TAMPA - Attorney: Anthony hearing 'didn't smell right'
A verbal argument erupted in Federal Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, as an attorney accused Casey Anthony's counsel of improperly answering questions on her behalf.
Scott Shuker, who's representing Zenaida Gonzalez in a defamation case against Anthony, accused Charles Green of wrongly interrupting his questions during the hearing.
"You don't get to interrupt my questions, Mr. Green," Shuker said, as Green attempted to answer instead of Anthony. "You're not under oath. You don't get to do that. That's improper and you know it," Shuker said.
"Take a deep breath," Green said quietly. Shuker responded loudly by saying it's not about deep breaths, but about what's proper.
"Please put for the record that Mr. Green, who is not under oath, is trying to take over these proceedings and give answers to his client."
Shuker said Green was not listed as Anthony's attorney, and suggested he shouldn't have been at the hearing at all, let alone answering questions for her.
Outside the courthouse, Green refused to answer questions about Anthony and whether there was any kind of "secret deal" to sell her story.
Shuker and other attorneys representing creditors were trying to establish Anthony's financial situation. Anthony said she hasn't had any income since 2008, when she gave some photographs to her criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez.
"Do you have any knowledge as to whether or not he actually sold them?" asked one attorney at the hearing.
"Yes, he did," said Anthony. "To ABC for $200,000."
The lawyer responded, "And that money was used for your defense?"
"Yes, sir," Anthony said.
Shuker said afterwards that he was skeptical about Anthony's answers.
"From the smell test, it didn't smell right," Shuker said. "You have five attorneys there, none of whom are allegedly being paid. That's odd," he said.
Anthony repeatedly denied having any TV, movie, or book deals. When answering questions, she was poised and unfazed by the sometimes repetitive line of inquiry.
"I think she was well-coached," Shuker said.
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