Casey Anthony's attorneys are asking a federal bankruptcy judge to let their client avoid answering questions under oath.
If the judge denies their request, Anthony may have to answer some tough questions. Attorneys representing a woman suing Anthony for defamation want to query Anthony October 9 in a sworn deposition about her actions during the search for her missing daughter in 2008.
Zenaida Gonzalez claims she was harassed and threatened by people in her Florida community after Anthony devised a fictitious nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez-Fernandez -- also known as "Zanny the Nanny" -- and accused her of kidnapping Anthony's daughter, Caylee. Anthony later stood trial for first-degree murder in her daughter's death, but she was acquitted.
In court documents filed Friday, Anthony's attorneys ask for a protective order that would bar their client from being forced to give a deposition, because they believe the defamation lawsuit lacks any merit.
Her attorneys also argue that, if the judge rules against them and allows the deposition to proceed, Anthony should be granted certain "safeguards." These precautions include allowing Anthony to answer questions remotely instead of in-person. They also want any recordings of the deposition to be sealed from the public, and argue that Anthony shouldn't have to disclose certain information, such as where she has lived since her murder trial ended.
This isn't the first time Anthony has tried to avoid this deposition. In December 2011, Anthony invoked the Fifth Amendmentin an attempt to get out of it. However, Matt Morgan -- the attorney representing Gonzalez in the defamation lawsuit -- told HLN last monththat he believes Anthony will have to break her silence this time, because he believes she will no longer be allowed to use the Fifth Amendment to shield herself from the upcoming deposition.
Morgan wouldn't comment directly on Friday's filing, but he did say, “Zenaida Gonzalez is on a quest for justice. She wants Casey Anthony to be held accountable for her actions as any civil defendant would be.”
A jury acquitted Anthony on July 5, 2011, of all charges related to her child's death, but convicted her of four counts of lying to law enforcement. She was sentenced to four years. With credit for time served, she was released on July 17, 2011.