Casey Anthony has been doing her best to hide from the spotlight since she was formally acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie, in 2011, but that may be changing soon. According to her lawyer, she "could become a paralegal."
While many speculated that Anthony would cash in on her newfound fame by signing a book deal about her experiences, she has allegedly been facing a tremendous amount of debt and is reportedly looking to start a new career. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Anthony, who owes approximately $800,000, filed for bankruptcy at a Tampa court late on Friday.
The publication reported that Anthony currently only has $1,084 to her name. Anthony disclosed that figure because she is being sued by Zenaida Gonzalez, a Kissimmee woman who alleges that Anthony defamed her, because during the nationally-publicized murder case Anthony told friends and relatives that she had left Caylee with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez, who investigators quickly discovered didn’t exist.
An attorney representing Ms. Gonzalez said that he believed the bankruptcy was an attempt to delay the proceedings. "This most recent filing appears to be yet another calculated delay tactic. We are not deterred and will stay the course," Morgan told reporters on Saturday.
But Anthony’s attorney, Charles Greene, has tried to counter that perception by portraying his client as someone who is simply trying to get her life back on track.
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Speaking to ABC News, Green described Anthony as someone who “believes strongly in our justice system” and constitutional rights.
“I think she may be the type that ends up trying to work within our system to make our system better rather than being a person who's trying to break it down,” Greene said.
Greene added that he thought Anthony would make a great paralegal due to her intelligence and previous trial experience, referring obviously to her murder trial.
“I truly believe that she has a lot of skills,” Greene said. “She's better than many paralegals I know. She could be a paralegal or something like that right away.”
Anthony’s list debts include $500,000 in attorney fees stemming from her trial; $145,660 for the Orange County Sherriff’s Office to cover investigative fees and other costs during the investigation; a $68,540 tax debt for the IRS; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, reported the Daily Mail.