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A memorial near the location where Caylee Anthony's remains were found.
The disappearance and death of Caylee Anthony, a young child from Orlando, Florida, received significant media attention in the United States. The subsequent trial of her mother, Casey Anthony, on charges of murder drew even greater coverage in national, international, and social media. Caylee Marie Anthony (born August 9, 2005) was last seen with her mother on June 16, 2008 and was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, on July 18, 2008. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near the family home on December 11, 2008. Casey Anthony was indicted on charges of first degree murder and pled not guilty. The prosecution sought the death penalty and the trial lasted for six weeks. On July 5, 2011, the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child, but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. Anthony received a sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count. With credit for time served and good behavior, she was released on July 17, 2011 at 12:10 AM. In the United States, the case was called "one of the biggest ratings draws in recent memory" and "the social media trial of the century".Defense counsel charged that Anthony was being tried in the media to her great detriment while she was facing the death penalty. The case has been cited as an example of the unfairness of prejudicial pretrial publicity with the potential for impacting the rights of defendants in the United States.
but Casey claimed that she was too busy with a work assignment in Tampa.4 Civil cases 3. she said Caylee was with a nanny.• • 1 Disappearance 2 Case ○ ○ ○ ○ 2.2. and appeal • 3 Publicity and aftermath ○ ○ 3. sentence.1 Closing arguments 2. later identified by Casey as Zenaida "Zanny" Fernandez-Gonzalez.2 During and after the trial 3.2.1 Before the trial 3. At other times. taking Caylee (who was almost three) with her and did not return for 31 days.2.3 Evidence 2.3 The Anthony family 3.5 "Caylee's Law" and "Caylee's Song" • • • 4 See also 5 References 6 External links Disappearance According to Casey Anthony's father.2 Verdict.2. prosecution.2 Defense.1 Investigation 2.4.2. Florida. George Anthony. and jury 3. or at theme parks or the beach. Casey's mother Cindy asked repeatedly during the month to see Caylee. 2008.4 Criminal trial 2.2 Arrests and charges 2.4. It was eventually determined that although . Casey left the family's home on June 16.1 Public and media reactions 3.
During the same call. the day after Caylee was reported missing. she had never been seen by Casey's family or friends. who she also identified as "Zanny". When the trunk was opened." Case See also: Timeline of Casey Anthony case Investigation When Detective Yuri Melich. When questioned. he found discrepancies in Casey's signed statement. began investigating the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. any member of the Anthony family. Casey also told police that she worked at Universal Studios. George Anthony picked up the certified letter from the post office on July 15. Caylee's nanny. she had never met Casey nor Caylee Anthony. and found that his daughter's car was in a tow yard. by her grandmother. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car. a lie she had been telling her parents for years. or any of Casey's friends. while doing yard work. 2008. Casey said Caylee had been kidnapped by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. Cindy Anthony acknowledged to the 911 operator that Caylee had been missing "for 31 days". but no human remains. 2008. with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Caylee Anthony was reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff's Office on July 15. On July 13. and asked her to show them her office. Cindy. 2008. Casey led police around for a while before admitting that she had been fired years before. "There is something wrong. Cindy and George Anthony found a notice from the post office for a certified letter affixed on their front door. Both later testified that they believed the odor to be that of a decomposing body. .Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez did in fact exist. 2008. and in fact there was no nanny. it contained a bag of trash. Investigators brought Casey to Universal Studios on July 16. Although Casey had talked about Zanny. A distraught Cindy also told the 911 operator. both he and the tow yard attendant noted a strong smell coming from the trunk.  When George picked up the car.
2008.  On August 11.200 bond was posted by the nephew of California bail bondsman Leonard Padillain hopes that Casey would cooperate and Caylee would be found. On August 21. 2008. she was released again on bail after being fitted with an electronic tracking device. and was charged the following day with giving false statements. child neglect. On September 5. but she did not take it. 2008. On December 11. 2008.A crime scene photo admitted into evidence shows the wooded area where Caylee Anthony's body was found.  Casey Anthony was arrested for the third time on September 15. Casey Anthony was released from the Orange County jail after her $500. Roy Kronk. petty theft for forging $700 worth of checks and using her friend's credit cards without permission. She was arrested again on August 29. more bones were found in the wooded area near the spot where the remains had initially been discovered. tips of a suspicious object found in a forested area near the Anthony residence were called in to police by a meter reader. 2008. On December 19. saying Casey had shown "woeful disregard for the welfare of her child". The death was ruled a homicide and the cause of death listed as undetermined. a search was not conducted at that time. Kronk again reported the sighting and police found human skeletal remains in a plastic bag. Over the next four days. after one month of incarceration. 2008. on new charges of theft. Casey Anthony was first arrested on July 16. the remains were tentatively identified as Caylee's. fraudulent use of personal information.   On December 12. 2008. However. on charges of forgery. The judge denied bail. medical examiner Jan Garavaglia confirmed that the remains found were those of Caylee Anthony. and was . 12. Arrests and charges Casey Anthony at the time of her arrest on July 16. and 13. The bag was closed with yellow plastic ties and duct tape was found on the mouth of the skull. and obstruction of a criminal investigation. 2008. 2008. 2008 Casey Anthony was offered a limited immunity deal by prosecutors until September 2.
which included evidence of Google searches of the terms "neck breaking". 2008. The only DNA testing by the FBI was limited to 752 base pairs out of 16. She entered a plea of not-guilty to all charges. In a statement that morning. "how to make chloroform". Dr. Whether or not the decomposition was human is still unknown. A hair found in the trunk of the Anthony car exhibited this pattern. DNA samples could not confirm whether the source was alive or dead. the State Attorney's Office explained: "The neglect charges were premised on the theory that Caylee was still alive. Evidence The Anthony case introduced new forensic science that has yet to be peer-reviewed. The University of Tennessee's "body farm" discovered "hair banding". the State sought an indictment on the legally appropriate charges. but was indicated as a possibility. On October 14. Cindy and George Anthony. prosecutors announced that they planned to seek the death penalty in this case. stated that there is no consensus in the field on what chemicals are typical of human decomposition. 2009. October 24. officials released 700 pages of documents related to the Anthony investigation.000 bond was posted by her parents.released shortly afterward. the charges of child neglect were dropped against Casey. Ken Furton. a professor of chemistry at Florida International University. In evidence hearings. who signed a promissory note for the bond. Dr. The process has not been affirmed by a Daubert Test in the courts. aggravated manslaughter of a child. Casey Anthony was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder." On April 13. Evidence was found that someone had searched the Internet on the Anthony family computer for the use of chloroform and how to make it. 2008. Vass' group also stated there was chloroform in the car trunk. Vass' research group considers typical of decomposition (human decomposition was not specified). and four counts of providing false information to police. Arpad Vass of the ORNL stated that results from an air sampling procedure (calledLIBS) performed in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car showed chemical compounds "consistent with a decompositional event" based on the presence of five key chemical compounds out of over 400 possible chemical compounds that Dr. aggravated child abuse. On October 21.  Air samples were sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 2008. and "death" on Anthonys' home computer. On November 26. . As the investigation progressed and it became clear that the evidence proved that the child was deceased. On Friday. 2008. She was arrested for the fourth time. Judge John Jordan ordered that she be held without bond. a forensic report by Dr.569 base pairs (less than 5% of the mitochondrialgenome sequence).[dead link] Her $500. a theory still in its early stages of scientific investigation. in which hair roots form a dark band after death.
 The panel contained nine women and eight men. because the case had been so widely reported in the Orlando area." A member of Casey Anthony's defense team. In mid-August 2010. presented its claim that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family's pool on June 16. 2011. documents released by the State Attorney's Office in Florida indicated that the same type of laundry bag. citing various evidence.Investigators also entered into the body of evidence a photo from the computer of Ricardo Morales. spokeswoman Marti MacKenzie. and plastic bags discovered at the crime scene were found in the house where Casey and Caylee resided. Both cited travel costs as a barrier in continuing to represent Anthony. A "June 21" entry from Casey Anthony's diary was also released in which she expressed having "no regrets" and wrote "This is the happiest that I have been in a very long time. 2009. The trial began on May 24. at the Orange County Courthouse. saying allegations in a defense motion that he received special treatment in reviewing records. In the opening statements. The documents also indicate that Cindy Anthony stated to them that aWinnie the Pooh blanket was missing from Caylee's bed. though false. now made him a witness in the case. to protect her from accusations of . forcing him to withdraw. but the laboratory was not able to capture the heart shape photographically and could no longer see it after the duct tape was dusted for fingerprint processing. during which time the jury would be sequestered to avoid influence from information available outside the courtroom. According to an FBI laboratory email. withdrew. 2011. which the judge denied. lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick described the story of the disappearance of Caylee Anthony day-by-day. the attorney representing Casey Anthony's parents. 2008. The prosecution acknowledged that it did not know when the entry was made. 2010. 2011. Jurors were brought from Pinellas County to Orlando. Criminal trial On June 30. who then covered up Caylee's death and made it so that it would be a secret kept between himself and Casey. with twelve jurors and five alternatives being sworn in. Heart-shaped stickers were also recovered by investigators. Brad Conway. led by Jose Baez. It was estimated that the trial would last about two months. a heart-shaped outline was originally seen on the duct tape that was recovered from the mouth area of Caylee's skull.  Linda Kenney-Baden withdrew in October 2010. with Judge Belvin Perry presiding. Florida. contended that this entry was written in 2003 prior to Caylee's birth. and was found by George Anthony. Jury selection began on May 9. which depicts a "joke" in which a man is using a chloroform-soaked rag to drug a woman. Andrea Lyon presented a Motion to Withdraw as Counsel representing Casey Anthony. On February 18. Lead attorney Jose Baez called the evidence “completely speculative"  and filed a motion to excluded it from evidence. an exboyfriend of Casey Anthony. at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater. This type of blanket was found at the crime scene. duct tape. The defense. Jury selection took longer than expected and ended on May 20. An FBI report released in 2011 stated that the diary in question was not on the market until 2004.
Garavaglia took into account the physical evidence present on the remains she examined. and her brother Lee had also made advances toward her. The prosecution painted Anthony as a party girl who killed her daughter to free herself from parental responsibility and enjoy her personal life. Sgt. However. When George Anthony was called to the stand by Baez..Prosecutors alleged that Anthony used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. Baez argued. which included Jeffrey Ashton." Additionally. indicated a high alert of human decomposition in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. saying the police dog has had realworld searches numbering "over three thousand by now". John Dennis Bradley. before arriving at her determination. and that someone searched the website Sci-spot. The prosecution called medical examiner Dr. as well as all the available information on the way they were found and what she had been told by the authorities. was called to the stand by Baez to analyze a data file from a desktop taken from the Anthony home. a former Canadian law enforcement officer who develops software for computer investigations. he denied ever having sexually abused his daughter Casey.. since she had been sexually abused by George Anthony since she was eight years old. K9 handler Jason Forgey testified that Gerus. Bones." Garavaglia said. Bradley expressed his belief that "some of these items might have been bookmarked". 2008. is why Casey Anthony went on with her life and failed to report the incident for 31 days.The defense even had Lee issued with a paternity test to see if he was Caylee's father. He claimed that it was the habit of a lifetime for Casey to hide her pain and pretend nothing was wrong. neither K9 partner was able to detect decomposition during a second visit to the Anthony home. During crossexamination. The prosecution. Brewer explained that this was because whatever had been in the yard was either moved or the odor dissipated. testifying that even a small amount of chloroform would be sufficient to cause the death of a child. a German shepherd cadaver dog certified in 2005.com for "chloroform" 84 times. Kristin Brewer also testified that her K9 partner. Baez also called Cindy Anthony to the stand. who told jurors she had been the one who performed . Though agreeing that there were two accounts on the desktop. there's foul play. alleged an intentional murder and sought the death penalty against Casey Anthony. Garavaglia addressed the chloroform evidence found by investigators inside the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. who testified that she determined Caylee's manner of death to be homicide but listed it as "death by undetermined means". but that this was also all kept secret. and left Caylee's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it. " . "We know by our observations that it's a red flag when a child has not been reported to authorities with injury. Bradley said he was able to use a program to recover deleted searches from March 17 and March 21. signaled decomposition in the backyard during a search in July 2008.child neglect. Baez argued that the dog’s search records were "hearsay". This. he said there was no way to know who actually performed the searches. Jan Garavaglia to the stand. There is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies.
the "chloroform" search on the family computer in March 2008. the judge accepted the apologies but warned that a recurrence would have the offending attorney excluded from the courtroom. he said. Addressing the jury to discuss the charges against Casey Anthony. Mason said.  Baez contended that there were holes in the prosecution's forensic evidence. then a recess. This prompted Baez to refer to him as "this laughing guy right here". Baez alleged that Cindy Anthony may have left the ladder up the night before. "but how much guilt would she have knowing it was her that left the ladder up that day?" Baez told jurors his biggest fear was that they would base their verdict on emotions. the defense team for Casey Anthony rested. rather than from a trash bag found there. George and Cindy Anthony.. testified that Caylee could get out of the house easily. then you'll start to look at this evidence in a different light". He said the drowning is "the only explanation that makes sense" and showed jurors a photograph of Caylee opening the home's sliding glass door by herself. he chastised both sides. that they had not proven that the stains in Anthony's car trunk were caused by Caylee's decomposing body. if you hate her. referring to proving that Casey Anthony committed a crime. Mason said that the jurors are required. On June 30. When court resumed. Although Cindy Anthony testified that Caylee could not put the ladder on the side of the pool and climb up. Closing arguments Closing arguments were given on July 2 and 3.. At one point as Baez spoke. if you think she's a lying. "She didn't admit to doing so in testimony". The defendant Casey Anthony did not testify in her own defense. "I told you at the very beginning of this case that this was an accident that snowballed out of control." He explained Casey Anthony's behavior as being the result of her dysfunctional family situation. Defense attorney Cheney Mason then followed with an additional closing argument. whether they like it or not. He told the jury that the prosecution wanted them to see stains and insects that did not really exist. Ashton could be seen smiling or chuckling behind his hand. Since the defense offered no proof of any sexual abuse of Casey by either George or Lee Anthony. saying it was based on a "fantasy". it was not allowed to mention those claims in the closing arguments. but who it happened to. "The strategy behind that is. not evidence. "The burden rests on the shoulders of my colleagues at the state attorney's office". he said. What made it unique is not what happened. no-good slut. to find the defendant not guilty if the state did not adequately . The judge called a sidebar conference. saying both Ashton and Baez had violated his order that neither side should make disparaging remarks about opposing counsel. He stressed that there were no child safety locks in the home and that both of Casey Anthony's parents. After both attorneys apologized. He added that the prosecutors tried to make his client look like a promiscuous liar because their evidence was weak. Cindy Anthony said she went home from work early during the days in question. When asked by prosecutors how she could have made the Internet searches when employment records showed she was at work.
" she stated. he said. one of a set of laundry bags with the twin bag found at the Anthony home." she said. Mason emphasized that the burden of proof is on the state. Ashton reintroduced the items found with Caylee's remains. He advised jurors to use their common sense when deciding on a verdict. . Police. Lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick told the jurors that she and her colleagues backed up every claim they made in their opening statement six weeks ago. were never able to find the nanny." He outlined the state's case against Casey Anthony. for the prosecution. told the jury. using "Zanny the Nanny" (Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez) as an example. including her own father.  "My biggest fear is that common sense will be lost in all the rhetoric of the case.. however. Authorities did find a woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. On July 3. "When you have a child. as the odor from human decomposition—and the items found with Caylee's skeletal remains in December 2008. Jeff Ashton. holding up a photograph of the laundry bag. as Casey Anthony reacted with emotion." Burdick then showed the jury a split-screen with a photo of Casey partying at a night club on one side and a close-up of the "Bella Vita" (beautiful life) tattoo that she got weeks after Caylee died on the other. stressing how George and Cindy Anthony were wondering where their daughter and granddaughter were in June and July 2008. and the life that Casey Anthony wanted to have. they mislead. so predictable. including a Winnie the Pooh blanket that matched the bedding at her grandparents' home. and that Casey Anthony's decision not to testify is not an implication of guilt.prove its case against Casey Anthony. This case is about the clash between that responsibility. He emphasized how Anthony "maintains her lies until they absolutely cannot be maintained any more" and then replaces [them] with another lie. insisting that she would never ask the jury to make their decision based on emotion but rather the evidence. "That bag is Caylee's coffin". that child becomes your life. "That’s the only question you need to answer in considering why Caylee Marie Anthony was left on the side of the road dead. and implied that the defense never directly backed up its own opening-statement claim that Caylee drowned and that George Anthony made the death look like a murder. and the expectations that go with it. "No one makes an accident look like murder".. and duct tape he said was a relatively rare brand. they divert attention away from themselves and they act like nothing is wrong. they run. the same time Casey was staying at her boyfriend’s apartment while Caylee's body was decomposing in the woods." She suggested that the garbage bag in the trunk of the car was a "decoy" put there to keep people from getting suspicious about the smell of the car when she left it abandoned in a parking stall directly beside a dumpster in an Amscot parking lot. touching on her many lies to her parents and others. they avoid. 2011. but she denied ever meeting the Anthonys. He further criticized the defense's theory that Caylee drowned in the Anthony pool and that Casey and George Anthony panicked upon finding the child's body and covered up her death. "What do guilty people do? They lie. "Whose life was better without Caylee?" she asked. Ashton said. Anthony repeatedly told police that Caylee was with the nanny that she specifically identifies as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. "Responses to guilt are oh. the smell in her car's trunk—identified by several witnesses.
Count Seven: The defendant told law enforcement that she had received a call and spoke to Caylee on July 15. Count Five: The defendant told law enforcement that she had left Caylee at an apartment complex with a babysitter causing law enforcement to pursue the missing babysitter. 2011. The defense asked that the sentences be served concurrently.000 in fines for each of the four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. He therefore ruled that the sentences would be served consecutively. pursuant to the investigation of a missing persons report. Prior to her release. Anthony was sentenced to one year in jail and $1. 2011. 2011 for her four convictions for providing false information to a law enforcement officer. trying to find Caylee Marie Anthony. the jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder. and appeal On July 5. resulting in her release on July 17. the disappearance of her daughter and should be treated therefore as one continuous lie. aggravated manslaughter. 2011. This search went on from July through December. over several months. sentence. The judge rejected defense arguments that it was just one lie regarding the same matter. Verdict. and aggravated child abuse. 2008 causing law enforcement to expend further resources. The individual counts were specified by Judge Perry as follows: Count Four: The defendant told law enforcement that she was employed at Universal Studios during 2008. at Universal.The jury began deliberations on July 4. and instead found that they were "four distinct. separate lies". energy and manpower looking for Caylee Marie Anthony. Casey Anthony filed notice of appeal on July 15. Jeff Hopkins and Juliet Lewis. further noting "Law enforcement expended a great deal of time. on the grounds that the offenses occurred as part of a single interview with police dealing with the same matter. and decided to impose on them consecutive sentences. Count Six: The defendant told law enforcement that she informed two "employees" of Universal Studios." Therefore the judge regarded them as four separate offenses.  Anthony received three years credit for time served plus additional credit for good behavior. Publicity and aftermath . the maximum penalty prescribed by law. She was found guilty on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. of the disappearance of Caylee. On July 7.
 Casey Anthony's parents. Rusciano. J. The case became a "macabre tourist attraction". Geraldo Rivera. and was regularly the main topic of many TV talk shows. as people camped outside for seats in the courtroom. including hundreds of instant messages between Casey and ex-boyfriend Tony Rusciano. Cable news channels and network news programs became intent upon covering the case as extensively as they could. Simpson murder case. 2008. The audience for HLN's Nancy Grace rose more than 150 percent. jurors were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial. NBC'sDateline. Nancy Grace. president of SilverCreek Entertainment. Nancy Grace referred to Casey Anthony as the "tot mom" and urged the public to let "the professionals. TheNew York Post described the trial as going "from being a newsworthy case to one of the biggest ratings draws in recent memory". At the start of the trial. Larry Garrison. executive vice president of HLN. More than 6. after he failed to show up for a meeting with his lawyer. 2009. was fired for lying about his sexual relationship with Casey Anthony.Before the trial The case attracted a significant amount of national media attention. During and after the trial Public and media reactions The trial has been compared to the O. andTime magazine dubbed it "the social media trial of the century". WESH TV 2 reported that protesters repeatedly shouted "baby killer" and that George Anthony was physically attacked. the psychics and police" do their jobs. said it was "not about policy" but rather the "very. very strong human dimension" of the case that drove the network to cover it. hoping to secure one of 50 seats open to the public at the murder trial. and ABC's 20/20. Brad Conway. were the subject of increased scrutiny by the media for clues and possible motives in the homicide. was their spokesman until he resigned in November 2008. Scot Safon. It has been featured on Fox's America's Most Wanted. dozens of people raced to the Orange County Courthouse on Tuesday morning. both for its widespread media attention and reported "shock" at the "Not Guilty" verdict. including those hosted by Greta Van Susteren. where scuffles also broke out among those wanting seats inside. Outside the Anthony home. Cindy and George.000 pages of evidence released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department. a rookie Orange County deputy. and others. George Anthony was reported missing on January 22. George was found in a Daytona Beach hotel the next day after sending messages to family members threatening suicide. appeared on The Today Show on October 22. and other news channels deciding to focus on the trial saw . citing that he was leaving due to "the Anthony family's erratic behavior". They maintained their belief that Caylee was alive and would be found. He was taken to Halifax Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and later released. Because the case received such thorough media attention in Orlando.
 Opinions have varied on what has made the public thoroughly invested in the trial. This was expressed by some readers on the Toronto Star. many in the crowd of 500 reacted with anger. costing more than $20 million to fight and defend." Cloud stated. Psychologist Dr. Kim Kardashian. While we don't know what is true and maybe never will. Leigh Coleman of The Christian Post.000 pages of trial transcript in the process. Sean Hannity of the Fox News Channel also said that the verdict was legally correct.  According to recent statistics reported byThe Christian Post. and videotapes makes it irresistible. lies. "We want so badly to hang onto the belief system that mothers don't harm children. Outside the courthouse. Casey Anthony is a beautiful white woman and the fact that the case includes such things as sex. as well as other social media outlets. Some referred to the verdict as "O. He said it was a trial that was both a psychologist's dream and nightmare. Safon argues the Anthonys having been a regular and "unremarkable" family with complex relationships made them intriguing to watch. "Because the prosecutors had so little physical . it is worth taking a look at the narcissistic family when maternal narcissism rules the roost. Others felt the verdict was fair because they believe the prosecution did not have enough evidence to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. it is little wonder that this nation has been glued to the tube".J. also expressed outrage via Twitter. "The Simpson case was the longest trial ever held in California. and believes that much of the public's fascination has to do with the uncertainty of a motive for the crime. Joy Behar.News anchor Julie Chen became visibly upset and broke into tears while reading the not-guilty verdict on The Talk and had to be assisted by her fellow co-hosts. including. history. saying "the jury made the right call" in acquitting Anthony. Karyl McBride discussed how some mothers stray away from "the saintly archetype" expected of mothers. significant contradictions and flip-flops of testimony." When the "Not Guilty" verdict was rendered. People took to Facebook and Twitter.their ratings double and triple. Sharon Osbourne. Hannity also stated that all of the evidence that the prosecution presented was either impeached or contradicted by the defense.205 million when the verdict was read. running up 50. John Cloud of Time magazine echoed these sentiments.Ashton Kutcher.com site. there was significant outcry among the general public and media that the jury made the wrong decision. and many others. and questionable or bizarre theories of human behavior. Reports say the Casey Anthony trial [far exceeded] these numbers. the trial became the most publicized case in U." she stated. "Justice for Caylee!" and "Baby killer!" Various media personalities and celebrities. Demi Moore. "Anthony got off because the prosecution couldn't answer [the questions]. chanting. Jason Biggs. who also expressed their dismay.S. Roseanne Barr. Star Jones. saying the prosecution did not meet its burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt." stated R.  Frank Farley of CNN described the circumstantial evidence as "all over the map" and that combined with "the apparent lying. They report records show 91 percent of the television viewing audience watched it and 142 million people listened on radio and watched television as the verdict was delivered. Number 2". "It's fascinating that the defense in the Anthony case found a way to blame the father. HLN achieved its most watched hour in network history (4. to express their outrage.575 million) and peaked at 5.
with most of the visits coming from the United States.S. women are much more likely than men to believe the murder charges against Anthony and to be upset by the not-guilty verdict. and Newser reported that posts on Facebook were coming in "too fast for all Facebook to even count them." Around the time the verdict was announced. P. ABC says 1. 28 percent versus 11 percent. ranging from wanting justice for Caylee. said. one million viewers were watching CNN. to the circumstantial evidence having been strong enough. Two men who drove overnight from West Virginia held signs that said. The jury has spoken. "The main reason that people are reacting so strongly is that the media convicted Casey before the jury decided on the verdict. with one man displaying a sign asking Anthony to marry him. And nobody liked the fact that she was partying after Caylee's death. On the day Casey Anthony was sentenced for lying to investigators in the death of her daughter. to some blaming the media. The public has been whipped up into this frenzy wanting revenge for this poor little adorable child. supporters and protesters gathered outside the Orange County Courthouse. "Nobody likes a liar. with the number of visitors to the site increasing by five times the previous month's average. According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll of 1. lawyers and psychologists. Akamai Technologies' Net Usage Index for News showed that traffic to news sites surged from about two million page views a minute to 3..m. "We love and support you Casey Anthony. Carole Lieberman. they built their case on Anthony's (nearly imperceptible) moral character. stop trying to ruin innocent lives.com. Our legal system still works!" The gender gap has partly been . to think Anthony "definitely" committed murder. who put forward several theories for public dissatisfaction with the decision. Mashable reported that between 2 p. meaning at least 10 per second". MSNBC says there were 325. three times more than the average in the previous month. Disagreement with the jury's verdict was heavily debated by the media. 30 times higher than the previous month's average.010. they would understand that she could also be a murderer.3 million. Casey obviously has a lot of psychological problems. The poll reported that women were more than twice as likely as men.. The prosecutors seemed to think that if jurors saw what a fantastic liar Anthony was.m.com/live.evidence. compared with nine percent of men. ABC News also saw traffic soar around the same time.2 million videos were watched on ABCNews. Twenty-seven percent of women said they were angry about the verdict.m." and "Nancy Grace. And because of the desire for revenge. Between the hours of noon and 4 p. Twitter's trending topics in the United States were mostly about the subjects related to the case." The case also created a gender gap. The Hollywood Reporter says CNN logged 12 million page views during the same time frame and the story became CNN's tenth mostpopular video stream of all time. while about two-thirds of Americans (64 percent) believe Casey Anthony "definitely" or "probably" murdered her daughter. and Anthony was a habitual liar. and 3 p.  UCLA forensic psychiatrist Dr. Whether she murdered her daughter or not is another thing." She added. they've been whipped up into a lynch mob.283 posts on Twitter-related to the Casey Anthony trial on the day of the verdict. the majority of which were posted near the time the verdict was announced.
 others state that there was not. "Caylee's death is now just a blip on the screen". Some believe that the prosecution overcharged the case by tagging on the death penalty. very difficult to . "What does he care about what pundits are saying?" She stated that she imagines she has tried and covered as many cases as Mason. J. . And I think it's where even the most fair-minded jurors can get derailed. It's one way of showing that even if the jury didn't believe the evidence amounted to proof beyond a reasonable doubt. and don't have the experience to back up their words or the law to do it. including media commentators. The CSI effect was also extensively argued—that society now lives "in a 'CSI age' where everyone expects fingerprints and DNA. While many people. and incompetent talking heads saying what would be and how to be ." State's Attorney Lawson Lamar said. bias. Very." Grace stated that "[T]here is no way that this is a verdict that speaks the truth. and we are sending a message that old-fashioned circumstantial evidence is not sufficient". and criticized the defense attorneys for delivering media criticism before mentioning Caylee's name in their post-verdict news conference." Defense. not guilty. Simpson case prosecutor Marcia Clark and others believe that the jury interpreted "reasonable doubt" too narrowly. it didn't find the defendant innocent either. and prejudice.explained by "the maternal instinct". It didn't amount to a hill of beans. she said. people in good conscience could not sentence Anthony to death based on circumstantial evidence when reasonable doubt existed. whose news program is cited as having "almost single-handedly inflated the Anthony case from a routine local murder into a national obsession". one of Casey Anthony's defense attorneys. Now you have learned a lesson. "It didn't mean anything. "How? By confusing reasonable doubt with a reason to doubt. And reasonable doubt? That's the hardest. He termed it a "media assassination" of Anthony before and during the trial: I hope that this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in media assassination for three years. I can tell you that my colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases that they don't know a damn thing about. "We're disappointed in the verdict today because we know the facts and we've put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed. "The instruction on circumstantial evidence is confusing even to lawyers. In Scotland. Various explanations were given for the jury's decision of a not-guilty verdict. and jury Cheney Mason. prosecution.. Likewise. took the stance of those blaming the media for the passionate hatred toward his client. Mason's response was especially viewed as critical of Nancy Grace." stated Clark... O. This is a dry-bones case. The idea of a mother murdering her own child threatens what it is to be a mother. There's a difference. believe that there was enough circumstantial evidence to convict Anthony beyond a reasonable doubt. most elusive one of all.  Grace responded. they have three verdicts: guilty.. and not proven.
" She said that the jurors were "sick to their stomachs" over the decision to deliver a "Not Guilty" verdict and that it overwhelmed them to the point where they did not want to talk to reporters afterwards. "Obviously." He also said that Anthony was "not a good person in my opinion". this was a fantastic case. you cannot determine what the punishment should be. He stated that a lack of evidence was the reason for the not guilty verdict: "I just swear to God ." He disagrees with those who state the prosecution overcharged the case. it's not the outcome we wanted. it just outrages them. told the St. Petersburg Times that "everybody agreed if we were going fully on feelings and emotions.prove. a 46-year-old male who requested to stay unidentified. It's that simple. Juror number two... I truly do . told gossip website TMZ." Ashton also made appearances on several other talk shows in the days following. If you cannot prove what the crime was. I think ultimately it came down to the cause of death. "And today our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.. It just wasn't there. an alternate juror who stepped forward the day of the verdict. Ashton said of the verdict. "The facts that we had. "We should embrace their verdict". a 32-year-old nursing student—told ABC News. He said he accepts the jury's decision and that it has not taken away his faith in the justice system. juror number three—Jennifer Ford. 2011." He added.. Juror number six. But it wasn't there. "You can't believe in the rule of law and not accept that sometimes it doesn't go the way you think it should". this was first-degree murder. there are no winners in this case. But from the perspective of what we do. "I did not say she was innocent" and "I just said there was not enough evidence. "The prosecution didn't provide the evidence that was there for any of the charges from first-degree murder down to second-degree murder to the child abuse to even the manslaughter [charge]. "then so be it". she stated.." The next day. The delay in recovering little Caylee's remains worked to our considerable disadvantage. identified by WTSP as Brian Berling. 51-year-old Russell Huekler. stated Ashton.com that he is willing to be interviewed "so long as the opportunities are paid". she was done". I wish we had more evidence to put her away. far too soon. said. 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." Jose Baez said." Ashton additionally explained that if the jury did not perceive first-degree murder when they saw the photograph of Caylee's skull with the duct tape. the twelve jurors did not initially want to discuss the verdict with the media.. saying. Caylee has passed on far. and complimented Jose Baez on his crossexaminations and as having "the potential to be a great attorney". I think it all came down to the evidence. "I think when people see someone that they believe has so gone away from [a mother's love for her child]. "While we're happy for Casey. She believes the jury reached the right verdict. and explained that he understands why the case "struck such a nerve" with the public. On July 6. . After the trial ended. Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton gave his first interview about the case on The View." Former Casey Anthony defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden said that the state was trying to "find Elvis on toast".
"We felt that the motive that the state provided was. 2011. they now have closure for this chapter of their life." Though all of the jurors found Casey Anthony's behavior in the wake of her daughter's death "disgusting" and otherwise inappropriate. Anthony discusses missing "vain" belongings (such as tweezers and hair dryers). and George Anthony. "When I had to sign off on the verdict. emphasizing that the jury was frustrated by the motive. I've thought about adopting. Anthony discusses her life in jail." Additionally. "It was like having Cays all over again. a statement was released by Lippman on behalf of the Anthony family (George. the foreman said the jury did not factor that behavior into their verdict because it was not illegal. donating money to charities . cause of death. It was stated in press reports that Cindy Anthony had perjured herself when telling jurors she—not Casey Anthony—was the one who used her family computer to search the Internet for "chloroform". which was 10-2 (two voting guilty). which even sounds weird to me saying it. In response to the verdict. they decided the only charges they felt were proven were the four counts of lying to law enforcement. the testimony presented. the family believes that the Jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented. owning her own business. The state attorney's office said she would not be charged." he said. but there are so many children that deserve to be loved. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives. and her plans for the future if freed. the attorney for George and Cindy Anthony. what she misses. told ABC News that the family received death threats after the "Not Guilty" verdict was rendered. The Anthony family Mark Lippman." he said.The Jury Foreman expressed suspicion of both Casey and George Anthony. in our eyes. The foreman stated his work experience enabled him to read people and that George Anthony "had a very selective memory" which stayed with the jurors. On July 6. the sheet that was given to me – there was just a feeling of disgust that came over me knowing that my signature and [Casey Anthony's] signature were going to be on the same sheet. was just kind of weak. They initially took a vote on the murder count. Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony. wrote Anthony. The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately. Among her hopes for the future. but that there was also a suspicion of George Anthony that played a part in their deliberations. the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them by the Honorable Judge Perry to guide them. Anthony's jailhouse letters were released to the general public. "That a mother would want to do something like that to her child just because she wanted to go out and party. In more than 250 handwritten pages. she discusses children. They were originally released (though not to public) in April 2010 by prosecutors preparing for the Anthony trial. Cindy and Lee Anthony): While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony. "I had a dream not too long ago that I was pregnant". but after more than ten hours of deliberation.
Oklahoma. Her defamation suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages. 2011. In response to this and other petitions. It was reported before trial that Anthony would exercise her rights under the Fifth Amendment in response to written questions in the civil case. "This morning under policy. "Caylee's Law" and "Caylee's Song" See also: Caylee's Law Since the end of the trial. Moore also said that Cindy would be notified of her daughter's decision. A judge delayed her deposition in the case until October of 2011. On July 17.org. According to the group. "If you could change your name to any name. Mark Lippman told Reuters during the trial that Casey had cut off communication with her parents. various movements have arisen for the creation of a new law. is suing Casey Anthony for fraud and unjust enrichment. has gained over 920. a non-profit group which assisted in the search for Caylee when she was believed to be missing. Texas EquuSearch (TES). One such petition. Anthony told investigators that she had left 2½-year-old Caylee with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez—also known as "Zanny"—on June 16 at a specific Orlando apartment complex.000 electronic signatures. said jail spokesman Allen Moore. as well as a name change. at 12:10 AM. "Caylee's Law". alleging that Casey willfully damaged her reputation. circulated via Change. A woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez who was on the apartment records as having visited apartments on that date was questioned by police.000 searching for Caylee even though she was already dead. and would also stipulate a time frame for notification . "I've been thinking about that a lot lately. what would it be?" she wrote.  This protection could be extended after Casey Anthony gave notice of appeal of her convictions of lying to police officers.m. The lawsuit claims that the search for Caylee consumed 40% of the group's yearly resources which could have been spent looking for other missing children. and West Virginia) have begun drafting versions of "Caylee's Law". lawmakers in four states (Florida." According the founder of group. but the visit was denied.for cancer research. The lawsuit states. 2011. The law in Oklahoma would require a child's parent or guardian to notify police of a child's death within 24 hours. Cindy Anthony had scheduled a visit to meet with Casey at 7 p. and said she did not know Casey or Caylee." On July 8. During the investigation. that would impose stricter requirements on parents to notify law enforcement of the death or disappearance of a child. Ideas? Many ideas. Civil cases Anthony is being sued for defamation by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.. "Casey Anthony knew that her apparent 'cooperation' with the massive searches coordinated by TES created an appearance that she was a victim of law enforcement's unjust investigation and that she was a concerned mother seeking her missing child's return. Casey Anthony was released from jail. Casey was told of the visit and she has declined the visit so it will not occur". they spent more than $100. New York. TES conducted an unnecessary search July to December 2008.
penned a "Caylee's Song" soon after hearing the verdict. as well as to various radio stations and Internet radio stations. Grace played it for her audience . On July 8. 2011. an Alabama Music Hall of Fame member known for writing hits for country artist George Jones. "Me and my wife talked about it. Jon Whynock performed his own version at her memorial service in February 2009. said Montgomery. He sent an MP3 of "Caylee" to CNN and the cable news show Nancy Grace. often entitled "Caylee's Song".of the disappearance of a young child under the age of 12. Different artists have written songs in Caylee's memory. and Sheffield songwriter Earl "Peanutt" Montgomery. and I decided to do it". The Florida law would make it a felony if a parent or legal guardian fails to report a missing child in timely manner if they could have known the child would be in danger.
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