Lee Anthony and his attorney Thomas Luka arrived at the mock courtroom at Morgan & Morgan law firm at 8:45 a.m. this morning in preparation for his deposition in the case against his sister, Casey Anthony.
A press release from earlier today gives us some insight:
Casey Anthony’s brother testified in a deposition Friday that a Florida woman wasn’t Caylee Anthony’s babysitter, lawyers said.
Zenaida Gonzalez of Kissimmee, Fla., has sued Casey Anthony for defamation, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported. Anthony, now charged with killing her daughter, told police when she reported Caylee missing in July that she had been kidnapped by a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez.
Lee Anthony spent about three hours answering questions but refused to respond to some, lawyer John Morgan said. Morgan plans to ask a judge to order him to answer all questions.
Anthony and his lawyer refused to talk to reporters as he left, the Sentinel said.
Gonzalez is seeking compensation from Casey Anthony, saying that she lost her job and was forced to endure public humiliation because of publicity about the case and her supposed role in it, the newspaper said.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
Members of the media were not allowed in the 16th floor mock courtroom where the deposition was to take place.
More than a dozen news cameras captured Lee Anthony and his attorney, Thomas Luca, going into the room and continued to film through the glass as the two sat down. Neither of the men spoke to reporters.
Lee Anthony, who was dressed in a pair of jeans and white polo-type shirt, sat with his arms crossed and avoided looking at reporters.
Soon after, Gonzalez and her lawyers entered.
The media was moved into the law firm’s lobby, about 50-feet from where the deposition was taking place.
Morgan & Morgan law firm is video-taping the deposition.
Luca had said earlier that if the media was allowed in the room where the deposition took place, he and his client would leave.
From Hal Boedeker “The TV Guy”:
Television couldn’t relay what Lee Anthony was saying in a Friday deposition.
Nevertheless, he was the top story on the noon newscasts of WFTV-Channel 9, WESH-Channel 2 and WKMG-Channel 6.
Anthony sat across from Zenaida Gonzalez, who is suing his sister, Casey, for defamation. Gonzalez says her life was ruined when Casey Anthony linked her to the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter.
WFTV’s Kathi Belich noted that the deposition was continuing at noon and that it had started late because of confusion about whether an attorney for Casey Anthony would attend. He didn’t.
WKMG’s J.R. Stone noted that Lee Anthony wasn’t talking to the press, but the station showed him during the deposition sitting with his arms folded most of the time or briefly fiddling with his hands.
The deposition was being recorded, and Belich said reporters hoped to see it later today.