A bankruptcy judge will hear arguments next month on whether Casey Anthony should be compelled to answer the questions of attorneys for a woman suing her for defamation.
The hearing, set for March 4, follows a stalled Jan. 23 attempt by attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez to depose Anthony at the office of Cheney Mason, one of her criminal defense attorneys.
In a recent motion, Gonzalez's lawyers said Anthony refused to answer "numerous" questions during the deposition, with Mason repeatedly asserting her Fifth Amendment rights.
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Gonzalez's lawyers argue that's not appropriate, because Anthony's prosecution in the death of her daughter is over.
Gonzalez filed a complaint last year against Anthony's bankruptcy. She argues that Anthony was "willful and malicious" in damaging her reputation, so her defamation suit should survive.
Gonzalez sued in 2008 after Anthony claimed that a similarly-named nanny had kidnapped 2-year-old Caylee. Authorities ultimately determined the nanny didn't exist and the girl was dead.
Anthony was acquitted of murder in Caylee's death after a high-profile trial in 2011.
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