Casey Anthony, the infamous woman acquitted of murder charges in the death of her 2 year-old daughter Caylee in Florida in 2011, will emerge today to appear in bankruptcy court. Casey, who turns 27 later this month, is attempting to discharge her nearly $800,000 in debt in a meeting with creditors in Tampa, according to ABC News. Anthony is claiming a mere $1,000 in assets to offset her debts, with no income as well.
Central Florida News13 reports today will be the first time Casey Anthony will be forced to answer questions in court since her arrest for the murder of her daughter Caylee. Casey was never deposed in that case, and never took the stand in her own defense.
Today also marks the first time her whereabouts will be confirmed since her release from jail nearly two years ago. Anthony continues to live in hiding since she claims to still receive death threats.
Her creditors include former attorney Jose Baez, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, witness Roy Cronk and Zenaida Gonzalez. If she proves her insolvency today, she could wipe out all of her debt and potential debt from pending lawsuits.
One interesting facet in today’s hearing is that Casey, who’s own attorney admitted at the murder trial has a history of lying, could go back to jail if she does so in this case. Since bankruptcy cases are governed by federal law, if the judge finds she was not truthful when filling out the schedule of forms, she could face felony charges and be sentenced to prison.
Casey Anthony will be questioned today about whether she has a potential book deal or movie offer, as that could be considered an asset and she would not be allowed to file for bankruptcy.
If a deal comes after the bankruptcy is approved, Casey may keep the money. It is sometimes possible however, for creditors to go back to court and attach assets to pay debts that were previously discharged under bankruptcy law.
In November 2012, WKMG-TV out of Orlando reported that police never investigated Casey Anthony’s Firefox browser on her computer, focusing solely on Internet Explorer.
New evidence uncovered that on the day of Caylee's death, the Firefox browser history showed that someone at the Anthony household used Google to search for “fool-proof suffocation”.