Reaction to Not Guilty Verdict for Casey Anthony

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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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