During a federal court hearing Thursday Oct. 17, Judge K. Rodney May decided to delay making a decision as to whether Casey Anthony will have to sit for depositions with lawyers representing Zenaida Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, a woman by the same name as the nanny Casey Anthony told investigators kidnapped her child, is suing Anthony for defamation. Attorneys for Gonzalez scheduled a deposition with Anthony for last week however, the deposition was put on hold after Anthony's lawyers filed a Motion for Protective Order.
It states Anthony should not be subjected to a deposition until after the next scheduled hearing on Nov. 5th. The judge will hear their Motion to Dismiss and decide if he will continue or dismiss Gonzalez's case.
Attorneys David Schrader and Debra Ferwerda told Judge May that the attorneys for Gonzalez scheduled the deposition without consulting with them about security concerns they have for their client, dates, times or a location.
Gonzalez's attorney, Scott Shuker said that members of Anthony's legal team kept advising him to call and arrange things with another member of the team and eventually referred him to Charles Green (Anthony's civil attorney). Green has not filed a notice of appearance for Anthony's bankruptcy case. Judge May reprimanded both sides saying he wanted to know what they have worked together to accomplish, adding he didn't want to know what they hadn't.
Once the judge was finished hearing from both sides, he called court into recess and retreated to his chambers. Before exiting the courtroom Shuker expressed his thoughts of the opposing counsel using expletive language. An argument including personal insults, resulted from this expression and consequently caused Shuker to leave the courtroom.
"Can you tell us why things got ugly in there today," asked reporter Holly Bristow. "You were there," Shuker replied. "Are you guys going to be able to work this out like the judge recommended?" asked Bristow. "Certainly," Shuker answered.
When attorneys Ferwerda and Schrader exited the courthouse Bristow asked Schrader about the heated exchange. Schrader's said, "I'm not sure. It was just heat of the moment. We'll resolve the issue together. We've never had problems before in this case. It was a little startling at the time." "We'll do as ordered by the judge and confer with opposing counsel after a cool down period," Ferwerda added.
By Nov. 5th attorneys from both sides have to agree on a select a time, secure location and whether or not a video record of the deposition will be filed with the court under seal. This is all subject to change however based on if Judge May rules on behalf of Gonzalez and allows her to proceed with her defamation case against Anthony that was filed nearly five years ago.