Anthony's attorneys want new venue for trial

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  • Casey Anthony's defense wants a change of venue from Orange County, Florida
  • Anthony is being sued for defamation
Anthony's attorneys want new venue for trial

The judge in the Casey Anthony defamation case says she will issue her ruling on the defense's request for a change of venue at a later date. Anthony's defense attorneys want the case be moved out of Orange County, Florida, because they say their client can't get a fair trial there.

The motion for a change of venue was the primary issue in a short hearing Tuesday morning. Anthony’s attorney Charles Greene suggested the trial be moved north of Orlando, saying there is too much bias against his client in Orange County, where her highly-publicized murder trial took place.  Zenaida Gonzalez's attorney Keith Mitnik says they are fine with a venue change, as long as the defense pays for the costs.

Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation. She claims she was harassed and threatened after Anthony blamed a fictitious nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez-Fernandez, also known as "Zanny the Nanny," for kidnapping her daughter, Caylee.

In July 2011, a jury acquitted Anthony of all the charges connected to her child's death, but found her guilty on four counts of lying to law enforcement. She was sentenced to four years in jail, and released 12 days later with credit for time served.

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