Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder Trial of Casey Anthony

The Verdict

 

On July 5, 2011, the jury returned a verdict that shocked the armchair jurors of the world. Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter or child abuse. She was only found guilty of four misdemeanor counts, which dealt with her lying and misleading police officers; she was released a few weeks later with time served, having been in jail for three years before trial.

Anthony family and defense team rejoyce at the verdict.
Anthony family and defense team rejoyce at the verdict.

After the case ended, a few jurors came forward to explain why they had ruled the way they did.

Jennifer Ford told ABC News, "I did not say she was innocent. I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be." Ford said they were all "sick to their stomachs," but had no choice to render the verdict not guilty.

In the court of public opinion, it seems like Casey Anthony will be guilty as charged. After her release, she was expected to disappear, as someone of such notoriety might.

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