Santa hasn't been that good to Casey Anthony this year -- he's decided to bring her another lawsuit. This stocking full of coal is in the form of a defamation suit filed Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's decomposed body in the woods 6 months after her disappearance. Kronk claims that he was defamed by Casey's defense team, citing that her lawyers used language like "Roy Kronk is the killer", "Roy Kronk is a childsnatcher" and "Roy Kronk is guilty" to help defend their client.
He's now seeking punitive and other damages, and I hope he gets everything he's asking for.
Because this was such a highly publicized case that drew the entire nation's attention, I think Kronk has every right to seek restitution. He never got a retraction from Casey's team so it makes sense that he's still pretty bitter about the whole experience. Even if he allegedly claimed he'd get "rich and famous" after finding Caylee's body, it doesn't mean that he doesn't have a chance to get what's owed to him.
Even though Casey Anthony was acquitted, she and her legal team are still culpable for any mistakes they made while mounting their defense. I don't think you can just go around willy-nilly accusing people of killing babies, so Kronk likely has a shot at getting some compensation for their carelessness.
And giving up money is something Casey should get used to -- Kronk isn't the only person who's filed a lawsuit against her. Zenaida Gonzalez has also sued for defamation since Casey once claimed that a woman with that name had kidnapped Cayley. Casey had made up the woman and the name, but there was a real Zenaida Gonzalez, and she's none to pleased by the reference. A search and rescue team is also suing Casey, claiming they spent over 100 grand on their fruitless efforts.
It will be interesting to see what Casey, who's rumored to be pitching an interview to a network that will pay her $750,000, will be ordered to fork over if the judge sees it Kronk's way. No matter what the outcome, though, it doesn't change the fact that countless people were hurt and damaged by Casey's trial, not the least of whom was Caylee.
Do you think Klonk deserves damages?
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