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. caroline dorson

    The jury was lazy and had an overall proclivity for the lower life elements in our society. They just wanted to go home. They knew if they charged her w/any of the serious offenses they would have to remain for an even longer period in the penalty phase. So sad. She got away w/murder.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greg

      So she got away with Murder? Is that what the evidence showed? Where is the link? You must be a media junkie and believe everything you hear instead of being your own judge.

      July 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mg from Pinehurst

    It's time to let this tragedy go. Everyone involved and the public alike are losers in this case. A child’s death is so very sad. Casey knows what happened and will get her just deserves from a higher power. Nancy Grace should be fired! She will now move on and find someone else to hang with her vindictive personality and glutton for ratings. She will be responsible for Casey getting a book or movie deal. I am very disappointed in your network.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Geanna

      Roger that!!!

      July 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I agree with the majority when it is said there are no winners in this case. As far as I am concerned everyone lost. We all know in the court of public opinion, Casey was guilty from day one and no one even considered her innocence. In the end, the prosecution couldn't prove anything, either burden of proof or preponderence of the evidence. I pray Caylee is resting in peace because in due time the offender of this heinous crime will definitely see their day in court and have to answer to a higher power.

      July 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    Im sick and tired of the bias in the media. Plus Im also sick of those that hang on to every word the media has to say. I watch the trial from begining to end and I will say that the started to think she did it also because of the evidence. As time went on regardless of what was said in Open/Closing statements on either side or even what was said during the whole trial; I never heard or seen anything that 100% linked Casey to the remains and even the death of little Caylee. I want justice too who doesnt but the verdict is Not Guilty and thats that. Now Im hearing about book deals, interviews, movies and how not to support her well the people wanting to sue Casey are no better. If the Verdict went the other way the media and those against Casey would be acting a different way. Get over it people and move on with your lives and get out of hers.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gregisanidiot

      Your an idiot Greg! Maybe you should go live with her and let her have your babies!

      July 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Greg I totally agree with you. So many people get sucked into the media hype and immediately assume “You did it". It is funny that everyone is an expert when these high profile cases emerge. This is why we have a court system and trials. I don’t know why this was such a big case, people are on trial every day for murdering their children, friends, family, or others. But once the media sunk their claws into this case for a story and coverage the rest of America flocked and once they heard she was accused of murdering her daughter, she was immediately guilty. I didn’t follow the story and let it in the hands of the jury. Being a law enforcement officer myself it is all about evidence and apparently this case lacked the evidence to convict her beyond a reasonable doubt.
      Everyone wanted to see this girl found guilty from day one because the death involved, as tragic as it is, a child, even before any evidence was presented. In the end it was that lack of evidence that resulted in her being found not guilty. Now people are upset, can I ask why? Because they think she did it? If there was sufficient evidence and she was found guilty, fine, but that was not the case. Do not be mad that the justice system worked. Americans need to remember you are innocent until proven guilty, but many times that is not the case. Once you are thrown to the wolves by whatever impression the media implies about you, you are guilty in the eyes those around you.

      The only idiots here are the ones who weren't there and think their an expert in law all of a sudden, because the case didn't go their way.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Geanna

    I hope to God that those prosecutors play fair and leave this family alone! That means Cindy Anthony too! Someone may be able to still see deleted text on a computer, but they can NEVER prove if something was overwritten or completely removed. Let little Caylee rest in peace and leave her grieving grandmother alone!!...

    July 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ben

    What about Bobby Kennedy and Ted Kennedy? Oh that's right neither of them were ever charged with the murders of Marylin Monroe or Mary Jo Kapecne.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Poala

    She will get her comeuppance. A day soon she will meet Caylee and she will have to explain to that poor child why she left her rotting in the swamp. Be careful Cacey, we're coming for you...

    July 7, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tobias808

      Yup and if something happends to her they will look at you because of this ignorant ass post.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. cadillac deville

    All i got to say is she gone kill herself, she aint gone b able to sleep feeling what she did either da pin was gone kill her or what she gone do now keep yall ears to da news, its gone happen( ta mrs lil lady dat has passed on u r neva forgotten) much luv

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Serge

    You know what ,soon or later that little girl will get herself justice in this life or the other,, lets just remember her and pray for her to rest in peace... and for her murder mom,, lets hope she gets punished for what her did in any way , shape or form by anyone or anything..

    July 7, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. john Hall

    most of the jury dose not even have kids.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • tasha

      how do u know?

      July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark Twaim

    Well all you people tripping over Lindsey Lohan must be freeking out. This Anthony woman was accused of MURDER ONE. Not some DUI and a petty drug charge. Orlando may be the next LA(east coast branch). She had her day in court and prevailed. That's why we have trials! We are innocent untill proven guilty. That's just how it works. If I would of been the DA I wouldn't of.chargeed her w/the child abuse charges for this trial,just incase this would of happened.

    July 7, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ArmyGuyDan

    There are more important things going on in the world, like the war on the middle east, for gods sake please shut Nancy Grace up

    July 7, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. rodney

    If it where a black child the story would'nt have seen the day of light;some of the war crimes that has taken place over the last 25 years, the Corp crimes, many of the books that selling millions of copies would'nt have been written. God bless the little girl, but you guys have let so many off the hook or ignored so many because they don't fit your profile or was it the money?

    July 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Melia

    Casey Anthony acquittal after killing her daughter, partying, and lying to the cops! What was going through the minds of the juors? The edvidnce pointed to her! and the fact that she was out partying while her child was DEAD and she didnt say nothing till her MOTHER got worried just amazes me on how the jury could just let her walk! but to each is their own..she will pay for what has happened2 that child for as long as she lives..RIP Caylee Marie Anthony

    July 7, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Vanee

    Casey Anthony acquittal after the murder that she commited..accident or not.She has to be or should be found gulity of something other than lying to the cops..she was out partying, drinking, getting tattoo's for a whole month while her little girl was missing because she was DEAD! and she is pretty much scott free..where is some justice?!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tammy

    I am TOTALLY shocked and sadden that a person can get away with murder and lying. Casey will walk out of jail and make millions on killing her daughter. It also scares me that one of the jurers is a teacher at a school where my daughter went. And was in the criminal justice program. WHAT WILL HE TEACH??? That anyone can get away with murder if there is no dna?? Where is justice for Caylee?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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