Judge to rule on Casey Anthony testimony

Dec. 8, 2011 at 8:23 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Florida judge said Thursday she will decide by the end of the year whether Casey Anthony will have to answer questions fully about her daughter's death.

Orange Circuit Judge Lisa T. Munyon heard arguments Thursday from both sides in Zenaida Gonzalez's defamation case against Anthony, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Gonzalez claims Anthony ruined her name when she told investigators in 2008 a woman by the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.

John Dill, Gonzalez's attorney, argued his client was questioned for hours and answered every question asked, while Anthony invoked the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more 95 percent of questions asked of her during her deposition.

"How long is she going to get the benefit of the doubt on these rulings?" Dill asked the judge. "All we want is more complete answers to these questions."

Anthony's attorney, Charles Greene, said Gonzalez's claims are not legitimate, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.

"I would say their decision to do [the deposition] all in one day was favorable to us because as the day went on, Ms. Gonzalez' memory became dimmer and her deception became clearer," he said.

Anthony was acquitted on charges related to her daughter's death in July, but was convicted on four counts of lying to investigators.

"I will do a written ruling," Munyon said after the hearing. "Don't expect a ruling until the end of the year."

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