Casey Anthony could earn quite a sum for her life story, but despite bankruptcy and nearly $800,000 owed to creditors, she’s not interested in selling.
The trustee in charge of solving Anthony’s financial woes wants to auction the rights to her life story to help settle accounts, but her lawyers, and Anthony herself, are fighting it. Additionally, we reported last month that one bidder has already offered her $10,000 to keep the story buried forever. The trustee says more such offers are in the queue.
Anthony was acquitted in 2011 over the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, and owes a majority of that $800,000 to her defense attorney. Currently, she owns less than $1,100 in assets, hence why Anthony’s trustee will meet a federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday to see about selling the rights to her life story at auction.
Stephen Meininger, Anthony’s Tampa-based bankruptcy trustee, says that selling her story is her best chance of solving her financial woes. Her attorneys, on the other hand, think it’s a terrible and unprecedented idea.
“The Trustee does not cite any law to support his contention that he can sell ‘property’ that has not yet been created,” wrote two of Anthony’s attorneys in an April 4 court filing. “The Trustee’s Motion also creates a slippery slope that would have dangerous repercussions far beyond the scope of this case.”
They take it a step further, into the existential: “This is a terrifying Orwellian prospect that would destroy the long-standing protections guaranteed by the Bankruptcy Code.”
Anthony’s “life story” would apparently include more than just the Caylee Anthony murder trial. You’re looking at a possible history of childhood abuse, becoming a single mother, the case itself, and her life afterwards adjusting to being the “most hated person in America.”
The lawyers argue that Anthony’s very thoughts, memories and experiences would technically belong to whoever purchases the rights under the bankruptcy filing’s plain wording, meaning that she could face legal action for even speaking about her past through email or social media.
What do you think? Should Casey Anthony consider selling her life story to settle her bankruptcy issues, even if it means effectively surrendering her entire life up to this point? One thing seems certain: Though she has been acquitted, she’s definitely not free.