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. Eliana

    I love all the comments that say something like "I believe she did it but I don't believe the prosecution proved it." Ha! How exactly did you come to believe that she's guilty without crediting the prosecution? Get real. The only LOGICAL conclusion one could draw is that she is guilty of murder 1, beyond any REASONABLE doubt. If there was any plausible explanation to the contrary, then the defense would have shouted that truth from the rooftops instead of coming up with nonsensical theories that did more harm than good for Casey's case.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      because of all the lies she told, she seems like a bad person that we believe is guitly... however the prosecution did not prove murder in this case. Therefore she should be found not guilty

      July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • skyla

      The state proved she was guilty, but like they said....common sense is the real eye opener here. Common sense will tell you that no one would wrap duct tape around a skull THREE times...Common sense will tell you, that no one would try to make an accident look like a MURDER. Above all...Common sense will tell you that anyone who just lost their precious baby girl, would be struck with sadness, anguish and depression...that is UNLESS you intended on getting rid of her. Right Casey Anthony?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • drizzy

      Well first of all the prosecution hasn't provided a scene of murder, any physical evidence incriminating her of any actions causing the death. The cause of death hasn't been discovered. there is no evidence that shows the baby died of murder, accidental death or anything else. The evidence provided by the state doesn't point to any particular party causing the death. It's not specific to the defendent. The prosecution even said in there own words in their rebuttal "It's obvious the baby was murdered, but the question is who murdered her". That, my friend, is where the prosecution killed their own case and raised a resonable doubt against their own case.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fadeinlight

    Guilty, punishment is that she must be on house arrest at my place, wearing her french maid inmate suit. If I have children, she will not be allowed to babysit...

    July 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cathy

    Love that this is CCN news and they use words like "gotta." You're a leading publication, and your use of the english language is a poor to example to set for others. Instead of keeping up with todays youth by following suite, try to maintain your integrity as a top news site.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tricia

      Cathy, People like you are beyond annoying. Complaining about using the word "gotta" when you reply with "following suite."

      July 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • skyla


      July 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jon

    Who puts 3 strips of duct tape over the mouth and nose of a dead drowning victim? No one... including Casey. Her daughter was alive when the tape was applied to shut her up so mom could party

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      Such a great point. i wilsh prosecution would have stated that in closing arguments. That doesn't make any sense.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Janet

    OK the kicker for me is this. When they display the pictures of the skeletal remains of the baby, Casey cannot look at them. I myself had a baby that was stillborn and to this day – and I know this will sound grim to someone who has not experienced it – if you showed me pictures of what she looks like then or today after almost 18 years, I would look at her and recognize her as my daughter. A mother would never turn away from their child like that no matter what – unless she put them in that state herself and she is guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dysfunction Junction

      Skeletal remains are quite different from an intact human being.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • skyla


      what you said sent chills up my spine. How right you are!

      July 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      No, DJ, not when it's your own baby. It's not just skeletal remains. It's not gross or scary. It's Casey's baby and she can't look at her.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john tempt

    if she was molested by her father. why would u tell him while u were in jail he was a great father. great grandfather. why wouldnt you ever tell ur mother he did that to you. why would you let ur daugther near the person u say "molested" you. your a liar trying to cover up what you did

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Delena Epstein

    She is guilty and I believe she should get the death penalty, however I believe the jury will give her a lesser charge. I also believe her mother should be charged with perjury and serve jail time. Regardless if Casey is her daughter, she was caught in numerous lies. Her mother chose her daughter over her dead granddaughter.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sunny lovetts

    You are all morally dead witch burners. You don't know exactly what happened, and making up your own reality in your head and saying its truth is ignorance at best.

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

    Guilty on all counts. But I think she will get life no parole.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. caeok

    Guilty! I can't believe that some pp post that the state has not even proved a crime happened. Are you kidding. The fact that the body was placed in a bag and thrown in the woods is a crive in itself, regardless of how she died, but one thing fot sure it was not a ccidental drowing. Maybe a accidental chloraform overdose, which by the way is no accident and is still first degree murder!!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sb

    Two theories which should be considered: 1. Sedated the child and accidentally killed the child. 2. Purposely killed the child.

    If you go by first theory you can't find an answer for Duct tapes, stickers, etc. (which show the cruel intentions and the happiness being derived by the killer). These indicate the psychopathic behavior of the Killer. So the first theory accidental death due to over sedation is ruled out.

    Purposeful pre-meditated killing is the only clear and evident.
    1. No emotional feeling from Casey.
    2. No cry from first to last on all the videos. (When I found my child missing during my visit to Disney park in Orlando after my search for my daughter for 15min. I made the first 911 call. That's how long you can wait.. Not 31 Days..
    My daughter was returned by street vendor by the time park security was alerted about the missing child.
    3. If someone asks evidence linkage.. well facts are clear that clues are purposefully destroyed due to lying or buying time and there itself the crime is committed.
    4. I believe the body was first placed in the trunk. And then it was moved to wooded areas. I believe there is another accomplice in the crime it is too late to find clues now.

    Undoubtedly she is guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Freddie

    I don't think she'll be acquitted. She doesn't have the money OJ had.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. momama01

    Whether she actually killed Caylee or knowingly covered it up she has culpability in the disappearance and death of an innocent child. Guilty!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MARTY


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  15. Allan

    Guilty as sin, what a poor excuse for a mother may she rot in HELL.....

    July 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleo797

      Jesus declares that the person judging will be judged (v. 1) because judging assumes a divine prerogative; final judgment belongs to God alone, and those who seek to judge others now will answer then for usurping God's position (see also 6:12-15).

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