Casey Anthony Verdict In NOT GUILTY


This is massive, less than a day and a half deliberations after 3 years getting to trial and 8 weeks, 300 pieces of evidence and nearly 100 witnesses Verdict to be read at 2.15 Orlando time Aust time 4.15am NOT GUILTY except for lying to law enforcement.SPEECHLESS AFTER WATCHING EVERY MINUTE LIVE

Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, are the first to leave the courtroom, with their attorney Mark Lippman, after their daughter was found not guilty in her 1st-degree murder trial, at the Orange County Courthouse, in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

Casey Anthony reacts to being found not guilty on murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011. At left is her attorney Jose Baez. On the right is attorney Dorothy Clay Sims.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.

Officials said Casey is back in the Orange County jail and remains in protective custody.

“As to the charge, first-degree murder, we the jury find the defendant not guilty,” read the court clerk.

Casey, 25, wept after the clerk read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.

Instead, she was convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee. Her body was found in the woods six months later and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.

Casey will be sentenced by Judge Belvin Perry on Thursday and could receive up to one year in jail for each lying count.

After the verdict was read, Casey hugged her attorney Jose Baez and later mouthed the words “thank you” to him. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, meanwhile, shook his head in disbelief.

Casey’s parents, Cindy and George Anthony left the courtroom without speaking to her as the judge thanked the jury.

“While we’re happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case,” Baez said at a news conference after the hearing. “Caylee has passed on far, far too soon and what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure that there has been justice for Caylee and Casey because Casey did not murder Caylee. It’s that simple. And today our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.”

Casey’s attorneys claimed that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family swimming pool, and that her seemingly carefree mother in fact was hiding emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.

Prosecutors contended that Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by a mother who loved to party, tattooed herself with the Italian words for “beautiful life” in the month her daughter was missing and crafted elaborate lies to mislead everyone from investigators to her own parents.

Captivated observers camped outside the courthouse to jockey for coveted seats in the courtroom gallery, which occasionally led to fights among those desperate to watch the drama unfold.

Casey did not take the stand during the trial, which started in mid-May. Because the case got so much media attention in Orlando, jurors were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial.

Baez conceded that his client had told elaborate lies and invented imaginary friends and even a fake father for Caylee, but he said that doesn’t mean she killed her daughter. “They throw enough against the wall and see what sticks,” Baez said of prosecutors during closing arugments. “That is what they’re doing … right down to the cause of death.”

He tried to convince jurors that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool and that when Casey panicked, her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a murder by putting duct tape on the girl’s mouth and dumping the body in woods about a quarter-mile away.

Her father firmly denied both the cover-up and abuse claims. The prosecution called those claims “absurd,” saying that no one makes an accident look like a murder.

Lead prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick concluded the state’s case by showing the jury two side-by-side images. One showed Casey smiling and partying in a nightclub during the month Caylee was missing. The other was the tattoo she got a day before her family and law enforcement first learned of the child’s disappearance.

“At the end of this case, all you have to ask yourself is whose life was better without Caylee?” Burdick asked. “This is your answer.”

Prosecutors hammered on the lies Casey, then 22, told from June 16, 2008, when her daughter was last seen, and a month later when sheriff’s investigators were notified. Those include the single mother telling her parents she couldn’t produce Caylee because the girl was with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez, (Zanny) a woman who doesn’t exist; that she and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville, Fla., with a rich boyfriend who doesn’t exist; and that Zanny had been hospitalized after an out-of-town traffic crash and that they were spending time with her.

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Judge Belvin Perry says he will read the verdict at 2:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

The Florida jury deliberated for more than 10 hours. If convicted of first-degree murder, 25-year-old Casey could get a death sentence.

She could also be acquitted or convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

She is also charged with lying to sheriff’s detectives investigating her daughter’s 2008 disappearance.

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33 thoughts on “Casey Anthony Verdict In NOT GUILTY

  1. I too have watched this case through. In my opinion, it is the only just verdict. I have never believed that this young woman wilfully and deliberately killed her child. It has always been my belief that the child accidently drowned, and for whatever reason this was covered up. I do not believe that Casey acted alone in the cover up. I cannot see her placing the child in the woods. I am inclined to believe that her father instigated this action (they were both home on that day) and he placed the child in the woods, not Casey. I also believe that both of them acted in this way out of a fear of Casey’s mother, who appears to have always been the driving and dominating force in that family. There is still something not right here though – something else is being hidden I feel, but it is unlikely we will ever know.

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    • Kathy if I ever get into serious trouble I am insisting that you are on my Jury!
      I know I could tell better stories than Casey
      If there ever is such a thing as professional Jury people you could make a fortune..
      Max

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  2. I am flabbergasted! She is guilty, guilty guilty. I have followed this case too and have no doubt this woman is a sociopath who either deliberately or accidentally killed Caylee. Either way should have been Murder. If her father (x cop) had anything to do with it, I believe the body would never have been found. Caylee did not drown. I understand that there was some ‘reasonable doubt’ and hence this verdict – she is one lucky, nasty, foul mouthed b*tch. Watch her lap up the attention (and cash) now! I am so disappointed.

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  3. Orlando, Florida (CNN) — The members of the seven-woman, five-man jury in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial declined to speak to reporters after the verdict was announced Tuesday, a court spokeswoman said.

    “They are just not interested,” court spokeswoman Karen Levey said.

    Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. is barring the jurors’ names from being released at this time, she said.

    Two alternate jurors said they would be willing to speak to the media, Levey said, but they did not want to talk with reporters at the courthouse Tuesday.

    The jury deliberated for 10 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds before finding Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The trial stretched to more than six weeks.

    The jurors were picked in Pinellas County, Florida, due to publicity surrounding the case in Orange County.

    The group was scheduled to be transported back to Pinellas County on Tuesday night, Levey said.

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  4. The jury just didnt have a backbone, they were too gutless to even front the media and stand tall and tell the world why! They will sell their souls to the highest bidder now, as will Casey…I just cannot stomach this.JUSTICE? Fuck no, she was found not guilty, but if you run a red light and not get caught, you still ran a red light, you know what I mean.

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  5. Just wait till this jury gets out and sees all the facts, barred evidence, her criminal history and all the lies they kept out of court.They will have to sleep at night knowing they let a killer free. because NOBODY lets their 2 yr old daughter disappear into thin air and tell nobody for a month, and then only when she has to. Nobody fakes a murder to cover up a genuine drowning accident…Rubbish as the defence tried to tell the jury. Incredible

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  6. This is absolute BULLSHIT!! No justice for Caylee…….. I just don’t know what to say. Did they not listen to every bit of evidence presented???

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  7. This jury and the defense will have to live knowing that they did a disservice to that murdered baby. I hope that hangs heavily over them.
    I doubt Casey will ever feel guilt or even remorse, sociopaths usually don’t.

    I just do not know what else to say.

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  8. I was asked today what I would say to the jurors…Here it is….Never before have I felt such pain in my stomach and heart for a defenceless little victim…

    It is tragic you did not have the backbone, nor shoulders broad enough, to stand up and be counted today. The justice system is worse forever because of your week kneed approach to the obvious common sense that was presented before you.

    Hold your heads in shame and I ask that you never accept a dollar to dare try and justify your decision.

    You 12 will be forever remembered along side Casey as not knowing truth from fiction

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    • I cannot remember at time i have been more disappointed with a final outcome, I beleive she KILLED her child, i also beleive it was felony murder due to ag. child abuse. It seems to me the jury removed the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ and made it ‘beyond all doubt’. Whilst i can understand they wern’t comfortable with murder1 it was at the least aggavcated child abuse. That baby was in her care, and she threw her away. I am studying criminology and the criminal justice system, and i cannot see how the expectations of ag and negligent childabuse wasnt met.

      And the gutless jury who cant even stand behind what they found and explain why are beyond contempt… and worse a father and brother of the evil Casey due to her lies lies lies are now under the cloud of sexual molestation… no shes a narscasistic psychopathic selfish women who celebrated her child being missing for 31 days rather than reporting drowning, kidnapping etc.
      Disgusting and i dont even want to get started on her defense…..

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      • It is outrageous, I agree Natalie. If the US has as they the say, the best justice system in the world, then we are going backwards as a society. It ended up being a stage for theatrics and academy awards, and who wins in that scenario?

        I might suggest that in the land of crack-heads and fame seekers, she will not be living a long life no matter where she ends up. If the normal minded person finds this as a ludicrous and gutless decision, what are all the looneys going to be thinking.

        Yes I know that is not politically correct, I am just saying how I read the landscape over there.This is 10 times the joke that OJ Simpson was. Anybody who feels this is worth commenting on, I urge you to go check out the mountains a facts about this case beforehand.

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      • Totally agree with your comment here Natalie about the jury not going for Murder1 – but I expected her to go down for agg. child abuse. (Which I think I heard referred to as ‘felony murder’ ?)
        So did many others it seems.

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    • Hello Mrs.M…been a while but really, is this not the most insane thing you have ever seen? The one chance they had to make a difference, to stand tall, they will for the most, live in shame and shadows, embarrassed to proclaim yes, I stood up for justice, I did the right thing! Pigs ass…One of the things that will piss me off for years to come is every time they try to justify this will mean they will make a dollar. Paid for every word that comes out of their mouth. And this mob came from days and days of selections.What the hell do we need for fair justice. Bloody computers to digest the evidence and go through the process without fear nor favour of all this bullshit where perceptions, and rating the theatrics of counsel do not come into play? I just question every thing I ever thought about wanting to stand for justice and victims when we get shit on like this. Wow what can I add, still flabbergasted

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  9. Poor jury selection I said…these people from Pinellas County, seems like a world of their own…My heart bleed for this UNFAIR JUSTICE for Caylee just like another poor soul – didn’t ask to be born while she barely know how to defend herself – but her young life got taken away so tragically.

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    • Who pushed the jury selection that way? The must not have schools, TV’s, libraries, intelligent conversations among their peers, I could go on, who the fuck were these people, from some Amish community totally out of touch with the 21st century. I just do not get it…

      Imagine being a sibling, brother or sister of one of these jury members.Honestly their lives are changed forever. Being asked to support a family member or stand up and have some balls beyond all the bullshit! What does one do? Considering the rules in this case said nobody can be told apart from the fact you are on jury duty, the case you are on….

      SO…if we are to believe that…these jury members are coming home to family who had no idea what they had been doing/what case they had….Yeah right, sounds like the bullshit Casey spun about not knowing the mobile number of the people she “Worked with” in her stories

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  10. Another thing that makes no sense in the verdict is the fact they found her guilty of all those lies to police, hampering the investigation…follow the dots jurors…Why does a mother perverse the hunt for her “missing” child? Because she is covering up. Even IF they believed she drowned or died accidently*, it makes no sense that Casey would continue to spin a web of deceit and face the death penalty or LWOP as opposed to pleading to something lesser – much much sooner? I hope this makes sense :/ To me, her lies obviously lead to to the truth.
    And agreed Robbo, I am feeling disheartened, and really angry.

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    • Thank you Elaine…I really feel ( but what would I or you know, with this verdict, I cant decipher the man on the street) The big thing is the law is old…Written and enshrined in the days of candles, and witnesses, and first hand testimony…

      Well let us assume we stick to that ancient time honoured “Precedent” when they didn’t know a monkey hand from a murderers hand…Well it makes me feel pretty uncomfortable because I have children…Soon grand kids, and I do not wont some blokes idea of the law in lets say 1922 telling me that this is how we see it today!

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  11. Who pushed the jury selection that way? The must not have schools, TV’s, libraries, intelligent conversations among their peers, I could go on, who the fuck were these people, from some Amish community totally out of touch with the 21st century. I just do not get it…

    Imagine being a sibling, brother or sister of one of these jury members.Honestly their lives are changed forever. Being asked to support a family member or stand up and have some balls beyond all the bullshit! What does one do? Considering the rules in this case said nobody can be told apart from the fact you are on jury duty, the case you are on….

    SO…if we are to believe that…these jury members are coming home to family who had no idea what they had been doing/what case they had….Yeah right, sounds like the bullshit Casey spun about not knowing the mobile number of the people she “Worked with” in her stories

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  12. Here’s another conversation…

    “Thank you for using the law and not emotion.” (as to this jury”)

    And the laws where? The applications where? The ability to use ones human brain fell apart where? We cannot hide behind the LAW!

    If we run a red light and get away with it, we still ran the red light…This is not justice…It is a sleight of hand HOUDINI style escape.

    One I hope is never repeated. One must consider, in some ancient law makers good faith 100 or 200 years ago does NOT cut the mustard in the 21st century.If every other factor of society moves forward and the law does not.WEll it will be no suprise then that our expectations require no better. I prey your family are not tainted by this brush in years to come!

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  13. All I say is there are plenty of these type “wannabes do gooders” just cos their life is so perfect they see the world with tinted rose colour or basically cos it was not happen to them or their family then who cares, allowing these good looking sociopaths committed most disgusted act and let them get away with it. Casey played the victim card so well and the mother now is the aggressor (probably being assertive or simple had enough) and the dad & brother are the molester, what a joke? Everything seems to be face value nowadays – if you nice looking whatever you do is OK….
    Just comparing the support of Keisha parents got with Keli Lane.
    Then woman who killed her baby and took the dead infant shopping see how much support she would get compare to Casey.
    http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/woman-be-shopping-sometimes-they-be-shopping-with-the-baby-they-just-killed/

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    • Interesting that you mention looks, Mrs Morris. I was thinking asking similar lines myself, although from a slightly different angle. I was thinking about a concept that has been labelled “missing white woman syndrome”, which highlights the fact that if a missing or murdered person is caucasian, preferably blonde, and relatively pretty, there will be considerably more media attention given to the case. Sad, but undeniably a pattern. I was comparing the widespread knowledge of this case with the almost complete lack of media situation given to the murder of the Kahui twins (arguably much closer to home) in New Zealand. That one’s got many elements that should make for a media story but it didn’t get much coverage. None at all compared to this case.

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  14. Seriously I am so fucking angry. Cannot follow your conversations because of it. Please excuse my potty mouth.

    I cannot get over why they did not find her guilty of child abuse and/or neglect – because that was so obvious. Pissed off to the enth degree!!! Just lying to LE!!!!! I hope those supposed juror’s rot in hell with ICA. They are so wrong and I am so crying right now

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  15. It can only happen in America.
    All fucked up…
    Why would a Mother be photographed smiling and partying in a nightclub during the month Caylee, her daughter was missing??? That is DISTURBING in itself..
    The other was the tattoo she got a day before her family and law enforcement first learned of the child’s disappearance. What was it a month before it was reported?? Way too many twist & turns??
    Jury got it wrong!! Got bored??? Instead, she is only convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee. Her body was found in the woods six months later, and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.??? Maybe the Prosecution needed the evidence from Forensic Anthropologist as well???
    Double Jeopardy, cant be tried again..
    But then HOPEFULLY there is a GOD..?????? She Casey will then be on the Highway too hell…

    Bigmouth……….

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  16. I may be missing something here (I have been aware of this case but not actively following it) – but if the medical examiner can’t determine a cause of death, how can you expect a murder conviction? All the behavioural & circumstantial evidence in the world can’t really stack against that, can it?

    I’m not saying this woman is not a scumbag for her response/behaviour, but if a court can’t even determine there’s actually *been* a murder, how can a jury be expected to convict? I mean, if there is not definitive evidence that a murder actually occurred, there’s your reasonable doubt, isn’t it?

    Just wondering…

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  17. Hi perp there have been many cases over there where convictions have been recorded without determining cause of death.

    I have had the first nights decent sleep since this trial started many weeks ago, as I have been watching it minute by minute overnight here in Australia.

    To me this is suggesting that as long as nobody finds the body until it is skeletonised I have a good chance of getting away with it. She got away with it, NO law with tell me otherwise.

    No definitive evidence an murder occurred???? Duct tape is on a child’s mouth, nose etc for what? Accident? A Game? A murder took place, no doubt about it.

    The jury is in place to use their brain, their life experiences, their ability to make sense, to use logic, to make deductions and decisions about the case.

    This jury will be regretting this decision for the rest of their lives. And when they woke up today they will have family and friends who will be disgusted with them.Rightly so I say!

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    • Hate to disagree with you there, Robbo, but the jury’s role is to NOT make assumptions & deductions, etc. Their role is to make a decision based purely on the evidence provided. That’s why a juror investigating on their own has led to more than one mistrial being declared.

      I’m willing to accept that the balance of probabilities, circumstantial evidence and even common sense all combine to suggest that this woman did, in fact, murder her child, but like I said before – if the medical examiner cannot be certain that a murder has occurred, it’s a bit unreasonable to convict beyond reasonable doubt.

      Like I said, I haven’t specifically followed this case but based on that one issue, I would have to vote not “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” even though I do believe she probably did it.

      Slightly O/T but vaguely relevant, I think: My mother was called up for jury duty once. Turned out to be a rape case. She was really disillusioned when she came home because, in her words “We all KNEW he did it but had to vote not guilty because the evidence simply was not there.”

      A jury has to be cold, critical and analytical to do their job properly. Emotion and assumptions really have no place in the decision making process of a jury.

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      • On leaving the emotion out of a jury decision – it is interesting to hear some media commentators saying that the Prosecution should not have gone for the Death Penalty on a guilty decision. Jurors may have been unwilling/unable to resolve their feelings of Casey’s guilt and the responsibility of possibly sentencing her to death…Philosophy V Reality

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  18. Morning.
    I have watched this case online at wftv.com since Jury selection. I started off thinking that there is no way a woman could be that callous as to murder her child in such a cold blooded and heartless way. However, as the trial went on I began to believe that she actually did. The ‘Timer55′ sealed it for me.

    Only thing I can think to say in defense of the jury is that they did not have access to ALL the information we had on the outside. Cause of death or time of death could not be determined. No one actually saw Casey with chloroform, we do not know what was in the syringe, we dont actually know if Caylee was alive when duct tape was placed over her mouth.

    I am saddened that Casey wasnt at least found guilty of aggravated child abuse though. I think that if the jury ever take it upon themselves to find out the rest of the information and evidence that is available on the web they will kick themselves for giving Casey a second chance at life. Which is WAY more than Caylee had.

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  19. I have been watching it as well. I caught up on a bit of sleep as well. I feel so sad for liitle Caylee. I feel very concerned what is ahead with Zahra Bakers case. The system is so different in the US.

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  20. The jury have accepted that she was a victim, of abuse from her father and allowed him to continue that abuse with her daughter.
    The jury also have accepted that the child “accidentally” drowned on the pool and was disposed of by the father.
    Why the duct tape then?
    Why was she out every night partying, and greiving her loss.
    Surely this is not the end, surely the father will have an equal and opposite defence, proveable to the nth degree, invoking double jepardy when he places the blame firmly and unequivecably back on his daughter.
    There is law, it can be abused by those who weild it’s big stick and circumvented by those with money; there is a legal system for the rest of us, it is a system filled with corruption and qualified by money at every step. There is no Justice system, there is no justice.

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  21. I was shocked at the verdict however there are a few reasons why it happened……
    1. I do believe that the jury were quite stupid as you can ascertain by some of their remarks post trial.
    2. Although you can actually convict someone of murder even without a body there actually isnt a proper definition of reasonable doubt in the American system. The issue of how much doubt is “reasonable” and thus must lead to an acquittal is extremely murky for both jurors and legal professionals.
    3. The prosecution was disorganised, did not run a great case and were even cocky as they thought they had won before it was over.

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