Reaction to Not Guilty Verdict for Casey Anthony

People across the country, and in southern Colorado, are reacting to the “not guilty” verdict for Casey Anthony.


People across the country, and in southern Colorado, are reacting to the “not guilty” verdict for Casey Anthony.

On Tuesday, a jury acquitted Anthony in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.

While the verdict brought tears to Anthony's eyes in a Florida courtroom, it has some people closer to home seeing red.

One woman told 11 News, "I do not agree with it. I don't feel like it's justice for that little girl." Meanwhile, a Colorado Springs mom said "I was completely shocked, completely."

As the outrage over the verdict seems to grow, Colorado Springs Attorney David Foley says the public's anger should not be directed towards the jury.

"It's easy for us to sit back in the arm chairs at home, and we can see all the spin that's put on it," said Foley. "It's a very different perspective when you're sitting in the jury box and all you get is the arguments of the attorneys, and the evidence, and the testimony from the witness stand."

With only circumstantial evidence to go on, it can be tough for a jury to convict. Foley tells 11 News in a trial like this, reasonable doubt is key, especially when the death penalty is looming.

"A jury by and large takes their duties very seriously. They know they have to be very comfortable and very sure of that verdict," said Foley.

Now the question remains, what happened to little Caylee? According to legal experts, prosecutors might turn their attention to another family member.

"They could potentially bring charges against the father," said Foley. "I believe he was implicated and the blame was shifted to his direction."

As for Casey Anthony, the next step for her will likely be to file a motion to get her bond reduced, so that she can try to get out of jail.

Often times, following a criminal trial, a wrongful death civil suit is filed. In this case, it would have to be filed by someone in the family, and legal experts say that's not very likely to happen.

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  • by palmer on Jul 9, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    you know dam well that they will sneak her out before her release date,we are not stupid,you just dont want her hurt
  • by cheny Location: United States on Jul 8, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    after the court was over he gave the finger to the media,well my finger ,,,its break time
  • by jose b Location: usa on Jul 8, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    i belive in my client,,haha,,, but i will be posting the names of the dumb people that set her free ,i cant belive they did that,i mean just because i payed them
  • by Jim Location: C/S on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:05 PM
    Scott Peterson is sitting on death row for killing his wife and unborn child as he should be. The cause of death in that case was never proven definitively. Casey Anthony should have been convicted of at least manslaughter and child abuse. Why does it seem the burden of proof has to be more definite when it's a pretty young woman. Some people say justice isn't equal when it comes to race. I say it's just as biased when it comes to gender. Hopefully, some kind of justice will prevail and it will wipe that smurk off her face!
  • by judy Location: daytona beach on Jul 7, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    Can anyone in Clearwater Fl. see the forest for the trees, for Gods' sake! Casey knocked her out with the chloroform, while she was out, she wrapped her face with duct tape to smother her to death in the heat of June in the back of her car while she went up to Tonys' apartment to have a good time while she died in the hot trunk. I watched every day of the trial, and I am a Mother and you hav e no idea the depression the last to days, that I have suffered over this, and I'm sure I'm not alone
  • by D Location: CS on Jul 6, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    Rich, her name is Caylee and even though your spelling was not that great, I understood and agreed with what you wrote.
  • by Rich Location: Florida on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM
    Let's face it not enough evidence, but the only one that know's for sure is herself. And she has to live with it the rest of her life. All her friends that she new and what they know today, those friends want be there. The rest of her life will be misesable for NO one will want to assoitate with her. Her night's when she go to sleep want be piece full ones, for she know's what she has done. But what is going to happen there is going to be the time when she will be really JUDGE and that will be the time she comes before GOD, God will be the one who will give her the judgement day. MAY GOD BLESS LITTLE KELLY SHE IS A A ANGEL NOW FOREVER>
  • by K Location: COLO SPGS on Jul 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM
  • by CM Location: COS on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    Isn't it a crime to not report a death and then dump a body??
  • by KT Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:16 AM
    The jury did their job. The Prosecution was not able to prove its case; they could not say how, when, or where the child died. They probably should not have brought the case to trial with only circumstantial evidence. I agree the mother "looks" guilty...but the prosecution has to prove it. Also, much of the public opinion in this case was shaped by the media. The media is almost never objective and almost always sensationalizes the story. Why? Because the truth is usually not very interesting.
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