Casey Anthony Appears In Fla. Courtroom For Bankruptcy Hearing

1:44 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) -- Under orders to show her face at a bankruptcy hearing, Casey Anthony quickly made her way into a Tampa courtroom before 11 a.m. Monday.

She was led inside by her attorney Cheney Mason, who wrapped his arm around her. Anthony's long hair mostly obscured her face as they hustled inside. Neither Anthony nor Mason answered questions.

The brief glimpse of Anthony, who has been in hiding since she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony, may be all the public will see of her, outside of courtroom sketches.

That's because Monday's hearing in Tampa is in the federal courthouse, and cameras of any kind are not yet allowed in federal court.

That's why in some court cases, you'll see drawings by sketch artists on TV instead of video or still photos.

Anthony's new lawyer says there's been a $50,000 bounty on her head ever since July 2011, when she was found not guilty of killing her daughter Caylee. That's why she's been in hiding.

Safety concerns are also why the judge has allowed the hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday to stay in Tampa instead of moving it to her hometown of Orlando.

Anthony will be trying to declare bankruptcy. She says she has just a thousand dollars in assets and almost a million dollars in debts, with more than half of that from legal fees and court costs.

Zenaida Gonzalez and former meter reader Roy Kronk both plan to sue Anthony. They're fighting the bankruptcy, because if Anthony is successful in going bankrupt, they're worried they'll lose their ability to sue her.

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