family's swimming pool.

Gonzalez claims being associated with the case ruined her reputation, prompting the civil lawsuit.

Since her acquittal, Anthony has been living in hiding.

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