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Casey Anthony served with subpoena in defamation case

Casey Anthony is expected to be released on Wednesday. She was sentenced to four years, but due to the three years she's already served, Anthony will not need to serve any more time.


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Casey Anthony was served with a subpoena to appear in court as part of an ongoing defamation case against her. 

According to the New York Daily News, the 26-year-old mom who was acquitted of murder in the death of her child was found in her hideaway in Florida by investigators who served her with the subpoena.

The defamation lawsuit stemmed from the murder trial when Anthony told authorities the girl was kidnapped by a nanny named "Zenaida Gonzalez," or Zanny.

The Huffington Post reported that Gonzalez said she had never met Anthony and was never a babysitter, and was in no way involved in the case. Gonzalez claims Anthony publicly defamed her and ruined her reputation by using her name in association with the toddler's disappearance and death.

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Gonzalez claims she lost her job and her apartment due to Anthony's accusations. 

The defamation case will begin first week of January in 2013. Anthony had thus far avoided making any appearances related to the lawsuit.

Anthony had been serving one year of probation on an unrelated check fraud charge. According to the International Business Times, Anthony had planned to leave the country once her probation term was finished. She will now have to stay and appear in an Orlando court for the trial. 

Anthony's attorneys asked that she not be forced to appear in court, according to the Denver Channel. They said she has received death threats since being found not guilty of murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. 

Gonzalez's attorney told People Magazine, "Ms. Gonzalez is happy to hear that Casey Anthony finally will be held accountable just like everybody else."

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