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July 4, 2011

Jury Instructions in the Casey Anthony Trial

Posted: 12:53 PM ET

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE

NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND

FOR ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA

STATE OF FLORIDA,

Plaintiff,

v. CASE NO.: 2008-CF-15606-A-O

CASEY MARIE ANTHONY,

Defendant

JURY INSTRUCTIONS

INTRODUCTION TO FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

Members of the jury, I thank you for your attention during this trial. Please pay attention to the instructions I am about to give you.

INTRODUCTION TO HOMICIDE

In this case, Casey Marie Anthony is accused of Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated

Child Abuse, Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, and four counts of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer.

Murder in the First Degree includes the lesser crimes of Murder in the Second Degree,

Manslaughter and Third Degree Felony Murder, all of which are unlawful.

A killing that is excusable or was committed by the use of justifiable deadly force is lawful.

If you find Caylee Marie Anthony was killed by Casey Marie Anthony, you will then consider the circumstances surrounding the killing in deciding if the killing was Murder in the First Degree or was Murder in the Second Degree or Manslaughter or Third Degree Felony Murderwhether the killing was excusable or resulted from justifiable use of deadly force

JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE

§ 782.02,Fla.Stat.

The killing of a human being is justifiable homicide and lawful if necessarily done while resisting an attempt to murder or commit a felony upon the defendant, or to commit a felony in any dwelling house in which the defendant was at the time of the killing.

EXCUSABLE HOMICIDE

§ 782.03,Fla.Stat.

The killing of a human being is excusable, and therefore lawful, under any one of the following three circumstances: 1. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means with usual ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent, or 2. When the killing occurs by accident and misfortune in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or 3. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune resulting from a sudden combat, if a dangerous weapon is not used and the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner. I now instruct you on the circumstances that must be proved before Casey Marie Anthony may be found guilty of Murder in the First Degree, Aggravated Child Abuse, Aggravated

Manslaughter of a Child, and four counts of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer or any lesser included crime.

MURDER – FIRST DEGREE

§ 782.04(1)(a), Fla. Stat.

There are two ways in which a person may be convicted of first degree murder. One is known as premeditated murder and the other is known as felony murder. In order to find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree, the State must convince you beyond a reasonable doubt of the defendant’s guilt of either premeditated murder or felony murder. While you must all agree that the State has proven first degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt, you need not be unanimous in your opinion as to whether that finding is based upon premeditated murder or felony murder as I shall now define those terms.

To prove the crime of First Degree Premeditated Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. The death was caused by the criminal act of Casey Marie Anthony.

3. There was a premeditated killing of Caylee Marie Anthony.

An “act” includes a series of related actions arising from and performed pursuant to a single design or purpose.

"Killing with premeditation" is killing after consciously deciding to do so. The decision must be present in the mind at the time of the killing. The law does not fix the exact period of time that must pass between the formation of the premeditated intent to kill and the killing. The period of time must be long enough to allow reflection by the defendant. The premeditated intent to kill must be formed before the killing.

The question of premeditation is a question of fact to be determined by you from the evidence. It will be sufficient proof of premeditation if the circumstances of the killing and the conduct of the accused convince you beyond a reasonable doubt of the existence of premeditation at the time of the killing.

FELONY MURDER – FIRST DEGREE

§ 782.04(1)(a), Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of First Degree Felony Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. The death occurred as a consequence of and while Casey Marie Anthony was engaged in the commission of Aggravated Child Abuse.

Or

The death occurred as a consequence of and while Casey Marie Anthony was attempting to commit Aggravated Child Abuse. 3. Casey Marie Anthony was the person who actually killed Caylee Marie Anthony.

In order to convict of First Degree Felony Murder, it is not necessary for the State to prove that the defendant had a premeditated design or intent to kill.

AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE

§ 827.03(2), Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Aggravated Child Abuse, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Casey Marie Anthony knowingly or willfully committed child abuse upon Caylee

Marie Anthony and in so doing caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.

2. Caylee Marie Anthony was under the age of eighteen years.

“Willfully” means intentionally, knowingly and purposely.

“Child abuse” means the intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child or an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.

AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER OF A CHILD

§ 782.07, Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. Casey Marie Anthony’s act(s) caused the death of Caylee Marie Anthony.

Or

The death of Caylee Marie Anthony was caused by the culpable negligence of Casey Marie Anthony.

I will now define "culpable negligence" for you. Each of us has a duty to act reasonably toward others. If there is a violation of that duty, without any conscious intention to harm, that violation is negligence. But culpable negligence is more than a failure to use ordinary care toward others. In order for negligence to be culpable, it must be gross and flagrant. Culpable negligence is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard of human life, or of the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of a conscious indifference to consequences, or which shows wantonness or recklessness, or a grossly careless disregard of the safety and welfare of the public, or such an indifference to the rights of others as is equivalent to an intentional violation of such rights. The negligent act or omission must have been committed with an utter disregard for the safety of others. Culpable negligence is consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury.

If you find the defendant guilty of Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, you must then determine whether the State has further proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Caylee Marie Anthony was a child whose death was caused by the neglect of Casey Marie Anthony, a caregiver. “Child” means any person under the age of 18 years.

“Caregiver” means a parent, adult household member, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare.

“Neglect of a child” means:

1. A caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain a child’s physical and mental health, including, but not limited to, food, nutrition, clothing, shelter, supervision, medicine, and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child. Repeated conduct or a single incident or omission by a caregiver that results in, or could reasonably be expected to result in, a substantial risk of death of a child may be considered in determining neglect.

FALSE INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

§ 837.055,Fla.Stat.

To prove the crime of False Information to Law Enforcement, the State must prove the following five elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Yuri Melich was conducting a missing person investigation.

2. Yuri Melich was a law enforcement officer.

3. Casey Marie Anthony knew that Yuri Melich was a law enforcement officer.

4. Casey Marie Anthony knowingly and willfully gave false information to Yuri Melich.

5. Casey Marie Anthony intended to mislead Yuri Melich or impede the investigation.

“Willfully” means intentionally, knowingly and purposely.

WHEN THERE ARE LESSER INCLUDED CRIMES

In considering the evidence, you should consider the possibility that although the evidence may not convince you that the defendant committed the main crimes of which she is accused, there may be evidence that she committed other acts that would constitute a lesser included crime.

Therefore, if you decide that the main accusation has not been proved beyond a reasonable doubt, you will next need to decide if the defendant is guilty of any lesser included crime. The lesser crimes indicated in the definition of First Degree Murder are: Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter or

Third Degree Felony Murder. The lesser crime indicated in the definition of Aggravated Child Abuse is Child Abuse.

MURDER – SECOND DEGREE

§ 782.04(2), Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Second Degree Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

 1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. The death was caused by the criminal act of Casey Marie Anthony.

3. There was an unlawful killing of Caylee Marie Anthony by an act imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind without regard for human life.

An “act” includes a series of related actions arising from and performed pursuant to a single design or purpose.

An act is “imminently dangerous to another and demonstrating a depraved mind” if it is an act or series of acts that:

1. a person of ordinary judgment would know is reasonably certain to kill or do serious bodily injury to another, and

2. is done from ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent, and

3. is of such a nature that the act itself indicates an indifference to human life.

In order to convict of Second Degree Murder, it is not necessary for the State to prove the defendant had an intent to cause death.

MANSLAUGHTER

§ 782.07, Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Manslaughter, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. (a) Casey Marie Anthony’s act(s) caused the death of Caylee Marie Anthony.

Or

(b) The death of Caylee Marie Anthony was caused by the culpable negligence of Casey Marie Anthony. 

However, the defendant cannot be guilty of manslaughter if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide:

The killing of a human being is justifiable homicide and lawful if necessarily done while resisting an attempt to murder or commit a felony upon the defendant, or to commit a felony in any dwelling house in which the defendant was at the time of the killing. § 782.02, Fla. Stat.

The killing of a human being is excusable, and therefore lawful, under any one of the following three circumstances:

1. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune in doing any lawful act by lawful means with usual ordinary caution and without any unlawful intent, or

2. When the killing occurs by accident and misfortune in the heat of passion, upon any sudden and sufficient provocation, or

3. When the killing is committed by accident and misfortune resulting from a sudden combat, if a dangerous weapon is not used and the killing is not done in a cruel or unusual manner. In order to convict of manslaughter by act, it is not necessary for the State to prove that the defendant had an intent to cause death, only an intent to commit an act that was not justified or excusable and which caused death.

I will now define "culpable negligence" for you. Each of us has a duty to act reasonably toward others. If there is a violation of that duty, without any conscious intention to harm, that violation is negligence. But culpable negligence is more than a failure to use ordinary care toward others. In order for negligence to be culpable, it must be gross and flagrant. Culpable negligence is a course of conduct showing reckless disregard of human life, or of the safety of persons exposed to its dangerous effects, or such an entire want of care as to raise a presumption of a conscious indifference to consequences, or which shows wantonness or recklessness, or a grossly careless disregard of the safety and welfare of the public, or such an indifference to the rights of others as is equivalent to an intentional violation of such rights.

The negligent act or omission must have been committed with an utter disregard for the safety of others. Culpable negligence is consciously doing an act or following a course of conduct that the defendant must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily injury.

FELONY MURDER – THIRD DEGREE

§ 782.04(4), Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Third Degree Felony Murder, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Caylee Marie Anthony is dead.

2. The death occurred as a consequence of and while Casey Marie Anthony was engaged in the commission of Child Abuse.

or

The death occurred as a consequence of and while Casey Marie Anthony was attempting to commit Child Abuse.

3. Casey Marie Anthony was the person who actually killed Caylee Marie Anthony.

It is not necessary for the State to prove the killing was perpetrated with a design to effect death.

Child Abuse means the intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child; or an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child, when that person knowingly or willfully abused a child without causing great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the child.

“Willfully” means intentionally, knowingly and purposely.

ATTEMPT TO COMMIT CRIME

§ 777.04(1), Fla. Stat.

In order to prove that the defendant attempted to commit the crime of Child Abuse, the State must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Casey Marie Anthony did some act toward committing the crime of Child Abuse that went beyond just thinking or talking about it.

2. She would have committed the crime except that someone prevented her from committing the crime of Child Abuse or she failed.

It is not an attempt to commit Child Abuse if the defendant abandoned her attempt to commit the offense or otherwise prevented its commission, under circumstances indicating a complete and voluntary renunciation of her criminal purpose. 

CHILD ABUSE

§ 827.03(1), Fla. Stat.

To prove the crime of Child Abuse, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Casey Marie Anthony

a. intentionally inflicted physical or mental injury upon Caylee Marie Anthony

or

b. committed an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to Caylee Marie Anthony

2. The victim was under the age of eighteen years.

 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY; REASONABLE DOUBT; AND BURDEN OF PROOF

The defendant has entered a plea of not guilty. This means you must presume or believe the defendant is innocent. The presumption stays with the defendant as to each material allegation in the indictment through each stage of the trial unless it has been overcome by the evidence to the exclusion of and beyond a reasonable doubt.

To overcome the defendant's presumption of innocence, the State has the burden of proving the crime with which the defendant is charged was committed and the defendant is the person who committed the crime. 

The defendant is not required to present evidence or prove anything.

Whenever the words "reasonable doubt" are used you must consider the following:

A reasonable doubt is not a mere possible doubt, a speculative, imaginary or forced doubt.

Such a doubt must not influence you to return a verdict of not guilty if you have an abiding conviction of guilt. On the other hand, if, after carefully considering, comparing and weighing all the evidence, there is not an abiding conviction of guilt, or, if, having a conviction, it is one which is not stable but one which wavers and vacillates, then the charge is not proved beyond every reasonable doubt and you must find the defendant not guilty because the doubt is reasonable.

It is to the evidence introduced in this trial, and to it alone, that you are to look for that proof.

A reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant may arise from the evidence, conflict in the evidence or the lack of evidence.

If you have a reasonable doubt, you should find the defendant not guilty. If you have no reasonable doubt, you should find the defendant guilty.

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE

It is up to you to decide what evidence is reliable. You should use your common sense in deciding which is the best evidence, and which evidence should not be relied upon in considering your verdict. You may find some of the evidence not reliable, or less reliable than other evidence. 

You should consider how the witnesses acted, as well as what they said. Some things you should consider are:

1. Did the witness seem to have an opportunity to see and know the things about which the witness testified?

2. Did the witness seem to have an accurate memory?

3. Was the witness honest and straightforward in answering the attorneys' questions?

4. Did the witness have some interest in how the case should be decided?

5. Does the witness' testimony agree with the other testimony and other evidence in the case?

6. Has the witness been offered or received any money, preferred treatment or other benefit in order to get the witness to testify?

7. Had any pressure or threat been used against the witness that affected the truth of the witness' testimony?

8. Did the witness at some other time make a statement that is inconsistent with the testimony he or she gave in court?

You may rely upon your own conclusion about the witness. A juror may believe or disbelieve all or any part of the evidence or the testimony of any witness.

WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE CONCERNING CANINE SEARCHES

It is up to you to decide what evidence is reliable. You should use your common sense in deciding which is the best evidence, and which evidence should not be relied upon in considering your verdict. You may find some of the evidence not reliable, or less reliable than other evidence.

Some things you should consider in evaluating canine searches are:

1. The canine’s training and certification records, including an explanation of the meaning of the particular training and certification.

2. The field performance records including any unverified alerts.

3. The experience and training of the officer handling the canine, as well as any other objective evidence known to the officer about the canine’s reliability.

You may rely upon your own conclusions about this type of evidence. A juror may believe or disbelieve all or any part of the evidence or the testimony.

EXPERT WITNESSES

Expert witnesses are like other witnesses, with one exception – the law permits an expert witness to give her opinion.

However, an expert's opinion is only reliable when given on a subject about which you believe her to be an expert.

Like other witnesses, you may believe or disbelieve all or any part of an expert's testimony.

DEFENDANT NOT TESTIFYING

The constitution requires the State to prove its accusations against the defendant. It is not necessary for the defendant to disprove anything. Nor is the defendant required to prove her innocence. It is up to the State to prove the defendant's guilt by evidence.

The defendant exercised a fundamental right by choosing not to be a witness in this case. You must not view this as an admission of guilt or be influenced in any way by her decision. No juror should ever be concerned that the defendant did or did not take the witness stand to give testimony in the case.

DEFENDANT'S STATEMENTS

A statement claimed to have been made by the defendant outside of court has been placed before you. Such a statement should always be considered with caution and be weighed with great care to make certain it was freely and voluntarily made.

Therefore, you must determine from the evidence that the defendant's alleged statement was knowingly, voluntarily and freely made.

In making this determination, you should consider the total circumstances, including but not limited to:

1. Whether, when the defendant made the statement, she had been threatened in order to get her to make it, and

2. Whether anyone had promised her anything in order to get her to make it.

If you conclude the defendant's out of court statement was not freely and voluntarily made, you should disregard it.

RULES FOR DELIBERATION

These are some general rules that apply to your discussion. You must follow these rules in order to return a lawful verdict:

1. You must follow the law as it is set out in these instructions. If you fail to follow the law, your verdict will be a miscarriage of justice. There is no reason for failing

to follow the law in this case. All of us are depending upon you to make a wise and legal decision in this matter.

2. This case must be decided only upon the evidence that you have heard from the testimony of the witnesses and have seen in the form of the exhibits in evidence and these instructions.

3. This case must not be decided for or against anyone because you feel sorry for anyone, or are angry at anyone.

4. Remember, the lawyers are not on trial. Your feelings about them should not influence your decision in this case.

5. Your duty is to determine if the defendant has been proven guilty or not, in accord with the law.

6. Whatever verdict you render must be unanimous, that is, each juror must agree to the same verdict.

7. It is entirely proper for a lawyer to talk to a witness about what testimony the witness would give if called to the courtroom. The witness should not be discredited by talking to a lawyer about his or her testimony.

8. Your verdict should not be influenced by feelings of prejudice, bias or sympathy.

Your verdict must be based on the evidence, and on the law contained in thes instructions.

CAUTIONARY INSTRUCTION

Deciding a verdict is exclusively your job. I cannot participate in that decision in any way.

Please disregard anything I may have said or done that made you think I preferred one verdict over another.

VERDICT

You may find the defendant guilty as charged in the indictment or guilty of such lesser included crime as the evidence may justify or not guilty.

If you return a verdict of guilty, it should be for the highest offense which has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If you find that no offense has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then, of course, your verdict must be not guilty.

Only one verdict may be returned as to each crime charged. This verdict must be unanimous, that is, all of you must agree to the same verdict. The verdict must be in writing and for your convenience the necessary forms of verdict have been prepared for you. They are as follows:

SINGLE DEFENDANT, MULTIPLE COUNTS

A separate crime is charged in each count of the indictment and while they have been tried together each crime and the evidence applicable to it must be considered separately and a separate verdict returned as to each. A finding of guilty or not guilty as to one crime must not affect your verdict as to the other crimes charged.

SUBMITTING CASE TO JURY

In just a few moments you will be taken to the jury room by the court deputy. The first thing you should do is elect a foreperson. The foreperson presides over your deliberations like a chairperson of a meeting. It is the foreperson's job to sign and date the verdict form when all of you have agreed on a verdict in this case. The foreperson will bring the verdict back to the courtroom when you return.

Your verdict finding the defendant either guilty or not guilty must be unanimous. The verdict must be the verdict of each juror, as well as of the jury as a whole.

During deliberations, jurors must communicate about the case only with one another and only when all jurors are present in the jury room. You are not to communicate with any person outside the jury about this case. Until you have reached a verdict, you must not talk about this case in person or through the telephone, writing, or electronic communication, such as a blog, twitter, email, text message, or any other means. Do not contact anyone to assist you during deliberations.

These communications rules apply until I discharge you at the end of the case. If you become aware of any violation of these instructions or any other instruction I have given in this case, you must tell me by giving a note to the court deputy.

In closing, let me remind you that it is important that you follow the law spelled out in these instructions in deciding your verdict. There are no other laws that apply to this case. Even if you do not like the laws that must be applied, you must use them. For two centuries we have agreed to a constitution and to live by the law. No juror has the right to violate rules we all share.

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Pat Foster   July 4th, 2011 12:59 pm ET

Nothing but premeditated murder here, she planned it and followed through with it.


mary   July 4th, 2011 1:13 pm ET

in 3 short words, guilt, death penalty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Susan   July 4th, 2011 1:23 pm ET

The Jury is now out so hopefully we will have Justice for Caylee Marie Anthony!


Paula Griffin   July 4th, 2011 1:32 pm ET

Who are the alternates? Have they changed?Who is the foreman? What about the juror who has a trip to Europe planned?


Shirley Mellecker   July 4th, 2011 1:35 pm ET

Guilty of Felony Murder – I believe there was no premeditation but either if it was an accident or abuse it did result in the death of Caylee and the covering up of her death and the failure to immediately report it to the authorities leads one to think Casey was culpable and deserves to be judged accordingly.


Brenda   July 4th, 2011 1:40 pm ET

I feel they will come back with 1st degree. Guilty of all charges. Not only did she take precious little angel Caylee Marie Anthony, would is now happy with our Savior, she has destroyed her family that will never be mended. She the most selfish, self-centered I have ever seen. If she just happened to get off, where will she go to get away from this. She lied to family and friends, as well as, her stealing! Come on did she really think she would get away with all this with her lies?


Judy Yancey   July 4th, 2011 1:50 pm ET

I find her guilty of 2nd degree of murder and guilty of all the rest


KARILYNN   July 4th, 2011 1:52 pm ET

Hey Vinnie,
Here's my theory about Casey brushing Jose's face with her hand.

This is well planned strategy-if the Jury's results go against Casey, this may be one of a few things that we witnessed that could cause of mistrial because of Jose and Casey's personal relationship...perhaps they want to be noticed and questioned about the possibility of having an inappropriate relationship? After Casey informed the Judge she would not be testifying, she had a mild emotional flailing event with Jose....we couldn't figure out what she was saying but it was something serious. I think it was her telling him she should have testified??? Their public hugs; him calling her a baby like old couples do...find these little golden eggs and it may lead to mistrial.??? NO???


Pam in Georgia   July 4th, 2011 1:54 pm ET

I continue to pray for this jury that they find justice for Caylee!


derek   July 4th, 2011 1:58 pm ET

She will soon have the death penalty and very much deserves it. Maybe we should tape her mouth and put her in a bag. No matter what happens with the verdict she will suffer in firey pits of hell.


Jill   July 4th, 2011 2:03 pm ET

if convicted the "exact" words on the tapes of Casey Anthony herself will do her in..great closing argument by the prosecution who succinctly and factually ..I feel..pulled the whole case 2gether pointing the finger at one person...Casey herself...let's see if our justice system is up to snuff and Casey will be proven guilty as she should be...if it were myself I agree that my parents would be the primary people to rely on raather than those who really didn't care as much about Casey as they did.....


Nancy   July 4th, 2011 2:04 pm ET

I think Judge Perry was just awesome. The prosecution lawyers were stellar and it was a pleasure watching this trial despite the fact that a darling little girl was murdered and thrown away like trash. To show such an ice cold demeanor like Casey did really baffled me. In the end this is all about little Caylee. May God bless her.


Lynn   July 4th, 2011 2:16 pm ET

The Defense asked for a mistrial in the last hour before jury instructions. What was the basis for that? Also, they made a number of objections. Were any significant? Thanks for the great job and that of all the others on the show.


Tamara   July 4th, 2011 2:26 pm ET

If these are word for word the instructions published to the jury, then there could be issue with the definition of felony murder since the instructions cite three requirements to be met but only spells out two requirements. The ambiguity could be cause to later appeal any guilty verdict.


gray   July 4th, 2011 2:35 pm ET

Why didn't the court instruct jury that charges could be proved by circumstantial as well as by direct evidence, when the core of prosecution's case was circumstantial?


David Collins   July 4th, 2011 2:36 pm ET

I feel that she would be charged with Second Degree Murder, along with the lesser of the crimes she was charged with such as child abuse and presenting false information to law enforcement. I feel that there wasn't enough evidence to but Casey at the very instant of Caylee's death, but did however present enough evidence to show that Casey was at least involved.

I also feel that we still do not know exactly what happened to Caylee, and whatever Casey Anthony is charged with, I hope that someone confesses what actually happened to put this whole thing to rest.


Neil   July 4th, 2011 2:42 pm ET

Common sense says she is guilty. Caylee did not deserve what happened to her nor did she deserve the disrespect of being discarded like trash. I have 9 kids and could never in my life harm any of them.


Dina McKibben   July 4th, 2011 2:43 pm ET

She deserves the death penalty.....but the jury will probably grant her life.


Bridgett   July 4th, 2011 2:43 pm ET

Guilty on all counts!!!


Tonya Mays   July 4th, 2011 2:46 pm ET

guilty just hope she gets what she desirves(death or life no prole)


Darlene   July 4th, 2011 2:47 pm ET

I think Casey is guilty. and her smugness throughout the trial and lack of any emotion makes me sick to my stomach. She is just a selfish, young
snot and I would not put anything past her. She is chronic liar


john b lewistown,pa   July 4th, 2011 2:49 pm ET

I think she is guilty either if it was accident or not and that her family was involved also. i think casey should get life with no parole and thrown into general population were the other female inmates will give her the propper treatment she diserves.


Name*Charlie MCHone   July 4th, 2011 2:53 pm ET

If Casey is found guilty in this case I believe Judge Belvin Perry is to be held accountable. There is as much evidence of Perry being on the side of the State as there is that ties Casey to any evidence that would prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she is guilty of Anything other than being a lier.


pris ann   July 4th, 2011 2:54 pm ET

Aggravated manslaughter of a child 30 yrs
Lying to Police ? yrs

I am not in jury room, but this is how I would vote.:-)


Shawn   July 4th, 2011 3:00 pm ET

I am in no way taking up for Casey, but what specific proof specifically shows that casey is the one who did it? It was said she was the last one seen with Caylee but where is the proof she did it other than assumption, or gut feelings, or whatever else that would make one feel she did is guilty?


katjjur   July 4th, 2011 3:01 pm ET

I've said this before,Casey's expressions,her ability to lie as she goes reminds me of Diane Downs!! I know someone out remembers her.She tied killing her 3 children because they didn't fit into the life she wanted.2 survived. Her oldest daughter testified against her and she sits in prison to this day. Casey absolutely reminds me of her. Hope this jury gets this right. Guilty on all charges.


Paul   July 4th, 2011 3:02 pm ET

After hearing, and then reading the Jury intructions, I feel Casey is guilty on all counts. I have noticed that when she seemed to have had tears in her eyes, it was because I noticed she had been rubbing her eyes, which seemed to cause her to tear up. I feel so bad for George, Cindy and Lee Anthony.


Shawn   July 4th, 2011 3:02 pm ET

Even a Judge said on HLN said there was no specific proof


mary   July 4th, 2011 3:02 pm ET

Caylee is dead..nothing will bring her back. The entire family loses this one. I do not see that the prosecution proved, within a reasonable doubt, that Casey murdered Caylee. Too many questions unanswered. God knows the truth and his will, will last an eternity. Casey needs help, absolutely, strange actions, but death.. I don't think so.


George L. Villafane   July 4th, 2011 3:04 pm ET

I honestly believe that she should be found guilty of the highest offense and given the death penalty. No one has the right to take the life of another!


Andrew   July 4th, 2011 3:08 pm ET

WOW! Bunch of band wagon guilty jumpers. Before the trial I was the same but the State proved no one was "guilty" of killing anyone. This evidence would not allow me to go for Murder 1.


Samuel   July 4th, 2011 3:14 pm ET

I do not know if Casey is guilty of not, but the instruction asks the jury to make a verdict based on evidence, not emotions. Nothing presented can prove beyond any reasonable doubt that this is a premeditated murder.
One has to be 100% (or more) certain before sending someone to the death chair.
Also, I doubt that Caylee wanted her mother die.
For those frisky ones out there, before screwing around , make sure you are ready for motherhood before bringing someone into this world.


Silvia in Texas   July 4th, 2011 3:16 pm ET

Not guilty. Her lying arrogant father confirmed to his mistress that it was an accident going wrong. So there is the reasonable doubt.


Jolynn   July 4th, 2011 3:37 pm ET

It is definitely premeditated, obviously through the computer searches. But I don't think the jury in this case will hand out the punishment that is deserved here, which because of the horrifying aspects of this crime is the death penalty for sure, and she should be chloroformed, duct taped and triple bagged. Eye for an eye people!


EJ in ABQ   July 4th, 2011 3:42 pm ET

I've read over the Jury Instructions and I would think guilty of Felony Murder. I think it will be hard to get consensus on First Degree. Also, I think they'll return a verdict by Wednesday afternoon. I can't see them dragging it out much longer. They must have pretty clear ideas by now.


AndyT   July 4th, 2011 3:48 pm ET

If you watched the trial and paid attention the facts speak for themselves... and Caylee. The prosecution said it all.... One person, and only one fits all the evidence... Even if you don't believe that she used chloroform to kill her, the child abuse makes it murder one.... The defense put out UNREASONABLE theories and destroyed the Anthony Family…. Those who believe that the defense proved their case do not understand the unreasonable doubt issue…. There can always be a scenario given - “what if…..” all those given were outlandish and not within reason…. I hope the jury comes back in 31 hours with the guilty verdict that Casey Anthony deserves….. Guilty Murder one and all the rest….. NO (reasonable) DOUBT ABOIUT IT !!!


jojo   July 4th, 2011 3:59 pm ET

Manslaughter is all they can prove beyond a reasonalbe doubt and of coures the lies to law enforcement. We all think she is guilty but not enough proof for murder 1 or 2.


Billie   July 4th, 2011 4:04 pm ET

What sentence can be imposed for each count including lesser counts also why take notes if they can't be taken to deliberation


Gabriel   July 4th, 2011 4:26 pm ET

I can see why everyone wants her to be guilty but what adout the evidence? There is none. Does any one think that she is innocent?


Beverly   July 4th, 2011 4:26 pm ET

Casey remains as always so full of herself. She has such cold blank eyes. She has thrown her entire family under the bus and ruined their lives by her actions, furthermore you can see she does NOT CARE. Justice for Caylee Marie Anthony will pevail.


ashley   July 4th, 2011 4:33 pm ET

I don't think death penalty is right. If casey is guilty she should have to spend life in prison. How and who are we to judge? On judgment day that will all be solved.


addrean   July 4th, 2011 4:46 pm ET

casey is guilty of killing her daughter, and must be punished. However, she does not need to be put to death.......too much for her parents


Todd   July 4th, 2011 4:47 pm ET

Too bad the DA did not prove first degree murder or that a murder happened at all.


william j. zeallor   July 4th, 2011 4:47 pm ET

.. I do believe that Casey is guilty but not of the top charge. I hope the jury finds her culpable of 2nd degree murder. She should be sent away for a very long time during which she should agonize over her actions every remaining day of her life. To put her to death would be her 'easy' way out.


Reni   July 4th, 2011 4:49 pm ET

I agree with the comments I have read here.

The things that I cannot get past, which convinces me of her guilt, are: she did not report Caylee missing for 31 days; she lived her life in the nightclubs and showed absolutely no concern over her daughter "missing"; her to accusation of her dad and her brother of sexual abuse, when there was no evidence, was despicable and desperate; she will throw ANYONE under the bus to protect herself, which shows me, she has no intention of accepting responsibility; and there is no evidence, that I have seen, that would point to the killer being anyone else but Casey.

I hope the jury will give her the First Degree Murder Charge and follow it up with the death penalty.


Jay S   July 4th, 2011 5:05 pm ET

Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child perfectly describes the most likely scenario...an unintentional fatal overdose of chloroform. The duct tape probably came off the garbage bag when animals ripped it open and stuck to the hair mass.

Penalty would be 15 years. Perry could extend that 4 more years with the false info charges, then give 3 years credit for time already served. With good behavior, she could be out in 10 to 12, at age 35 to 37.


Diana   July 4th, 2011 5:30 pm ET

If this jury doesn't give her at least first degree murder they are a really stupid bunch! At first I thought maybe she was drugging Calley to party. until I saw she did a search for neck braking and ruptured spleen. The one thing the prosecution should have found out...where was little Calley left during the partying? Maybe at somebodies house? Her car? And wouldn't the little girl have effects of the drugs the next day? Nobody noticing? She had to be tired!


Roger   July 4th, 2011 5:32 pm ET

Casey always wanted to be the baby in her parents eyes.
But you can't be the baby if you have a baby. I don't care what she is found guilty of as long as she is removed from society for the rest of her life. In her six by eight cell which is more than she gave Caylee.


Joan Baile   July 4th, 2011 5:38 pm ET

guilty of first degree murder


nita   July 4th, 2011 5:49 pm ET

Linda Drane-Burditt's closing drove the final nail in Casey's coffin.


Donna   July 4th, 2011 6:09 pm ET

I Think that female who before being selected said that she could not vote for the death penalty will hang this jury.Don't know why the Judge allowed her to stay on.She's going to screw this up big time....


Rhubert967   July 4th, 2011 7:11 pm ET

What ever the jury comes up with I hope that it is something we can all except and that her family can live with. I will be very disappointed if she gets off. Or that she gets any of the lesser charges. But I have a feeling that because of a few jurors that just might happen.


SQ   July 4th, 2011 7:29 pm ET

The closing was excellent ,Linda was great. She put it all together.I liked the way she put it together.Brilliant.I forgot some of that info.How could Casey kill that beautiful child.Caylee should be walking around Fla. the sunshine state.But now that little angel is with the heavenly father.The jury needs to bring home a homeran and send a message to anyone one who would kill a little child this what you will get.I liked the way Linda played the evidence and had it go hand in hand.Casey came across as a monster, evil,no conscience.So foul mouthed talking to her mother, no child of mine would talk to me like that.I wonderful if it has been worth it now.Sitting in jail for 3yrsand looking at prisonnow or death.She should get the death pently but I dont see it Guility


Britt   July 4th, 2011 8:03 pm ET

The juror who stated that she could not stand in judgement of someone should have been removed by the Judge immediatley. She may very well be the individual who causes this to become a hung jury, and the wonderful state of Florida's taxpayers will be faced with this trial all over again. Do I think Casey is guilty.....with out a doubt she is guilty. First Degree!!


Sheila In Iowa   July 4th, 2011 8:09 pm ET

I am sure she is guilty but I also believe george Anthony knows more than what he is telling. If he didn't why would he say it was an accident that snow balled out of control.Poor Cindy Her daughter is facing life in prison and her husband cheated on her.


Pete in NC   July 4th, 2011 8:56 pm ET

I want her to stand up during the sentencing phase and tell the whole truth. I would spare her life for that.


Rusty in Texas   July 4th, 2011 9:30 pm ET

Casey Anthony put a heart shaped sticker on Caylee's duct taped mouth. If Caylee were alive when Casey did this can you imagine the terror Caylee must have felt and if dead at that time how evil a thing for a parent to do. I feel that Casey is guilty of !st degree Murder and deserves the death penalty


myoung   July 4th, 2011 9:36 pm ET

it looks little shaky.... i hope she gets what she deserves but after looking at the instructions made by the courts this isgoing to be very hard to get a first degree murder verdict return...only one can assume. unless the break a rule EMOTIONS!!!!!


brad   July 4th, 2011 10:03 pm ET

sadly i dont think the state has proved their case..beyond reasonable doubt....still too many unanswered questions, i too think she did it, but the law says you cant use conjecture or emotion to convict. as i human i want her to be imprisoned for life, but as a Christian I pray for all involved, all the family, friends, jurors, and judge and both sides of the court.


LeeAnn   July 4th, 2011 10:07 pm ET

Casey is so phycopath lair for what she had done with her precious lil angel! Casey took that lil girl's life away from her grieving grandparents' life who adored so much. We the people are praying for lil angel's justice for all, and Casey deserves her death penalty or life in prison where she would suffers for the rest of her life...no freedom!!! For the jury of all, please chose death penalty for Casey and Justice for Caylee!!! Amen!


Susan in Cleveland   July 4th, 2011 11:30 pm ET

When the prosecution went through day by day of the 31 days, they mention on either day 1 or 2, I believe, that she told her mom she was with Ricardo but actually she was with Tony. Did this Tony ever testify as to whether Caylee was with Casey when he saw her?


Joanne - Texas   July 5th, 2011 1:14 am ET

GUILTY – 1st Degree – sure hope she gets death penalty – little Caylee wasn't given the chance to live, he mother made sure of that


Sands   July 5th, 2011 2:38 am ET

Just listened to what one of the Anthony's neighbor's related, i.e. Please get lots of money with you stories, books, picture deals and move out of the neighborhood, "We've had enough!" Can't blame them one little bit. Can anyone imagine if Casey gets off and moves back home with her parents just what that neighborhood will be like??? At this time I doubt that the Anthony's have one friend left in that neighborhood as it stands. Even if Casey is found guilty, where do these grandparents go after all is said and done? Who in the world is not going to recognize them wherever they end up?

Casey where do you go if you get off? There is nowhere you can go and hide! You won't even be invited into the clubs that you so love!!!

Casey is guilty as sin! If she is found guilty I doubt seriously that she will even be welcome in the prison system! Prison systems take care of their own and not always in a favorable way if you get my drift!?!?!? Woman prisoners do not like woman prisoners that kill their babies!!!! Casey hopefully is thinking ahead and how she is going to survive inside prison? If you killed your abusive husband you stand a great chance of survival in prison but not when you kill your baby/s!!!!!

Sands


Betty   July 5th, 2011 4:22 am ET

Guilty of manslaughter. This is what I think happened. I think she placed Caylee in the trunk of her car while the child was sleeping, and then proceeded to hit the night clubs. When she left the night clubs she was intoxicated and forgot the child was in the trunk. She passed out, possibly for a long time due to intoxication. By the time she went outside to check on the child, the child was dead. Then came all the lies and schemes to cover it up.


GtOtAHe   July 5th, 2011 6:18 am ET

She will be found guilty of 2nd degree murder. Mainly beacause she's young, pretty (at least on the outside), and a largely circumstantial case, I think she is evil, just looking at her eyes they look black and empty. She has no soul.


GtOtAHe   July 5th, 2011 6:23 am ET

And by the way, kudos to the prosecution team, they did an awesome job of seeking some kind of justice for Kaylee, don't blame Ashton for laughing, I would have had a hard time containing myself as well, the prosecution put up nothing but ridiculous far fetched theories that were truly comical.


anette   July 5th, 2011 7:34 am ET

i was wondering what the difference in penalty is between manslaughter and murder? If it is murder, does the prosecution have to prove how she did it?
i pray for the jury to have strength to come to the right decision and peace in their hearts with that decision.


dale vanNoy   July 5th, 2011 7:41 am ET

I think the tape was placed afterwords to keep bugs out of her mouth.Cindy said they put tape around bags of animals to keep things out.


Sandy   July 5th, 2011 8:14 am ET

Guilty of First Degree Murder....she formed the "intent" and followed through with it. As for the Anthony family...they did not know that child was dead until they found the remains. They were portrayed as the bad guys...I think NOT !!!!!!!!


Sandy   July 5th, 2011 8:16 am ET

I forgot this part in my earlier post....though she is guilty of first degree murder, I do not feel she will get the death penalty.


johnny   July 5th, 2011 8:50 am ET

the whole family is crazy they all need locked up


sheldon   July 5th, 2011 9:14 am ET

You are all guessing, evryone is guessing no one can say who killed Caylee how Caylee died when Caylee died......


diana   July 5th, 2011 9:16 am ET

Not the death penalty. That is too easy for Casey. Life in prison w/o parole which takes away what she loves the most...beautiful life and freedom and boyfriend Tony!. It will take several days for a jury to come back as they will consider her age.


Gwenne   July 5th, 2011 9:20 am ET

Scott Peterson was convicted with much less evidence connecting the dots, but we tend to favor women more!!! She didn't want her mother to replace her with an easier child to love as clearly Cindy favored Caylee... so jealousy is a strong strong motive for ridding of the problem as a solution, problem being a very intelligent grandchild, and I understand Lee's feeling left out of the mix as well as you have to have others in your life you see first-hand who are not the favored one to understand that!


Renee   July 5th, 2011 9:34 am ET

What a fantastic job Linda Drane-Burdick did in her closing argument.! Perfect point-to-point statements. What a scowl of hate that "Casey Marie Anthony" had on her face! Definitely decision made for me now: Guilty- First Degree, Pre-Meditated Murder. Penalty: Death Penalty would be too EASY ; Life withOUT the possibility of Parole would be the "best-fitting" penalty for her, just knowing that she will not have the "Beautiful Life" that she so wanted to have will be the best punishment for this sociopath.


Sheila   July 5th, 2011 9:34 am ET

Justice for sweet Caylee!!! I think she is guilty and deserves all that is coming to her.


Cathy   July 5th, 2011 9:35 am ET

she is guilty of all but first degree murder. which i believe could get her a sentence of life + 49 years


Donna   July 5th, 2011 9:41 am ET

Vinnie- Please tell us if Casey is convicted of anything less than the Death Penalty charge, will she get out on appeal?

If she is aqquited and only charged with lying to the police will they release her fro time served??

Thank you Donna


Gwenne   July 5th, 2011 9:42 am ET

Why can't we easily connect the dots here when it's so obvious, it was not a stranger, not her father, not her brother, not her mother, and no one else had access to checking out 'breaking necks' if not the chloroform being easy to prove for the reason for checking on 'how to.' I mean, why can't we understand simple English. We must compare to other cases so we can with Scott Peterson, O.J., and others who did finally get justice with less evidence even. Cindy loved this grandchild more than her son and daughter as many parents do when their burdens grow up and are supposedly self-sufficient, so they can be young again with less mistakes at a 2nd go-around of childrearing–most will tell you how a grandchild fills up their nearing end of life void especially a bright child like this Caylee who sang 'please don't take my sunshine away....'


Soupy   July 5th, 2011 9:44 am ET

I think that Caylee has to have been a sleep when the tape was applied Caylee would have been pulling it off


Gwenne   July 5th, 2011 9:57 am ET

One brief second, Caylee's facial expression reflected a HATE look the camera captured at this trial. She is not JUST stone-faced or poker-faced as if indifferent or surprised even. She has all kinds of faces. I think of a multiple personality type here where she is MORE than one personality locked into that body–it is so obvious to me. We can see how intriguing the mind works in A Beautiful Mind movie, right?
We also see how she is perfect example of Usual Suspects movie where she gets a story incredibly detailed so maybe she also saw the movie Harvey with James Stewart and his imaginery Rabbit. She probably has a unique brain wiring someone someday will discover. Imagine if she pulled off the Perfect Mother. I think of other movies, one with Ed Norton, who was so convincing, but a trickster.


Wendy   July 5th, 2011 10:05 am ET

I hope you don't make this case so public due to ratings, book writings, movie-making, and forget bottom-line, a little girl will never attend school, have a love life and children, and grandchildren herself but not because of an accident, illness, stranger abduction, etc. She was victimized by a person she most trusted and loved unconditionally, 'as is.'
SOme have children as if they are LIVE dolls until they don't sleep through a night, or demand more and more attention, and the nail in the coffin here is the fact she could start talking, sharing, and exposing momma as a chronic liar.


Lynne   July 5th, 2011 10:14 am ET

She must be jailed until she gets past menopause so no child again will be missing, kidnapped, murdered with more stories that a person of this nature will concoct. I doubt anyone can do a Death Penalty here, but at least take away her freedom and partying power to give her parents a chance to mourn properly rather than see their child released and certainly not in any mourning!!!
We will always have other questions–like her overreaction when a body was found 12/11 NOT yet confirmed to be Cayley, but no reaction to bones found elsewhere short time before. Or, what did Lee mean with CMA CMA at Caylee's memorial–who was he addressing when he kissed his own arm? How could Jury not want to know how this accident wound its way to the woods by WHOM?
Everyone was attacked in this family but who had MOST motive?
Roy Cronk? Silly, huh? So much silliness entered this trial.


sy   July 5th, 2011 10:15 am ET

IF she chloformes the litle girl,how did she comes to mix the chemical?Did the investigation find any acetone or other chemical in the house?Did she have the knowledge to make chloroform?


Kat   July 5th, 2011 10:15 am ET

NOT GUILTY She covered for George


Renee   July 5th, 2011 10:26 am ET

To Britt & Donna: I am concerned too about the Juror that stated she could not stand in judgment of someone, that she will be the cause of a hung jury. The Prosecution tried, 2 or 3 times, to get her removed, BUT, Judge Perry, kept her on. The In Session team has said that Judge Perry had "rehabilitated" her, but I don't think that he really did enough, or tried hard enough. I'd like to know WHY he kept her on after the Prosecution tried so hard to remove her??? It will be so awful for the state of Florida is they are faced with retrying her. Same here, "Guilty, First Degree Murder"


Belive there is more to it.   July 5th, 2011 11:02 am ET

I do not think the prosecution proved there case beyond a reasonable doubt. I believe the child drowned in the pool and Casey did not know what to do? With parents like she had do you know what you would do? She said it would be pinned on her?


Lord knows   July 5th, 2011 11:10 am ET

Has anybody read the jury instructions? There is no way they can confict her? The is reasonable doubt surrounding this case.


Tong   July 5th, 2011 11:15 am ET

i think that Casey will be charge with MANSLAUGHTER ,because she think that she just put the duct tapes on Caylee's mouth for stopping crying and sleep ,so Casey can go online to chat with friends or go to party.And when she come back to see the little girl that she already died,she is very confused and calling boyfriend and her friends to teaching her how to setting up and to lie.


Cheryl Eden   July 5th, 2011 11:18 am ET

Judge Perry did an excellent job keeping things on track. The State did a First Class job of presenting their case in a systematic order of what happened and why it happened. The Defense should have hit the books a little harder in Law School. Casey took dead aim at anyone standing in her way which unfortunately Caylee became a victim of......guilty.....so she can never hurt anyone again.


Spanky of South Oxnard CA   July 5th, 2011 11:20 am ET

I feel it should be first degree murder all counts and should get the death penalty and it should be by duct tape and plastic bag with a slight hint of cloraform, anything else would be an outrage


nita   July 5th, 2011 11:34 am ET

It seems some are concerned the "Church Lady", who stated she did not want to judge others, will cause a hung jury verdict. I do not think she will have a problem when it comes to judging Casey after hearing the evidence and then using her common sense to draw conclusions about this tragic case. Church Ladies tend to love little children and dislike questionable moral behaviors on the part of women. I am more afraid of the the compassionate, I do not know anything about this case, thirty-two (32) year old, myself.


Thomas   July 5th, 2011 11:57 am ET

I think Casey Marie Anthony is GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER! How sick can someone be to murder their child. You know as mad as a parent/parents get mad and angry or even disappointed they are of their child/children. Whatever the case be it should NEVER and I mean NEVER end in a child/childrens life. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THEY NEED TO SOLVE THIS CASE SO THAT POOR LITTLE CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY CAN REST IN PEACE


Debbie   July 5th, 2011 12:35 pm ET

Premeditated Murder .................I rest my case !!!!!!!!!


Sands   July 5th, 2011 12:42 pm ET

As some of these comments have stated, i.e. Casey is innocent well then the question is, "Who murdered Caylee? And why aren't people, cops/parents out there looking for the real murderer?"

George making the statement, "This was an accident that snowballed out of control" only tells me that he is relating to his relationship (if there was truly one) with this supposed mistress. I think he was telling her, this relationship between you and I has been a terrible mistake and has snowballed out of control and therefore must end! As far as texting, "I need you in my life" makes perfect sense to me. If my family member were missing, I would be so happy to have each and everybody in my life helping me look for my missing person. I don't care if they are strangers or not, I would be happy to have each and everyone in my life helping me find my loved one.......

Casey is guilty and deserves LIFE without parole......

Sands


Christina   July 5th, 2011 12:51 pm ET

I am currently watching In Session on truTV, and the segment in which Ryan Smith commented that he thought the closing argument from Jeff Ashton was powerful when he talked about Caylee being able to communicate verbally and that being a reason why Casey had to get rid of her. Sunny Hostin disagreed and said that she and her mom don't believe that 2 1/2 years olds are able to verbalize that well. I disagree with her. I have a 2 1/2 year old that speaks very well and would be able to tell anyone at any time where I take her and what I do with her on a daily basis. My daughter knows the names of the people she comes in contact with and has a extremely good memory. She remembers things that happened over 6 months ago. I totally believe that Caylee could have exposed Casey's lies.


marlene   July 5th, 2011 12:52 pm ET

she is guilty of murder she planned it all by the searches she did plus she didnt want Caley or want her parents to have her what about her watching 123 Hill St murder= death sentance


Angie   July 5th, 2011 1:14 pm ET

"Reasonable" Doubt. That doesn't mean just because the defense throws out a bone it has to be taken. It means that another "reasonable" explaination for the death may exist. There was no other reasonable explaination given that would create doubt in the minds of any normal half educated adult. All doubt is not reasonable. Just because Baez said it doesn't make it reasonable or believable.


Jon   July 5th, 2011 1:24 pm ET

Are you ppl kidding me. If the jury takes only the evidence presented to them, then it should be not guilty. Her actions and lies do not make her a cold blooded murderer. I don't know just as all of you speculaters do if she did it or not. I asked myself first of all why? She had the support of her family so it's not because she wanted to be free and party or become a shot girl. It is clear from videos/photos that she loved Caylee. There are to many holes in this case and I don't believe she did all this on her own just to go out. My thought is that is was an accident and that she blocked it out so hard that she had to lie just to tell herself she was still alive. None of the evidence nor actions of any family member make sense from day one and all the way up til defense rested case. She was definitely not the only one that new Caylee was dead when whatever it was happened. I'm just saying that there is more to this then we know and if I were going to end someones life, I had better be 100% sure from evidence that she is guilty. Motive, cause of death, murder weapon,,, SOMETHING other than evidence that someone is living there life different then the normal. I sit here listening to ppl say unbelievable things and cracking jokes about the defense and about Casey, without even being as open enough to look at this in several ways and not just say guilty guilty guilty, the media for 3 years has been letting us hear that. I also thought that until May 24th when the trial started and I listened without judgement and what I heard is not enough to make me believe she did it. If I were on that jury I would not be comfortable with a guilty verdict. Sorry, I know some ppl are not open enough to make that decision but that is my opinion and it does not make me a bad person or someone that needs a reality check nor does it mean I need to be made fun of. I have heard it all from FB about my opinion and I have heard all of the ridiculous statements and jokes as well.


sue edmonds   July 5th, 2011 1:42 pm ET

So much emphasis was placed on the use of chloroform, was this material ever purchased by either the defendant or her mom, if so, when was the purchase made where was the material bought, and how was it delivered? if not through UPS, or through another international delivery source, then where did this chloroform came from?


Amy   July 5th, 2011 1:55 pm ET

God Bless Caylee Marie Anthony. May justice be served.
When I heard a verdict had been reached, I got teary eyed, and goosebumps.
The only consolation in this whole thing is that she didn't die alone – Jesus was holding her, and comforting her ~ then he took her home.


Pam   July 5th, 2011 1:58 pm ET

She DIDNT DO IT.

If anything she was not able to watch her when Caylee unlocked the door and got out. So, if anything she is guilty of that ONLY. And sorry GEORGE did it.
She should be released after that for time served. Yes, I am a mom also, we heard stuff the jury didnt am sorry they had their mind had been made up before they went in.

Casey is grieving to, do not hold the fact that she didnt testify against her it is HER RIGHT NOT TOO, CASEY HAD THAT GIVEN RIGHT, maybe Caylee was killed because yes, she was starting to be verbal because she to was be abused my 'JoJo' did anyone stop and think of that, no because no one wanted to see that about a police officer?

And, why didnt he call the police when he noticed he hadnt seen Caylee. So, Casey used lying as a defense mechanism, because of her dysfunctional family, her dad is a police officer and she was afraid of him, do you blame her. Look at it from a different view people PLEASE. STOP SEEING IT FROM JUST ONE SIDE. one thing we all agree on is Caylee died no one can say HOW.


bella rinebold   July 5th, 2011 1:59 pm ET

Such a unfair trial for Casey Anthony. Flordia you failed to prove anything,now a young woman may face death based on NO true evidence! Not one thing say's casey did murder her baby,nothing! George could just as easy have buried little caylee, and I believe he did this without a doubt. May God have Mercy on Casey. Her parent's should burn in hell !


nina teano   July 5th, 2011 2:34 pm ET

this is very sad i think her dad had something to do with it he should go to jail also


GLENDA McMILLIN   July 5th, 2011 2:40 pm ET

Did the jury take lessons from OJ's jury? I have lost all faith in our judicial system. Calee was dumped like yesterday's garbage and the murderer walks free. No justice for this baby.


fran   July 5th, 2011 2:43 pm ET

I am so appaulled at this. It isdisgusting.. NO JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE. I hope that at some point, Casey dies a horrid death.


Don   July 5th, 2011 2:48 pm ET

Well thee you go, again. Twelve citizens were able to see past the hype espound by the media and render a verdict of not guilty on the three major charges.
Why, so many may ask? Simply because they could see that there was no evidence to support the state's speculation as to what took place to end the child's life.
Perhaps the judge will find a way to force the accused to now give a true story as to events as they happened rather than as her imaginary friends may have led her to believe.
I hope so.


Keanna Anderson   July 5th, 2011 3:25 pm ET

This is not a case of manslaughter or vicious murder... But a murder for selfish reasons. She got pregnant, had a beautiful baby girl, and then decided to take the life of the child so she could party and have a good time. She wasn't crazy, she is far from innocent, the only thing she is, is a guilty, selfish, sorry excuse for a human being. Why the jury found her innocent.. I can't even imagine. I am completely angered, and the amount of unfairness is so large it could consume the world. That poor little girl did not obtain the justice she deserved, but her "mother" still runs free. Our justice system makes me want to vomit. I am disgusted in my fellow people.


Benny J. Kane   July 5th, 2011 3:53 pm ET

I watched the whole trial and the State never produced any direct evidence that Casey murdered her child NONE. The
Defense admitted that she was a lier and why so she was convicted of four counts of lying to the police. She may be out on bond later today and/or free as a bird Thursday given credit for time served. Now I would like to give a Shout Out to Nancy Grace who had Casey "Tot Mom" guilty from day one. George shame on you.


norris robert   July 5th, 2011 4:08 pm ET

casey nknows she killed caylee and the state had everything to find her guilty.the judge picked the wrong jury some of them didnt want to be on the case and the one lady that said she don judge people and she dont want to be judged.so the court didnt get a good jury at all.peoples going to look and see that you can go to florida and kill your child and get off of it.and mason got up there and was cousing and all he didnt do nothing.well another childs life taken and casey got off scott free only in florida.............................................................................


nick   July 5th, 2011 4:59 pm ET

Isn't there any way they can come after Casey for disposing of Calee's body in such an inhumane way? Isn't that in and of itself illegal?

And since Casey was the primary caregiver why isn't she legally held responsible for not reporting Caylee "missing" in a timely way?

It seems to me that such a law could potentially save a child's life or prevent this from happening again or as a false defense.


Benny J. Kane   July 5th, 2011 5:21 pm ET

I watched the whole trial and the State of Florida never produced any Direct evidence that Casey murdered her child none. The jury did see a lot of testilying during the trial.The quick verdict told me that the jury did not buy count one, two and three of the state's case. The Defense admitted their client was a lier so the jury had to convict on counts four thru seven. It was another case where the glove did not fit.


Lee   July 5th, 2011 5:42 pm ET

So, there is going to be no justice for this sweet little girl, Caylee?


CATHERINE BRY   July 5th, 2011 6:45 pm ET

July 5, 2011 6:38pm

Attn Vinnie et al

I agree with Vinnie's outrage at the verdict.

If Casey is not guilty, who did it? Will this case remain open to find who killed Caylee and dumped her like trash?

Maybe sequestration should be looked at and maybe jurors should be given intelligence tests as a qualification.


Gigi   July 5th, 2011 7:19 pm ET

1- The 21st Century & the prosecution couldn't provide a -DNA- direct evidence! A great lesson for all of us to learn. 2- Maybe if a thorough research was done back in August when the meter reader called the first time we won't be here wondering here who killed Caylee!!!


Gigi   July 5th, 2011 7:24 pm ET

1- The 21st Century & the prosecution couldn't provide a -DNA- direct evidence! A great lesson for all of us to learn. 2- Maybe if a thorough research was done back in August when the meter reader called the first time, we won't be here wondering -who killed Caylee?


Leeanna   July 5th, 2011 9:03 pm ET

i hope we can find out the truth


AndyT   July 6th, 2011 10:10 am ET

The jury found her not guilty... not innocent. In their short deliberation session hey could not get past the cloud of lies her defense put out there... After weeks and weeks of evidence it seems strange that 10 hours is all it took... no looking back, going over at least some items of evidence ??? When you see the book, movie or whatever out there where she is profiting.... don't buy it !! Legally she has been found not guilty.... morally – you decide. Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick and crew did a good honest job.... Baez and crew drew on multiple lies to cloud issues and ruin lives.... just as his client did... Now he will become famous... I believe that was his goal, not justice as he claims....


Laura Richardson   July 6th, 2011 11:13 am ET

I have been wondering if George and Cindy might have known in advance what Baez was planning to say in opening statements., I think they were trying to keep Casey from getting the death penalty, and didn't mind lying to keep that from happening.


debbie baker   July 6th, 2011 11:31 am ET

I Watched the whole trial I couldn't believe the verdict. I think that the
jury did that because they just wanted to go home It is so sad that there will never be justice for little Caylee. But i am a firm beliver in karma and karma will get Casey.I feel very sorry for the grandparents of Caylee because they will never be able to see her live the rest of her life, and Casey will have to face her Maker in the end and then she will be judged.


BelieveInSystem   July 6th, 2011 11:33 am ET

I believe in the judicial system!
I do not believe in media coverage and the Opinions of these TV personalities that have covered this trial. The reason that so many people are outraged about the verdict is not because they "listened" to the evidence with an OPEN MIND, but because they heard all the sound bites spewed on TV.
I too believed that she was guilty when i first heard about this case.
However, as I watched the trial every day, it became apparent to me that the state did not have the evidence to prove any of the charges against Casey Anthony in the death of her child. What would have been an injustice would have been to put this women to death for lying without the evidence to provide that she did it.
I got so outraged watching this trial, not because of the verdict, but because the media had her convicted and put to death before, during, and after the trial.
After awhile, I started muting the TV once these media "personalities" provided their "expert" opinions were so bias against her it was disgusting. On one show, the TV personality would cut off ANYONE who disagreed with "their" opinion.
About the celebration...I actually stood up in my home and cheered because the jury did not put this women to death because of lying and being a party girl, which is all the prosecutions could prove. I am sure is the verdict was different everyone of these media personalities would be right in the mist of the parting...

One final note, I am so sorry that a small child has lost her life so soon.


kss   July 6th, 2011 12:18 pm ET

"Court Play" is such a joke in this country. Our justice system looks for a win, not justice, and certainly not truth.
So, does this verdict tell us that people that want to kill their children need to move to Florida? I'm just glad Caylee never has to be with Casey again. Maybe God just protected her from the family. They all lie, show no integrity and no accountability. They are sick people that raised sick kids and maybe the family cycle can end here.


kay   July 6th, 2011 12:34 pm ET

I believe that jury knew what they were going to do before they left for deliberations. It was a waste of time to read the rules to them beforehand.

Ready for "Casey: The Movie?" Starring Lindsey Lohan as Casey Anthony.

Letting a guilty person off because their family is severely dysfunctional is not my idea of "reasonable doubt." The operative word is "reasonable" and it's clear that no one in that courtroom, except for the prosecution team, possessed one ounce of "reasonable" common sense.

I heard that Casey told someone that she wants to get her life back, get pregnant, and have another baby. Of course! When one household pet dies, run out and get another one! Oops, accident, pet's gone - get out the trash bags! And the beat goes on. Somewhere, i hope, there lurks a brick wall in her future - hopefully, soon, before she does any more damage and ruins any more lives.


George Strickland   July 6th, 2011 12:34 pm ET

the jury may have found her not guilty...But it will all come out on JUDGEMENT DAY..When she has to face GOD


Dave   July 6th, 2011 12:37 pm ET

Let's forget for a moment all the unanswered questions left after this trial. Let's forget body bags and bone, swimming pools, chloroform, decomposition, and who lied about what. Let's concentrate on the one law I feel should have been applied by this jury and was ignored.

Speaking purely from a legal standpoint and using the Florida statutes as a guide, I do not understand how a jury could fail to convict on a minimum of aggravated child abuse. I would personally not buy premeditation even with the mountain of circumstantial evidence because some of the connections are extremely shaky, but the child abuse charge (which I believe in Florida carries a 30-year sentence) has to be viable given the evidence and the wording of the law.

Since there was no true evidence submitted that the victim did in fact drown (that was only a defense theory of the crime supported by snapshots of the child taken God knows when), one must logically go with the defendant's words upon discovery of a missing child - that she was taken by another party. The defendant then obviously completely abdicated her responsibilities as a parent by (a) allowing her daughter to be taken from her by another party in the first place, and (b) failing to report such disappearance within a reasonable timeI

She allegedly had no idea as to the whereabouts of her daughter, her physical or mental condition, whether or not she was being cared for, clothed, fed, etc. She chose not to act on this lack of knowledge, so the logical inference is aggravated child abuse.

Consider the instructions one piece at a time.

To prove the crime of Aggravated Child Abuse, the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

1. Casey Marie Anthony knowingly or willfully committed child abuse upon Caylee Marie Anthony and in so doing caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.
- If abandonment of one's child is not knowingly and willfully committing child abuse I don't know what is. Ignoring her being gone for over a month surely constitutes child abuse. I think the prosecution's evidence certainly shows the defendant did nothing during those 31 days to locate or help her daughter. I also certainly believe that death would fall into one of the 3 examples of harm above.

2. Caylee Marie Anthony was under the age of eighteen years.
– A given.

“Willfully” means intentionally, knowingly and purposely.
– By doing nothing to regain custody of her child, to include reporting the situation to law enforcement, she intentionally, knowingly, and purposely allowed this condition of child abuse to continue, which ultimately resulted in the child's death by some means.

“Child abuse” means the intentional infliction of physical or mental injury upon a child or an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child or active encouragement of any person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.
– This definition says nothing about the perpetrator even having to be present as the abuse is carried out, which, if you accept the defendant's own initial story, she was not. Simply allowing the condition to occur and continue unreported for so long would seem to rise to the level of child abuse and meet these criteria.

I watched every minute of testimony and courtroom action, and am still amazed that 12 people could so blatantly ignore this point. To completely fold in this case tells me a couple of things. First, our society has reached a point where the general public is not capable of understanding the law, let alone meading out justice, and in many instances even understanding our own English language. If lawyers and judges don't "dumb down" their speechs and use slang and jargon no one pays attention because the are unable to understand the words....very sad. Second, the jury trial may need to fade into the past like the relic it has become. The concept was simple 200 years ago, but the law has evolved into something the common man or woman simply cannot fathom, so how about trials by tribunal of judges? And third, we as a society have rewarded ignorance and treated antisocial behavior like a virtue for so long many citizens are now unable to distinguish between right and wrong, and in this instance certainly incapable of interpretating the laws of the state of Florida.


Ann   July 6th, 2011 1:20 pm ET

After being totally stunned by this verdict, I have just read the instructions about 'doubt' in determining the verdict. I have NO DOUBT that jury did not review evidence or truly understood the instructions as to 'reasonable' doubt. I f they think she did 'something' they should have been able to reach a conviction on a lesser count.


angie from new jersey   July 6th, 2011 2:16 pm ET

I believe she murdered caylee anddeserved to be punished 100%.

Our system is not ok.

Its a wonder Baez did not use the phrase , If the duct tape don't fir you must acquit. The damage is done , she got away with murder and no one knows but her what happened to caylee. Only the lord knows.


EP   July 6th, 2011 4:59 pm ET

Based on these instructions -she should have at least been convicted of manslaughter! isnt a mother not reporting her child missing for 31 days culpable of the fact that the child turned up dead; even if she did not kill her with her own hands? (Which I believe she did, otherwise why all the lies)? Casey was completely negligent when she failed to report her daughter was even missing.


Shirley Dotson   July 6th, 2011 6:05 pm ET

There is NO justice in this land. If Cindy and George are getting death threats, what do you think Caseys' chances are??


DEE   July 6th, 2011 6:21 pm ET

casey is as quilty as sin, i could not sleep last night thinking about
caylee, i read of a man you stole cupcakes for his kids and got 2 years. one slick chick killed her child and got off free as a bird. if she
drowned what was a 2year old doing outside alone with a pool in the yard, if i had to shower my baby had to be right with me. i'm sorry she is nasty in fact my little one could not go out front without me until they
were six and then i sat on the porch watching


Dane Michael   July 6th, 2011 6:43 pm ET

Casey is only one person her life upon jury introductions to final instructions knew that weighing option behind the scenes within session at the Casey Anthony stand session is your front row seat to justice courtroom and jury witness watch reached between power of attorney and chief of judge are private long time talk and determine which one is right or wrong conviction. I would lke to say that casey was not her fault, may be could be Cindy was responsible for that case, however perhap mystery and hidden. someday who find out.
Dane Michaels


Ruth   July 6th, 2011 6:59 pm ET

I have just heard the comments on ABC that were made by jury no. 3. Juror no. 3 sid " if you can't find the eveidence to convict than how can you find punishment, I may be alittle off but that was the jist. It was my understanding that jurors at this phase were not to be concerned about the punishment. I just read the judge's charge to the jury and I don't see where he instructed the jurors on this? I hope I am wrong.


Dale   July 6th, 2011 7:01 pm ET

This is the most out ragous, although I have also witnessed many other trial's just as insane as this! so! there is no proof of kassey's death? How friggen stupid do they think the people totally involved and watching and hearing all the evidence are? It's so obvious Casey not only did it. But, she did to know were Kassey was! She just played dumb, lied and decieved! She should burn in Hell! who does that to there own child? If my child wasn't home I went looking til I found them. Am I supposed to believe Kassey tied herself with tape and jumped in a bag? That is as stupid as this verdict!


Harlee   July 6th, 2011 9:50 pm ET

Since Casey Anthony knew her daughter was dead in the beginning, why did the taxpayer have to paid for the very long trial? Why did she stay in jail for two years? There was plenty of evidence for me that she killed Caylee. I believe that common sense was missing here, I hope all involved in this defense fairy tale can sleep at night. Rest in peace little Caylee there are a lot of people who care about what happen to you


mary   July 7th, 2011 9:02 am ET

Where does it say that the jurors are not in any way making the decision on where Ms. Anthony will be put to death. That it will be the judge's decision.


Big Al   July 7th, 2011 9:32 am ET

I agree with Dave’s comment that the law has become too complex for average citizen who is required to be a juror. Consider the fact that the judge would not have allowed the jurors to smell the piece of carpet from the trunk of Casey’s car, if they had requested it, because one juror might give his opinion of the smell to the other jurors and the defense would not have an opportunity to cross-examine him. Yet one of the jurors who worked with computers I’m sure expressed his opinion about the validity of the computer searches to the other jurors without cross-examination.

Many people including one of the alternate jurors have cited the lack of a means or cause of death as a problem, as if to say that all one has to do is hide the body well enough so that it decomposes to the skeleton stage and you can’t be convicted of murder. How do you detect suffocation, drowning or even a gunshot wound in skeleton?

In any case, though I disagree with this verdict, I would rather see ten guilty people get acquitted than one innocent person be convicted.


Maddie   July 7th, 2011 9:58 am ET

I firmly believe that the JUROR's wanted to GO HOME! How could they have decided in 10 hours? They would have taken breaks, and the time going to and from the deliberation's room. So, give them 8 hours. And, why did some of the Juror's leave their notes in the Court Room? Could they have had time to go through all of the charges???

Judge Perry was and is awesome!

Casey was just given more time in jail-LOL. Better than nothing. Judge Perry did what he could do.

And, Please Do Not buy, watch, or do anything to allow Casey to "Earn any Money" from this terrible act she "did not do"-LOL.... Also, if she does receive any money, that she has to pay back all the money that was spent looking for all of our LITTLE CAYLEE..... What an Angel...


Kathy Blackmon   July 7th, 2011 1:32 pm ET

I don't see a problem with aggravated manslaughter of a child?? What was the jury so afraid of?


Cheryl Buhler   July 7th, 2011 2:03 pm ET

I really cannot believe what is going on.She walks free July 13th.One juror wont talk unless he gets five figures.And now the judge doesnt know if he should publish the names of the jurors.Personally I dont care who they were.They didnt think she was innocent but didnt have enough evidence to convict? Well I watched this trial and dont agree with that,But that is thier verdict and the way it is.


Ann   July 7th, 2011 2:58 pm ET

I honestly think we need to have mediators with the jurors to be certain they understand the law , the evidence and their instructions. From some of the jurors comments, it appears that they looked for any doubt to let her off of each charge. Also, how does the alt juror know what the jurors felt? Didn't Judge Perry admonish them NOT to discuss the case until deliberations? Alt jurors were not part of deliberations. Go figure.


CLO   July 7th, 2011 3:06 pm ET

I have been so sick since this verdict. I just cannot get over it. It leaves this gaping pit in my stomach that just will not go away. I guess that is because I have just realized their is a major flaw in our system that could produce such an injustice, like this verdict that we all know is ludicrous.


Carol   July 7th, 2011 4:45 pm ET

I agree with Dave completely.

How can we expect a peer, with the strong possibility of possessing little to absolutely no understanding of the law, to be qualified to determine the verdict and penalty in a capital case?

Seems to me all the potential juror had to do in this case was to admit they could consider the death penalty.

Would we expect someone who cannot read or write to teach the English Literature Course at the London School of Journalism?

There needs to be some type of standard minimum requirements to qualify jurors in a capital case.
1. Potential jurors must have previously sat on another criminal case. 2. Jurors must pass a test of general knowlege and understanding of the law as it would need to be applied in the capital case.

Maybe the reasonable doubt is anchored in the juror's own lack of confidence and their uncertainty in their ability to fully understand the law and to make the right choice.


sherry   July 7th, 2011 6:10 pm ET

I am giving casey the title to her new book "The lies between the lines"


caith   July 7th, 2011 8:11 pm ET

When the movie comes out, let us all go to the respective theaters and protest in the parking lots!!!!!!!!!


nick   July 7th, 2011 8:18 pm ET

I was ecstatic today to see that what I posted here immediately after the verdict could actually become law. Sure there are already laws against child neglect and abuse, but we need a more specific law to help prevent this sort of thing from ever happening again.

Casey took advantage of our system which presumed she was innocent in order to buy enough time so that all the evidence against her would be destroyed, if only she new there was a specific law that could send her to prison just for failing to report Caylee missing in a timely manner then perhaps things would have turned out differently.

I hope the proposed "Caylee's Law" is passed.


katjjur   July 7th, 2011 11:48 pm ET

Now that I've heard comments from a couple alternates and actual jurors, I am more convinced than ever that they got this so very wrong. Village idiots indeed. Caylee did not receive justice,just as she didn't stand a chance with that family. Jurors had ample proof period. They probably were waiting for a 'csi' moment. Brain trusts they weren't! Cindy looked almost happy at the sentencing so I am convinced that this was the master plan all along. I hope that entire family doesn't have a moments peace.I used to have sympathy for them but no more. Before you know it we will see Casey and Cindy hanging out together,just watch!


nita   July 8th, 2011 11:16 am ET

This jury need their names sealed forever...but at the rate they are coming out of the woodwork and going on the morning shows and spouting their rational for their decision to acquit Casey, it won't be needed.


nita   July 8th, 2011 11:35 am ET

I agree with those of you who feel the common citizen should not have the final say as jurors do. Why not let that be the responsibility of persons trained in that profession? As a teacher, I have seen the same thing happen in the educational system....there is the school board that make educational decisions and most members know absolutely nothing about teaching and effective practices. In medicine, the insurance company determines what services are rendered. Why in the helping professions, and all the professions forementioned are "helping professions" does this continue to happen?


janice   July 8th, 2011 2:55 pm ET

I would not watch any TV show, movie or expose on Casey Anthony. I would not read any book, article,or any blog that I thought in any way might help her to gain financially.


me   July 8th, 2011 3:13 pm ET

I do not want to hear anything from the defense,Casey Anthony, or the Anthony family. We are tired of fiction. I will never pay to read or will never watch a fictional story from any of their point of view. They have already given us that, However, I would watch, buy and read anything from Ashton and other state attorneys involved in this case and would also read or watch anything from the law enforcements point of view ..... How about Ashtons Law.....a juror can not profit by serving on a jury of any kind..It is sad that a law would have to be passed to ensure the integrity of a person. Changed the channel and did not watch Cheney Mason interview... I do not wish any harm on anyone involved in this case but again I will not help to put money in their pocket.!


JackBox   July 8th, 2011 4:38 pm ET

What evidence do you need in order to prove Aggravated Manslaughter of a child? That Caylee Marie Anthony is dead and the death of Caylee Marie Anthony was caused by the culpable negligence of Casey Marie Anthony. You can easily surmise by all the evidence that Casey Anthony did not provide a reasonable effort to supervise and/or protect her child and as a result Caylee is dead.Under the law, a parent is responsible for the safety and welfare of their children and if you violate that responsibility and as a direct result of your actions the child dies, then your are guilty.beyond a reasonable doubt. Any reasonable person with common sense would be able to come to the same conclusion regardless of what you believe happend. It's obvious
that jury nullification played a part in this case and justice was not served.


Andy   July 8th, 2011 4:39 pm ET

She (Juror #3) CLEARLY did not hear, listen or understand the instructions.....>>“If they charged her with other things, we probably could have gotten a guilty verdict, absolutely,” Ford said on “Good Morning America. “But not for death, not for first-degree murder. That’s a very substantial charge.”.....plus deliberating the sentence to render a verict was clearly not part of the Jury's charge instructions from the Court, IMHO...


Allie   July 8th, 2011 6:57 pm ET

I've been trying for days to understand the jury's decision, I just can't understand why they couldn't or wouldn't connect the dots as to Casey's guilt. In my view, they didn't dileberate long enough. They made up their minds before the trial was over to aquit her. I want a new trial! I have to find a way to get passed this. I don't want to be bitter or vengeful in my heart but deep down I want justice. There was no justice for Caylee. The whole trial and verdict made a mockery of our judicial system. I'm upset the defense introduced that crazy theory and 'stole' the minds of the jurors. They bought hook line and sinker the defense's story. #3 jury said it was easier for her to accept the accident theory than the reality that the baby was killed by her mother. They just couldn't believe a mother would do such a thing. They wouldn't let their minds go there. I don't want know their names but they owe us an explanation of their verdict. They can remain annonoymous but I want someone to be able to ask them questions. I live in Florida and paid for her defense. I expect answers for this verdict!


Monica   July 9th, 2011 7:04 am ET

Two points,
no definition or normalization of the use of preponderence of circumstantial evidence being sufficient to find a defendent guilty.
no definition of reasonable doubt, as this appears to not be understood.
What a shame, what a travesty. The US trying cases by jury brings it down to jury selection, and excluding anyone who might in fact be helpful or useful, rather than swayable. Sad, Sad. That poor little girl. And don't think that winning this case with cure this woman of her pathological lying and using people.


Monica   July 9th, 2011 7:08 am ET

I was thrilled to hear that the state will be going after her to reinburse the costs of the search, as this took precious dollars, time and human effort away from other time-critical cases. I hope this does not sour communities, ever, from searching, as they may now wonder, as in this case, that the child is not missing or lost at all. I trust, tho, that people will always want to err on the side of not taking any chances and searching.
I fully support efforts to bring into law the necessity of reporting a missing child. I would like to see a timeline added–such as 24 hours, to give it more power...


Monica   July 9th, 2011 7:10 am ET

Taking a case out of the jurisdiction, as happened in this case, sounds like something from the horse and buggy era, we are so electronically wired now, that finding a potential jury who has not heard of a case is to find someone who is a dullard with no interest in finding out what is happening in the world and in their corner of it. I agree with calls that these cases should be tried by professionals, and not the lay public, particularly when we hear about the jury getting bored with scientific evidence after a brief time (WHAT?). Very concerning.


Monica   July 9th, 2011 7:15 am ET

I have heard many commentators and interviewees from the justice system respond with quite a bit of alarm at comments of the jurors that they did not want her getting sentence to die, and that this was a strong influence when it is never supposed to.
I don't suppose this would ever be adequate for a mistrial, unfortunately?
This is wrenching!
Thank you for the opportunity to express our views, I am done!
It is interesting to hear the range of responses, and the proportions of outrage and support for the verdict...


Linda   July 12th, 2011 12:44 pm ET

Now that some of the jury members are coming out to speak, I would hope there is something that can be done as they didn't "understand" the instructions. When they come out to say they were "sick to their stomachs and crying" over finding her innocent, there is something very wrong with their basic understanding of the law. Now Casey has murdered little Caylee, partied and ignored her missing for 31 days and gets to go to Puerto Rico to live! It is disgusting! Casey will get what is coming to her in the end! I would hate to be on a plane with her..she is going to be vilified for life. I would not ever buy, watch or give her a penny of my $$ or even watch a network that would pay her for anything.
SHE IS A LIAR.. Justice is truly blind, a sad, sad day in America


Edith   July 13th, 2011 12:39 pm ET

Were these jurors in the same trial that we watched? There was plenty of evidence, but apparently they were not able to comprehend it.


Maria   July 14th, 2011 1:56 pm ET

reading these instructions myself, particularly the definitions of the major charges, and having watched the trial, I don't think the jury got the same copy of this. If they had , and actually read it (took me less than 15 min), the Manslaughter, Aggravated Child Abuse charges etc., clearly state the only thing the State had to prove besides Caylee is dead- is the defendants' "acts" and/or conduct and behavior caused the death intentionally or not and showed disregard for human life etc.,!!
If their 'civic duty' is so respected by our system, maybe an unbiased lawyer needs to be in the deliberation room to 'babysit' the "elite special forces" chosen to for such an important responsibility.


Dawn   July 14th, 2011 5:44 pm ET

My thought is this....If we WERE (not that I do) to believe what the defense told us which is that Caylee died in the swimming pool only to be found moments later by Casey, isn't it reasonable to say that her NOT calling 911 to try and revive/save her daughter could be considered manslaughter or child abuse? She didn't know how long Caylee was in the pool. It could have only been a short time and there is always a chance of reviving someone. Her admission to the so called drowning should have been considered by jurors and her not reporting the drowning immediately to me should be considered manslaughter!!!


W. Warren McCain   July 18th, 2011 6:13 pm ET

I served on a sequestored jury. It is almost like being in solitary prison.
After about a week I was ready to go home. I felt the urge and the axiety,Therefore I feel that I am qualified to utter these statements I am about write. I have listen to the trial and I have listen to the jurors who decided to explain the jury's decision. I have conclued that the jury should be investigated. The jury had an agenda and it wasn't justice.


Marcia Van Bibber   July 28th, 2011 12:46 am ET

"How can you find 12 jurors that would come up with a "not-guilty" verdict for Casey Anthony who murdered her baby girl, Caylee??" Unbelievable! I am angry at the jury, Casey, her mother for lying for her and feel nothing but pity for poor George Anthony. The jurors actually said they "thought George had something to do with his granddaughter's death!" We all know who killed Caylee – - Casey did. I am angry that justice was not served; wonder how all the people in prison for not only murder, but for non-support of children, smoking weed or trafficking in drugs; and other non-violent crimes feel about Casey getting off scot-free. The only rationale that makes me feel better at all is that I believe in God and he knows what Casey did. As far as her attorney, he is as sleazy as they come. I don't think it will be long before she commits another crime. Oh, by the way, I also do not know why everyone thinks Casey is so "pretty, sexy, etc. She is ugly inside and out. Anyone that has anything to do with her (that includes her lawyers is as bad as she is). Watch out Mrs. Hosea B., you may not have a husband much longer. Seems to me that he and Casey are "smitten" with one another. Poor George and poor little Caylee. I hope the jurors all realize what a huge mistake they made and that they lose sleep at night for the rest of their lives as well.....


Mishelle   August 16th, 2011 2:16 am ET

How about we post that the jury once again ignored Judge Perry's instructions for deliberation, to NOT consider the punishment. Therefore, making the not guilty an unlawful verdict and than the jury rests their hat on some bogus unproven theory?? I say a jury investigation is very much in order!



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