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. Altair

    is it just me or does she look like a character from planet of the apes? also, whats gonna be the next "who dun it" case for america that will have the ignorant masses foaming at the mouth sploogin all over nancy grace's "reporting"

    July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jo

    The state has a very specific burden to prove Casey murdered Caylee. They didn't even come close to proving that. They proved she's a liar, they proved she's a thief, they proved she's a party girl, they proved their forensic evidence is unreliable. It is a shame that justice has not been served for that darling child. But based solely on the evidence, the state did not prove their burden. There is not one shred of forensic evidence linking Casey to the murder and remains of her child. That "smell of decomposition" could have been any number of things, and there was not enough evidence in the trunk of that car that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a dead body was decomposing in that trunk. Something more should have been found other than one hair and a bad smell. With the science available to forensic experts, something more should have been brought forth, some damning evidence, in order to find her guilty. Everyone who says "fry her" is acting on emotion and not intelligently looking at the evidence of the case. I'm not saying she's innocent of any wrongdoing, I'm just saying the state did not PROVE their case. Just my opinion.

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

      Something more was found beyond hair and smell. Watch the case. Learn. Listen to the testimony. Then you can post your theories about it.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Altair

      apparently, Drial was there for every single bit of testimony as well as evidence. i'd take his expert advice if I were you.

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

      You are such a dumd A$$. What trial were you watching?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      I totally agree with you, I have not missed one day of testimony and the state did not prove the she did it which is unfortunate. We all know she did it but the proof is just not there.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I think they proved 31 days correct?This is about common sense. But I'll agree if you or someone like you is on the jury, she wioukd be found innocent. The prosecution sealed the deal at the end. She will be found guilty of first degree murder. No person with common sense would think otherwise.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lynne

      What trial were you watching? The State proved that the death was a homicide. What other conclusion can you reach when a baby's remains are found discarded in a swampy area with duct tape covering the mouth and nose? The only question is who did it and the evidence indicates Casey was the last person to see Caley alive and the only person with a motive to harm her. Casey did not start saying Caylee drowned until her lies about the nanny and kidnapping were uncovered. Murderers often try to make a murder look like an accident, but who makes an accident look like a murder?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      A conviction for anything other than the 4 counts of lying to a police officer would spit on the face of our judicial system. If I am the state and I accuse YOU of any crime it is MY duty to prove that you are guilty of THAT crime. All the prosecution proved in this case were ancillary character defects of the accused, which I am sure you could prove of most people in this country, including my self. Most of us have lied, most of us have partied, most of us who are older than 18 enjoy having sec, etc. Does that make you guilty of murder...... ABSOLUTELY NOT.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maverick

      IMO you have presented the most level headed comment that I have read in weeks. The points that you make are sound and based on a true understanding of the law in a capital murder case. Most of the comments, that I have read, remind me of the mass hysteria that overtakes a crowd of onlookers while viewing a public execution.

      Proper perforamce of juries depends upon a logical analyzation of the material facts of the case without being influenced by emotion or political opinion. This adherence is beyond the capability of many.

      Once again, BRAVO, for your remarks.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      The fact that she did nothing over the missing child proves guilt to me beyond any doubt. My soul, my Mother would have called out the Calvary if I was over 10 minutes late for lunch! Innocence does not cover-up accidents, and at most, hails negligence at its worst momentary case. Guilt heads for the shadows, deception its first order and confusion its last resort. At the lowest level of depravity we party with our child missing, let alone after having secured her face from air with tape. The crime has multiple choice answers. NONE of them read innocent on any level.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. deb

    Guilty, Guilty, GUILTY. Premeditated murder...the internet searches (84 of them) for chloroform and neck-breaking leaves no other choice....and, she the THE MOST cold-eyed and emotionless person you could ever find.....and it was HER LIFE that "improved" after the baby was killed....her parents, dysfunctional as the day is long, are in agony over that baby's death. FIRST DEGREE MURDER.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judith Williams

      Wrong ! It was not 84 times. It was only One Time. You must not have watched the whole trial. In cross, it was proven that it was indeed only One time. This came out on July 1, 2011. Don't comment unless you watch the whole thing as I did.

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

      get a job judith and do something productive with your life.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judith Williams

      Altair: I work 50 hours a week & make 90K a year. I recorded the case, you idiot! And I have a life. I work in the criminal Justice field!

      July 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Judith Williams

    The Duct Tape theory doesn't Stick! How could there be duct tape on the skull if it was placed on the mouth & nose then skin decomposed. The tape would have lost it's adhesive and would not have been affixed to the skull. I could see guilty on 2 of the four counts of lying to officials and guilty of Child neglect, but there would be no way to convict on the other charges because the prosecution did not prove their case. Too many inconsistencies. You cannot convict on EMOTION!

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

      The duct tape was not stuck to the skull; that was the whole point. Not only had the adhesive deteriorated, the COTTON THREADS of the tape had completely deteriorated, because it had been in the swamp for six months.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judith Williams

      Exactly, so The Duct tape theory that the prosecution used cannot be proven!

      July 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. michelle

    TOT mom has not stand up for herself or stated that she has not killed her baby. As a mom I am disgusted she is nothing else but a lier and a bad women. She is guilty!

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

      A Liar and a bad woman Yes, but that does prove Murder! I, too, am a Mom of 3 but I did not use Emotion in this case. I listened only to the evidence that could be proven and there is not enough to convict. The Prosecution is depending on emotional people like you to not think clearly!

      July 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bubba


    July 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NY Attorney

    Casey is GUILTY of providing false information to a law enforcement agent, which in the state of Florida carries a penalty of 1 year per charge for a grand total of 4 years.

    The prosecution failed to prove their case with regard to the remaining charges beyond, and to the exclusion of, a reasonable doubt. Casey will be credited with the time served heretofore and will accordingly be released from prison no later than October 14, 2012. MARK MY WORDS

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

      I should add that I did not follow this case closely and my opinions are based upon the cnn articles as well as office gossip.

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

      I agree with you, there is no DNA, no motive, because she had been partying her entire life NOT just after Caylee died, no eyewitnesses, no evidence of previous violence from Casey, NOTHING.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I so agree. Whether I FEEL that she is guilty or not is unimportant. Can she be proven of anything else but the 4 counts of lying to officials? NO WAY! She may be ultimately guilty but the prosecution failed to prove that. If she is found guilty on the feelings of the jury and not the facts, who's to say if you get accused of something and your life is on the line the same couldn't happen to you. She will be found guilty of the 4 counts of lying and not guilty of everything else.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      I disagree with you Mr. Attorney. I think she will be released no later than October 14, 2012 because she was indicted on October 14, 2008 NOT October 12, 2008. As to the rest of your posting, I agree fully.

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

      If the jury is smart, they will agree with you. Anything more than what you just stated would be a wrongful conviction.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pete

    What a circus with tons of irrelivant testimony. The fact remains this little girl is dead and if Casey didn't do it, just who did? If I were a juror guilty of murder 2 there is no plausible proof of premeditation that I can see.

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

    Hey Vinnie, why doesn't HLN have Jane VM go into the rest room with the attorneys? She is embarrassing with her carnival barker 'reporting'. You and your attorney commentators are great. You don't insult our intelligence.

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

    Casey was continuously creating lies, which had an obvious purpose to hide something. If she is innocent, she did not have to create those which can be very easily detectable. Furthermore, every single evidence is pointing at one person, Casey. It is possible somebody else like Toni might involve with the planning, but it is beyong reasonable doubt that Casey was at the center. Prosecutors provide all necessary information except a video tape showing her murder action. Now, we need to establish Justice in this land by asking an appropriate responsibility about what she did and what she never regret or admit.

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

      The evidence needs to support what she lied about,....It doesn't in this case. The prosecution based their case on their own personal emotions... They should lose.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    I really believe she did it or had something to do with the murder of her daughter. My personally as a father to my 2 year old son i worry about him or wonder if something is wrong if i dont hear him within 5 mins. I really thing she is guilty of murder and she needs to spend the rest of her life behind bar so she cant take another life away. Just doesnt add up to me she alerts authoritys 30 days after shes missing that there says she did something.

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

    My theory, Caseys pregnancy was hidden from Lee because they didnt know if he was the father or not. George disposed of the body after the child drowned to conceal the fact that Lee may have been the bio-dad

    July 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bruce

    everyone says her actions prove she is guilty, I think that no one in this case proved she was guilty basesd off of evidence and forensics,The grandparents seem to have not been truthful either...and what about the guy who called the police and told them were the body was,did he not himeself tie his wife up with ductape,everyone has heard of reasonable doubt,I believe she will have another trail due to the lawyers and the judges inexperience.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dr. Bombay

    ___ NOT GUILTY !! ___

    By reason of HOTNESS !!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dorie

    In thinking about guilt vs innocent, I seem to always come back to the duct tape. If Casey is innocent and the baby drowned, how does anyone explain how the duct tape became part of this trial? Sorry, but until that question is answered, I contend she is guilty and should remain in prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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