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Sunday, Apr 23, 2017
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Casey Anthony seeks to block bankruptcy sale of life story

TAMPA - Casey Anthony doesn’t want her “life story” sold to pay off creditors in her Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. The request by a trustee overseeing the case is “an unprecedented invasion” of privacy, according to a motion filed Thursday by Anthony’s lawyers seeking to block the plan. Trustee Stephen Meininger asked Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell the "exclusive worldwide rights" of Anthony's life story in a motion filed March 15. Anthony, 26, was acquitted of murder in 2011 in the death her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The case led to intense public interest and scrutiny during the three-year investigation and ensuing trial.
Meininger has said he believes Anthony’s story has value and should be auctioned to the highest bidder. However, Anthony’s lawyers called the plan an “Orwellian prospect” and violation of her rights. According to Anthony’s motion, such a proposal would require her to create something that doesn't exist and violate the purpose of bankruptcy, which is to create a fresh start. The motion also said the proposal could bar Anthony from ever discussing her life. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January in federal court in Tampa, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court papers list her as unemployed, with no recent income. During a meeting with creditors March 4, Anthony said she was unemployed and hasn't received any money to tell her story. She said she is living with friends and that those friends — and strangers who send her gift cards and cash — help her survive.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.