Updating a story we brought you earlier this month, Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy proceedings will stay in Tampa despite objections by her creditors to move the case to Orlando.
According to the Associated Press, Anthony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Tampa, saying that she lives there now and has not returned to Orlando since her murder trial’s conclusion.
“She has no interest in returning to Orlando,” said Anthony’ lawyer David Schrader told the AP.
Anthony lives in hiding and still receives threats since she was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, according to her attorneys.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May ruled against a motion by one of Anthony’s creditors to move the case to Orlando, saying that Tampa’s location was not an inconvenience, as more than half of Anthony’s creditors do not live in either place.
In most cases, a Chapter 7 filing is made in the bankruptcy court in the jurisdiction where the debtor resides or has resided for the last 180 days. Anthony obviously has extenuating circumstances, which needed to be resolved in court before her case could proceed.
In her bankruptcy filing, Anthony listed 80 creditors, with debts mostly related to legal, medical, psychiatric and forensics consulting or services. She is also a defendant in several civil lawsuits, including one for defamation, according to the filing.
It is likely that most of Anthony’s debts will not be discharged through bankruptcy, as they include money owed for criminal restitution, court fees, and fines and penalties.
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