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. txrbt

    Too many peeps are confusing "reasonable doubt". Sure, it's possible that someone other than Casey killed the little girl ... it's just beyond "reason". I guarantee that there is someone who is certain that space aliens committed the act – it's just not reasonable to think that.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • drizzy

      No, I can tell you as an attorney of the law that according to the evidence provided that it is very well within reason to doubt that she murdered this child. First of all, there is no physical evidence proving that the child was murdered. There isn't any evidence of how the child died. The evidence presented against the defendent hasn't proved anything other than negligience and obstruction of justice. Without anyone proving, or even witnessing the death of this child, there is no possible way she will be found guilty of Murder 1.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PM

    Guilty as sin! A horrible mother, daughter, sister and friend. The prosecution did a phenomenal job proving this case beyond a reasonable doubt. Jose was in over his head.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • iROD 1981

      Anthony's actions after Caylee's death in June 2008 don't make sense, but they don't add up to murder.

      DONT BE STUPID!!!!!!!!

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

      Exactly, PM. No question.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justin

    I think she should get the death penalty anyone to do that to a child should get the most hurt fun death penalty there is. She is an animal and deserves it

    July 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ashlie

    This case has broken my heart as I am a young mom (only 23) and have a son that is 8 months and a baby on the way... I have a hard time understanding how any person would prefer to party and club than to be with their child. I feel very strongly that she is guilty. However, I do have some doubts as to whether it was premeditated or not. I don't feel the prosecution nailed her as hard as I wish they would have. I only hope that within the next week or so this little girl will have justice. A child taken young is sad but taken too young by the one person that she truely trusted is just sick and way too hard to even fathom.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Will Nancy Grace go on TV and start to cry tonight? Will she be so wrapped up that she wishes she would have been Jane Mitchell and been able to run across the parking lot to stick a microphone in Chaney & Baez faces? What a disgrace our media has become. I hope it's not guilty so this media can look like fools. They had Casey found guilty long before this case ever started.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Invisible Friend

      Next week Casey in jail for life
      Josie working at McDonalds.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Casey

    Look at me....GUILTY!!!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Invisible Friend

    Linda Drane-Burdick tore apart everything Jose butthead said.
    She is one tuff cookie.
    This is closing rebuttal, too late for objections,
    was he grasping for last minute straws ????

    July 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |

    she is guily, the phone calls worried about getting ahold of her boyfriend , more than she cared about with the trial was about, like as if she had something to say to him or tell him, no one bit of remorse for her daughter, no one tear over her daughter, tears only tourds the issues thrown at her, wouldn't evens take the stand to stand up for herself, if it were me and i swore i was innisant id get upon the stand to prove it. id stand up for my child, but she didn't why. i have a three yr old granddaughter i ever day constantly call and check on her, make sure i spend time with her, always make sure she is healthy, they take good care of her. so sad caylee is gone, didn't get to grow up, sorry but i feel she is guilty, GUILTY as they come, poor caylee didn't get a choice to live, or pass , it was taken from her. she didn't deserve that, so so sad, mom showd no remorse for her child, she don't deserve to have children, RIP Caylee anthony, God is with you child.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WOW

    where can we watch the trial from this morning

    July 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita

      Hello depends on where you live here in the Tampa area we watch 10 news you will be able to watch what happened today

      July 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lynne

    What was going to happen to Casey's lifestyle when Cindy started asking Caley what sort of fun things she did at Disneyworld with Zanny? Caley was beginning to talk and would have started to tell Cindy the truth about where she was and what she was doing. Casey's lies were about to be uncovered and Casey decided that Caley had to be silenced.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joann

    How,could they do a DNA on George Anthony,and his son Lee to determine,who the father is and not Caseys boyfriends?And,it seems to me,if Casey didn't what her child,why didn't Casey put her up for adoption instead of killing the child. JoAnn

    July 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Invisible Friend

      Hey Joann,

      This is a new batch of boyfriends.
      Casey didnt know any of these guys back when she had Caylee.
      You dont read much do you ?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    Kristen, what accounts? her bank accounts? its COUNTS. guilty on all counts. geesh. we are a stupid nation.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |

    The evidence proves everything against her, she is guilty and we all have seen the real person she really is on those videos from prison. Surprise surprise that child drowning story didn't stick at all, she can party all she wants now, well in death row anyways. A victory for little Caylee and justice will be served!

    July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    She's guilty on all charges. Molestation charges are a smokescreen, trying to establish a basis to avoid death penalty. No way the child drowned accidentally, given her behavior in the month after it happened.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    There's no murder weapon and no definite cause of death. The legal system just might come to her rescue.

    July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • willow

      no murder weapon? What do you call traces of chloroform, and 3 pieces of duct tape used to seal off all airways? Duct tape made an effective murder weapon.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbie

      Duct tape is not proven to have been actually placed on the skin of anything and used as a lethal weapon.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP from CT

      I don't think duct tape is a murder weapon if it was the cause of death. I think the death was accidental and the mother did not intend to kill the kid. If she wanted to kill her by way of suffocation, she'd have smothered her with a pillow like any other normal(he.. normal...) child murderer. She may have duct taped her to punish her and was a very abusive sick mother that enjoyed torturing the kid. i read a comment on here that maybe she stuck her in the trunk like that so she didn't have to get a babysitter.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy M

      Bill, If you suffocate someone with a pillow, that pillow becomes the murder weapon, if you strangle someone with a cord or a piece of rope, they become the murder weapon. In this case the murder weapon was duct tape, because prevented Caylee from breathing.


      July 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
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