The Tampa bankruptcy court had its first meeting with the high profile Casey Anthony case this week. After concern over the possibility of a media circus it was ruled that the case would be handled in Tampa and not transferred to Orlando, as requested by her attorneys.
Appearing publicly for the first time since being acquitted of murder charges, Anthony presented herself to court with help over her massive debt load.
The Defense Debt
Casey Anthony was acquitted in July of 2011 on charges related to the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. Citing she has been living with friends, has no transportation and relies on unsolicited gift card donations to get by, Anthony plead her case to the judge in her 50 minute court hearing.
Having filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in January, Anthony listed only $1,000 to her near million in debt liabilities. Her filing petition reported a total of $792,000, $500,000 of which is said to be owed to her defense attorney. Anthony also owes money in relation to her defense case to three other creditors. However, only one of her creditors that showed up to the hearing, the attorney representing Anthony’s babysitter in a defamation lawsuit. Now being sued by the babysitter, Anthony’s attorney is disputing the allegations of defamation.