what’s in a name? Not “Fernandez”
I haven’t completely lost interest in the ongoing fallout from the Casey Anthony murder trial, which resulted in the surprising Not Guilty verdict earlier this year. Every now and then I get sucked back into the newsy-ness of the remaining civil lawsuits against Casey Anthony.
I’m particularly interested in the defamation lawsuit that Zenaida Gonzalez has brought against Casey via the prominent Orlando law firm, Morgan & Morgan. This lawsuit is becoming ugly as a result of Anthony defense attorney Charles Greene’s public statements that demean Zenaida Gonzalez quite badly.
Initially, Zenaida Gonzalez never signed up for being dragged into a national media maelstrom. It appears now she is enjoying the lime light.
For the first few days of the case, as the supposed nanny, she’d been under the microscope of the media as a potential suspect in the disappearance of Caylee. But, in no way was she a lasting suspect, nor was her involvement a theory in the case because the police were pretty secure about Casey’s involvement. After all, before you could say Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, Casey was behind bars.
It all started in July 2008 when Casey Anthony blamed her “Nanny,” a Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, as the one responsible for absconding with her daughter, the adorable Caylee Marie Anthony.
Caylee was about a month shy of her third birthday when her mother, Casey, went on the lam for 31 days without so much of a mention that anything untoward had happened to her daughter. When Casey needed a cover-story for Caylee’s whereabouts, she made up the Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez kidnapping story. We found out soon afterwards that story was a fantasy and Casey knew where her daughter was but refused to share any information.
As we know now, Caylee was already deceased while her mother partied, stole from friends she was living with, and basically thought she’d finally found “the Good Life” or, Bella Vita, as she had tattooed on her back.
When Casey told the police that her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, had taken Caylee 31 days ago, the Detective assigned to the case immediately followed up.
The Detective learned that a Zenaida Gonzalez had filled out a guest card at the Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed Zenaida lived and where shed’ dropped Caylee off into Zenaida’s care. The police interviewed the Zenaida who’d filled out that Sawgrass Apartments guest card. It was an odd coincidence that Zenaida had visited Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed she’d often left Caylee.
Zenaida denied knowing Casey. And, Casey, when shown a picture of this Zenaida Gonzalez, claimed she was not her nanny.
Sooooo, what’s the fuss, you might be thinking. Well, Zenaida was wrongly portrayed as a potential kidnapper and was in the glare of the media. And that, she claims, harmed her reputation and defamed her in the public.
The irony is she is now in the glare of the cameras constantly. Had she remained in the shadows, her name would have been forgotten within a week of when the police cleared her as a suspect – which they had done immediately, I might add.
But, we’re only human and Zenaida was looking at her chance appearance in the over-sensationalized Anthony case, as a cash cow.
When she hires the law firm Morgan and Morgan (who have a big reputation and bigger voices), they dove into the story and fast.
Morgan and Morgan had a grand time inserting themselves into the media driven soap-opera that had become a circus of many characters and clowns.
It never seemed to be about justice for Zenaida Gonalez. (But, it was a good bit of media attention for her and her lawyers.)
When they (Morgan and Morgan), video-taped George, Cindy and Lee Anthony’s depositions and released them to the media, it was a gold mine for them – the videos made the national news, and so did Morgan. The Anthony family was not at all liked by the populace and they were recalcitrant and harsh in the video depositions which made Morgan and Morgan smell like a garden of roses.
Fast forward to 2011 and the same Zenaida Gonzalez lawsuit is full steam ahead, but seemingly getting derailed by their own hubris.
Now we find out that this Zenaida Gonzalez does not have “Fernandez” in her name. Well, her lawyers used Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez in the civil lawsuit against Casey Anthony…. and no one corrected the media that she was not Fernandez-Gonzalez either. Everyone was led to believe that her full name was Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.
Is that deceitful? If not, it is curious.
Zenaida Gonzalez now says she doesn’t know why her lawyers put that name on the lawsuit. Could it be they thought their suit might get more attention if the names matched?
Zenaida claims she got unwanted attention as a result of being interviewed by the authorities in connection with this case, though she was never charged with anything. And now she is saying she wants an apology from Anthony. And now she claims that she wasn’t fired from her job – she quit her job.
The Casey Anthony case has always been about band-wagons – jumping on the band-wagon for the attention, payout, notoriety and national media attention.
Back in September, 2008, Zenaida filed her law-suit and shortly after appeared on Good Morning America (GMA), to announce it to the nation.
Her lawyer, John Morgan, was on the GMA show as well. Neither blinked when they referred to Zenaida using the middle name “Fernandez” as you can see in this ABC news story:
Though Fernandez-Gonzalez was cleared by police, she said she lost her job, cannot find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Anthony.
Fernandez-Gonzalez, a 37-year-old mother of six, said today on “Good Morning America” that she looked at an apartment and filled out a form at the complex where Anthony said she dropped off Caylee before she disappeared.
“I just went to look at an apartment and filled out an information card,” Fernandez-Gonzalez said in an exclusive interview today with “GMA.” “My suspicion is they probably gave her [Anthony] the information from the card.” The card included the names of two of her daughters and the make and color of her car, which is the same information that Anthony gave the police, said Fernandez-Gonzalez and her attorney John Morgan. Link to GMA Story: click here.
In every story and every appearance I have seen in relation to the civil law suit, the name Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, is referred to.
The Anthony’s knew this and they tried to point it out during their humiliating video-deposition in the civil lawsuit. No one really listened at the time.
I wonder if anyone is listening to the latest bits of intrigue?
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