Casey Anthony Files For Bankruptcy

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Jan. 27 2013, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy on Friday.

The filing in the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court came on the same day two of her convictions for lying to law enforcement officials during their investigation into the death of her daughter, Caylee, were thrown out.

In 2011, Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her two year-old daughter in a trial that riveted the country.

Responding to the bankruptcy filing, the attorney representing Zenaida Gonzalez in her defamation case against Anthony called it nothing more than a delay tactic.  But, said Matt Morgan, "we are not deterred and will stay the course."

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Anthony's Chapter 7 Bankruptcy filing listed $1,084 in personal property and $792,119.23 in liabilities.

And she provided a fascinating list of nearly 100 people and companies who have claims or possible claims against her.  They include her former attorney Jose Baez for $500,000, the IRS in the amount of $68,540 and the Orange County (FL) Sheriff's Office for $145,660.21. Her own parents are listed without a specific amount.

"This is the next step towards closure for me," Anthony told CBS affiliate KPHO.

Of the now-stalled Gonzalez trial, she said, "These are the things holding me back. This is the key for me to move forward."

Charles Greene, the civil attorney defending Anthony in the Gonzalez lawsuit, told the station "Casey hoped the case would be over in January. This has been an ongoing battle for close to five years. Emotionally and physically, she can't go on for another year. She needs a clean slate from a financial perspective."

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The goal of the bankruptcy is to give Casey a fresh start financially, said Greene, who added she has no financial windfall projects pending.

"There are no contracts, no movie or book deals," he said.


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