Tearful Anthony jurors ask prosecutors, where was the evidence?
Prosecutors did not offer enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony, two jurors have said in media reports.
July 7th, 2011
09:19 AM ET

Tearful Anthony jurors ask prosecutors, where was the evidence?

Two jurors in the Casey Anthony trial say they wish the outcome had been different but prosecutors did not present enough evidence to convict Anthony of killing her daughter, Caylee, according to news reports Thursday.

"It doesn't feel good. It was a horrible decision to have to make" to find Anthony not guilty, said Jennifer Ford, who identified herself as Juror No. 3, in an interview with ABC News.

"We were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying, and not just the women," Ford said of the 12 jurors in the ABC interview.

The tears were still flowing Wednesday as Juror No. 2 (he did not want to be identified by name) spoke to Florida's St. Petersburg Times.

"I just swear to God … I wish we had more evidence to put her away. I truly do … But it wasn't there," he said in an emotional interview with the Times.

Juror No.2, who the Times reported is a black male, married and a father of two young children, said he was the last holdout on the jury who wanted to convict Anthony on a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter, which would have carried a prison term of up to 15 years, according to the newspaper.

The prosecution's inability to prove who was Caylee's caretaker at the time of her death, Casey Anthony or the girl's grandparents, doomed the manslaughter charge, Juror No. 2 said.

"We truly don't know what happened. Somebody knows, but we don't know," he said in the Times interview.

Ford told ABC that prosecutors left key questions unanswered.

"If you're going to charge someone with murder, don't you have to know how they killed someone or why they might have killed someone, or have something where, when, why, how? Those are important questions. They were not answered," she said in the ABC interview.

An alternate juror, who was present for the trial and sequestered along with the serving jurors, said he would have voted for acquittal, too.

"They didn't show us how Caylee died. They didn't show us a motive. I'm sorry people feel that way. ... These were 17 total jurors. They really listened to this case and kept an open mind," ABC News quotes Russell Huekler as saying.

While those three people have spoken about the case, at least one of the sitting jurors wants money for the behind-the-scenes story.

The man, identified as Juror No. 6, wants $50,000 for his story and has hired a publicist, CNN contributor Howard Kurtz reports for The Daily Beast.

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  1. PHinMiami

    Enough evidence and lies for 6 trials. Duct tape (from her home), laundry bag (from her home), smell in the car (her car). The people that didn't smell anything don't matter, the phone call from her Mom said it all. Child missing, not reported (by a 'Mom'), Mom goes out to celebrate & don't forget "BellaVida", after Missing/death, doesn't matter. Lies to buy more time (by Casey). Look at the joy, now. She's laughing in everyone's face and posing for her Bella Vida.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      I love it. "Duct tape (from her home), laundry bag (from her home), smell in the car (her car). The people that didn't smell anything don't matter..."

      Let's ignore the evidence that doesn't agree with our preconceived notions. Yeah, right. Wait till you or one of *your* loved ones gets accused of something and see how quickly *you* change your mind about that.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    Everyone is saying all of these horrible things about the jury but no one is putting themselves in their shoes. Each juror understood that what the state was saying to them was "If you think that Casey Anthony is guilty, we will KILL her." Now I don't know about you but that would put a lot of weight on my conscience.

    If you want me to aprove someone's death then you better prove, to me, that she deserves it. If you charge someone with murder, the least you can do is place her at the murder scene but they couldn't even do that!

    The majority of people think the prosecution did such a good job but they made a big mistake when they decided to charge this women with murder. There are a lot of other things they could have charged her with but the reason justice was not served was because the idiot prosecution brought her up on charges that they didn't have the ability to prove.

    Will the the jury second guess themselves for the rest of their lives? Probably. However, it is easier to live your live thinking "I made a mistake and Casey is alive" rather than "I made a mistake and an innocent women is dead...I approved the death of an innocent women!" Its impossible to bring someone back from the dead

    July 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Houston

      Based on what I have heard from the jury so far I dont think they did know what their job was. Since they have spent more time commenting on the STATE not proving motivation and not proving how she was killed. That was NOT what they were there to decide. The indictments and the judges orders were very specific and not one of those included the jury determining guilt or innocence on motivation and cause of death. That was the jury. I was not aware the State was required to explain why she did it or how she did it. So no.....the jury did not understand their job. Obviously. But, they sure understand MONEY!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Greg , You are as bright as the jury..Sorry friend but people like you laqck courage and conviction.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • PamA

      yes it was a death penatly case.. but that does NOT mean the state was going to KILL her. If they convicted her of 1st Degree either premeditated or not, the death penalty is on the table. If it was Aggravated Manslaughter, death penalty OFF the table. Even if they chose GUILTY of Murder in the 1st Degree.. does NOT mean she would've AUTOMATICALLY gotten the death sentence. This is where they were confused and should've sought more information. After a guilty verdict it would've went to the PENALTY phase in which case both sides argue as to Life in Prison or Death. Then the jurors would delberate again and come back with their decision. And with that the judge would have the ultimate say. AND had they convicted her... she'd be locked up for YEARS and if there's ever anything out there that surfaced to prove her innocence.. she'd be exonerated. Whereas now.. if anything surfaces to PROVE her ABSOLUTE guilt.. nothing can be done! THEY LET A MURDERER GO FREE!!!!!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      As chris said in a reply to someone else...lynch mob mentality

      July 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. World's Smallest Violin

    Please, for the love of the Almighty, spare us your crocodile tears. The 12 of you saw $$$ the minute this trial became a national sensation.

    Remember this little tune: Every buck you take, every cent you make, every word you fake, Caylee is watching you. And that goes for her killer as well. God damn you Cassey

    July 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      The lynch mob mentality that pervades this case makes me sick. It's not the jurors, but Nancy Grace who is making gobs of money of this case. Nancy Grace with her witchhunt sensationlism. There was not one iota of evidence that Casey intentionally killed her daughter. Not one iota of evidence as to motive. The prosecution vastly overcharged the case and used junk science ("smell death"? Get real!). Dershowitz is right–even if the jury had voted to convict of first degree murder or manslaughter, it would have been overturned on appeal. At best the prosecution had some evidence of reckless endangerment. If they had gone only for that charge plus the false information charges, they might have gotten a conviction. Instead, they sought revenge and abused their prosecutorial discretion.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eve

    There was enough evidence... you guys either got bullied by one that wanted to go home or all 12 of you are just not that bright to follow and understand the law. There is no way you went through it all in 10 hours.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      There was a decent circimstantial case for child neglect and lying to the authorities. But the "odor" in the trunk was not enough evidence to convict for murder. It is quite possible she killed her child. Most likely it was a tragic accident due to her criminal neglect. Disposing of the body was unforgiveable. But that too is not evidence for premeditated murder.

      Sorry, there has to be a high standard for conviction of murder and life inprisonment. The prosecution simply did not have evidence for the case they prosecuted. This is reality. Sometimes people do get away with murder. Life isn't perfect.

      The mother better hope there is no god. If there is, she is in trouble.


      July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nojustice

    You better stay in Prison Casey no one is gonna give you work, no one likes you, and there might be more than one person who might be thinking about you ending in a swamp. too. If I were you I would have chosen to confess and then end either end in death row or prison for life...

    July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Whitney

    I have just been beside myself about all this! I hate it that everyone i the world knows she did it and there is nothing anyone can do!!! If I would have been on that jury they would ahve had a mis trial because there is know way I would let her walk away scott free! I wasnt there so i dont know if Casey her self murdered Caylee, but I have no doubt she had something to do wtih it! I think they should have got her on child abuse just for failing to report her missing for 31 days!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean come on people!!!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    This is another case where everybody involved screwed up. It really sad where another person gets away with murder in our legal system. Then on top of that, that same person gets book and movie deals God will judge everyone involved with this case and other cases where somebody got away with murder. I don't know how these people can sleep at night.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rep

    the prosecution should've looked for something less than first degree murder...maybe 2nd degree or manslaughter. the jurors were right. the rules are quite specific for a first degree murder conviction. without a clear motive and even knowing precisely how the daughter died, a competent jury can't just say 'guilty'–no matter how much they personally dislike the defendant or feel "she must've done something."

    July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ben

    @jared: Casey doesn't get to have it both ways, she can't claim she fell asleep and Caylee accidentally drown while she was watching her and then later claim it was her father. Just because you have a har don for Casey doesn't make her innocent. Not to worry though Casey's centerfold spread will be coming out soon it'll be in Playboy's issue of hot criminal moms. Is Florida the only State where there's no law for improper disposal of a body? So many things this ignorant jury could've come back with a guilty verdict on besides the murder charge, so many of which it were proven way beyond any reasonable doubt. Casey should be spending some quality time in prison on those charges alone if the jury had been doing their job instead of napping as has been reported(by napping I mean not paying attention when the prosecution was presenting their case).

    July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NataIS

    Seriously????? They are "were crying" when they got that verdict but... spend ONLY 11 hours to deliberate case, which included 33 days of presenting evidence? Did they even review ANY of the evidence presented by prosecution at the beginning of the trial? They might should, especially since human memories have tendency to faint, then their decision might would be different.. I think every spoken to media jury just trying to match society mood, where at the deliberation all they care just to go home… ..

    July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nojustice

    Lazy jurors but you know what ? at he end you all are going to regret your desicion for the rest of your life!!!!!!!!...You guys better start looking for therapy this is going to haunt you for ever.....A picture of this little girl with tape in her mouth and nose was not enough cause of death???? you are either retards or blind...31 days withouth report your kid lost is not enough to be guilt of child abuse??? omg ... idiots!!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjosemike

      The jurors were not lazy. Tired, perhaps, but not lazy. It was not THEIR responsibility to obtain or find the evidence. It was up to the prosecution's team. This is one of the disadvantages of the prosecutor having a political agenda.

      A case must be reasonably supported by evidence. This case was not.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Courtney

    I'm really bothered by a lot of people on here saying that this judicial system is messed up. Not it's not, it worked the way it was supposed to. And to blame the jury and to blame the defense team is extremely ignorant and pathetic.

    Do I believe Casey killed her baby girl? Absolutely. It's obvious she did. But this system isn't by what you know, it's by what you can PROVE. And every single bit of evidence the prosecution had, the defense made a reasonable argument against. You can't put someone in jail because of a bunch of lies she told. You can't put someone in jail because she was the last person seen with her. You just can't. You need more solid evidence than that to go by. Like fingerprints, DNA, a video, and even as unreliable as they can be sometimes, even a witness would have been better than some of the evidence they had. They had all the evidence in the world to prove that Caylee was killed and they had all the evidence in the world pointing towards Casey, but they could not PINPOINT her on it. You CAN'T go by "oh, she more than likely did it."

    Let's just look at it this way. I know A LOT of bad mothers, including one I personally know who's lifestyle is a split image of Casey Anthony's. She's a pathelogical liar, she parties, she has a HORRIBLE reputation with the community, she steals money off of her older kids, she would rather hand the baby she has right now off to the grandparents while she lives her life the way she wants to. How easy would it be for a child molester to set someone up like that? Yeah, this woman is guilty of being a HORRIBLE mother and a HORRIBLE person, but it doesn't make her a killer. And if it was allowed to let a jury to take into consideration of what "more than likely" happened, then a whole lot of innocent people life's would be gone by now.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deanna Hindmon

    A baby is dead and people r out for money. Shame on anybody who even thinks to make money out of this.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cobra4j

    This article says the prosecution could not offer proof as to who Caylee's caretaker was? That's part of the reason she got off? She didn't have a caretaker you incompetent bozos. If she had a real caretaker, Casey would have said who it was, and Baez would have had the "nanny"' on the witness stand saying she took good care of Caylee. The fact that the prosecutor couldn't find a caretaker is PROOF that Casey didn't have one – more proof she's a liar – and more proof that points the finger back at mommy, not grandpa. No wonder she walked.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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