January 27, 2013 in Nation/World

In brief: Anthony files for federal bankruptcy

From Wire Reports

Tampa, Fla. – Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.

Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court in Tampa.

Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County sheriff’s office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.

Lesbian spouse joining Army club

Durham, N.C. – Ending a controversy that highlighted the unequal treatment of gay spouses in the military, an officers’ spouse club at Fort Bragg, N.C., has offered full membership to the lesbian spouse of a U.S. Army officer.

Ashley Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, said she would accept the offer to join the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses. Broadway said she was “overjoyed” that the group had added sexual orientation to the nondiscrimination clause in its bylaws.

The spouse group rejected Broadway’s membership application last year, citing her lack of a military ID card.

Broadway has said she was rejected because she’s a lesbian. Earlier this month, she rejected an offer of “guest membership” in the spouse group. The group said she would need an ID card for full membership.

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