Up until now, Casey Anthony has not answered even one question in the defamation suit of Zenaida Gonzalez. And lawyers for Gonzalez have had enough. Gonzalez, a mother of six, accuses Anthony of slandering her when the 23-year-old mother said Zenaida was the alleged nanny who abducted her daughter, Caylee.
Yesterday a motion was filed by Gozales' lawyers to force Anthony to answer all of the questions in the deposition. When Anthony initially filled out the questionnaire, the only item she wrote on the document was her name. She failed to answer any of the 17 questions asserting her fifth amendment right to not incriminate herself. Anthony's lawyer, Jonathan Kasen, thinks his client should be able to continue to invoke the fifth in the ongoing civil suit. Kasem believes every question in the written deposition is "inextricably intertwined" with Anthony's first degree murder case.
Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, agrees with Kasen. "Statements that are taken under oath at other hearings can be used against her" says Sax. Kasen and Jose Baez, Anthony's defense attorney, could be working in tandem, speculates Sax. Baez would certainly not want his client to answer questions like "Do you know who killed Caylee?" and "Were you involved in death of Caylee?"
Sax is surprised the Zenaida Gonzalez civil case has moved so quickly in the first place, "These things usually take years." But, says Sax, it's possible Gonzales' lawyer, John Morgan, has been bitten by the fame bug surrounding the highly publicized trial. "If he's the hero that gets her to answer the question which would essentially amount to a confession -- that's huge."
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|Robin Sax is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes against children. She is the author of six books, including "Predators and Child Molesters: What Every Parent Needs to Know To Keep Kids Safe". Robin lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, California.|
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