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. Mikey

    Not guilty. Insufficient evidence.

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

      Agreed. Dad and granddads don't commit suicide because a child dies. That is not a normal response.

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

    That's the thing I'm not sure of either. She's a party girl. Was she trying to knock Caylee out and shut her up so she could go out and party? Was she really trying to kill her. I don't know? Either way, life in prison is fair I think.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paula Ward

    Because of the social media involved today, many viewers are able to get up-close-and-personal with the Anthony case. It is very difficult to be neutral when you see the cold, expressionless face of Ms. Anthony, and you hear the attorney's making huge attempts to slam each other, as well as manipulate the facts and evidence to have you believe their way. In truth, this case is very sad. There are no winners. The bottom line that nobody should ever forget is that a very innocent child of God, will never see the light of day. Someone is responsible. The first look is always ' the parent'. In my opinion, all the evidence, facts, testimonies, etc point towards Ms. Anthony. Yet, I still feel sorry for her because guilty or not – this woman needs prayer, and mercy. If she is guilty, she needs to pay for her crime, but there is still a loving God who will forgive her and anyone else involved.

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

    Since she failed to report the death of her child for over a month I believe that is going to be a strong point against her. Her mother lying on the witness stand did not help her either. Verdict – Guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat in IL

      I completely agree. The 31 day silence is an an absolute excuse for it. Casey isn't a good liar at all, because her lies are so ridiculously transparent. I do feel badly for Baez, though, because his job was to defend her. Since there was no defense, he had to look very inept.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justincase

    Guilty as sin. Punishment ,eye for an eye give her a fist full of xanax,cup full of chloroform, and duct tape her head like a bee hive ! Party on Garth.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lauri

    GUILTY of 1st degree murder, she was like a stone cold ICE princess in that courtroom.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mercedes

    The prosecution did not prove their case!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat in IL

      Disagree....I think the prosecution did an excellent job of proving their case. You must be doubting some aspect of the science presented.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*nadia

    As a mother I can't wrap my head around a person who seemingly loved her child and murdered her for freedom. I think it was an accidental death which we will never know the truth about. I think she should be found guilty of all counts minus 1st degree murder. It wasn't premeditated and she she shouldn't be free of all responsibility.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    I was the father of a newborn who was murdered by my her mother shortly after being born at her home she shared with her parents (we had been broken up at the time). Her family was pretty much a mirror of the Athony's, her father was a career cop and mother a nurse living in a middle class family home in the suburbs. A well known forensic scientist whom had been involved in such cases as the Jon Bennet Ramsey murder had done the autopsy and determined the newborn was alive and breathing at the time of birth. When my daughter had been discovered she was in plastic storage bin in her closet in a pool of blood, one would think that this would be an open and shut case as did I, it was terrible mistake on my part, she walked with probation after being found guilty of only Involuntary manslaughter and concealing the death of a child. I have followed this trial and have even bleaker hopes that justice will be done, but I still hold out hope.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • john brown

      Jury consists of HUMANS! She will get 2nd murder NOT first!

      July 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MJ

    This reminds me of the OJ trial where we all knew he did it but at the end of the day the jurors have to use the evidence and only the evidence. In the scenario where we must use only the evidence, I can't see how they would find her guilty of murder 1. I do think the evidence is enough to show negligent behavior on Casey's part and it is painfully obvious she lied through out the law enforcements' investigation. She will be off the streets one way or another for a very long time.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ryan Jeanes

    She's guilty of lying. She is probably guilty of something to do with her daughter's death. But probably is not good enough. I still have no convincing evidence that she was the one who smothered the child. I would have to say not guilty for the murder/manslaughter charges. Check your evil demons before responding.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Life

    I believe in the death penalty. I believe if you kill someone your life should be taken away because you didn't respect another life. TRUST ME IF WHEN HAD MORE PEOPLE KILLED VIA THE DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING. There will be LEAST killings.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WI-CJstudent

    Defense took on a burden of proof when they presented this outlandish alternative theory on how Caylee died. They would been better off not saying anything at all, as I do see some holes in the prosecution (that's what she said). That having been said, Casey is going to be doing some serious reflection as she spends the rest of her life in a penitentiary. I've watched every bit of testimony the jury saw, and although I do have small doubts about her guilt, they don't rise to the level of a REASONABLE DOUBT. Aside from getting a murder on video, there's always going to be room for some doubt. It's not "beyond any doubt", it's "beyond a reasonable doubt." Guilty of 2nd degree murder. Sorry boys and girls, no needle for Casey.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kathryn peanut

    She is guilty lock her up and give her the needle.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harvey NYC

    I don't expect a shocking verdict. Casey Anthony's own attorney portrayed his client as less than perfect although I don't think they'll find her gulity of premeditated murder. I expect the Jury will weigh the nuances of information, the likelihood of certain events happening and make its decision as what stikes them as beyond reasonable doubt. Considering the stakes, I predict that it will take at least 3 and maybe 4 days for a verdict. I'd like to be in the Jury room but not as a juror!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      31 days. Answer that please.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen SRQ

      No way... more like 3 to 4 hours. These jurors have spent 6 weeks becoming familiar with the evidence. Both sides closings were comprehensive and succinct. They just need to come to consensus... definitely by the end of today.

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