Casey Anthony

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Casey Anthony had a small win in court on Tuesday.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge K. Rodney May ruled that two defamation suits which were filed against Anthony will proceed in his court and not in the Orange County Circuit.

The Tampa judge heard both sides' arguments, but ultimately decided to have the lawsuits handled federally per Anthony's attorneys' requests.

Zenaida Gonzalez and Roy Kronk are both suing Anthony for defamation. The two cases were being processed in Orange County but came to a screeching halt after Anthony filed for bankruptcy protection in January of this year.

Anthony had filed that she had $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in debts stemming from attorney's fees.

Gonzalez claims that the 28-year-old ruined her reputation after telling detectives that a nanny by the exact same name as Gonzalez had kidnapped her daughter, Caylee, in 2008.

At the time of the original criminal investigation, Gonzalez was questioned about her involvement with the disappearance.

It was only until the murder trial that Anthony's attorneys told jurors that the story about the nanny was entirely fabricated.

Kronk, the meter reader who discovered the toddler's body in a marshland merely miles from the Anthony family home, had also filed a separate lawsuit.

He claims that his name was tarnished after Anthony's attorney Jose Baez incorrectly implicated him in the little girl's death.

While both wanted their cases to be heard in the local court, Anthony's attorneys have argued as to whether or not the suits are dischargeable claims due to her bankruptcy filing.

Jude May said that Anthony appears to be "destitute" and questioned if it was worth it to spend both time and money on claims that could ultimately be dismissed because of bankruptcy.

Gonzalez and Kronk have been given 21 days to file support for their claims with the judge.

If in fact the claims do get the greenlight to be heard in bankruptcy court, a federal jury could potentially be left to review the case.

Howard Marks, Kronk's attorney, has said that his client will be filing claims shortly in bankruptcy court and that they will also ask to depose Anthony herself.

This is just the latest in a string of court appearances for the closely guarded brunette.

Anthony was originally acquitted of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter and has remained a controversial figure ever since.

She currently resides in Florida and has remained largely out of the public eye since she was released from jail in 2011.

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