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.
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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. Lee

    She is guilty. Period

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tcp

    Guilty but give her life w/out.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      I think the jury will come back with Murder First Degree and give her life without parole. Then it is just a question of how many times this case gets tried again, and if she gets tried again maybe the next jury will give her the death penalty. The whole family seemed pretty dysfunctional, that poor little child didn't stand a chance with them. She was such a beautiful little girl and got done so wrong.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    She's dead.


    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. laverdad

    Guilty. Why did she change her story so many times? She's a spoiled, narcissistic, pathological liar. I'd be crying my eyes out if it was me. How can she be so stoney faced through all of this? Life in prison.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. angrysmell

    she wanted to have fun, so instead of giving her to her grandparents (who appearently loved, and likely would have taken custody of Caylee, no questions asked, as most grandparents would) she murdered her? no motive. no physical evidence that clearly links anyone to Caylee's death. no murder weapon. no witnesses (the closest thing to witnesses are the grandparents, and their testimony has been flimsy and at times contradictory). sadly no matter what the jury decides, the only certainty is that justice will not be served in this case.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mac

    It may have not gone down excatly the way the state says it did but it's odvious that she killed her. Guilty, death penalty in my opinion.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • somuchfor

      and if it didn't go down the way the prosecution laid it out, then she shoudn't get the death penalty. there's a reason we have a system–it's to prevent people like you from encouraging harsher penalties than the law allows.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dayga427

    At this very moment the executioner is carefully sharpening his axe, and that's a pretty good indicator of what the verdict will be.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      That's probably why she is turning on the tears.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    I'm not sure the state did prove a 1st degree murder charge. They should have offered her a manslaughter charge and I bet she would have taken it. If she is found not guilty that state will be a "O.J. Simpson" part II. Did they not learn?

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      I bet they probably offered to plead her out to manslaughter but she refused it. She lies so much she believes her own lies. Person like that isn't "reasonable".

      July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tim Gilliland

    Ok so the father definetly had a part in this tradegy in one way or another. I d believe she is also guilty in having a part in this. This whole family is so twisted. The woman is what 25 now? A whole month of her lying to the grandparents it took them that long to figure out she was lying. Dont think so i think she has always been a liar and her parents as well. Guilty in my mind but not guilty to lack of evidence

    July 4, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      I agree, I don't think the apple fell very far from the tree. The grandmother seems to lie a lot too. She even lied in her testimony during this trial. I am sorry the little girl is dead, I am sorry that her daughter is the most likely suspect, but that does not give Cindy Anthony a license to lie under oath during this trial. The prosecution showed she lied. So I can see where Casey Anthony gets it from. I feel like everytime one of these Anthony family members moves their lips they are lying and just totally not credible. So if the jurors base their decision only on what the investigators and experts smelled and observed and analyzed, and only on evidence that does not rely on anything any of the Anthony's have said, then I think the jury will have no problem returning a verdict of guilty and I don't think it will take them that long to reach a verdict.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ms jackson

    The case is a tough call. I live in orlando and have been folowing the case since the begining. It shruck my curiousity because I am the leagal gaurdian of a young female child. I can not come to any conclusion what so ever for a person who calls themself a loving mother to behave the way this women (casey anthony) has behaved. I don't believe the loss of little Caylee was intentional. However I do believe lil Caylee died at the hands of her mother.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      I know what you mean, because if they give her the death penalty it is kind of like giving her death because the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she was a really bad parent to the extent her lack of care towards the child, especially the 30 plus days she did not report her missing, caused that child's death, not because the state proved she actually killed the child, whether intentionally or unintentionally. But I still see room for an interpretation of the evidence that leads a person to think that maybe she intentionally killed the child and should not be rewarded for being clever enough to successfully cover up the cause of death well.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Vicci in Indiana

    Have watched the trial and am convinced she is guilty of premeditated murder of her daughter. The Prosecution proved its case.
    GUILTY as charged.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. w.s.

    If it was an accident; the detective gave her an out during the talks he had with her. He said if it is an accident just tell us. An accident sure would not of resulted in a threat of the death penaly!!! So why did she not say so if it was an accident that it was? Why not speak up? If it was the worry that "your mother would never forgive you", well she definately is more likely to never forgive you if you are proven to be a murderer. I mean if you are not going to forgive your daughter over an accident vs a murder; I would think you are a heck of a lot more likely to forgive her over an accident. So; if that is all it was why not tell the police? Before your threatened with the death penalty? The biggest thing that is going to be Casey's down fall won't be the lack of empathy for George and Cindy; I mean they can explain that away with this supposed abuse excuse. But the lack of empathy for Caylee by Casey? There is no reasonable explaination for that. Other than the fact that Casey is just cold-blooded.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matt

    It's sad how many people defending Casey Anthony have no clue what "reasonable doubt" means.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisade

      Neither do most jurors and in my opinion that is why most states have rules that prohibit the courts from defining "reasonable doubt" and leave it totally up to the jury to decide what "reasonable doubt" is.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph

    I honestly cannot say that Casey is guilty, without a doubt, in my mind. In my perspective, both the State and Jose Baez proved nothing. The only difference is that Jose Baez does not have to prove anything, because that burden belongs to the State. Ultimately, based on the evidence provided, I feel as if the State has not proved that Casey is guilty, and thus Casey should be found not guilty.

    – Joe

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sandypants

    She is guilty, she is unremorseful. She is a vengeful evil person. She should rot in hell.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bosko

      Right on all counts.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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