Can Casey Anthony Be Forced to Sell Her Life Story in a Bankruptcy Case?


Florida murder acquittee Casey Anthony is opposing a Chapter 7 trustee’s request to sell her life’s story as an “unprecedented invasion” of her “private thoughts and First Amendment rights,” her attorneys say. Bankruptcy trustee Stephen Meininger asking Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell “the exclusive worldwide rights in perpetuity to the commercialization of Anthony’s life story,” says the Orlando Sentinel Meininger argues Anthony’s story is property, an asset like any other that has value and could be sold to pay her numerous creditors. Anthony’s legal team disagrees: Her story “exists solely within [Anthony’s] mind.” The lawers call the proposal “a terrifying Orwellian prospect that would destroy the long-standing protections guaranteed by the Bankruptcy Code and [ ] the United States Constitution,” and “create an administrative nightmare.” Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her infant daughter, filed bankruptcy in January, listing more than $792,000 in debt. Her largest creditor is her criminal attorney Jose Baez, whom she owes $500,000. She declared less than $1,100 in assets.

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