Lawyer seeks to sell Casey Anthony's story

March 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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TAMPA, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- A man has offered $10,000 for the rights to Casey Anthony's story to keep her from any future profits, a lawyer told a bankruptcy court in Florida.

Allan Watkins, who represents Anthony's bankruptcy trustee, asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May in Tampa for permission to sell the rights, the Orlando Sentinel reported. In a court filing Monday, Watkins said the sale involves "the exclusive worldwide rights in perpetuity to the commercialization of Anthony's life story."

Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She filed for bankruptcy in January, reporting $792,000 in debt, including $500,000 to Jose Baez, the lawyer who represented her in the criminal trial, and almost no assets.

In court papers, Watkins said James M. Schober, the man who has offered $10,000 for the rights, is not interested in publishing Anthony's story.

"Mr. Schober's stated intention is to acquire the Property in order to prevent Ms. Anthony or others from publishing or profiting from her story in the future," the lawyer said.

Watkins suggested auctioning the rights to the highest bidder.

When she filed for bankruptcy, Anthony said she has not worked since her release from jail a few weeks after the trial ended. She said she has been surviving on handouts from relatives and friends.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found months after she disappeared near the house where she and her mother lived with Anthony's parents. Anthony, who waited for a month to report her daughter missing, later said she was accidentally drowned in the swimming pool and she reluctantly agreed to her father's demand to hide the body.

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