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. Sarah Bowie

    Why is court even in session on the Fourth of July?

    July 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      why shouldn't it be in session?

      July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Otto

      because the jury is sequestered so it makes no difference to them that it's a holiday. Their options sit in court or sit in a hotel room, after 6 weeks of that I'm sure you woulda choosen to be in court on the forth as well. Their choice....

      July 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah Bowie

      Umm, it's a national holiday, government offices are closed?

      July 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Windy1

      It is my understanding that Judge Perry can choose to hold court on any day at any time. It is in a sense his courtroom.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sepp

    Why didn't they bring up the jail house converstation where Casey says "she will be back with us just the way she was"?

    July 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeWA2010

      I am pretty sure I heard that during the trial.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Guilty. First degree and pre meditated.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Codex10168

    Every day that goes by costs the state of Florida money, that's why.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marieee

    I was so mad to see that this case was on all the news channels on 4th of July, These people have done nothing to help our country and yet they get air time all day everyday. I finally got some worthwhile news on C-Span and the whether channel. Thanks Nancy Grace for exposing us to this waste of time case that has nothing to do with our country that is in big trouble financially and soldiers dying for us to be able to live semi free here. This new word "tot mom" makes me sick and will not get sucked in by the media putting this on every channel.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jayelle

      What exactly is the "whether" channel?

      July 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellie

      Whether or not channel ...

      July 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Road To Myself: A Memoir by Jeff Emmerson

    Common sense must prevail. PERIOD.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    The defense doesn't have to "prove reasonable doubt" huge mistake people seem to make. Its the prosecutions job to remove all reasonable doubt. They didn't do that. She gets found guilty of Manslaughter. 15-20

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raza

    well this is very interesting case. I am law student and if you look at the evidence from prosecution side there is no evidence that shows how casey died, now prosecution job is to prosecute lol so that have to throw all arrows in dark, which they did. I personally think if kelly get convicted that would be only because JURORS believe she is GUILTY, i hate JUROR system which i think is so stupid,,JURORS don't even know what rules are and what law means in books, they are given specific guidelines they have to follow, its like telling a amateur to fly a big jet. Anyways DEFENSE did excellent job, they got stumped couple of time, but they did very good job, matter of fact i learned couple of things. I don't think kelly should be convicted of anything, there is no PROOF, and no matter how hard VINEE THE POOH GUY ON HLN SCREAMS, Or that another lady vines who talks too much about TOT MUM TOT MUM lol, KELLY IS NOT GUILTY AND GOD BLESS HER AND CASEY . Happy 4th JULY !!!!

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Im sure you will be a public defender! enjoy! hope one of your "clients" pays a visit to you and your family

      July 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LLEEC

      For a law student you certainly don't pay very good attention.
      Who the hell is Kelly?

      July 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • fellow law student

      perhaps you should first learn to use proper grammar before you hit a courtroom anytime soon. o, and by the way, the defendant's name is CASEY not kelly. you should make an effort to learn your clients' names prior to defending them.

      the jury system is the keystone of the american judicial system. i hope you don't ever plan to practice here...

      July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MK

      Yo dingbat raza – better give up your law degree NOW – since you can't even figure out the victim from the defendant. You said the defence did a good job – they did the crappy job ever, which law school you have been at ....Casey is going to get the death penalty period.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      Raza – I hope as a lawyer you pay more attention to the case than you have with this one. It's Caysee on trial not Kelly, and Caylee is the victim. Defense threw everyone into the ring in the hopes of confusing jury. It's reasonable doubt, not 100% bet your life on it doubt. Reason says Caysee is the only one who was with Caylee, not George, so she was involved. This is 1st degree.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Extracheese

      I disagree with your points, but more importantly I'm a little appalled that you're in law school with the spelling, grammar and analytical composition of a third grader.

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

      You are a law student. You didn't pay much attention. Her name is Casey and if you read the other posts one made a good point about her changing her story to accidental death which places her with Caylee (her daughter) at time of death. First she said babysitter did it, when they could not find any such person then she changed it to accidental but also placed her father there. She should of stuck to someone else did it and she was not present. Now she put her self at the scene and her having a great time knowing her daughter was dead and telling her mom how much fun they were having making her believe Caylee was with her the whole time. Dad felt guilty because Cindy would not let George go find her when he thought something was up because he found out she was lying about going to a job.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evansville

      You may be a law student, but I don't think you'll ever be a lawyer. Ignoramus!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • prncssmommy

      you should pay closer attentio to the names of the defendant and the dead got both of them wrong! therefore your opinion doesn't count in my book. GUILTY...string Casey up!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Given your comments here, I do hope you fail the bar. Lawyer here, a jury is a defense against tyranny first off. There is embedded in the jury system the concept that a person with reasonable intelligence and no training in the law can ascertain what the real facts are and be instructed on how to apply the law to them. Your contempt for the jury system, makes you unworthy to participate in it.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • lue blacknell

      First of all-you need to learn her name-casey--I sure would not want you for a lawyer-matter of fact some of the dumbest people I know-are lawyers!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      God help us should you ever become a practicing attorney.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Akeso

    In dubio pro rea....If in doubt, then for the accused.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You mean: "in dubio pro reo"

      July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JohnRJohnson

    OK. I'll be the jury. I find CNN guilty of sensationalized journalism which chooses to cover seedy criminal trials rather than the crucial issues which people in this country are facing today. What is this? Escapist news? Are Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox really more important than what this country's economy is facing. Is this 'reality TV' court coverage actually more important that getting millions of Americans back to work again? CNN has abdicated its position as a "trusted name" in journalism in favor of going for cheap ratings. While it gets richer, it's viewing audience gets dumber.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nikita

      There's nothing wrong with entertainment that is also newsworthy. I believe this was an excellent case for students and other attorneys to study. Both sides had immense challenges. It was a fight to the end. I think anyone who is interested in mysteries and drama, especially courtroom drama, would be instantly addicted to this trial. Who needs a 2 hour John Grisham film when you can watch months and years of real mystery unfold before your eyes?

      July 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |


    July 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt

    Casey's hot, so she's innocent.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You must be a moron.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |

      Trying to be funny ...........STUPID?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      and if she's found not guilty may she one day be the mother of YOUR kids....

      July 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gasten

      It's comical....there's always one or two of you who say this just to throw us off track and push our buttons!! Ha Ha! You got us! Now move along, and think of something more original for next time....

      July 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Prosecution definitely presented enough evidence to convict on 1st degree premediated murder, BUT, let's face it, jurors are ordinary people and may see it differently. I hope they at least convict her on second degree murder and she spends a long time in prison thinking about what she has done. Putting her to death does not serve any real purpose.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. prosecution antics

    GTF out of here
    instead of just presenting whatever evidence ... They put on a display of immature antics and drama


    July 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nikita

    Linda Burdick makes me proud to be a woman! I was thinking well the state really didnt have enough hard evidence until she started playing the videos and tapes. That along with her very open statements and using the word liar over and over again painted a very clear picture. The defense did manage to muddle things as best as they could, but Burdick's words were much stronger and made a huge impact on my opinion. Casey is definitely guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rebwt

      Totally agree, Nikita. I would never have been allowed to serve on this jury, because the evidence has had Casey's name written all over it from the get-go. I thought Ms. Burdick did an outstanding job of sorting it all down to the bottom line. Casey is a pathological liar who was the only one who "gained" anything from Caylee's death.

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

      Linda Burdick is very annoying and reminds me of Nancy Grace. Both are irritating and sensationalists and go on and on and on. Wouldn't give them the time of day.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      I liked both the prosecutors–two very different styles. I think Burdick is a bit less likeable, she goes for the jugglar! They made a good team.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gasten

      Linda Burdick in NO WAY reminds me of Nancy DisGrace! Nancy is overbearing, sensationalistic, pushy and a drama queen. I think I've seen her once on TV and that will be the last time. In a way Linda reminds me of Hillary Clinton. She presents herself with dignity, eloquence and thoughtfulness. She may not have the charisma that Ashton has, but hey, everyone's style is different and she is just as effective.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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