Attorney Anthony Fifth
July 15, 2011 by USA Post
Attorney Anthony Fifth, Casey Anthony will appeal her conviction on four counts of lying to detectives investigating the disappearance of 2008 and the death of her daughter two years old Caylee, according to a notice filed Friday by lawyers for criminal defense. Meanwhile, Anthony is scheduled to give sworn testimony Tuesday in a defamation suit after her civilian lawyer on Friday not to obtain an order blocking the videotaped deposition.
But Anthony cannot answer any questions. In her motion to stop the statement, the lawyer Charles Greene said Anthony probably assert their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by the state of the criminal case.
A Florida jury acquitted a 25-year-old Anthony on July 5 to kill Caylee, whose skeletal remains were found in a forest near the Anthony family home after a search of five months.
Anthony was convicted of misdemeanor charges for lying to detectives searching for her daughter, then lacking. Among other lies, said Anthony left Caylee in June 2008 with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, in an apartment complex in Orlando.
Anthony was sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison on four counts of providing false information to a police officer.
She will be released on Sunday after receiving credit for time served awaiting trial and good behavior.
Tuesday’s deposition was carried out by lawyers for a woman named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, who says her life was ruined by Anthony’s argument that a babysitter kidnapped Caylee with that name.
The libel suit was filed in 2008 but suspended during criminal proceedings. Fern? Ndez-Gonz? Lez lawyers this week asked for an emergency order to force Anthony to appear in the tank, telling the judge they were concerned that disappear after their release from prison.
Greene responded with a movement of emergency protective order, arguing that Anthony was emotionally and mentally exhausted by the criminal prosecution of seven weeks and have not had time to prepare for her defense in the defamation case.
At a hearing in court Friday morning, Greene immediately asked Judge Jose Rodriguez for a conference of private banking.
When it was over, Rodriguez announced he would resign from the case and adjourned the hearing. Neither Greene nor Keith Mitnik, representing Fernandez-Gonzalez, who talk about what happened in private discussion with the judge.
Mitnik said Anthony deposition is still on.
“What took place today, in my opinion is now going to leave prison and have to wait and see if it appears,” said Mitnik.
The criminal is the State of Florida v. Anthony, Circuit Court Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, No. 48-2008-CF-15606-0.
For the prosecution: Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton.
For Anthony, Jose Baez of the Baez law firm.
The defamation case is Fernandez-Gonzalez v. Anthony, Circuit Court Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida, and No. 08-24573-CA.
For Fernandez-Gonzalez: John Morgan and Keith Mitnik of Morgan & Morgan.
To Anthony: Charles Greene of Law Offices of Charles M. Greene.
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