A look at some shocking acquittals that took everyone, except maybe the jury, by complete surprise.
July 2, 2012, Casey Anthony made her first public appearance since her 2011 acquittal of her daughter Caylee’s murder. A look in photos at her activities following the trial.
In a handwritten statement, Casey Anthony claimed that June 9, 2008, was the last time she saw her daughter alive. Detectives found holes in her statements, claiming that Casey was alive and with her grandmother on June 15. Casey Anthony was famously acquitted of killing Caylee.
On June 5, 1985, the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments to the jury that would acquit Claus von Bulow of attempting to murder his wife Sunny. She had fallen into a permanent vegetative state after being given an overdose of insulin. Von Bulow, a wealthy socialite, was convicted at his first trial but that verdict was later overturned.
On April 18, 2002, police arrested actor Robert Blake for the murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. After a long, sensational trial, Blake was acquitted.
Robert Durst, an eccentric heir to a vast realty fortune, is no stranger to intrigue. His young wife disappeared in 1982, and a close friend who knew too much was found murdered nearly two decades later. Durst was questioned but let go in both cases. On January 28, 2002, Durst was extradited to Texas after being arrested for the murder of his elderly neighbor.