Good and bad news for Casey Anthony: bankruptcy filing done on same day two convictions thrown out
Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy protection, it was reported on Sunday. The filing, done Friday, came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter, Caylee Anthony.
In 2011, Anthony was acquitted in the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee. in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Tampa. The detectives were investigating the disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead.
According to the Chapter 7 filing, Anthony listed debts of $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for Jose Baez, her criminal defense lawyer during the trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs related to the case; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.
In addition, the filing notes the civil suits she is a defendant in. In particular, one has been brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in Orange County Circuit Court. While detectives were investigating Caylee's disappearance, Anthony told them that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped the two-year old.
Fernandez-Gonzalez claims her reputation was damaged by Anthony's statements. However, Anthony's attorney said Anthony clearly wasn't talking about Fernandez-Gonzalez, as details offered by Anthony to authorities did not match the plaintiff.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection differs from Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in that the creditors can liquidate the majority of a debtor's assets, except for those deemed "exempt" by state law. The two types are described as follows:
Chapter 7 bankruptcy comes under the liquidation category. It's called liquidation because the bankruptcy trustee may take and sell ("liquidate") some of your property to pay back some of your debt. However, you may keep property that is protected (also called "exempt") under state law.
There are several types of reorganization bankruptcies, but Chapter 13 is the most common type for consumers. In Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you keep all of your property, but must make monthly payments over three to five years to repay all or some of your debt.
Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
Although Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee, jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives; Her attorneys appealed those convictions. Anthony was sentenced to time served for those charges, which were misdemeanors.
Anthony was also sentenced to a year of probation after her release from jail for an unrelated case involving check fraud. Her whereabouts have been kept secret since she was released from state supervision in 2012, for her own protection.