Other shocking court verdicts
Casey Anthony, with her attorney Jose Baez, approaches the podium to hear Judge Belvin Perry confirm that she is not guilty of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011.
July 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Other shocking court verdicts

Casey Anthony's acquittal on first-degree murder charges may be one of the most surprising trial outcomes in at least a decade. The Florida mom may have escaped with only misdemeanor convictions, but her acquittal is drawing comparisons to another high-profile murder trial: O.J. Simpson's.

O.J. Simpson escapes murder conviction – Police suspected Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in June 1994. The case dominated headlines and was must-see television. Between Simpson's infamous low-speed car chase, the trial's intriguing cast and a dream team full of legal heavyweights, the former NFL superstar was able to avoid conviction. O.J. showed signs of relief and joy when he learned his fate.


Outside the courtroom tensions arose. Some cheered "The Juice's" acquittal while others were stunned and suspected his fame and fortune allowed him to get away with murder.

Jury acquits Robert Blake – "Baretta" helped make Robert Blake a star, but it was a murder accusation that launched him into the headlines again. Blake was accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakely, in 2001. Blake always maintained his innocence and, in 2005, a jury agreed, finding the actor not guilty of murder. When the jury announced the verdict, Blake began sobbing.

Rodney King verdict sparks riots – Los Angeles already was rife with racial tension before the Rodney King incident. But the allegations of excessive force by white police officers were caught on tape. That had many thinking they'd never be acquitted. Jurors surprised the city and the nation by acquitting all but one of the officers. The verdict proved to be the spark that ignited a powder keg of strained racial relations. Riots broke out in the city's most urban areas and even the president had to get involved.

Fans rally behind Michael Jackson – Child molestation allegations again surrounded Michael Jackson in 2005, resulting in a criminal trial. While some were surprised the King of Pop was found not guilty, his enthusiastic fans never doubted his innocence. They rallied behind him, cheering his victory. One person even released a white dove for each not guilty verdict.

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  1. Name*hellifiknownow

    I think the news crew have nothing to do other then dwell on this case . She found not guilty thy need to stop talking about it and be mad at the people that let her go . Yes the jury you want to be mad at some one .be mad at them . I don't think she did it . Yes she made mistakes. But its over its time to let the news find something else to talk about the next three month.

    July 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saav

      I agree the media do dwell on things to long. In order to keep its audience rawled up. Let it go she cant be tried again. Vengence is the lords no one should be seeking to harm her. Let it go.

      July 16, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Al Gore

    I hear y'all. I was at a party with Dan Rather. I said "Dan,its powerful hot out side". The next Monday Connie Chung is telling America I said the sky is falling....

    July 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cp

    We will never know the truth about what happened to this little girl. it is ashame that she has not justice. but we are not a judge or jury and i believe one day caylee will have justice. but until that day alls people can do is keep her in there thoughts and prayers. and if casey decided to have a nother baby then i am sure family services will be involved to make sure nothin happens like this again. i think the media needs to step back and quit acting like it is entertainment cause this is not and never will be. face the fact shes getting out and one little mess up and they will be on her like white on rice.

    July 17, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. cp

    I will always keep a close eye on my kid nor will i ever harm my kid. kids are little angels that need to be loved and cared for not to be harmed. i quit going out i stay at home and spend every waking moment with mine and for everyone out there take ur kids in ur arms and thank god they are still with u and pray one day lil caylee will have jutice

    July 17, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nina Hamilton

    Michael Jackson's court case should not be on the same page as these others as there is doubt about them, and certainty about O.J. Simpson, who most definitely was probably guilty. This was proved by the fact no-one else was ever found or charged, and he is now in jail after being found guilty of a recent violent criminal offence. Of course, as time goes on events and facts become clouded and memories fade. After the 2005 case of false molestation charges, which Thomas Meserau said was the most wrong and terrible prosecution of a gentle innocent man, Michael Jackson was found 'NOT GUILTY' on each of FOURTEEN charges by the High Court in Los Angeles despite all manner of lies, extortion, corruption and planting of evidence. i.e. fingerprints by the D.A himself! His health suffered greatly after that, and may be the reason he is dead prematurely and the world has lost a musical genius, all the great music he would have given us, not to mention the humanitarian generosity and his loving caring philantrophy, because of shortsighted ignorance and the dark side of 'human nature.'

    July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. richard flinchum

    The media is nothing more than a joke. Bigoted idiots and cnn leads the way for biased reporting. As for al gore well.....that thief who scammed the world with his "global warming" crap laughed all the way to the bank with the 300 miilion he got for that.

    July 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Makela

    I can say is that...the ones who know the truth is God, Jesus, the person who did it and the devil...whats done in the dark will come to the light. At the end of the world's history God is going show the truth! You ought certainly to forgive them as a Christian, but never to admit them in your sight, or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.

    By : Jane Austin

    July 19, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
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