Gotta Watch: Judging Casey Anthony case
Casey Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in the summer of 2008.
July 4th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Judging Casey Anthony case

It's the capital murder case that's held our attention this summer. But has the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony intentionally murdered her daughter? The jury is beginning their deliberations today, and now it's your chance to weigh in. You've gotta watch the most pivotal moments from the defense and prosecution and judge for yourself whether Casey Anthony is guilty or innocent.

Prosecuting Casey Anthony – The state of Florida contends Casey Anthony cared more about partying and having a fun life than being a mother. It's her motive for murder, according to prosecutors. They paint her as a liar trying to live the good life at the expense of her daughter.

Defending Casey Anthony - The defense brought molestation allegations against Casey Anthony's father and brother during the trial. It pointed to George Anthony as the real culprit behind the toddler's death and cover-up. Most importantly, Casey Anthony's defense team relied upon the fact that Caylee Anthony's cause of death is undetermined. It believes that's the real reason there's not enough evidence to convict the Florida mother of murder.

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  1. alma

    I have watch on and off , one question I have who is Caylee's father and where is he in all this, as for Casey, quilty

    July 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JustinB87

    Victor I dont even think satanist like what she did are you even a real satanist. Go listen your Marilyn Manson and Korn CD high school is almost back in service.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Eddie

    Not Guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mac

    My gut says guilty on all counts. Unfortunately, the evidence says not guilty on all but the lying to police officers.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • phooeypapa

      God, you are an idiot. I hope someone like you never gets on a jury.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sherrie

    I'm a mother of 7 kids all grown . I remember this tragic news about Caylee Marie Anthony.Back in 2008 when she killed her daughter. My grandson was born in March 3 months before little Caylee Marie Anthony. Was found dead. Her lies destroyed her whole family. She cursed her own out for wat. I'v belief she will be found guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Gary Wolf

    Verdict: Not guilty.

    Baez was brilliant. 150 minutes. No notes. Carefully exposed the State's case for what it was. Arrogance and Fantasy Forensics do not equal evidence. We all "know" she did it? Why? Because she is a liar? Liars are not murderers. Problem is that the State did not prove she murdered her daughter. The defense called 10 to 12 cops and FBI experts to impeach the State's "experts." The State tried to cover up the reports of its own officers. Juries do not like prosecutors who play hide the ball. Baez sliced and diced Ashton and there is nothing that the jury was given that is proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

    If the jury follows the law and their oaths, and not emotion and speculation, they must acquit her. Not guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • raven

      how then, do you account for her keeping the body of her daughter in her car for several weeks? because she likes the smell of decomposing body?

      July 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mikie

    I THINK SHE OVERDOSED CAYLEE, ON CLOROFORM TOKEEP HER ASLEEP WHILE CASEY, WENT OUT TO PARTY THEN SHE FREEKED OUT , AND THEN STARTED ALL THOSE LIES. FOR THE 31 DAYS.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Llewdor

    Anthony's defense doesn't really pass the smell test, but luckily for her that doesn't matter. The scenario she proposes is irrelevant. What matters is whether the scenario the prosecution advances is proven, and I really don't think it has been.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. geo

    I think she's guilty..she thought living the party life was more important ,than raising a child..( lies after lies)..she knows what really happened to that beautiful little girl.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Kathleen MacPherson

    The jury will find here innocent of capital murder but guilty of lesser included charges that will keep her in jail for the next 10 years. Too much reasonable doubt. The prosecution's speculation as to motives were too superficial at best and very marginal.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JustinB87

    Dan your telling us it is impossible for someone to die of duck tape
    Dan

    ok guys... follow the tape.... unfortunately when the body decomposed, the tape could not stick to the skull..that is impossible. She could not have taped her mouth /nose shut...just not possible

    IT IS VERY POSSIBLE FOR A CHILD TO DIE FROM DUCT TAPE

    July 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      thank..didn't say it is not possible for a child to die from duct tape. Read the post. the tape could not stick to the skull..just impossible during decomposition... net, doesn't seem like she tape the mouth/nose

      July 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gary Wolf

    Let's hope that the jurors take their oaths to heart and consider evidence and burden of proof and not emotion and speculation. Everyone of you who cries out for "guilty" would want that if you or someone you cared about were on trial. Those of you who are the most judgmental and unthoughtful are the ones who beg and cry the loudest for any advantage – legal or illegal – when charged with a crime. On the basis of closing arguments, which is all I saw, the jury must acquit. The prosecutors had to constantly invite the jurors to walk away from their duty. Let's see if they do. If they don't, it is not guilty all day long. Baez was the master of that courtroom. Ashton was the typical government drone prosecutor – arrogant and crass.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • James Grider

      good post gary i agree!

      July 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      if my loved one, behaved and acted like Casey did after her daughter was murdered (not reporting her missing for 31 days, keeping her body in the trunk of her car, going out and partying during that 31 days and acting like NOTHING was wrong even though she KNEW her daughter was dead), then i'd be asking for a guilty verdict as well.

      honestly, i'm shocked that you are defending her. she's a liar, a deplorable human being, a thief ... and at a MINIMUM went 1 month without reporting anything wrong w/ her daughter and LIED about her whereabouts during that time frame. does this bode as normal behavior?

      what if Caylee was your child? what would you think of her behavior then? she's a pathological liar, sociopath, a thief and narcissist. what more do you need?

      July 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I disagree – Do not aquit – Casey has lied and lied and lied and changed stories each day to make her lies fit the trial. The ONLY thing that cannot be proven is cause of death because Casey hid that body and it decomposed. This is even too easy for Columbo. She may not get the death penalty, but she should get life...let her suffer her life away, although I rather see her fry and avoid tax dollars being used on her sorry self. Her own Father said Casey was the last one with Calley – Zanny the Nanny? Zanny is obviously xanax....

      July 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cauthorn

      and that is just the response the OP was speaking of. The duty of a juror is to weigh the evidence not to speculate and let emotion tug at his or her heart strings. There is no doubt that there is something wrong with this "mother" but the evidence when weighed says that the prosecutor must prove the ier case beyond a reasonable doubt which this prosecutor did not. I am afraid while I truly believe that this woman has done something illegal I do not feel that the evidence brought forward by the state does not meet the burden of proof. Unfortunately the verdict should be "Not Guilty"

      July 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cauthorn

      sorry for the typo I meant to say that I feel the state did not meet the burden of proof

      July 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • ky

      great post-I AGREE

      July 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Ocala

      Gary: You REALLY shouldn't respond to this IF you just saw the "closing argument". Cliff Notes don't count ! ! !

      July 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onema

      This is why cases are not based on closing arguments alone. I watched the whole trial. Each one of those star witnesses for the defense had major holes in the testimonies and the prosecution elaborately showed the flaws for each of those witnesses. The diary entries, the fact that she didn't call 911 for 31 days, and many other pieces of evidence that were presented show how guilty this woman is. Finally, one of the defenses major arguments is that we don't know exactly how Caylee died. You do not have to know the exact last moments of a murder victim to convict the murderer or no one would ever get convicted.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara & a mother

      Gary- perhaps you need to get more facts than the closing arguements b/f you declare Casey innocent. Funny how even thought I'm against the death penalty, I have no doubt about Tot mom's guilt. I have a hard time understanding how any mother could do the unimaginable to their own flesh and blood but obviously she did. I blame part of her behavior on George and Cindy for allowing themselves to be taken advantage of for so many years. She is a lliar, and even now shows no remorse at all continuing point the finger at everybody else. Too bad her imaginary friends aren't there to "take the needle" which will never happen even if she gets the death penaltly. I'm just thnakful that I'm not a Florida resident watching my tax dollars go down on the drain on this riduclous case.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Interesting that most feel NOT GUILTY – well then – who did it? The Father tried suicide because he couldn't stand the pain of losing his grandchild – The Mother lied to protect her daughter, and should be convicted of perjury...so??? The sick girl named casey who sits there and laughs and smiles and gets a tattoo of "Bella Vita"..goes out parting for 31 days before she decides to start her show..I guess she is innocent huh? I say felony Manslaughter". Death

      July 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jessica

    As someone said prior to my comment, they are showing us only bits and pieces so it is hard to discern what is the TRUTH. Based on the closing arguments, I do not believe they have a strong enough case for capital murder. I am not sure what you can sentence someone to when you do not have any hard, concrete evidence. That is what makes this so complex. Should other family members be on trial with her?!?! In my opinion, yes. Did she do this alone?!? I do not believe she did. There will be a hundred other questions that the public will never know the answers to and no matter what the outcome may be, there is no justice for the victim.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • byron

      look up the Hans Reiser case. He was convicted to death even though no one knew for sure his wife was even dead. when convicted, he finally admitted to the crime.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. william

    i believe that it will come down to a hung jury. It will be tried again

    July 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. januaRee

    Hats off to prosecutor Linda Burdick for a job well done! Casey does not have, does not show any remorse for the horrible death her little girl suffered. The death penalty would be too good for her. Four walls for the rest of her 'beautiful life' should be her punishment. She should never have the opportunity to freely enjoy life just as that innocent beautifuly child she snuffed the life out of never will have the chance to enjoy life.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marj

      You are right on about Linda Burdick. Very impressive finish. I'm sure the jury was paying much more attention to her than Ashton or Baez. I personally thought she hit the ball out of the park!

      July 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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