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July 4, 2011

Casey Anthony's fate now in jurors' hands

Posted: 06:50 PM ET

By Ashley Hayes, CNN

(CNN) - Jurors in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial ended their first day of deliberations Monday without reaching a decision as to whether she is guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008.

Deliberations began after prosecutors completed closing arguments in the case and the panel received instructions from Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. He released the jurors for the day at 6 p.m., some five hours and 50 minutes after they got the case. They will resume deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder; aggravated manslaughter of a child; aggravated child abuse; and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could receive the death penalty.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and denies harming her daughter.

Prosecutors allege that the Orlando woman used chloroform to render Caylee unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. She left Caylee's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it, they allege. The little girl's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 near the Anthony home.

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Lynn McCaghren   July 4th, 2011 8:36 pm ET

The one thing I agree with most is the very stoic facial expression on Casey Anthony, and for the most part, also George.

To me, Casey is a very disturbed individual, possibly psychological disorders. Why? This is such a big question. Just because she was diagnosed as to her ability to stand trial does not address any illness she may have.

In all the pictures, witnesses and other presentations of Casey and Caylee, there is not one thing that shows or indicates anything other than a good mother and daughter relationship. Was she the perfect mother, no. Did she want to enjoy herself, yes. How many people have done both!? Multitudes, that is how many. How many have their children and grandchildren living with them, many. Grandparents are definitely guilty of providing for both. How many of those living with their grandparents go out and have a good time as often as they can, especially if they are young? Many.

If all of us really knew who Casey is it would be so much easier, but we do not. Has she been in therapy or had any psychological examinations? I do not recall hearing anything about this. IF she is guilty of any type of activity involving the death of Caylee, Casey should receive the full punishment under the law based on the type of crime perpetrated.


Cindy in New Bedford,Mass.   July 4th, 2011 8:46 pm ET

Didyou here from the Aunt? Its too bad the jury doesnot know the entire story. How are they to make a Just verdict? What a shame. And we live in U.S.A. If she doesn't get convicted shame on us! This system we have is not the greatest cuz if it were the jury would get the whole story and not just peices of it. How come we Know more of the story than the jury. All those sidebars, all those secrets, if I was on the jury I'd be asking WHY all the secrets? Why can't I just know the whole truth and base my decission on that? We all know she is guilty as sin and I hope they come back with guilty and life in prison. But it looked liked both sides were trying to hide things and thats why she'll walk or get a mistrial even when we know she is guilty as white on rice


Cindy in New Bedford,Mass.   July 4th, 2011 8:46 pm ET

she is guilty as sin!!!


DEE   July 4th, 2011 9:00 pm ET

After following this trial minute by minute, I really believe Casey put Caylee's diaper on, chloroformed her, and stuck her in the trunk for a night of partying. When she went to retrieve her, she was dead. Casey left her there.
When she went to try and bury her in the yard, her mouth wand nose were leaking fluids so she taped it up. Unable to bury her in the yard, she panicked, bagged her, and threw her in the swamp.


Marie bennett   July 4th, 2011 9:08 pm ET

I hope she get the hands of the law in full force. That is the only way caylee will get justice.


Terri   July 4th, 2011 9:18 pm ET

I have two questions: first, why did Mr. Mason not get thrown out of the courtroom after the big smirk and smile on his face as Ms. Drane Burdick was giving her Rebuttal? The judge already warned the attorneys of this, and stated that anyone else who displayed any other facial expressions while the trial was going on, would be ejected from the courtroom and Not be a part of this trial any further. So, why was he given a "pass"?? Why wasn't anyone paying attention when he did it, but paying very close attention when Mr. Ashton did it?? Mr. Mason should be Sanctioned or Fined, or something!! Second, how long has Ms. Drane Burdick been a prosecutor?? She was Fantastic today!!!! A big "Thank You" to the Prosecution for a job VERY WELL DONE!!!!!!


kim   July 4th, 2011 9:22 pm ET

I feel bad for the grandparents and uncle in this case. I had an open mind until I watched CASEY, day after day, looking at photos without blinking, laughing and flirting with her attorney and as soon as the jury came in, out came the hankie and pretend sobbing.
U think the grandparents will never get the answers they seek and will spend alot of years wondering, if the nanny was a fake, where was the baby dor a year and a half, everythime Casey told them she was at work, or was on a date, etc. Thsi will torment them as they oicture what this cild was put thru so that her mother could party with her friends, What a terrible shame


cathy   July 4th, 2011 9:44 pm ET

i don't think the jury will be able to find any sliver of innocence. the evidence is completely overwelming.


Annemarie   July 4th, 2011 10:47 pm ET

The question why IF what happened to Caylee was an accident, how come it wasn't reported to 911. I believe it is a simple answer to this question. Casey chloroformed Caylee in my opinion so she could go out and party. I don't believe she intentionally murdered her child. I believe this tragedy was an accident and the reason why Casey Anthony didn't call 911, because she chloroformed her child and went out to party came home drugged up and drunk found her daughter dead. Casey panicked figured if she'd call 911 they would find out she chloroformed Cayee so she could leave her alone without a babysitter and be arrested right away and convicted for manslaughter. So Casey maybe with her Dads help made it look like a abduction to cover up her stupidity. Regardless, accident or not Casey should be convicted put behind bars but not first degree murder.


Vicki   July 4th, 2011 11:06 pm ET

Hoping for felony murder at the minimum, but,, even if she get's the death penalty, what does that really mean ? So, she get's death, but sits on death row for 30 years with all the appeals?


Sands   July 5th, 2011 2:54 am ET

The jurors can't possibly see this as an accident!!! You don't give your child chloroform and leave her in the trunk of your car so you can party! You don't accidentally give your child a little or a lot of chloroform!!! You don't give your child a bottle of cough syrup and tell he/her to drink the entire bottle! There is NO accident here because you don't do these things.....You are a grown woman and you know you don't do these things! There is NO excuse for dosing or over dosing!!!! There is NO excuse for taping/bagging and throwing your child in the wood/swamps. Of all the places in Florida (and I use to live there) to hide a dead body that would never be found, you don't put it in the woods next door to your front door. Swamps and alligators – think about it! And if (which I do not believe) this was a pool accident as the defense claims, you don't turn it into a murder, you call 911.

Sands


Shay   July 5th, 2011 8:35 am ET

I have to smile at all the comments being made about Jurror #4 - you know, the church lady who said she "doesn't like to judge." From my experience, anyone who says that are typically the most judgmental of all. :-)


robbe   July 5th, 2011 8:52 am ET

Is this jury truly a group of casey's peers? No juror is her age or a highschool dropout, unemployed, an unwed mother, living with their parents, etc. What do these jurors have in common with casey that qualifies them as peers? Thanks, Robbe


Jamie Leila   July 5th, 2011 9:06 am ET

I wanted to ask if a rebuttal has EVER been done a day after!!? I feel it was done on purpose! Its not fair that the state got to go home and redo their rebuttal!! There was bias in this case. The defense was shot down ALL the time! She did not get a fair trial. Even at the end, the judge hurt Baez and gave the state the upper hand. Shame on him!! Ashon got to make faces and laugh the whole time, but a bystander went to jail for six days?? This should be a mistrial..I am so sad that justice hasn't preveiled..I am in tears. This is a life, we are talking about. The prosecutors got to cheat , thats why they did so well at the end! I hope Casey gets the lesser charge or a not guilty.
I want someone to respond to this. I watch every day and night.
Thanks :)


SUSIE DODGE   July 5th, 2011 9:14 am ET

I've been watching this since the begining as well and nothing has convinced me that she didn't do this. Jose Baez and Chaney Mason what are they all about?? All that hype about Mr. Mason as an reputable and experienced attorney; I don't get it. He acts like he's an actor. Talk about fabricating stories, most of the time neither one of them makes any sense. How about Casey stroking Jose's face after his closing argument???!!! Can't he get in trouble for that??? He's been duped. She deserves death.


Diane Sower   July 5th, 2011 9:36 am ET

Should a miracle happen and the jury find Casey not guilty, where will she go, and what will she do? She's never had to care for herself, has stolen money consistently from friends and family, and now, has burned her bridges with her family. She never graduated from high school, and has never been required to work. I'd like to see what her game plan is.


Rebecca   July 5th, 2011 9:44 am ET

Vinnie,

I am sure you have already answered this question but, why are cameras not allowed when the verdict is read? The entire trial has been live, what are the reasons for not showing the verdict live? Thank you for all you do.


Joanne Brown   July 5th, 2011 9:55 am ET

I have followed this case from the start . The lawyers on both sides all agree that Casey Anothony is very smart , so don't you find it strange that she would not remove the duct tape from her daughter's face before leaving her in the woods if she was the one that put her there . It is also strange that everything that was found leads back to Casey . That doesn't sound like a smart person to me . I have to agree there's something not right in this case .


Lori   July 5th, 2011 10:07 am ET

Even the name of the nanny, Zanny, indicates that Casey would drug Caylee! Zanny is the street name for Xanex I have said this from day one. I hope she gets the death penalty but I think at the very least she will get manslaughter, which would be an absolute shame.


Shelly in Minnesota   July 5th, 2011 10:29 am ET

I think by remaining quiet, sticking to her story about Zanny & a kidnapping, that Casey was hoping that the fate of Caylee would resemble that of the little British girl Maddy who went missing while her family was vacationing. Madeline's parents are not in jail, so Casey may have trying to achieve the same outcome. The problem is her chronic lying and not assisting much in the search for her own daughter. Personally I do find her responsible for Caylee's death whether accidental or intentional, she does deserve jail time. I don't want the death penalty for her, all the appeals will be very costly for the state. What she deserves is what will likely occur when the other inmates get their hands on her. Bet ya she sings like a songbird when life gets too uncomfortable for her.


Wendy   July 5th, 2011 10:29 am ET

WHY are they salen tickets for the virdict?


Melissa   July 5th, 2011 10:39 am ET

I've watched this case from day one and must admit as a mom I hold a bias of guilt towards Casey from the start. I think the prosecution team was outstanding and the judge is to be commended. I also heard the aunt on Nancy Grace and the Psychic's account of being at the site well before Cayle's remains were ever found because the police would not listen and that the Crunp guy was there with the psychics and also kept calling the police he thankfully just never gave up! It is shameful that ALL evidence cannot be used to truly tell the story!! It would have proved Casey's guilt beyond a shadow of doubt!!!! I became a mom at the age of 19, and at that time my life changed forever. I became a mother, my evenings were spent reading bed time stories, and preparing for the next day of work and providing for my family.


Shelly in Minnesota   July 5th, 2011 10:43 am ET

Jaime Leila,
I'm wondering if you watched the same trial as I did? Are you kidding me crying foul on the prosecution for getting to rebut the next day? If Casey's team hadn't purposely taken their maximized time allotted, the prosecution would've finished up the same day. I think Baez did that on purpose hoping that by the end of the day the jurors would be SO EXHAUSTED that they'd quit listening. Bad play on the Defenses part.
As for Baez getting shot down more often, I believe he was truly out of his league, and that's what happens when guppies try and swim with sharks. Proof of less than effective counsel is what happened here, but even if she had a defense team like O.J. Simpson, I don't think they could've done much better with a client like Casey.


cab   July 5th, 2011 10:51 am ET

Where would Casey Anthony live and with whom if she were found not guilty. Cindy and George? Her brother Lee?.


Shay   July 5th, 2011 10:53 am ET

I'm always amazed at people who think juries are judging a PERSON. They're not. They judging THE FACTS to determine whether a person did or did not do what they're charged with.


stephanie   July 5th, 2011 10:57 am ET

Well everyone remember, we all are innocent until proven guilty. NOT to say I believe she is innocent, however as the law states to the jury, IF there's resonable doubt.............. YOU CAN NOT find her GUILTY! And I personally think the defense did a phenomial job of creating reasonable doubt to this highly circumstantial case. The prosecution did the best they could with what they had as eveidence. THE ONLY thing that will CONVICT Casey if there's a bias jury, is her behavior and not reporting Caylee missing for 31 days, becasue there's really no evidence.The last 4 charges will come back guilty, that's a given. No child abuse or neglect was proven, and Casey (even though maybe psychotic and narsassitic) seemed to love Caylee. And nothing proved otherwise.So I would assume they'll throw out that charge. First degree murder has NOT been proven, throw out that charge. I see her possibly being convicted of Aggrevated Manslaughter or 3rd degree Felony murder. Baez did a great job for his client. With that being said, I think he's helped spare her life, at the least. WE WILL NEVER know what exactly happened to Caylee. Only that this family is very disfunctional and they all need help! All we can do is pray because only God and Casey truly know what happened to this precious child.

Stephanie in Texas


Katie   July 5th, 2011 10:59 am ET

The old lightbulb went off over my head when the prosecutor mentioned that Caylee was old enough to start talking clearly and could start exposing Caseys lies (there was no such person as Zanny). There is your motive folks .... that little girl could prove her mother was a liar and Casey had to get rid of her.


Sands   July 5th, 2011 11:03 am ET

To: Jamie Leila,

I don't care who is smiling, smirking and laughing in the courtroom...

If indeed this was an accidental drowning why would Casey allow all those people to search for her baby knowing all the time she was dead???? Why would she sit in jail 3+ years before then coming out with this new story, i.e. "Caylee really drowned in our home pool!"? Why would you allow your parents to run around like ducks out of water, spending money, money, money trying to find your baby when you already knew she was dead? Why would you wait until two months ago to bring this new story to the forefront? She is a liar on all stories she has spun!!!!

If this was chloroform gone wrong, "You don't give your child chloroform to begin with. Not in small amounts or large amounts!" Some of the comments relate to chloroform as being an accident! Question: How do you accidentally give your child CHLOROFORM? You don't!!!

Please people, do not give your child/children any type of drugs without a doctor prescription and don't abuse that prescription by over dosing!

Sands


Sandy Myers   July 5th, 2011 11:07 am ET

Questions never asked, If there was no Zanny, who was Caylee with all of the times she claimed that she was with the Nanny?


Reginia   July 5th, 2011 11:09 am ET

I agree with Jamie L! There was bias in this case. It seems the defense was shot down at every turn. It's very sad that we are guilty until we prove ourselves innocent. Ashton should have been thrown out after his display. It seems like everything was a joke to him.


Regina   July 5th, 2011 11:25 am ET

I agree with Jamie L! There has been bias in this case. It is very sad that we are guilty until proven innocent. With the prosecution laughing and making jokes? This is what our justice system is coming down to in this country? It makes me sad as well.


Lance in California   July 5th, 2011 11:26 am ET

George Anthony is an obvious liar. Being a police officer/detective for ten years and he was allowed to answer questions in court like that? He casts a lot of doubt for me. He acts like the car smelled of human decomp. but allowed the lot guy to throw the bag away quickly, he didn't call 911, he wasn't overwhelmed with emotion, calmly gassed the vehicle and even checked the turn signals and gauges before driving away. Then he gets on the stand at the end of the trial and now is a true blue police officer. He can testify that there was definitely that smell ! pffft! He clearly was evasive about the duct tape on the gas can and at the command center. Why? it's his flipping duct tape and he knows it. I didn't fall for the tears and the obvious timely dramatic weeping. (not many tears but a lot of dialogue about "needing to find something inside of me to help me get through this". Wow ! Clearly answering the question about the affair as "that's funny" ?? police officer/detective?? His girlfriend was very credible to me. IS DADDY DOING ALL OF THIS ON PURPOSE TO CAST DOUBT ON HIS DAUGHTER? OR IS THERE MORE TO IT??


D. B.   July 5th, 2011 11:26 am ET

First I think she is guilty however I'm wondering IF it were to be a hung jury, would a new trial start right away or how long would they wait to start another one. We want Justice For Caylee!


Jenny   July 5th, 2011 11:41 am ET

Yes Jamie Lelia What trial have you been watching???? Baez who is an attorney and went to law school got up there and lied in his opening statement about child abuse and Caylee drowing what eveidence did he put on to prove any of that ?? Nothing!! And thats fair to drag other peoples names through the mud like that. Also how many times did he try and throw evedience in there with out the prosection even seeing it?? What differance does it make if people were making faces, Baez had to be tolod over and over from the judge about the law. In my opioin he did this to try for a mistrial. I think the judge and the prosecution did a great job. Any attorney who has got thru and pasted the board should know the LAW!!!!


Michelle   July 5th, 2011 11:43 am ET

I think she had something to do with it but would have to acquit based on the evidence and too many unanswered questions (put emotions aside). Yes, I would find this to be another OJ trial...

1. A single hair with banding found in trunk but there was no correlation with hair found with remains? (Why were there not more if the hair composition were the same?)
2. Why would someone (a former police officer/detective) who had smelled decomp many times and who knew his daughter and granddaughter were missing drive the car (a possible crime scene) away from the tow yard, therefore possibly removing any signs of evidence and not call the police to assess the scene?
3. Absolutely no DNA of Caylee found on the duct tape but the FBI investigator's DNA was found on it from contamination. If the duct tape still had enough adhesive to grab her DNA was there no remnants of Caylee's DNA?
4. The prosecution did not provide any evidence showing that chloroform was made...no receipts of purchase for materials, no evidence of these products found in home or car, nothing.
5. Prosecution DID say they HOPE chloroform was used prior to her nose and mouth being covered with duct tape. Make up your mind. If she was being suffocated with duct tape, how would she inhale the chloroform after being duct taped? They do not know which is troublesome at best.

Much more to this story that is NOT being said. Too many holes to fill in without any evidence to do it with.


C.W.   July 5th, 2011 11:48 am ET

First and foremost, I DO believe that Casey is guilty. But if I was a juror, I would NOT be able to bring in a verdict of 1st degree murder. No death penalty. I am NOT agaisnt the death penalty, because I have been on a jury before involving the death penalty, and rendered a verdict of guilty, sentencing the individual to death. But, I feel that the defense has made the point about the forensic's validity. It does raise a reasonable doubt. We as a nation of the most outstanding forensic specialists, and they "can't" find ANY chloroform or DNA on the duct tape does raise a reasonable doubt.


kimberly   July 5th, 2011 11:48 am ET

I think she is guilty, but unfortunately the jury doesn't see or hear everything we do. If I were on this jury, During the prosicutions final closing argument, Jose Bias kept objecting and was overruled. I think this looks bad on the defense because its like what the prosicution is saying is true and he is trying to keep it out. I think objecting so much to things he as a seasoned attorney should know is admissable looks like he is trying to hide something.


Amanda   July 5th, 2011 12:00 pm ET

This woman is just as bad as Ted Bundy , on one hand kind , caring, and loving ,, and on the other hand a calculated killer... I hope they find her GUILTY


willie bee   July 5th, 2011 12:17 pm ET

What if there's a mistrial. Will she get off free of charge. What's taking the jurors soooo long


Midge BIllanti, Court Reporter   July 5th, 2011 12:22 pm ET

What about the journal that Casey wrote in regarding her .decision; that she had no regrets, and that the end justifies the means. This was dated June 21, and Caylee was last seen on June 16. Was this not an exhibit? I believe that the year was not indicated, but it speaks for itself and surely this shows intent and premediation.


tamie   July 5th, 2011 12:33 pm ET

They were just showing pictures of Caylee and I had seen on where she had a shirt on that read.. BeliClause.. maybe Cayseys tattoo was a memorial to Caylee.. belavita? has anyone looked in to that photo?
I just seen it on In session.. I know it may be too late but all avenues have not been met..


christine   July 5th, 2011 12:34 pm ET

you just stated on in session that casey will get time served if found guilty of lying to police.......my understanding is that she is serving time for stealing checks. that means indeed she still has to do time for the lying.


Chris   July 5th, 2011 12:42 pm ET

I have a question...did Casy Anthony ever 'explain' why she left her car after she ran out of gas-and never went back to get it? It was left there until it was towed and the parents were called to come get it. Do we know how long the car sat there before it was towed?


T   July 5th, 2011 12:45 pm ET

The reason it appeared the Judge sided with the Prosecution so much is because the Defence Lawyers were so inadequately prepared and kept stumbling over their own feet. Did Casey get a fair trail – well, I don't think her lawyers represented her very well at all. However, considering what they had to work with you almost couldn't blame their mistakes. I have a feeling Casey lied to them throughout the trail – anything to save her own butt – and as defence lawyers they had to take her at her word and work with it. Mr. Baez did a pretty good closing but, again didn't have much to work with. Now, did the Prosecution prove INTENT, I don't think so. I still believe Casey did not intentionally kill her daughter but, did cause her death via child abuse i.e. drug her to sleep so she could plan. I believe from the start Casey had the kidnapped story lined up and I believe she or someone else moved Caylee's body to where it was discovered and/or it came up after all the rains. I believe through out her life she has been a lieing controlling daughter which probably brought lots of turmoil in to this disfunctional family – that does not make the other members guilty of anything. I have known people like this and they can tear apart a family very quickly with their selfishness and lies. And I truly believe George Anthony was just finally through with it all – thier (his and Cindy's) lack of dealing with Casey earlier in her life has lead to the death of his granddaughter – I am sure he feels a lot of guilt for that. She is guilty of 1st Degree murder through child neglect but, I do not believe it was premeditated.


JoAnna   July 5th, 2011 12:54 pm ET

She is definitely guilty!!! I think she should get death penalty and it be carried out the same way as Caylee died, suffocation. That way she can experience what her daughter did!!!!!


Joanne   July 5th, 2011 12:55 pm ET

One possibility that I have not heard being discussed is that Casey was responsible for Caylee's death and it was an accident – but the death was so traumatic for her, and she knew that it would also be very traumatic for the entire family, that she couldn't face it. After the death, she panicked.The heartbreak and guilt were overwhelming, plus the fear of facing the legal consequences. She suffers from extreme PTSD (plus other issues) and continues to be in denial. She is not legally insane but needs treatment for PTSD (and the pathological lying, etc.). She has gone untreated and denies needing treatment because accepting the fact that she caused her daughter's death is too overwhelming for her. This doesn't excuse her behavior and pathological lying both before and after her daughter's death, but is this a plausible explanation of how this all could have happened? Trying to make some sense of this tragic case ...


julie in ohio   July 5th, 2011 12:58 pm ET

i think shes not the only person involved in this murder so many people moved the body how can they prove she did it their all guilty i think look at george too hes shady what if he did it and shes left holding the bag i feel casey has mental health issues due to her up bringing why were they keeping casey away from lee when she was pregnant i cant stop thinking about that why to many what ifs in her case i think of cindy somner looked like she killed her hubby but she didnt shes free now


olivia   July 5th, 2011 1:02 pm ET

hello yes watched the whole case DO NOT SEE PROOF DID NOT HEAR !!!!!! get off state your ALL sticking to one side way tooooo much very unfair defense did it for me. see nothing solid on state you seem to go with experience please state was ignoreant through it all.Parents lieing tells me how she is so messed up their is way to much holes in parents testomies they were so scripted it was unreal as much as it goes to casey could just as well go to father. get off him to feelbad PLEASE what an actor SUICIDE please found time for an affair but sooooo messed up come on!!!!!!!!!!! did they both LIE on stand or not What happens to them?


John G.   July 5th, 2011 1:02 pm ET

I've been wondering about the actions of Mr. Roy Kronk and if there exists any definitive statement from him concerning whether or not he actually saw Duct Tape around the skull as he was poking or prodding his gas meter reader probe through the right orbital eye socket of the skull or (if he did) during when he may have lifted the skull up off of the ground from it's original position, either directly off the ground of if the skull dropped from a bag ?

Would there be any statement of this to the Police Department when they must have questioned him? Also, from possibly the prosecutor's office or the defense attorney's office? Maybe I missed hearing this during the trial, but in any case, I don't think any big deal was made of this in the media. So I'm just wondering if anybody really knows? Thank you.


Marcy   July 5th, 2011 1:06 pm ET

I agree with you Diane Sower 100%. I don't think her family would let her live with them after dragging them through the mud. She may be the most hated person in America. If she does get off on the murder charge, she's going to have a hard time fitting into society again. She probably will not be able to find work because
1. no high school education
2. she's pled guilty to credit card and check fraud-I don't know how long that would stay on her criminal record-but it isn't good if she tries to get a job where money handling is concerned.

No one will ever want to be associated with her ever again because of this. She will live a very sad and lonely life.


jennifer   July 5th, 2011 1:17 pm ET

it doesn't matter if i think she is guilty or not, its what the state can prove beyond a reasonable doubt. If I was on trial, i hope it would take more then what the state of Florida have to convict me. She was convicted in the media, she really didn't have a chance. I hope this isn't a innocent woman that they are putting through hell.


Grace Smith   July 5th, 2011 1:19 pm ET

I think I've missed something although I've watched hours of trial coverage because I don't understand how/why it took from Aug. to Dec. for the police to actively respond to the meter readers reports of a small body found so close to the Anthony home! Everyone in Florida, if not the nation, was aware that Caylee was missing so the police in the area MUST have known. Why did they not follow through? There's a chance that if they had more evidence as to the cause of death might have been available. Did Mr. Anthony (Casey's father) have any connection to the police in the area? Wasn't he a police officer? There's more to the story than a young mother wants to party so she kills her toddler. The body was moved around that's obvious but why? To make sure decomposition was as rapid as possible and eliminate evidence? Casey's guilty but she's not alone in my estimation.


De'Anna Smith   July 5th, 2011 1:19 pm ET

I think Casey's father should be looked at closer; I do not think that she is100% guilty, I think the father had something to do with it and he is covering something up. He had too many 'I don't remember" responses when being questioned. Who is the baby's father, why has his DNA not been tested to see if in fact he did rape his daughter. Sick all the way around,


Michele   July 5th, 2011 1:25 pm ET

I believe that there is OFTEN NO EVIDENCE of sexual molestation. Ofter the child will NOT SAY ANYTHING and the molester KNOWS that. There is no evidence of it. and it later becomes a he said/she said and people don't believe you even though it really did occur..


Shay   July 5th, 2011 1:25 pm ET

De'Anna: Lee and George were both tested. Neither one is the father.


lisa w in oregon   July 5th, 2011 1:30 pm ET

The prosecution knocked it out of the park in raising two questions:

#1 – If it truly was an accidental drowning. why would anyone turn it into murder?
#2 – Whose life would have been better if Caylee were gone?

In the words of a famous judge (not on this network, if it doesn't make sense, then it is not true.


Darlene Euronis   July 5th, 2011 1:47 pm ET

I also believe this trial was bias. The prosecution was given one
whole evening to dramatize their rebuttal. To me the rebuttal took
on a theatrical quality and the pictures shown at the end a bit much.
This did not feel like a very serious trial to me. The state indicated
Chloroform was used as causing death, yet nothing said about
where Casey made it, did she have all the chemicals at her
disposal, or any sales receipts found for purchase of these
chemicals to make Chloroform. It also was never mentioned
whether Casey ever went in the pool with her daughter. This trial
seemed very staged, played the emotion card and really never
proved much of anything.


marguerite strong   July 5th, 2011 1:55 pm ET

I am sorry but we are talking about a 2 year old child who lost her life. She can not speak for herself but we can, somebody needs to pay for this child losing her life!


jea   July 5th, 2011 2:05 pm ET

I wonder if everyone would try this and see what you come up with.

someone has the person in your life that you love more than your self with a gun to this person's head and the person who holds the gun knows the answer to guilt or not. they tell you to chose which answer you believe guilt or not based on everything you heard in the case and your common sense and experiences with people that you've meet in your life and if you are wrong this person will die which would you chose guilty or not?


kalsee brouwer- minnesota   July 5th, 2011 2:08 pm ET

If she is found guilty the jury does not know at all what they have to think about in order to get a guilty verdict. they have to be convinced beyond a resonable doubt. a reasonable doubt is when you can not question anything, you know for sure everythings is true. how in the world can they know that if they don't even have a cause of death? this is not about a girl who is dead, yeah it's sad,but it does not matter at all at this point. the only thing that matters is if there is any doubt which there is a large amount of. I am also extremely upset with this broadcast. how can you say that this day and verdict is all about cindy and george? it has nothing to do with them at all. this is not their verdict. it is not there life at stake. this is not them being falsly convincted for killing her daughter she loved. this is not about them at all. yes they may be affected, but this is about casey and no one else. if it is guilty for anything, but lying to the police that jury is poorly unducated


Terry Dowling   July 5th, 2011 2:11 pm ET

I remember one important situation with George Anthony and Cindy Anthony and that is when George Anthony went to Casey's previous job she (SUPPOSEDLY) had and found out that she did not work there. This job was before the Universal job she (SUPPOSEDLY) had. When he got home and told Cindy she said he had no right to check on Casey like that and gave him an ear beating. What is so sad about that particular situation is the fact that if she didn't take up for Casey and walk on egg-shells around her, he may have checked about her Universal job she didn't have and perhaps.....JUST PERHAPS Little Caylee still may be alive if he checked into that job. God only knows what that child went through for two years when she took her baby with her everyday. What a very sad, sad situation. He was a wonderful Grandfather. He has been through hell and back.....the whole family has....BECAUSE OF CASEY.


Doug   July 5th, 2011 2:16 pm ET

Michele I agree with you, there is often no evidence of past molestation and it can come down to a he said she said and sometimes the only evidence can be inferred by changes in behavior.
Its unfortunate that if there is no evidence, according to the court, it did not happen.


Shelly in Minnesota   July 5th, 2011 2:29 pm ET

Biggest crock of crap! Not guilty of one crime associated with the death or disposal of her baby's body? Now watch, that little bitch will end up selling her story to the highest bidder and be rewarded even further! Now all we can hope for is that karma catches up with her. I pray she's infested by some horrible disease or perhaps as she steps out into freedom God strikes her down with lightening. What a farse!


BigJake   July 5th, 2011 2:30 pm ET

As I predicted, her family stepped in and helped save her once again.


Joan Isaacs   July 5th, 2011 2:30 pm ET

Goody goody for the OJ jury and their ignorant verdict! Now Casey can go call Tony, which is all she has wanted to do the whole time!


kandas   July 5th, 2011 2:31 pm ET

How can the jury even find her not guilty of all charges except for lying to a law enforcement officer. What is this world coming to? A baby killed and no one pays for it. An angel lost at the hand of her own mother and the 12 jurors and our justice system are going to let her walk free. Wow!


J in Michigan   July 5th, 2011 2:38 pm ET

OJSimpson move over!


Monica   July 5th, 2011 2:43 pm ET

What horrible injustice for little Caylee!! Casy murdered her daughter and how in the world 12 people can sit there and say not guilty is beyond me. There is no humankind justice in this society anymore. I guess a little girl that is found wrapped in a bag with duck tape is now considered by idiots of this society to not be murder. God will give justice to little Caylee and those responsible for her death (her lowlife mother) will be held accountable to the full extent of God's rule one day. No idiot human will be able to interfere with His final judgement and as a Christian I take comfort in knowing that He will make sure there is justice for Caylee and punishment to all involved in her murder and to the idiots that let the murderer go.


Ben S   July 5th, 2011 2:48 pm ET

I truly believe that this case was not right. She should of been found guilty of all counts. She should of had her case held here in Texas the "Death Penalty" works here.


Amanda   July 5th, 2011 2:49 pm ET

This is totally ridiculous. She go away with murder. She has destroyed her family and I hope they don't allow her back in their home. She will have her final judgement and that won't be Not Guilty


carmen feuer   July 5th, 2011 2:50 pm ET

Are you kidding me!!!!!!!..Not Guilty!!!.....We the jurors not listening?..I still believe she had everything to do with it...Iam Stunned!!!!


bella   July 5th, 2011 2:51 pm ET

Where will Casey Anthony go and do now? As many people think she is guilty as think she is not quilty...Her parents believe she killed her daughter/their granddaughter. They know they didn't. That is not something they can dismiss from their minds.

So what will Casey Anthony do with this life she has been given? I remember a guy in California who killed public officials and was acquitted...he committed suicide a year after his acquittal because no one would talk to him and his own quilt at what he did destroyed him.

Even if Casey allowed her daughter to drown by not watching her....the guilt should have kicked in at some point. She is not protecting anyone. What was that jury thinking...actually they were not thinking


destiny fulbright   July 5th, 2011 2:51 pm ET

there is no justice in this country whos gonna pay for caylees death? who? no one! they just let her go scott free. ! wow . what a shame now she can go off and have her life exactly how she wanted with out caylee. ! and she can have more kids now!


carmen feuer   July 5th, 2011 2:53 pm ET

She will live a lonely life...God Bless Little Caylee!!!


Jessica   July 5th, 2011 2:54 pm ET

I just cant believe these people did not find her guilty of anything. The child was in her care then shes dead in the woods. No one thinks thats at least child endangerment!! I mean really something.


Wayne Deja   July 5th, 2011 2:54 pm ET

Wow!!!!...Not guilty..Within a month,Casey will have a reality T.V. show,and be a millionaire.But one thing the defense team said was right,the so-called"television lawyers",aka Nancy Grace,Jane Velez Mitchell,THEY helped to screw up this trial,and allow this party-girl to walk.But,good thing is,Casey Anthoney will have a miserable life from here on out....even worse than O.J. had.


Disgusted American   July 5th, 2011 2:56 pm ET

Great job Jose - you just let a murder go free. And the fact that you couldn't even get through the press conference without breaking down shows that you KNOW Casey is guilty. I can't believe that having a daughter of your own you could defend this horrible person. And then to get on the "death penalty" is wrong band wagon - how disrespectful to the only victim in this case Kaylee. I don't know how you can sleep at night. May God have mercy on you.


gma   July 5th, 2011 2:56 pm ET

NO JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE!!!! The bottom feeding, scum sucking lawyers got her off....unblieveable. That jury was fooled by the smoke and mirrors. Another murdering, lying, slut loose back on the streets


Marie Benfatti   July 5th, 2011 3:04 pm ET

An unbelievably sad day for justice. It seems that a child's life has no value in our system of justice. I am heartbroken for Caylee.


S   July 5th, 2011 3:06 pm ET

I am disgusted by today's events! A murder was allowed to go free by 12 people who were snowed and lied to. The defense was allowed to skew facts and present issues that had nothing to do with the death of a defenseless baby. Just know that you Casey will always be known as a murderer....I hope u are haunted by what you have done.


Frederick   July 5th, 2011 3:07 pm ET

Ok all of you who said Casey Anthony should be found guilty get over it.Twelve of her peers(the jury) said not guilty,the only decent outcome and correct decision.Nancy Grace can not accept this decission but thats her through and through.No concrete evidence no conviction.


Lois   July 5th, 2011 3:11 pm ET

What a jaw-dropper. Where will Casey go now? Not back home with her parents surely. Not back to any of the existing boyfriends surely. Perhaps Jose Baez needs a nanny for his daughter and will offer her the job.


Regina   July 5th, 2011 3:14 pm ET

I am very pleased with the verdict


Don from PA   July 5th, 2011 3:18 pm ET

This does not mean she did not do this but only that the evidence in this case did not concience this jury. Maybe we are becoming too much of a CSI TV society. We need the big Got-Ya hard evidence. We have lost our ability to trust our common sense. When presented with these types of cases it appears we can no longer take that leap that common sense is telling us because we are now afraid – we believe there has to be some sort of test that would have caught the person. Where's our backbone any more?


Kel   July 5th, 2011 3:22 pm ET

I'm truly disgusted with what happened today. Not guilty? Seriously? I hope the jury doesn't do many interviews because they are the new hate of America. Way to go guys, you let a baby killer walk.


susan   July 5th, 2011 3:24 pm ET

how sad for little caylee that justice was not served..if casey anthony did not kill her, who did? she didnt put herself in a bag and duct tape her own mouth and jump into a field by the anthony home! these jurors were blind..why would the child have items including a winnie the pooh blanket, from the anthony home with her unless it was a family member..namely casey anthony..i cant help but think of the oj case...if the glove doesnt fit, you must acquit!!!


DeeCapp   July 5th, 2011 3:31 pm ET

I agree with Michelle and Darlene - they listed exactly those details I kept expecting the prosecution to provide. The evidence was not air tight. As much as I think Casey is culpable in some way for the death of her daughter, the evidence is not there and the jury was right to acquit. All the science was too easily refuted. The science of "scent" is too untested and unproven. The prosecution did not tie the circumstantial evidence together regarding the duct tape or the chloroform. The prosecution left too much to speculation and assumption and no jury should (although they often do) acquit based on speculation, assumption or personal belief.


susan   July 5th, 2011 3:35 pm ET

i would like to add a pss..it was mentioned that one juror had a cruise vacation scheduled to start on july 7th..had they found her guilty on the 2 counts that are death penalty counts, the jury would have to stay an additional few days for the sentencing..these people have been sequesterd for about 6 weeks or more and i am sure they wanted to go home..i believe this added to the finding by the jury rather than the evidence shown....


Lana   July 5th, 2011 3:48 pm ET

Wow, I can't believe the jurors found her not guilty of first degree murder or even child negligence or endangerment. Florida orange county law enforcement team next time make sure you get solid evidence to tie the person to the crime so prosecutors can prove their case your the reason Casey walked free on a first degree murder charge. Anyone who does not report their child missing for 31 days and lies about it telling everyone she's been kidnapped and body shows up dead has something to hide yes you killed your daughter Casey. May God have mercy on your soul because you know what you did and Karma is definitely coming back to you. You do not get to live in this world committing a horrible crime or act against his children or anyone without being punish by God and you like OJ have to live with it trust your conscience is going to eat away at you and send you in another direction of insanity. Hey to you jurors Caylee's is disappionted in you guys for letting her killer go free.


Sandy Myers   July 5th, 2011 3:57 pm ET

When Casey told her Mother and her friends that Caylee was with Zanny (and we know that there was no Zanny), where was she?


Lorie   July 5th, 2011 4:00 pm ET

I sincerely call upon all people to refuse to let Casey "OJ" Anthony reap one cent off the murder of her child. I am ashamed of the 12, blind people who have let her get away with dumping Caylee in the swamp to rot. This is a horrific example of how the American "justice" system does not work. Every piece of evidence was simply ignored. Are we to assume now that we can lie, we can have a car which reeks of decomp, we can not report our child missing for 31 days, we can lead thousands of people on a goose chase to find a missing child, we can throw her in the swamp to rot, AND THAT'S OKAY IN AMERICA???
Or is it just okay in Florida?


nita   July 5th, 2011 4:00 pm ET

I can not believe the verdict! Evidently, she DID have a jury of her peers! What a traversty !


nita   July 5th, 2011 4:07 pm ET

This I know or believe, one day she will meet the Almighty Judge and Caylee will get justice. We will one day hear of Casey again...If I were a betting woman, I would bet the farm she will do something else just as horrifying as in this case. Just saying.


joe   July 5th, 2011 4:10 pm ET

i told u in a previous post they were going to find her not guilty bc they didnt answer the real question on what happen..and Mason is 100% correct all u legal no it alls had her guilty from the begining so face it u got it wrong yet again..I think shes guilty but that question was not answered WHY and HOW this happened!!..its a sad day for that little girl..but u cant convict someone when u dnt actually have proof..


Phillip   July 5th, 2011 4:15 pm ET

This jury coudn't even spell DNA.


shari   July 5th, 2011 4:19 pm ET

Did anyone else notice that when Judge Perry looked at the verdict forms he read them and flipped through them twice. I think he couldn't believe what he was seeing.


Edward William   July 5th, 2011 4:22 pm ET

The arrongance of the prosecution mainly Jeff A. had a lot to do with the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial


joesmom   July 5th, 2011 4:38 pm ET

Still angry at the verdict. Scott Peterson got the death penalty with less evidence!


Topaz   July 5th, 2011 4:47 pm ET

OJ ended up in jail. Took awhile. Casey wil do something STUPID as well somewhere along the way as well. What goes around comes around. You will get your JUSTICE sweet Caylee SOMEDAY. Rest in peace you little angel.


katjjur   July 5th, 2011 4:55 pm ET

Well, I guess we shouldn't be surprised. The jury did exactly what everyone around her does,let's her get away with anything she pleases,and now we can say she got away with murder! That jury should just go home,they did not get it right. They will realize someday just how wrong they got it when the next child she has[,and let's face it,cockroaches like her will spawn,]ends up thrown away like so much trash. If her parents take her in after all the horrible things she has said and done to them then we know it was part of the master plan to nullify that jury. Poor baby Caylee didn't stand a chance and now no justice for her either.


Sabrina   July 5th, 2011 5:01 pm ET

After the taxpayers paid millions of dollars to only free this scum ,still it will be like she is in prison people will never let this lie down softly she will have flat tires ,spit on ,threaten and posibly killed and stuffed in a black trash bag that she is, yes we the people will be paying for bodyguards for for the rest of this scum bags life! And a sweet baby girl life was never justified ! Plus Biaz will make millions yep I would not want to be in those jurors shoes! to me they are just as bad as Casey ! There lives will never be the same either ! No this is just the be gaining


jen   July 5th, 2011 5:04 pm ET

This verdict just shows how messed up our government and judicial system really is. There was no justice today. I dont know how those jurors will be able to sleep at night knowing they let a killer loose. This is absolutely sickening.


Paulette Doerhoff   July 5th, 2011 5:07 pm ET

Since the verdict is in, I seem to be in the minority. It was never
proven just how Calyee Anthony died. I believe, like other comments, that George Anthony needs to be looked at, also.
This is a very sad situation, but, I think the jury made the right
decision.


Sabrina   July 5th, 2011 5:09 pm ET

I be leave they should of band jurors hundreds of years ago they are not to be trusted in fact they where many out there who where and are worse than that scum bag Casey putting your life in the the hands of other scumbags this world I'd is full of them.


GG   July 5th, 2011 5:26 pm ET

I am shocked that the media and people calling and writing in keep saying that it must be murder because she didn't call the police for 31 days to report a missing child. If Caylee drowned and "it snowballed", then Casey knew where she was and of course would not call the police. Why would you call to look for a missing child who you knew was already dead.


Laura Ling   July 5th, 2011 5:29 pm ET

I wish so much that they would of put Casey on the stand, I think the prosecution would of possibly broke her down into admitting the truth!

A good move I guess on the defending attorney's...the whole thing is just so sad. Just like, OJ, I think it will all come around to catch up w/ her. As she seems narcassistic like she's above the law, & in due time she will probably make another bad move, like OJ. The whole thing is just very sad.


Denise   July 5th, 2011 5:44 pm ET

I have watched this from the beginning as have many. I came up with the same verdict as the Jury even before they had their verdict. It is true that the media and so called educated attorneys and such that have all put in their take on the case and had Casey Anthony guilty prior to investigation. As Mr. Cheney stated you should all be ashamed. There was more reasonable doubt then there was evidence.

I hope now Casey Anthony has a beautiful life!


Nancy   July 5th, 2011 6:12 pm ET

How could that jury let Casey Anthony walk free. She was the only one who had Caylee when she left her parents house. Caylee died real fast after that because she did not take her to her boyfriend;s house. Saying she was with the nanny, who does not excess, should of told them all what they needed to know. The baby is DIED. She was missing for 31 days with the nanny who did not excess. So if you bury the body, keep your mouth shout, lie with ease, and throw your family under the bus, you can walk free in this country. Our system is truly broken when people like Casey Marie Anthony and OJ can walk after committing murder. The jury would do best not to show there faces. They had a duty and they failed little Caylee. I have heard of this country going to a profession jury system and I know I am a believer now. Those were 12 IDIOTS .

If her parents let he back into their lives than they will get what they deserve. She will continue to lie, cheat and steal from them.


rc walker   July 5th, 2011 6:19 pm ET

We need to boycott Casey Anthony! Regardless of the verdict, she doesn't need to profit from her daughter's death and you know she is going to try... Don't buy her books, don't watch any movies about her, and don't watch tv networks that give her a platform. Dollars count as votes!!! Please let the voice of the 13th juror, us, be heard!


kat   July 5th, 2011 6:23 pm ET

I am truly saddened by what happened today in our justice system. It shows that it fails a lot of the time!!! This whole thing is a disgrace and so sad!!!! I am wondering if it was “an accidental drowning” and she “hid the body” Can she now be charged with some criminal act of human remains? Since she claimed to have been hiding the body!!!! Was just wondering!!!! God Bless Little Caylee !!!!


Linda Strong   July 5th, 2011 6:31 pm ET

There was no justice for Caylee! At this point I am praying that Casey Anthony does not come up pregnant again or there will most likely be another death in the family. I wish the jurors had made an appearance - evidently they know they are the most disliked people only next to Casey.


Debbie Birk   July 5th, 2011 6:47 pm ET

WhenI saw Cheny Mason during the defense news conf. He never mentioned Cayle. Here he is suppose to be this big southern gentleman and all he did was talk about the attorneys who critized him for taking the case. Their should have been hundreds of purble ballons for Caylee out the courthouse what ever the verdict.
George and Cindy and Lee have to try and rebuild their lives after their daughter thru her family away just like she did Caylee.
Maybe the shot girl job has an opening for her.
RIP CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY.


Lorie   July 5th, 2011 6:51 pm ET

As Casey admitted that she knew Caylee was dead all along, I hope the people of Florida move to sue her for the cost of the search to find Caylee. Casey has gotten away with letting her little girl rot in a swamp and I am wondering if George and Cindy are now going to throw her a welcome home party. Florida will have another crack at her....people like her always reoffend. Let's just pray that next time they find 12 intellegent, logical individuals instead of the crew of fools they found this time. To my fellow crime junkies, please do not buy or watch anything which will let Casey profit from this. She is free to profit from her crime because she got away with it, she is free to live her beautiful life and Caylee is dead.


Sarah   July 5th, 2011 7:05 pm ET

Casey is a sociopath. The jury got it WRONG–the verdict should have been guilty on involuntary manslaughter as well. The justice system failed this child & rewarded a shoddy defense team whose work was less than adequate. This does nothing for Caylee and other children like her. Shame, shame, shame!


vbeazer   July 5th, 2011 7:46 pm ET

I just want to know how do they dispose of garbage in that part of Florida? Do they take it to the recycle center or do they just up it in a can and put it out on the day of pick up. Because it seems strange that you would pick up two bag of garbage and place them in the trunk of your when its not how you dispose of trash in your neighborhood. I think that their was a deliberate reason for this action, you want to able to say, if “asked whats the smell“, you can say garbage.


john a   July 5th, 2011 7:59 pm ET

we got another oj case, the evidence was their an because the jury wanted to go home early they freed another killer


nanci   July 5th, 2011 8:23 pm ET

maybe casey's not guilty murder trial will bring her to her true punishment, because I think she will pay for her sins. She is a very naive person and I think her bad ways gonna come back to haunt her. I know she is very happy tonight,but sooner or later she will have to pay for murdering her little daughter, she is going to be like a paria, and the baby sitter woman is going to sue her, so who knows if she will have to pay the woman for damaging the womans reputation. So I think that in the long run casey will have to pay for what she did to casey. The parents should have tell what they thought about casey in the beginning, but they went on talk shows and told lies for casey, and turn everything around, then casey blamed her father for sexually molesting her, and I know her brother will have nothing to do with her because she also blame him for touching her, so casey is going to pay for her sins, no peace to the wicked.


Lynn   July 5th, 2011 9:00 pm ET

Thank goodness Casey had Cheney Mason on her team. She didn't have a chance with Baez. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if Ashton's laughter and smirks and other signs of arrogance and cockiness helped with the verdict rendere, especially the last intances of it before case went to jury.

I do worry about Casey having additional children and their potential fate!


D. B.   July 5th, 2011 9:37 pm ET

With all the money that Casey is going to make, she should have to pay back the taxpayers that paid for her defense. I am aware that she is entitled to an attorney if she cannot afford one but a Public Defender. NOT a private attorney and how ever many others she had....5, 6..7 etc?
R.I.P Caylee


D. B.   July 5th, 2011 9:42 pm ET

I have another question. Isn't it child neglect to not report your child missing. Where was she providing shelter and food for Caylee all those days. Not only did Casey get away with this horrendous crime, I think the Jury should have trouble sleeping at night knowing that getting home and going on vacation was more important than taking notes and listening to what was being said.


Pilar Rivera   July 5th, 2011 9:45 pm ET

The unjust should be blamed on the Orlando Police for not investigating Roy Cronk's finding in August. We would all know the truth if more police would of responded considering there was a missing child in the area


Lori Ramsey   July 5th, 2011 10:10 pm ET

Good news for Jose Baez!!!! Casey can now babysitter for HIS kids! Take a nice LONG vacation... 31 days should do!!!


Shay   July 5th, 2011 11:03 pm ET

As if it's not enough of an outrage that Jose Baez succeeded in getting his sociopathic client off for murdering a helpless, defenseless baby, he and the illustrious Cheney Mason (a legend in his own mind) then proceeded to dance on Caylee's grave–in full view of a grieving, outraged public.


Naza Bailey   July 5th, 2011 11:35 pm ET

I do not at this time feel enamored of our American justice system. Too many young men and women of color and limited means are warehoused in our prisons, while the more fortunate middle class white criminals are often viewed and judged differently. This is a part of the scenario that incredibly allowed Casey Anthony to be found not guilty today of all charges related to her daughter's murder, other than lying to the police.

This was a less than stellar jury that, I feel, never followed the judge's instruction that Baez' graphic shouts and descriptions of Casey's sexual molestation and Caylee's accidental drowning were not supported by evidence and could not be considered in reaching a verdict. This jury asked for no clarification and requested no evidence to view. This jury could be inconvenienced no longer.This jury, surprise,surprise,decided that allowing this type of young woman to walk was justified and the American way.


darla   July 5th, 2011 11:37 pm ET

jose baez will probably hire her and she will be able to hang out with her defense team.....jose knows she killed casey and the defense team are all in this to make a name for themselves and to get rich from the death of little caylee.


S.Dupont   July 6th, 2011 12:21 am ET

as i try to fall asleep the beautiful face of caylee haunts me. i cant believe the jury let her killer free.i know they could not have listened to all that was said and not find casey guilty.if they dont believe that caset killed her then who? george, cindy? lee? who i believe that we will never have justice for caylee.that kill will be free and probably pregnant again within a year.how scary is that.my faith in the justice system has been tainted by the ignorant jury that handled this case.may caylee rest in peace because of all of us who believe in justice for her .


Lorie   July 6th, 2011 1:27 am ET

Hey, Jose....since you knew all along that Caylee was thrown out like garbage in a swamp to rot and the animals to knaw on, do you feel like you, as well as Casey should pay for all of the man hours spent looking for Caylee? I think you should. Maybe the jury got it right, and Casey didn't actually kill Caylee, but are you at peace with yourself for defending a thing who could treat her daughter like trash? I completely understand how we are all entitled to a defense, but anyone, anyone who could throw their daughter in a trash bag....no, she double bagged her....and throw her in a swamp to rot and be eaten by animals....this is someone who does not deserve a defense. There is no defense for that....keep your calendar open, because people like Casey will need your services again. She needs to be spayed like the female dog she is. I respect the way you handled yourself in court and in front of the press, Jose. I just wish you respected yourself enough to defend people who deserved your defense.


Craig Boden   July 6th, 2011 3:46 am ET

The prosecution failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey was guilty. They put forth a theory of what they thought happened, but were unable to prove their theory due to a lack of concrete physical evidence. In this country a person is innocent unless proven guilty. I agree with the verdicts the jury rendered. God bless the jury and God bless the United States' constitution.


Darla   July 6th, 2011 8:39 am ET

Amazing the idiot who flipped off the prosecutor got more time then Casey,
What I would have wished for is in depth questioning of Lee Anthony.
What is it like living in your parent’s home?
What was the last argument Cindy and Casey was about?
Ever see George act inappropriately towards Casey?
Did you molest Casey?
Has Casey ever told you she was molested by anyone else before?

Should have put some other family on the stand as well testify to monies stolen from them? Or Lies told
Character witnesses should have been put on the stand


Nancy   July 6th, 2011 9:34 am ET

I am very upset about this verdict. There was a woman in jail the same time Casey was in jail who told basically the same story about her child drowning in an above ground pool and the grandfather holding her child. The only difference is...911 was called. Why didn't this come into evidence? Also her reactions in jail when the 1st time they stated the body was found (wrong place) no reaction and the 2nd time where she knew the body was....sweating, sick to her stomach, etc. She murdered that little girl. We can only pray that Zenieda has a good attorney and she takes every time she could make on any book deals, movie deals and future royalties. Can the state argue to keep her in jail longer?


nanci   July 6th, 2011 9:34 am ET

I guess George & Cindy had to hurry home to change the locks.
Run, Mallory, Run!


karen underwood   July 6th, 2011 9:38 am ET

Can someone please tell me if Casey Anthony makes money (and we know she will)does she have to pay the state of Florida all the money spent on her defense? Or is this just another joke on the tax payers of Florida?


Emma   July 6th, 2011 9:55 am ET

I don,t agree with the decision, but i have respect for the process. My concern now is that Casey Anthony will now become a rich woman with blood money from these same news programs and reporters that Chaney Mason has vilified.


Steve   July 6th, 2011 10:03 am ET

Now that the murderer will soon be set free,will her car be returned to her and do you think she will drive it ?.


Debbie   July 6th, 2011 10:06 am ET

Now that Casey can go and make millions on movie and book deals why can't she pay for all the money that was spent on the search for her daughter? Being she was found guilty of lying to law enforcement the state or county spent alot of money on those lies.


marilyn castiglione   July 6th, 2011 10:07 am ET

i can only hope that these jurors are NEVER picked to serve again on any trial and wonder how they will ever sleep again..this baby is dead and no charges of any kind make casey anthony responsible. even if she did not kill this child,which i question, this child is dead,thrown out into the woods like garbage.couldn't this jury have found Casey guilty of one of the charges? shame on them! wonder how they would have voted if it was one of their family?????


Linda   July 6th, 2011 10:25 am ET

I am stunned by this miscarriage of justice. How do you teach your children that they need to be truthful, that goodness prevails over bad, that there are consequences to their actions when you see a case like this. Did we forget that a precious child died here. This defendant appears to have basically thumbed her nose at the system and got away with it. Casey Anthony appears to be morally bankrupt. Attorney Baez in a solemn tone states that there were no winners, then proceeds onward to the celebration party. We wonder why there is so much violence in society, and then we show that you have a good chance of getting away with the crime, so take your shot. I am so conflicted with a system that appears to routinely allow such miscarriages to go forward.


linda siebuhr   July 6th, 2011 10:34 am ET

How sad is this?? Jose Baez stated yesterday how he was proud to be able to go home and tell his family that he "saved a life today". I wonder...who saved Caylee's life? Well, Caylee was finally mentioned in passing, and of course as he said, she died too young. If Casey didn't kill her, doesn't she even care who did? Where will Casey go now? Maybe Jose Baez will take her in, and she can be a nanny to his children?? If she is so innocent, he shouldn't have a problem with that. I realize the prosecution didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was guilty, but she is guilty of covering up the fact her child was missing, and that in an of itself proves she's guilty of child abuse.If she didn't murder Caylee, but knew she was missing, if she had told someone, maybe there would have been evidence found that would help convict the "real" murderer. She showed no regard at all for the safety and well being of her daughter, that is child abuse at the very least. Yet she smiles and goes about her life as if Caylee never existed. I pray she never has another child. A not guilty verdict does not mean she is not guilty, the state just failed to prove it.


Frank   July 6th, 2011 10:37 am ET

I must say that as a retired Firefighter / Paramedic I have worked closely with law enforcement over the years. Listening to the prosecutors office, Orange County Sherriffs Department and The police department they make it painfully obvious that knowing our trial system that has been in place for many years and has found Casey Anthony "not guilty" they seem to be finished with the case. Is the case now closed because they sure talk like it is. If the jurors made their decision I'm sure it was based on the overall picture where as the people involved with the investigation tend to get tunnel vision when they think they have their killer. The only way that Caylee died for nothing is if there is no investigation into the other possibilities that the defense team put out there during the trial.
And for the record I would have never convicted her of murder in any degree based solely on the fact that the coroner admitted there was no possible way to say how she died. You don't put someone on trial just because the prossecutors have a theory about what MIGHT have taken place.


Ann Skolnick   July 6th, 2011 10:49 am ET

Just answer me this......explain her universal interrogation by the police when she took them out there knowing she had not worked there for at least 2 yrs.????? Explain to me how that is a loving, attentive, caring and at that point should have been frantic and demanding a polygraph....was this the behavior of Mark Klass when his daughter went missing?????
Shame on the jury and our society today.
Watch her get a reality show now.


DJ Ming   July 6th, 2011 10:49 am ET

I agree with the verdict. I think that Casey is truly innocent, not just "not guilty." I suspect her father was the one responsible (through a tragic accident) and to cover himself he threatened to blame Casey and so she helped him cover it up. Neither thought it would go this far and Casey was clearly upset and appalled her father, who promised it would not ever get this far, would not come clean under oath. He was suspicious the entire time and Casey mouthing the words "because it was his fault" were the final signs I needed to be certain it was George Anthony.


jamie   July 6th, 2011 10:51 am ET

GUILTY.. no justice for caylee they set free a murder and it makes me sick to think she got away with it. but god will give baby caylee justice one day because the jury did not.


Carolyn   July 6th, 2011 10:55 am ET

The jurors wanted to go home. They knew if they found her guilty they wouldn't get to go home for a long time. And the one juror has a cruise to go on.


Brenda Harp   July 6th, 2011 10:56 am ET

There is another chance at justice for Caylee!!!!!!!!! All of us should pledge not to buy books, do not go to or watch any movies or interviews! Do not be a part of giving blood money to Casey or her family. I pledge to do this for Caylee.


Stella   July 6th, 2011 10:57 am ET

A crime is a crime, whether it is against a child or an adult.
As angered as people may be by the verdict, there is absolutely
no acceptable excuse to be making death threats, If you were to
act on them, then you will be the murderer you are accusing Casey to be,
which makes you just as low down and horrible. People making those threats should be prosecuted
Just as any other crime is, whether the anger is justified or not, it's a crime and should be
treated and prosecuted as such.

As to the verdict, I believe all the lies in the end, The mothers chlorophil,
the fathers lies about almost every question he was ask as well as his blatant combativeness
and failure to comply with questioning directed by prosecution as well as the defense,
the sketchy prosecution witnesses (some)
the questions that were left uanswered about the cause of death, place of death,
lack of dna evidence that could remove resonable doubt about Casey's guilt, a lie
detector offered to the brother & father
in reguard to the sexual molestation accusations to attempt to remove all doubt.
The fact that the body was not located sooner when the remains where 15 houses down.
Can anyone really say that that body was there all along? How did nobody find it?
All of the evidence was circumstantial for the most part.The family lied about just
about everything so how can anything that they have said not be disreguarded, the jury
was basically being asked to pick
through all the lies and find something viable enough to come back with a guilty verdict.
It's hard to know what to believe when almost all persons involved are lying.

Why is it being treated as a crime a real disgrace- that one of the defense attorneys flipped someone off
but it was constantly overlooked that Mr. Ashton was laughing & doing very inappropriate
things, in the court room in front of millions of people - his actions were disreguarded entirely.
Maybe he should have spent less time scoffing and laughing and more time gathering evidence
that would substantiate the case he was trying to win.If we are going to play the judge, lets judge all,
not limiting our judgement to what doesn't coincide with our personal beliefs, ethics or values. really
attempt to look at the entire case and all involved subjectively, minus the emotional sting of what we believe justice to be
or not to be.
Okay, so the defese attorney
is being obnoxious, and rude, was Ashton's actions not at least twice
as bad as it was on display for everyone in the world to see?
I can recall thinking at that moment when the verdict was read... "Is it funny now".
Well Ashton, is it funny now?
You shouldn't have lied and invented evidence. You stretched the truth and used
add ons to enhance your case. Similar to O.J. Simpson case. Of course he was guilty but
the crooked cop put the case in jepordy by enhancing evidence and telling lies.
So as far as I am concerned you lost the case dispite the factor of guilt because of your attitude.
They didn't choose Casey, they disliked you.


G.G. in Clermont, FL   July 6th, 2011 11:02 am ET

I agree with the jurors’ verdicts. I do not believe that Casey Anthony murdered her child. Placing a blanket and stuffed animal with Caylee, and putting a heart sticker on the duct tape, are not the actions of a cold-blooded killer.

I believe she panicked when she discovered that Caylee had drowned in the family pool. While she tried to figure out how to get out of this mess, she partied so as not to attract any attention that something was wrong. Therefore, she lied to everyone about Caylee being missing so that everyone would believe that Caylee died at the hands of a kidnapper.


Tracy   July 6th, 2011 11:02 am ET

Thank goodness the Court made getting a fair and impartial jury it's priority. The mob justice on tv and on the streets of Orlando scares me to death. Lot's of people were weeded out by Judge Perry because they demonstrated that they were incapable of seeing Casey Anthony as a innocent person.

Did anyone really think the talking heads, with Nancy Grace as medusa's head, were going to let the jury decide? Now those 12 people who must have been very UNITED in their decision are in the crosshairs, being called stupid basically by these puppets of the press.

Bet they would have been put on pedestal by the likes of Nancy with no Grace if they had agreed with her rabid, radical b.s.


Sharon Williams   July 6th, 2011 11:07 am ET

Everyone is screaming "JUSTICE for CAYLEE!" I agree! BUT JUSTICE would NOT be served by convicting and possibly executing the WRONG person! Casey IS NOT and NEVER WAS GUILTY of murder in the death of her daughter. YES! Casey lied...YES she misled law enforcement! This does not make her a murderer! Everyone is so quick to continue to condemn her and is expending a WHOLE lot of energy being angry. GREAT! BE ANGRY! I am too! BUT if you are all SINCERE in wanting JUSTICE for Caylee start putting ALL that energy into finding the person or persons REALLY responsible for this hienous crime! Because folks HE/SHE IS STILL OUT THERE!!!!!


Yvonne   July 6th, 2011 11:09 am ET

Vinnie like you I agree that Casey knew where the body was the whole time. Can't the Judge consider desecration of a body during sentencing tomorrow?


Sue   July 6th, 2011 11:10 am ET

We all want justice for Caylee, but we also don't want the wrong person convicted. What would that accomplish , to convict the wrong person ? There was simply no concrete evidence that Casey did it. A lot of half truths, pictures of her going out partying, lying, etc. were put out by the prosecution, but no real hard evidence. If lying was an evidence of guilt to murder, then half the world would be guilty. Maybe with this verdict, the police will regroup, and take a look at some of the other evidence that the defense pointed to at trial, such as accidental drowning. Too, before this ever went to trial, Casey was guilty by many of the media. True the media has a right to speak their opinions, but not to whip people into a frenzy. Casey had already been tried and convicted in the trial of public opinion, and this is wrong ! According to the constitution, a person is INNOCENT until proven guilty in court. I recorded the defense summation. Mr.Baez said that the prosecution had set up the emotion to hate Casey, by making her look like a no good slut, to make the jury angry. But , when Nancy Grace reported this, it was Mr. Baez that accused Casey of being a no good slut. This was a complete lie. It was the prosecution that Mr. Baez said did this.


Brenda Shaffer   July 6th, 2011 11:14 am ET

It'd be a real shame for Casey Anthony to be chloroformed, duct-taped, stuffed in a bag and thrown in a swamp by one of her imaginary friends.


AR   July 6th, 2011 11:20 am ET

Prosecutor support their case in a former cop that was lying to the court. .
.
Although, Prosecutor demeanor on defense closing argument may be appreciate it as disrespectful to the jury.
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Jury that is giving service, that have been separate from their regular life (no tv, news, radio, avoiding contact to real world) It is a common sense that there is no joke in this trial about this child tragedy (RIP +)


Ruad137   July 6th, 2011 11:23 am ET

Who released all the pre-trial info, jail house talks between family? Other info the media seemed to have, who released it & why? there is where the answers are to why Xasey was found not guilty


Kathleen   July 6th, 2011 11:30 am ET

I'm appalled that she might be released on Thursday and make tons of money to boot. I will not watch any movies or read any stories/books where she might profit. Did she complete her sentence for the check fraud case she plead guilty too? Will she have to repay the state/county/whomever for costs related the the wild goose chases she had the authorities on while 'searching' for Caylee? I hope she'll have to repay some of the states expenses for her defense. George and Cindy, I suggest you change your locks and phone number, close your blinds!


vaughn   July 6th, 2011 11:46 am ET

This is what happens when the court doesn`t allow ALL evidence to be seen or heard by the jury. Casey didn`t make this verdict, the jury did. Some complained when i said i don`t trust jurors. They can put the most honest person in the world behind bars just because they can. The only reason i don`t mind what the verdict was is because of the childish actions of the prosecution team during the trial.


Jenny   July 6th, 2011 11:50 am ET

Congratulations to the Jury. This case was not proven as I have said all along. I am so glad the jury did not hear the rabid comments by the likes of Nancy Grace and the rest of the inciteful commentaters. They have incited a mob that want to lynch her. This is dispicable. Great job by the Jury.


Larry   July 6th, 2011 11:58 am ET

Can't this TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE verdict be contributed to the fact that an Orange County Deputy DID NOT DO HIS JOB. Doesn't law enforcement have the duty to GET DIRTY for justice.


Jan Bigelow   July 6th, 2011 11:59 am ET

Everyone grieves in their own way... but a mother that has just lost her little toddler in a violent way NEVER acts like life is ONE BIG PARTY and lies about where her child is, then gets a tattoo indicating it's a 'Beautiful Life'... please, Casey Anthony's attorneys, explain that to us!!!


l dimarco   July 6th, 2011 12:02 pm ET

they jurors must have been sitting in a different courtroom no justice once again(oj) our system sucks what more did they need to prove for a guilty verdict. you can go free as long as you have a excellent lawyer that could make up a b.s story. who else could have done it and the juriors did not look at about 31 days her daughter went missing .casey was the only one to have access to caylee's clothing and other stuff from the house.our court system sucks the guilty go free


C Katz   July 6th, 2011 12:03 pm ET

A murderer walks free. Not the first time in our justice system, but possibly the saddest. I truly hope that not one person involved in this case will be allowed to profit one dime. It breaks my heart to think that the attorneys and the jurors and the family and even Casey Anthony herself will profit financially from that little girls death. I implore all of you in the media to consider who is going to profit and why before you give any money for stories, books and interviews. Please, think about this and keep justice for Caylee in your thoughts and not just your ratings.


fran   July 6th, 2011 12:04 pm ET

I am so angry that I cannot begin to cope with this. This poor child died at the hands of her mother. There is no other answer. So now the question remains, does she go back to her parents..I think not. I think if Cindy takes her back Goerge will leave. Does she really think Tony wants her back.. He would be crazy..All her friends have grown and left and are all professionals in their business life..Do she think they want to be tagged with her.
I can only wish on her, a horrid life, and worse, a life full of hatred, drugs, and at some point death by someone. She deserves no more than that. So now she can continue her "life" with Jose and see if he will take care of her. Also if Cheny Mason is such a great guy, I do not see it.
The last thing I am appalled at is that after the verdick they have this big party, and as far as I am concerned, were dancing and drinking at Calyee's expense. What a bunch of loosers. I wish them nothing but hell.


Nancy   July 6th, 2011 12:08 pm ET

Can the seach teams file on Casey , to recover moneys, for false search?


Melissa Smith   July 6th, 2011 12:13 pm ET

I believe the biggest loop hole in our system is the term "reasonable doubt". Any defense attorney can put on a horse and pony show to create doubt. Short of having an eye witness to a crime the prosecution has to not only prove their case but also predict the horse and pony show by the defense.


Windy Dell   July 6th, 2011 12:18 pm ET

I don't understand how Casey can get away with this. When from the very beginning all she did was lie. She claimed the babysitter took Caylee and than during the trial she claims poor Caylee drowned either way this is crazy and Justice was not done. The jury did not do their job let a woman go free and now what is going to be done for Caylee. If they say Casey is not responsible than who is responsilble for Caylee's death and tossing her in a trash bag like trash and throwing her away for the animals to tear her to pieces. Nobody should be treated this way even if they are decreased. This is an outrage that Justice was not done for Caylee.


Dan in FL   July 6th, 2011 12:35 pm ET

2 questions: Can Casey claim the cremated remains of Caylee, now that case is over? Also, would Equisearch be able to file a civil suit against her? (I don't remember who actually enlisted their help)


Catherine Shukdinas   July 6th, 2011 12:38 pm ET

I have 2 issues with the prosecution.

First, allowing Casey's "imaginary" friends to be entered on rebuttal was in essence allowing a last minute "insanity" defense by Baez.

Second, could some one please tell me how a child that drowned in the pool ended up wrapped-up in he Winnie the Pooh blanket from her
bed then buried with it?


Rene   July 6th, 2011 12:40 pm ET

We must respect the decision by the jury but I find it poor logic for Casey and the defense team to have anything to celebrate about while we will never hear Caylee voice again. God help you Casey because you will never have peace until you speak the truth.


joy   July 6th, 2011 12:47 pm ET

I believe that the jury was looking for guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt vs. beyond a RESONABLE doubt.


Debbie   July 6th, 2011 12:56 pm ET

Obviously there is still a dead child, but the jury did their job by not finding Casey guilty of the murder charges. From day one my husband and I felt that her father George played a part in this unspeakable mishap, thinking that covering up an accidental drowning would be the answer since he was an ex-officer and would know how to do this because Cindy would never forgive them if she knew the truth. Casey did and followed what George told her to do, go about your business as usual andhe would take care to it. Big mistake when you think you can outsmart the public. In regard to the search organization that felt they might sue Casey, it wasn't her that requested their help, it was George. More investigation should be done on George, why did he get boost cell phones after the incident? We know why, it was his throw away phone that he thought would not get traced to do his communications with Casey. There is much more to this story and George and Cindy have the real answers.


ralph   July 6th, 2011 12:59 pm ET

it was cindy that called police and i'd like to know when would have casey called,if ever.she is guilty in my opinion and in the end the money she makes from this will go to lawyers and lawsuits for the false statements she made and for the cost of the searches since according to baez,she was never missing.god will be her final judge.


Chris   July 6th, 2011 12:59 pm ET

Can other charges be brought against Casey such fraud – in the same way that the "runaway bride" was charged. How much money and time was used to find Caylee and look for an imaginary Zanny? And if Jose Baez knew all along where the body was – he was impeding an investigation. Casey has always gotten her way by lying and looks as if she's succeeding again. Makes me ill.


Arlina Nissen   July 6th, 2011 1:00 pm ET

I believe the Jurors knew about this case before hand. If the hadn't known about the case before hand they would have no reason to feel they had to run after the verdict. The verdict to them would have been the right one to make, and why not give statesments afterwards. The verdict failed the victim in this case...


Linda   July 6th, 2011 1:03 pm ET

This jury didn't understand their duty- and should have had someone help them understand the forms and charges- Where is the real killer? These jurors have let a killer out on the streets of Florida- Florida is off limits until police find the killer of this child and prosecute the killer. Tim Miller has my 100% support – go get her/lawyer for every penny they can. Legally, suing her is the only option the victims of her crimes have.....money- Go Get Her- Go Get her Zainaida- you have my support- Having these agencies and these people framed and set up to look for a missing child is heinous- Sabotaging these people and families with her lies.


Lilly   July 6th, 2011 1:05 pm ET

Will the case now become a "cold case?""
If law enforc ement continues to work on the case, can they bring anyone else to trial for the event?
I think the "supposed" dad of Carlee said it best–this was about WINNING and not about finding the TRUTH.


Peaches   July 6th, 2011 1:06 pm ET

How can this jury disregard George Anthonys testimony based off of one lie about cheating with River Cruz, but find Casey Anthony who's lied every day of this trial, not guilty of any crime against little Caylee?


Don   July 6th, 2011 1:08 pm ET

In my opinion a potpourri of seven charges was the prosecution’s downfall. With seven charges they were saying to the jury……………

We hope you find Casey guilty of MURDER ONE.

But, if you can’t, we hope you find Casey guilty of CHILD ABUSE.

But if you can’t we hope you find Casey guilty of MANSLAUGHTER.

But, if you can’t we hope you the find Casey guilty of a PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION to a police officer. (4-7 charges)

THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CAREFUL WHAT THEY HOPED FOR.


Aaron   July 6th, 2011 1:17 pm ET

I feel that the taxpayers of Florida should file a wrongful death lawsuit against Casey because they are the ones that footed her defense bill and that this lying creep should not get out and reap the benefits of making money off the death of her daughter. She should suffer just like this little girl did while she was out sluting around and not caring about the life of her daughter. I just can't believe no instruction were give to child neglect nor child indangerment. Who does not no where there child is for 31 days and not report it, Even when you say some nanny took her you report that not party. I'm sorry this jury was on some other planet to come up with that verdict.


anndavis   July 6th, 2011 1:46 pm ET

Casey will strick again,because she got away with this. Could she harm one or both of her parents?


Diane NJ   July 6th, 2011 1:49 pm ET

I still don't understand why, if it truly was an accidental drowning, George wouldn't call 911. There is no logical reason for not calling 911 and giving Caylee a respectful Christian burial UNLESS there was evidence that he didn't want the coroner to see. That is the only reason why he would choose to cover it up and he convinced Casey that she would be to blame. Her behavior is inexcusable and I do believe she had Caylee in the trunk of her car and she knew where the body was and hoped that she would never be found–that's why she did not help look for her after she was released from jail the first time. I want to hear from Caseys lips the truth about what really happened.


rachel   July 6th, 2011 1:56 pm ET

Baez opening statement: Nanny & 31days was covrup of an "accidental" drowning & "THEY threw away body.That's what Baez said! It is against the LAW to covrup any accident & throw away a body! especially a dead body! George testified that accident NEVER happend. Casey did not!Geoege did EVERYTHING to find CAYLEE! Casey did NOT! Casey is the parent & responsible for the wellbeing of that child! It was her responsibility to report an "accident" &call 911. when she chose not to,& began her web of LIES that suggests FOULPLAY! It then is not the states burden to prove HOW she died, But only that she is dead as a result of negligence because she covered up the accident & didn't report it to the police = felony1 + Aggravated child abuse. No other evidence is needed.


Helen   July 6th, 2011 2:03 pm ET

I have watched this trial from the beginning with the Jury selection. When the verdict was read, I went into shock. OJ all over again. But what goes around comes around. Casey will have to meet her maker one day. I for one, will never read a book, or watch a movie she will profit from and hope my fellow citizens will do the same.


Jenny   July 6th, 2011 2:10 pm ET

The prosecution failed to prove their case. The duct tape was pitiful evidence. Nobody uses duct tape to smother a child. Maybe a pillow but not duct tape. The duct tape was their theory. A theory is not proof. Did not add up. Too many other scenarios as to the duct tape. Also, the prosecution had anyther forensic computer search in June that said there were 84 searches for my space and only one for chloroform. That contradicted the previous search. Get wise. It was an accident that went out of control. The jury did the right thing.


Dan in California   July 6th, 2011 2:11 pm ET

One thing that should be noted is that this was a "death qualified" jury- a prosecutor's dream. Some of the commentators (who I usually respect) are saying the jury believes Casey didn't do it. That is not what the not guilty verdict means. I think it is most likely that the prosecution's theory is correct, I'm guessing the jury might agree with me. That is not the level of proof required. Maybe if the cop didn't have such an aversion to getting his uniform muddy some more convincing evidence could have been obtained.


Jim marshall   July 6th, 2011 2:14 pm ET

it is too easy to convince you people to put a needle in a young womens arm. Would you be her executioner? The weight of a guilty verdict is not on your shoulders, but on the shoulders of the jury. Thankfully, if you ever have to go to trial, you will not be on your own jury, so you won't have to execute yourself. Do you find people guilty of a death penalty trial with only circumstantial evidence and a shaky motive, often? It should be difficult to convince people to want somebody to die.


kas r   July 6th, 2011 2:21 pm ET

Jeff Ashton asked someone to please explain why anyone would put duct tape on Caylee after she was dead. Here's two reasons. When a dead body is moved, the lungs expel a horrible smell. Taping the nose and mouth will prevent this. Reason #2: Caylee may have had some fluids draining. Again, she'd use tape. Then put on the heart sticker because she felt bad.


mary   July 6th, 2011 2:39 pm ET

I believe Casey is guilty. I think it iwas so wrong for her and Baez inhis defense. He put everyone else on trial but Casey. How does a child drown??? and get put in a garbage bag. No George didn't do it. If casey gets and deal with books etc. I think the people will make it impossible. At least I will and the people should speak so loud that we will get justice for caylee. I hope she doesn't get on on Thursday.

I agree that she was the parent and she should be held responsible but she will NEVER tell anyone. She was right she is a good liar.


Danielle Morrison   July 6th, 2011 3:01 pm ET

Stacy Honowitz explained that she'd been taught that an atty has to have the jury like them FIRST, because they will be more likely to give you what you want them to. Ashton may lack charisma, may have come across as condescending or rude to witnesses which juries resent. Baez probably connected better with the jury.


Kathleen   July 6th, 2011 3:08 pm ET

The state made the mistake of not giving the jury lesser charge options. I believe that Caylee accidentally drown in the family pool while Casey was busy in the house. She was helping to open the new club, and was scared of what her parents would say or do. Not to be inconvenienced, she put Caylee in her trunk until she could come up with a story. Hence, the lies. It was negligence, not murder...but that option wasn't given to the jury. She should've been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The prosecution over-charged her.


Anna   July 6th, 2011 3:22 pm ET

I do believe that Casey is responsible for the death of Caylee. However this is how I think the jurors got a reasonable doubt...Was it proved when the chloroform was given? Was it proved that the tape was put on Caylee before she died? No, the state did not prove that. They showed lots of behavior and lies after Caylee died but that didn't show to the jurors that she killed her. They probably thought that she was a monster but they had a reasonable doubt that she killed her because the evidence did not prove it. Maybe the state should have waited to gather more evidence. If she was out in 2008 maybe she would have talked to someone about it...Anyway, she knows what she did and she has to live with it for the rest of her life, although a psychopath like her would not really care about it. It is a shame that that's the outcome.


Betty Herren   July 6th, 2011 3:27 pm ET

This is a complete insult to our justice system. Cassy is guilty of killing that darling little girl. May God have mercy on her soul. If she does not pay in this world , she will pay on the other side.


Rene   July 6th, 2011 4:00 pm ET

I don't know why people are so outraged by this case. The prosecution clearly did not prove there case. I think the fathers lying hurt the prosecution big. The defense did a great job of muddying the waters and was A+ in defending this girl. There is obviously more to this then what was broadcasted and in the end the prosecutions case didn't make sense. Is she a bad mother duh.... But being a young girl with poor parenting skills doesn't transfer automatically to murder. There was 0 testimony that said she was violent towards this child. The analyst said it best. there was the who, but the when, where, what, why and even how were missing. The jury did what they were supposed to do. Case closed......


deborah   July 6th, 2011 4:03 pm ET

Well now Casey can finish that beautiful life, she started when she killed her daugther. Sure her family will accept, her back with open arms, because," birds like a feather flock together".


Naza Bailey   July 6th, 2011 4:07 pm ET

This country has a judicial system that often does not work, and as citizens we need to demand changes.

1. Jurors should not be randomly chosen without regard to ability, civic commitment, demonstration of intelligence, a sense of logic,and common sense. Negotiating complex charge document, processing evidence and understanding the judge's instruction requires more than a minimal education.

2. A juror who is well informed can still be a fair juror. I heard many of the Casey Anthony jurors during the jury selection phase talk of never reading a newspaper or listening to the news. I have no respect for individuals who know so little about what is going on in their world.

3. An individual from Orlando could have been just as fair a juror as a individual from an outlying area that had no commitment or concern about life and death issues in Orlando.

4. Jurors should be adequately compensated so that serving as a juror results in no financial loss and is viewed as a true privilege. Rushing the process would then not be necessary.

5. Individuals who cannot judge others do not belong on juries.


Rhonda Besecker   July 6th, 2011 4:18 pm ET

I think the jury mayed the right choice on there
vertic. There to me wasn't enough evidence pointing to Casey. Yes poor Caylee is dead and I agree she does know what happened to her. But the evidence could not prove it. thank you!


Zeke Lowe   July 6th, 2011 4:50 pm ET

I believe Justice was serviced in this case. Its sad that a lil girl lost her life, I believe Cassy Anthony did kill her baby. And this trail was more a character case. The Defense did a hell of a job creating doubt. Let us all remember the Suzzan Summers(the woman accused of killing her navy husband). they but her character on trail she was found guilty and was dead wrong,


Leonard Twaskas   July 6th, 2011 5:10 pm ET

This case has cost the people of florida alot of money probably about 2 million, if she makes money on book deals,talk shows,and maybe a movie she should be ordered to pay back the citizens of florida.
Lenny


Karen L Tregarthen   July 6th, 2011 6:48 pm ET

Casey Anthony ... do not sleep another day or night in your life without feeling unbreakable tape wrapped around your self-centered head and cold heart. Never look at or touch a trash bag without seeing the trusting eyes and hearing the voice of your precious child Caylee. May you forever hear her question, "Mommy, why did you so cruelly and disrespectfully discard me when I loved you so very much?"


Phillip   July 6th, 2011 6:51 pm ET

Let us all learn a lesson from this. Lying works, we should lie about everything, everyday and and we'll all have made.


Wayne Deja   July 6th, 2011 7:06 pm ET

Here it is Wednesdaqy...The day after the not guilty,Casey still in jail...at least for a few more hours......and already,it is being reported Hollywood is looking for the right actress to play her in a TV movie...Great,huh?...And also being reported publishers are lining up to sign her to a book deal.Next will be a new boyfriend,a reality show,TMZ following her around,and the American public sucking it all up,and making her a hero.WHAT A COUNTRY!!!!!! All you got to do anymore is commit a crime,lie about it,blame others if you get caught and face charges,claim you were abused,get a sleazy lawyer that doesn't care if your guilty or not,get him to lie about things,like Baez did,be found not guilty by a jury,and Wa-La....your an instant celebrity and a millionaire.What a Country!!!


chris john ripca   July 6th, 2011 7:27 pm ET

i am sorry,so sorry that as the defence team thinking they won but must we forget the victum.a two year old as my grand daughter says,princess.the most beautiful thing on this earth.now what,no one will step up because some body always noes something.i am sorry,so sorry baby caylee and we love you and always will.................................................chris.


bij   July 6th, 2011 7:30 pm ET

Jeff Ashton You didn't do a good job. YOU DID A GREAT JOB !!! you lost this case because in the wonderful America that you and I live in, in the 21rst century, jurors may sit and discuss a persons criminal charges and be given the power to judge him/her guilt or innocense and not even have common sense. And that is why you lost this case. It is my opinion in 2011 there should be a written /oral test given before a person is to sit on a jury. I also believe Judge Melvin Perry was too vague and too quick to ok some of the jurors chosen to sit on the jury. They for the most part probably are raising little Casey Anthony's of their own and just may have been far too sensitive to her plight...It is my hope and fervent prayer that Casey not spend the rest of her life in jail but get the same justice Jeffrey Dahmer met .


Stephanie in WA   July 6th, 2011 7:45 pm ET

Ashton summed it up best when he said, "No one takes an accident and makes it into a murder." BINGO! She's so guilty!!!

And I for one do not think that George Anthony had anything to do with it. If that had been the case (that she drowned in the swimming pool), he would have been on the phone to 911 – we all know that! This little girl was the light of his life! There's NO WAY he would have disposed of her like that, NO WAY!!!


Stephanie in WA   July 6th, 2011 7:48 pm ET

My daughter is about the exact same age that Caylee was when her mother killed her, and I look at her and think of Caylee and my heart breaks! How can a mother do something to harm their child, especially an innocent little girl?!

They are so sweet and innocent at this age – the things they say and do are so cute and loving! They are so full of life, and to just kill your child, I don't get it!

May God bless Cindy and George Anthony!


Kathleen   July 6th, 2011 8:08 pm ET

Can Cindy and George file some sort of wrongful death suit against Casey? They've been thru so much, they may just want to climb in a hole somewhere. Wonder where Casey plans to go once she's released? Didn't Casey get a huge amount of money from a media source, which went towards some of her attorney's fees – I was wondering if she paid any taxes on that sum of money? If not, I have to assume that the state and/or feds might will after her. Well, I hope she's aware that she's going to have a real hard time once she's released – from what I've seen and read, people from all over are outraged and don't want anything to do with her (and that may also go to anyone who might befriend her).


Caroline   July 6th, 2011 8:33 pm ET

Shocked! Casey lied and lied and lied. As the original judge said, "Ms Anthony and the truth are strangers". So, how on the earth could the jury believe anything, one single word, of Casey's defense story? One she didn't come up with until after she heard a fellow immate tell a similar story? So, the one alternate said that he didn't find George credible? Really? And, Casey is? How does the jury explain the duck tape on that precious baby's mouth? How do they explain a former police officer and grandfather who loved that baby beyond all words, agreeing to toss the body in the swamp like so much trash? The family treated their deceased pet better than that precious child was treated in death. This jury was lazy. Period. They wanted to go home and didn't want to take the time to do the job that they swore to do as jurors. Apparently, none of them has ever heard of a circumstantial case.
I sincerely hope that Casey becomes a pariah and does not make any money off of her murder of her child. I hope that she is shunned by all decent society. I hope that her not guilty verdict becomes a guilty verdict in practice in the real world.


Steven   July 6th, 2011 9:18 pm ET

So everyone is defending this jury. I have no idea why.

1. In a very non-typical public trial, we saw as much testimony as they did. We DO collectively have enough specific case information to make an assessment of whether or not they actually did their jobs.

2. They deliberated for ONLY 10 HOURS! They asked for not a single piece of evidence, testimony, video, NOTHING. Plus, they came to court dressed that morning, so in all likelihood they had their verdict the day before!

How can anyone defend this collective group and "pat them on the back" saying they did a great job?

Not only does it seem like they did NOTHING, but even the little they did do is completely inconsistent with the evidence and testimony that WE ALL SAW (it was televised, so we DO know what was said and presented)!


Caroline   July 6th, 2011 10:19 pm ET

I've no doubt that the arrogant Jose Baez cares nothing for my opinion, but I think that his and his associates' conduct immediately following the verdict was absolutely disgusting, not to mentiion unprofessional. What did Casey do after Caylee died? She partied hard. What did Baez do after she was set loose again on society? He partied hard. Does he have no thought whatsoever that inspite of the verdict, the fact remains that a precious, innocent little baby is dead, discarded like trash and left to rot in a swamp? He and his defense team knew that the cameras were on them, yet they were popping champagne corks, dancing, laughing, etc as though a Not Guilty verdict was the best thing ever! Absolutely disgraceful, Mr. Baez. Absolutley disgraceful.


vaughn   July 6th, 2011 10:39 pm ET

First of all, we`re not supposed to judge casey for the verdict. When you have someone with so much hatred as fran does, it`s like she`s satan. To wish for someone to be dead is just plan disgusting. She better hope that doesn`t happen cause she could easily be blammed for it. As to some statements about the 31 days, 31 days don`t make you a murderer.


dalee miller   July 7th, 2011 1:50 am ET

i agree with the verdict. i think jeff ashton was way too cocky and that was the demise of his case. jeff ashton was also not very likable and jose was and seemed to be very friendly...also i think the prosecution "muddied the water" with things like the party pics. who cares about that, tramps and liars do not equal killer. and the accidental drowning makes sense


Lisa   July 7th, 2011 7:21 am ET

I find this awful. If I was a juror I would of found her guilty. Reason being due to the fly/larvi in her trunk. We have over 119,500 species of flies. The Blow fly (and other counter partners) eat meet. Decomposing carcuses and human remains. If the police would of thought much faster about it, DNA can be drawn and can be linked to a human and it would of been Casey. Forensick science is very on track and all you need is a salt size amount (if not smaller) to pin point this known fact and she would not of been found not guilty. A rotting pizza does not give off such a fowl smell as human decompositions. All who were around that trunk and has been around a decomposing body knows this. Why should she not pay court costs? The rest of us do when we go to court. Why should she be exempt from it? It's a price you pay when you knowingly are a liar as herself. Let her pay, cause when she meets her maker.....this will seem to be less of her worries. RIP Caley, you did not deserve to die by the hands of your own selfish mother.


Audrey   July 7th, 2011 8:26 am ET

Judge Perry is a tuff judge! Can he make Casey pay the city back for ALL the expences broke FL had to put out?

Also can the judge sentence her to a mental institution for the remaining time due? She is very ill.


Kathy   July 7th, 2011 8:43 am ET

I commend the prosecution on a job well done. Linda Drane Burdick's closing argument was AWESOME! The defense, while reprehensible, worked for Casey. The public display and celebration I thought was over the top. This would have been better in a more private setting. Are there any sanctions that can be placed on Mr. Chaney Mason for his obviously inappropriate gestural display towards the media outside of the restaurant? Very low class action which I believe shows the 'morally bankrupt' defense posture.


chris john ripca   July 7th, 2011 8:50 am ET

someone told me that the jurey knows that casey killed her daughter.they followed the letter of the law and wasnt proven by the state and they were very upset.what goes around comes around...................................chris.


JoAnn   July 7th, 2011 10:03 am ET

I don't think we will find out when Casey gets released, for her saftey.


Ron Boore   July 7th, 2011 10:20 am ET

Ryan so many ppl. are blaming the jurors for the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial. What ppl are failing to realize is that the state of Florida has failed not the jurors. The state of Florida has to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Casey commited the crimes that they charged her with. They are the ones whom have failed the system not the jurors!!!!


Christine Fey   July 7th, 2011 10:31 am ET

I may have missed this in the blog, but I had heard she was previously sentenced to 2 1/2 years for check fraud, and that she had not served that time yet. Is that added to the 4 years?


Kathleen   July 7th, 2011 10:44 am ET

From what I'm gathering, though she may be released sooner than ppl would like, she will be fined $1000 for each offense, as well as the Feds have a $68,000 lien on that money she was given some years back. Is the $1000 fine to repay the cost of the police/investigators when she sent them on wild goose chases or will that be a separate fine to be determined at a later date? But having said that I'm really bothered by the fact that she may get lots $'s from sources for books rights, movies, interviews, etc. It will not surprise me if viewers/readers boycott those sources – there is no way I want to see her glorified herself in any way. Seems everyone, except George, Cindy and the public, have forgotten about a beautiful child who died long before her time (the comment Baez made after the verdict: that nobody is a winner, doesn't cut it for me).


rita   July 7th, 2011 10:52 am ET

it is what it is. media needs to move on, then the public will move on.


Mom   July 7th, 2011 11:09 am ET

How come the family of the deceased, Caylee Marie, get a chance to speak to the court of how her being gone impacted their lives today and forever??


Kathryn   July 7th, 2011 11:11 am ET

It's frustrating that people are upset at the wrong people with verdict. The investogators and prosocution didn't do their job. Yes, I believe she had something to do with the death of Caylee, either overdosing her on accident or the drowning theory, but they didn't give the jurors the right options to find her guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT! They should have charged her with neglect and some sort of accidental killing, and I believe if those option would've been on the table, then they could have and would have found her guilty!! The people need to start pointing the finger at the right people as well as thinking out of the box on this one!


VAjurior13   July 7th, 2011 11:20 am ET

America let us think critically for a minute. Our system of law has a foundation that has given great guidence to our dispute,crimes, and differences. In this case the law work well to all degrees. The 12 individual held to the law not to the emotion of the death of a child. The state needed to prove that the evidence gain during the investigation proved the charges without doubt, but they could not do that. There are many people in prision today because juriors did not stick to the law. This is why you now see people walking out of prision after spending 15 to 20 years for a crime they did not do. We can not say for a fact that Casey or her father, boyfriend or anyone else did what, but we do know that a child is dead and someone know. We should leave that to the greatest judge of all to handle. I am glad that the law worked this time because in somany cases it failed and the wrong person suffered. The media need to step back and see what their input to the civil unrest and take responsibility and change before we see things like the Watts, Chicago, LA and other wrong spring up.


Phillip   July 7th, 2011 11:31 am ET

"Liars begin by imposing on others, but end up deceiving themselves"


linda deyo   July 7th, 2011 11:51 am ET

1.maybe the word "logical" should replace "reasonable"? 2. If the purpose of Casey Anthoneys' lies were to insure max. decomposition time, is it too late to file obstruction of justice charges? In light of the lack of requests to examine evidence one could imagine a suggestion set loose during that "travesty of a defense" might inspire a consensus among jurors a months lost pay could be more than "made" up via not guilty verdict as well as cease any further service by them...they were dressed up that last day of closing arguments maybe not anticipating the length of time instruction would consume.


Hammer   July 7th, 2011 12:21 pm ET

Watched the entire trial and I agree with the jury. Florida did not prove that Casey Anthony did anything but lie. If harm comes to Casey Anthony, it will be blood on the hands of media talking heads that stirred up the public.


Rodney Coppock   July 7th, 2011 12:47 pm ET

She was found not guilty by an American court of law. I may not agree with the verdict but it is wrong and dangerous to our judicial system to not accept the verdict. To now continue to punish a person who has be judged by a jury to be innocent is an attack on the very fabric on the american judicial system. I.e. regardless of being found innocent to now accept othrwise is wrong. Maybe we should revert to vigilante justice–i think not. Why even have juries if we aren't going to accept thier verdict. Do you want to do away with and or control the outcome of juries..A very dangerous thought. In reality she will be punished forever regardless.


sue   July 7th, 2011 12:58 pm ET

urging perople to be non violent if you disagree with verdict send a roll of duct tape to orange county court house with a note to fix the justic system maybe the court house can sell the tape to replace the money that tax payers wasted on casey anthoney


Sammie   July 7th, 2011 1:18 pm ET

I guarantee there are more strangers grieving the loss of Cayley than her very own mother.......and I am one of them! I am too sad to put into words!


Phillip   July 7th, 2011 1:26 pm ET

"Liars are the cause of all the sins and crimes in the world."


Bonnie   July 7th, 2011 1:36 pm ET

Don't believe evidence to charge Cindy with perjury over work time-her supervisor was not going to sit there and say she didn't give her freedom to come and go during this time and did her entries for her-they were friends. This supervisor of course did not want to lose her job, second no records of overtime paid were ever produced for hours logged, when you are salary you are salary. Suit for Gonzalez totally obsurd-no way to prove she was the one there are thousands of hispanics with this exact name. Jury verdict must be accepted whether we like it or not-charges filed against her were not representative of what could have been filed and proven. We would have a different verdict today if they had re-thought before filing charges and getting go ahead from Grand Jury. Lessons learned by all.


raidersn7   July 7th, 2011 2:17 pm ET

pretty sad this world,a little girl died,and now witnesses and jury and casey are all gonna make money now ,what a world,remember a 2 year old girl died.


Maddy   July 7th, 2011 2:53 pm ET

After seeing her,, and her parents this morning at t he sentencing hearing, Ive decided the whole family has a screw loose. I know her parents didnt want her to get the death penalty,, but they came into court today, All smiles, like nothing at all had happened to a 2 yr old baby.
They ALL need mental help,,, casey especially, because although we don't know the story for sure, this girl allowed her child to die. So very sad


Kathleen Gregory   July 7th, 2011 2:59 pm ET

I have to accept the Jury Verdict but I darn well don't have to like it, out of a month long trial, hundreds of pages of testimony, hundreds of items of evidence, and Jury instructions that looked like a best seller, they got the case late in the day....asked for not ONE piece of evidence, not ONE piece of testimoney read back, asked not ONE question about the Jury instructions, and came in the next morning dressed to render a verdict. Common sense will tell anyone they DID NOT spend any time carefully considering and deliberating or weighing ANYTHING....They didn't do their job, and now they want to CASH IN


Julie Anna   July 7th, 2011 3:10 pm ET

It is just a crime!

The judge is considering releasing the names of the jurors! Media that wants to make Casey rich from her crime! A jury that failed in it’s duty! A mother that failed her duty! This is incredible (as in “a repulsive thought”). Now is when you have to believe in karma to make sense of it all!

The Judge wants to give media access to the jurors, who’s only crime was doing a bad job. This is the same media that wants to make Casey rich! What is the Judge thinking! After the media throw the jurors to the wolf pack that is on their heels wouldn’t potential jurors have a second thought of participating in the legal system? Out of all this the Judge should be the one to exercise moral conscience and protect the jurors!

I realize that wolves have to eat, but, wouldn’t you feel some guilt for throwing a lamb to the wolves?


BIRDIE   July 7th, 2011 3:46 pm ET

I firmly believe that Casey Anthony will never...ever have a day of peace in her life. Its done,....she is acquitted and as much as I hate the thought of her being free I firmly believe the case was overcharged. I'm not a lawyer but common sense says she is involved and if there were lesser charges the outcome would be different.


m. pele   July 7th, 2011 5:31 pm ET

An absolute horrible decision by the jury. I dont know what case they were watching, but it seems they focus way too much on "probable cause" and not enough on common sense. If these 12 individuals can come up with this decision, then I feel that our justice system is flawed and needs some revamping. There will never be justice for Caylee Anthony. I guess the larger question looms, "Who did it", and why wasn't the mother more helpful in trying to find those answers, as a parent to a 13 yr. old boy, I could not imagine not knowing where my kid is for 1 minute let alone 31 DAYS! The jury has to live with the repricussion of their decision and I will be damned if I would endorse any tv, radio, tabloid, or any source that will try to profit off this killer, to me she will always be the killer. I am done with any story having to do with Caysee or her family. I hope her and her mom Cyndy rot in hell cause thats where they will end up, they have to answer to a higher source.


skye   July 7th, 2011 6:03 pm ET

I agree with the above statement. It is only us strangers grieving and upset over the death of Caylee. It is not the mom, Casey. She has shown zero concern over the child being gone. she walks into the court today thinking she would walk today, looking like she is going out to party. The public is not going to accept her no matter where she goes. She is about as welcome in any community as Jennifer Ford and her lack of focus and listening and choosing one of the many choices that would keep this evil mom behind bars for most of her life. They had choices..they chose money for themselves on the back of a child instead and we, the strangers are grieving the child.. This is a hugh failure.


Linda Wakelin   July 7th, 2011 6:21 pm ET

Sociopaths have no conscious. They are void of remorse. It is a serious disease. I wish people wouldn't say let her tell us tell us about Casey.............she can't. I wouldn't give Casey the satisfaction of telling us what she thinks about anything. It is a trap to converse with her.


Tina Hustus   July 7th, 2011 6:42 pm ET

I am saddened and outraged at the Verdict in the Casey Anthony case. I did not follow it for 3 years, just the last 6 or 7 weeks, so I don't think I was predisposed to find her guilty. During the trial though I felt the prosecution brought in MORE than enough evidence to convince me that Casey is guilty of the death of her child.

I have a question about whether there will be any sanctions against Baez. He crossed the line every day and was "warned" multiple times by the judge that he could face contempt of court charges. Will any be pursued now? If a judge doesn't follow through where is his credibility in future court cases with future defense attorneys?

Another thought I have.....no one in the court room could make any facial expressions or noises or any indication in front of the jury that they disagreed (or agreed) with anything happening. WHY could Casey face the jury head on and shake her head, mouth words, cry or glare at witnesses. In my opinion, she was TESTIFYING without taking the stand by doing so. Shouldn't she have been held in contempt of court? I mean even the boy who flipped the bird got 6 days in jail and a fine!!!


ac   July 7th, 2011 6:55 pm ET

just curious if george and cindy will find it in them to sue their daughter in civil court for the wrongful death of their grandaughter


Silvia   July 7th, 2011 8:36 pm ET

I am so angry at the decision ! Whatever happen to justice for Caylee!! she never had to
enjoy life! This is a very frustrating verdict, the jurors are stupid!! there was so much evidence and nobody could see that except the defense and even then they just wanted to win! that's all especially with all the media, thats all, the defense don't care about this poor angel who lost her life!! And not only Casey Needs to pay the state of Florida all the money the tax payers had to pay for her just to walk free!! They need to have a re-trial then they will realize that she was the one that had to with everything she did to this beautiful little girl. I cried and I pray for caylee and god is taking care of her and she is not with that monster!!! very upset!!!! what goes around will come back to her and haunt her for the rest of her life!!!


bella   July 7th, 2011 8:44 pm ET

My latest theory...
Casey was at her parent's home and was planning to go swimming with Cayley...she put up the ladder to the pool, she got distracted ..perhaps on a phone call to Tony....next, she finds her daughter has drowned. She is hysterical with the thought that her mother and father would see that in fact Casey was "not a fit mother". and she felt she had to dispose of the body and make it look like something else happened to her daughter....I think she either confessed to her brother what happened and he helped her dispose of the body...that is what I thought when Lee was testifying and the both of them were crying..I thought that was the bond that has renewed their relationship and had them weeping in court. I think Lee has tried to stay away from the case as much as possible so that he would not have to lie or to remember too many lies...Brothers and sisters no matter how much contention when growing up, both usually have similar feelings about their parents and often regret their early friction...I think Lee helped Casey dispose of Cayley and they were never to talk about it, because they would have to tell about the other person's involvement. I think they were trying to make it look like a kidnapping with the duct tape.


Phillip   July 7th, 2011 9:37 pm ET

Cheney is a highly regarded legendary professional defense attorney, was he hitchhiking to the moon, or was that a kickstand for his nose, when he flipped the bird to the media and or the American taxpayers of Florida.


Shirley   July 7th, 2011 9:53 pm ET

Too many cooks spoil the broth!
I believe that the jurors had so much detail from scientists, doctors, medical examiners, even to meter readers, that to sift through all that information, most conflicting, and dealing with lies, cross-talk, tears, etc., etc., there could be no other course to take than to put it all aside and give Casey the verdict of not guilty. All the conflict could not show guilty beyond reasonable doubt.


vaughn   July 7th, 2011 10:16 pm ET

Vinnie; Can you tell me how a defendant on trial is supposed to conduct themselves during their trial? I have noticed that if they have no expression on their face, their judged as not caring. If they smile, they get judged for that. If they look down, they get judged for not being focased. So my question is, what are they supposed to do and not be judged in a negative manor??


D. Smith   July 8th, 2011 12:25 am ET

Casey looks like a murderer. I fear for her parents.


Seegj   July 8th, 2011 2:18 am ET

So if Casey Anthonygot credit in jail for good behavior it would be a lot better for everyone if she just stays there! sounds like common sense to me!!


Karen   July 8th, 2011 7:05 am ET

I want to see justice done, but in this case it never will be now that the mother and brother helped her get off with their lies. The jury must not have understood their job which was to judge her not think of the sentencing ( The judges job). Their was so much naglect by Casey to Caylee. If her mother wasn't baby sitting and Casey didn't have Caylee and all the times they said Caylee was with the Zanny ( fictional ) was she in the trunk cloraformed? Someone should find out. I think they should have investigated to find out where Casey had her. Someone over a two yr period must have seen her with or without Caylee. Like the night someone testified Caylee had to be taken home from Jessies in the middle of the night. Did she take her home or to the trunk of the car? then Casey returned to Jessie. What night was that and did Cindy have her? I don't ever want to here Casey Anthony's name again I'm done with the BS. The next time I see her on the news it better be that her Karmar has come back on her.


rita hogle   July 8th, 2011 9:21 am ET

casey will never be "free". her punishment started over 3 years ago with her incarceration. being let out of a cell for an hour a day. this in itself is pathetic. so on 7/17/11 im sure it will only get worse. theres a whole different judge now and we know who that is.


ewebster   July 8th, 2011 9:33 am ET

if casey anthony and her family was so messed up mentally why did anyone not request the judge to order mental healh treatment for them ? she was just set free to do crazy things again and will be alittle smarter the next time from things she learned from this. it certainly did not incourage her to make something of her life, she will just go out and pick up where she left off. oh she will be able to find someone crazy enough to pary with her. she said she wanted another child, now that is a scary thought to think she will be in care of another child to kill . she will mess up sometimes in the future just like OJ did and i am waiting for that day. a child murderer was set free .she will get what she deserves . if not now she will when she faces the Almighty God. there is no other jury at that time but Him ..


patricia mcmillon   July 8th, 2011 9:45 am ET

Have anyone thought about this : I think caylee plan to get rid of caylee by letting her drown on purpose and made it look like she was kidnapped and murdered by putting the tape over her mouth and drivin around with her ,because she didn't know what to do with her body until she had a little time to think about it before throwing her in the woods. George did say she was the last one he saw with caylee. He perhaps let the house, when caylee and casey were in the pool. maybe she drowned her.


patricia mcmillon   July 8th, 2011 9:57 am ET

The judge said there were to be no facial gestures ,any signs of disapproval from ANYONE. So why was casey allowed to show signs of anger and shaking her head no in regards to statements made by people who testified against? She cried when people said good thing and things she wanted to here.


Alison   July 8th, 2011 10:21 am ET

I don't buy any of Jean C.'s interview with Cheney.


carol   July 8th, 2011 10:22 am ET

I was in to this trail from the beginning. How can anyone said she had nothing to do with her baby. They clear her of murdering her daughter,but lying to the investigators. Did they listen to the tapes? She was lying about her daughter.There are people in jail now that child are living but was found to have done something wrong to them are by therm.


Mary Hernandez   July 8th, 2011 10:58 am ET

I am disgusted by the jurors' verdict. They did not listen at all to the prosecutors. They did not look through all that evidence. They were lazy and just wanted to go home. There definitely was enough evidence at least for 2nd degree or even manslaughter. People have been convicted of murder on far less. This jury was either dense or just did not care.


Barbara J. Peirce   July 8th, 2011 11:01 am ET

Is it possible to try Casey Anthony for violating Caylee's Civil Rights?


Shay   July 8th, 2011 11:08 am ET

The reason the jury came back with these verdicts is not because the prosecution failed to prove its case. It’s because of a fundamental flaw in our justice system that allowed Jose Baez to present an absurd and altogether fictional version of the case without producing a single shred of evidence to back it up.

As everyone knows, the defense is not required to put on any evidence at all. However, if they choose to do so, they should be required to back up every detail of what they present with solid evidence, just as the prosecution is required to do. Instead, Baez was allowed to present nothing more than preposterous conspiracy theories, unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse, and vicious character assassinations—all specifically designed to divert attention away from his client and create unsubstantiated doubt in the jurrors’ minds.

In contrast, the prosecution provided this jury with more than enough evidence to prove that Casey Anthony caused the death of her baby. They were also given a wide range of options with which to hold her accountable for it. Instead–just as the defense intended–their common sense became hopelessly lost behind Baez's carefully crafted barrage of smoke and mirrors.

This isn’t brilliant lawyering. It’s cheap trickery of the basest kind. So while Baez and Mason are busy popping champagne corks in full view of a grieving and outraged public, they might consider doing a reality check. They didn’t “save a life,” as Baez is claiming. They merely succeeded in pulling the wool over the jury’s eyes and enabled a sociopath to go scott free.


Tracy   July 8th, 2011 12:08 pm ET

Yes i do because in this case they owe the public a reason why they came up with the decision NOT GUILTY. The evidence is there. There is no way that they could of looked at all the evidence in 11 hours. what about the duct tape nobody ask the jurors about the duct tape. Everyone knows Casey Anthony did MURDER her child. We need to know why they came up with not guilty. Everybody is attached to this case and we need to know why. Justice failed Caylee. Caylee's murder is going to get unpunished and Casey Anthony is going to get away with murder. How could the jurors not see that... The jurors need to be accountable for this decision. These jurors seem like they all have no common sense. Or even looked at all THE EVIDENCE!!! They act like they didn't understand the instruction. The jury seen the duct tape the public did not see that the jury did.


Karen Jacobs   July 8th, 2011 12:16 pm ET

I'm listening to Jeff Ashton talk to Beth Karas on the subject of whether or not Cindy Anthony should be prosecuted for lying on the stand. Why would that even be a question? Such a high profile case, from what I'm hearing and reading, most people are disagreeing with the verdict (me included) and to think this woman wouldn't be prosecuted for lying? Another misjudgement!!!!! Come on. Please don't let this family thumb their nose at the justice system.....


Tim Munn   July 8th, 2011 12:26 pm ET

After really giving this case some thought, I believe that Caylee drowned in the pool. Rather than to call in police, the dad, who was a former police detective, came up with the plan that if we put her in a bag. Duct tape her mouth and say she was abducted, that when they finally do find her, they would say the abducter did the taping of her mouth to keep her quiet and that she died from the heat of the trunk or she died from suffication. All would be well for the family and they would be free to go. Well, we know eventually what became of that theory. Just my thoughts.


sick of lazy   July 8th, 2011 12:52 pm ET

Having 4th of july holiday during the verdict watch greatly influenced this jury s hasty decision to let this felon go free. they did not want to waste another day of summer over this crazy un trustworthy family. if they found she lied on all counts prove they did not rule correctly. my question is what do they think she was lying for? she was buying time and continue her partying life because she was hiding her real life for months and the search on the computer months ahead of time are proof she had thoughts ahead of time in her head that she was contemplating getting rid of this child for many reasons. she never worked to support this baby from day one and the threat of her mother suing for custody should have been revealed. the jury is guity of not prioperly sitting in that room and going through all sworn statements by this felon. she is sick . she fooled this court too. she is a master deceiver and it doesnt matter if they liked her father or anyone, the fathers affair did not kill this tot. the jurors were not taking time but rushed to a senseless decision out of being sick of all the fighting in the courtroom and wanted nothing to do with any decision in this felons life of lies and criminal misgivings. i think getting rid of a dead body in itself is a crime especially when it is dumped and her own attorney told the court room the kid drowned. improper behavior after finding a dead tot is also abuse of the child , this has to be looked into something is wrong.


s.mazzocco   July 8th, 2011 12:54 pm ET

I agree with the verdict. The jurors sat in the courtroom and waited to hear who killed caylee. They didn't get that answer. What they did get were experts from both sides who couldn't agree on anything, lying witness's, experimental forensics, and REASONABLE DOUBT! The jurors did exactly what Judge Perry asked them to do and that was follow the law. There were too many inconsistencies in this case to point to Casey and say for sure she did it. Where was Caylee murdered? Not proven. How did Caylee die? Not proven. Who murdered Caylee? Not proven.


Judy   July 8th, 2011 1:00 pm ET

Since she has proven that she has serious issues, can her family commit her and get her the help that she needs.


Jenny   July 8th, 2011 1:06 pm ET

Vaughn you are right on the button with all your comments. Cindy and George contradicted each other. Cindy lied about the computer searches to save her daughter. George goes ahead and throws Casey under the bus to convict her. Makes you wonder if they talk to each other.


Virginia Stewart   July 8th, 2011 1:36 pm ET

I am a 69 year old mother of 3 with 6 grandchildren. I am sick to death of the way this country lets murders go free in the name of 'JUSTICE'. This jury was LAZY! They did not review the evidence, they did not use any common sense whatsoever! It was easier to listen to opening/closing arguments and base your decision on that. No way did 12 people agree 100% on not guilty! What a tragedy! Little Caylee dead and no one will every pay. Casey's parents are as much to blame as she is. They wanted justice, but they wanted Casey to go free. When you raise a person with no morals, no feelings, either they are wired wrong, or you failed as a parent!
IF IT IS FOUND THAT THE JURY AGREED IN ADVANCE TO END THIS TRIAL QUICKLY AND TURN IN A NOT GUILTY VERDICT, DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT JUSTICE?
I am disgusted with the defense attorneys actions after the verdict, I am disgusted with the jury, the witnesses that lied on the stand and with our justice system. We failed Caylee!


LRF   July 8th, 2011 1:48 pm ET

What are you all expecting, anyway? The judge to overturn the Constitution of the United States because you have a contrary opinion?

I don't blame those jurors for not wanting their names revealed. There'd be mobs and death threats and probably physical attacks as soon as someone found out an address.

And the people in front of the courthouse saying they'll wait until there's "Justice for Caylee" should bring a ton of sun screen. They're going to be there a long time.


Marcia   July 8th, 2011 1:57 pm ET

Listening to Mr. Mason talk about how circumstantial the prosecutions case was is such a mockery. What about the made up , fantasy and unethical defense?. The evidence was overwhelming for guilty. This child (baby) didn't kill herself put herself in a bag and throw herself in the woods. The doubt should be "reasonable"and it wasn't, it was unreasonable. These defense attorneys and jurors will/do have blood on their hands.It's only matter of time before Casey recommits her prior deeds.Who will be her next victim? Why didn't the jury ask questions and clarify their verbalized concerns from their statements they felt she was guilty of at least child abuse. I wouldn't want that on my conscience. God Bless Cayle


marie   July 8th, 2011 2:01 pm ET

I think the defense made George Anthony aware of what he was going to say in the opening arguments and George went along with it just to save Casey from a death sentice, any thoughts on that?


marie   July 8th, 2011 2:03 pm ET

I think the defense made George Anthony aware of what he was going to say in the opening court statements and George went along with it (sexual molestation) just to save Casey from a death sentice, any thoughts on that?


Alison   July 8th, 2011 2:16 pm ET

I don't know how the defense can consider this a real victory for justice. The jurors that have spoken have indicated that they thought she was guilty and wanted to convict her but that they had no evidence not that she was innocent and there was no evidence.


Laurie-Illinois   July 8th, 2011 4:43 pm ET

Question? If she was guilty why wasn't there DNA, and did anyone actually pay attention to the phone logs? Casey was out parting but Caylee was left with the grandparents while she was gone. She did get a phone call from her dad stating she needed to get home!! When she got home is when all hell broke loose. So pass judgement on that!! The truth be told that all of them are at fault but without proof what really can you do? Its just not Caylee its all the other 1000 kids that have died and the parents or mother did get prosecuted due to evidence and DNA? Why do you think Casey don't want her mom going to jail. Come on lets be factual. Its sad that a 2 year old had to die, but look at the other kids that had to die cause of there mother and no one feels bad or hate for their mothers locked up right now!!


LauraAnn   July 9th, 2011 6:29 am ET

I thought the law required one such as law(George) and medical, (Cindy) that it was mandatory for them to report any thing in that they might think may be child abuse. I know damn well right they know who threw little Caylee away like trash in a swamp.
Its very sad to think you cant trust Law or even Medicla professions now days.Its sick sick sick.
You are the most dispicable grandparents on earth and Casey is the worst mother on earth. I have seen a lot of unfit mothers but they look like Saints compared to the Anthonys. R.I. P. little Caylee.....................The world will never forget you................Oh and as far as the pergery charge on Cindy,it shouldnt mean just because she has been through a lot doesnt mean she shouldnt be charged for it.We all have been through a lot in our lives at one point but it sure doesnt mean we can go and break the laws...............


fran   July 9th, 2011 8:05 am ET

If Mr. Mason is such a great lawyer, and a great person, he has lost so much respect now that he has flipped the bird to the people of Florida. As Phillip before me has said. His actions were rude, and should be handled by the American Bar Assoc and the Florida Bar Assoc. I do not understand why he was not charged with something, because of this and the fact that he is a lawyer. He has proved that he is a ass just as Jose is. They both deserve each other.
I also wonder which talent agency has been hired by both Jose and Casey to handle their speaking appts. Best not they come up north, they would probably be "hurt"...
GOD BLESS CAYLEE...


robert   July 9th, 2011 2:06 pm ET

always wonderd how she got or made the chloroform. read online you need acetone
to make it at home. did they find any at the house? maybe she got it from 1 of
those guys she party with. they might of had access to school labs. school labs
can get chloroform ship to them if they have the permits. im retired and except
for the 1st week watch most of the trial. only thing i recall was the
chloroform smell in the pontiac and the search hits and in closeing her lawyer
said something about a " chloroform kit " at home.


patricia   July 10th, 2011 4:51 pm ET

As i watched casey enter the courtroom beliveing she was going to be realeased i paid close attention to the way she looked at Jose Baez. Casey has spent 3 years bonding with this man and i feel that when she is free she is going after him in a romantic way. Just look at the eyes she gives him. She is very flirty with the little winks and she is eating him up with her eyes.I'm just surprised no one else has mentioned this . am i the only one who can see what she is up to?.She's not fooling me one bit. You better watch out Jose you could be her next victem.


Nanci   July 10th, 2011 7:48 pm ET

You all keep talking about the facial expressions and smirks from the attorneys, but what about Casey?? She shook her head and mouthed things throughout the entire trial when the prosecutors said something she didn't like. Why was she allowed to get away with that? Apparently she put on a great show for the jury, because they bought it.


Aaron   July 11th, 2011 7:52 am ET

I would just like to say that there is a lot of hoop-la about where this creep child killer is going to stay or if she will leave the country. Well first off she can not leave the country because she is a convicted felon and she can not get a passport. If the defense team tries to get her out the country they can be held in contempt for obstructing justice and getting a convicted felon out of the country which is a Federal Case. Bottom line she has to deal with the anger here in the states if she lives that long. Oh well Tot Mom deal with your drama cause you can't leave the States. Sucks being a Felon and you.


josie campbell   July 11th, 2011 9:35 am ET

I think that the possible reason that Casey still refuses to speak to her parents is that she knows they'll be asking her why she said her Dad sexually abused her and they'll be demanding answers as to what happened to Caylee (seeing as how they know that scenario which included her Dad was a lie).


Gerry Pratt   July 11th, 2011 10:14 am ET

I strongly disagree with the jury's verdict. I don't believe they took enough time in their deliberations or understood the instructions. The prosecution had a mountain of evidence against Casey, lying 31 days, no nanny, the smell in the trunk, the chloroform in the trunk, the hair banding in the trunk, the blanket Caylee was wrapped, etc. She was the last person to see Caylee alive.

The drowning theory is ludicrous and after what Jose Bias accusted George of doing I'm surprised he was as composed on stand as he was.

She got away with murder.


Sands   July 11th, 2011 12:50 pm ET

Hum! Maybe Casey was looking for chloroform to kill her parents so she could get the house?

Sands


Aaron   July 11th, 2011 1:29 pm ET

Is this case not truly a case of trial by public opinion? One issue with the justice system that I see is that District Attorneys are elected officials and face the pressures of public opinion and hysteria. Why shouldn't the DA's be appointed by the governer of the state the same way the Justices of the Supreme court are appointed. Was the District attorney pressured into indicting Casey Anthony before they were ready due to the pressures of public opinion on the elected DA of Orange County?


jaunt   July 11th, 2011 4:54 pm ET

I just wanted to add my two cents worth. I think it is really said when the people of florida had to pay all the jurors 30 dollars a day give them a place to lay their heads and feed their stomachs, and activites to occupy their time away from home, that they can't even be fair in their judgement. Not to look at the evidence, but such in a gotj-damn hurry to get home to do nothing, but hide because they knew they were ALL wrong with their decision. OH and lets not forget about the juror who is not going to miss his cruise.


Kaci   July 13th, 2011 11:26 am ET

This case is a lot like "Lizzie Borden". While she sat at trial and many accused her of the murder and step mother, they prosecutors could not prove the case. It was all circumstantial theories. We have the same process in the Anthony case. Many accuse but there is no hard proof that she killed Caylee. I believe it will go down just like the Borden case, always a mystery. I would have voted not guilty because there was no evidence directly linking her with the murder.

The Borden case at the time, went thru all the trials of the Anthony case. Thousands of people yelling and screaming and threatening the jurors and judge. It is all so strange it should be so alike. I wish that people would have evolved from over a hundred years ago, but they haven't.


Carol   July 13th, 2011 11:51 am ET

After the recent 'shock verdict' in the Casey Anthony case, I feel our country should implement some sort of Jury Reform. Jury selection could be done as it is, however, before being seated at the trial, all potential jurors should be given a psychological test . The test to be composed by competant psychologist/psychiatrists, should test their: IQ, aptitude, and ability to: concentrate, follow instructions, retain information, use common sense, and, stand by their convictions. The Anthony case seems to show 12 people who were lacking in most of the aforementioned traits. One simple basic aptitude test to to help make certain that there will not be a next time that an incompetant jury is allowed to sit for a case. If so, the next time could work in reverse, and a truly innocent person could be found guilty and sentenced to death. I feel it would be fair to all; both the general public as well as all future defendants if all potential jurors were given a basic "competancy" test before being sworn in


Nicole   July 13th, 2011 1:54 pm ET

Why wasn't or isn't Casey being charged with hiding the death of a child? Is it not a law in FL? It is in many other states with penalty up to five years in prison.


Nicole   July 13th, 2011 1:58 pm ET

Why wasn't or isn't Casey being charged with hiding the death of a child? Is it not a law in FL? It is in many other states with penalty up to five years in prison. Her defense team openly admitted that she held Caylee's lifeless body. Wether or not George Anthony was involved in not reporting the death is a job for the state to prove but Casey admitted to it.


Cheri   July 14th, 2011 1:27 pm ET

Who can file a wrongful death suite against someone such as Casey Anthony? Does it have to be a relative or can anyone file it? I truly feel someone should file one against Casey Anthony to insure that she does not profit off of the death of her daughter.


Gary   July 14th, 2011 1:38 pm ET

Does anyone besides me think it is weird that she left her purse, clothes, Caylee's favorite doll (sitting in the car seat,) the car seat and Caylee's back pack in the car? Could she have been planning on hiding and then saying she was kidnapped along with Caylee and was released but Caylee was still with the car and kidnapper. Perhaps that plan somehow fell through, maybe she thought she was seen or something.


amber   July 15th, 2011 9:01 am ET

i think casey should go through the pain that caylee wnt through



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