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. jack kim

    you people are so ignorant to think that she can be in anyway innocent, not guilty, or anything else short of guilty. honestly i dont want her to get the death penalty i want her to rot in hell and think about the terrible mother she was. you didnt want a kid theres adoption. your grandparents took more care of her then you did. and im not talking about giving her clothes, food, shelter because maybe you couldnt afford it, thats not your fault. your child may have been a mistake. but you chose to keep her. and you chose to kill her. so live with your actions. go to jail for life and die in there.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldDad

      Ignorant!!?? Good, then you provide the proof and tell the prosecution where they went wrong. You obviously are swayed by emotion alone.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack kim

      emotion? why was their duct tape on her face where she breaths out of her nose and mouth. why was there 83 searches on the computer for chloroform that the father and mother could not have done because they werent home at that time. if your child is missing why are u bringing cops to somewhere you havent worked in 2 years. why are you lying about a babysitter when there was none. why is there a odor of a dead body in your trunk that you just so happened to put near a dumpster. that george anthony could not have used because he didnt know where it was. come on you old dad idiot. wake up to recent times and not the 70's and 80's jesus. she killed her daughter thought she was going to get away with it went out to party had her last hooray and now should die in jail.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TB

    A month of partying after the child's disappearance (what mother could do this?), babysitters who never existed, jobs that never existed, an ongoing string of lies, repeated lookups for chloroform on the web and the odor of a decaying body in the trunk of her car. The only thing missing is a video of her committing the act.

    Guilty as charged.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris Canada

    this young woman is guilty, after the argument with her mother about all the money she has stolen from her grandparent, and threatened to go to police the net was closing in, it may have been an accident trying to keep her quiet with pills and the rest while she was out with her boyfriend, but she should go to jail for at least 15 to 20 years.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    I wonder if it's an all white jury? Will they pull an OJ outcome and come back with a verdict today?

    July 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      It's not an all-white jury. You can find their profiles, without names, online.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational

      Everything boils down to skin color for some folks. How sad, move on. Whenever someone uses skin color as a reason, it says more about the inadequacies of the person using this worn out argument than as an argument based on logic. Your skin color is just a convenient excuse for not putting in the hard work and effort it takes to improve your own situation in life.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jo

    Casey Anthony is a perfect example of why young women shouldn't be pressured to go through with an unplanned pregnancy. Casey should have had an abortion. She wouldn't be fighting for her life if she hadn't made the mistake of having an unwanted kid to drag her down. Keep abortion safe and legal for everyone woman who wants one.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      NO, she should have given her up for adoption to parents who wanted her.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadaJeff

      Abortion-rights aside, you are forgetting that a little girl is dead...this isn't about abortion-rights. The question was: Is she guilty of murder, or not? As much as I want to be emotionally swayed, I have to think that there was some reasonable doubt cast by the defense. There are still questions remaining....and until those questions are answered, there is room for doubt.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim M

    I think Casey Anthony is an awful human being, who may very well have murdered her daughter. However, after closely following the trial, there IS reasonable doubt, and I would not convict her of first degree murder.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    The state has failed to support their case beyond reasonable doubt. Looks like the prosecutor is seeking higher office.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Danny

    First-degree murder - not guilty
    Aggravated child abuse - guilty
    Aggravated manslaughter of a child -- guilty
    4 counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer: – guilty on all four counts
    That she worked at Universal Orlando in 2008, GUILTY
    That she left Caylee with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, GUILTY
    That she told Jeffrey Hopkins and Juliette Lewis that Caylee was missing, GUILTY
    That she received a phone call from Caylee on July 15, 2008. GUILTY

    Since they did not prove the cause of death, I predict either manslaughter, child endangerment resulting in a death, and abuse of a corpse. She'll probably get around 30 years.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JalenDUI

      LOL....Danny has it all figured out.

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

      pretty good, but we'll have to see what the jury says in the end. i think they'll give her life w/o parole, but they might surprise everyone...just might.

      July 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JalenDUI

    Sorry to burst your bubble but they aren't allowed phones in the deliberation room fool.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brownstain

    Nancy Grace should cover traffic court-nothing else.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational

      Do what I do. Don't watch Nancy Grace. Problem solved.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. anah

    Guilty! No doubt. As a single mom and with parents always there to help me u know she had to have killed that child on purpose. She could have just left her with her parents. But she is such a twisted sociopath that she wanted to get back at her parents and the only way to hurt them was through that innocent child.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • riverdaughter

      NO ONE, should be guilted into becoming a mother against their will. The prosecutor even admits that Cindy Anthony was never going to let Casey out of her parental obligations. That was wrong.
      Some people should just never have kids, especially when they are not ready for them.
      Cindy Anthony should be exhibit number one for any socially conservative mother who thinks she has the right to decide the lifetime responsibilities for another person. It doesn't matter how much financial support you give a prospective parent. Some bargains are not worth it. Casey should have been allowed to surrender her daughter for adoption without stigma.
      It's like a greek tragedy and Cindy Anthony showed incredible hubris in imposing her standards on someone who was incapable of living up to them. I'm waiting for Cindy to have a moment of enlightenment. She gets no sympathy from me.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadaJeff

      You can't say "you have to have known"...because you don't know...and neither do we. You ASSUME. I also assume that she is guilty, but that isn't proving guilt beyond doubt.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    still waiting for the evidence to link Casey with Caylee's death

    July 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wilson

    I just want justice for little Caylee, she wasn't even big enough to tell or fight back. I do also feel bad for the Anthony's, it's a double edged sword for them, first they lose their beloved granddaughter and now their daughter is facing a long, long time in prison or death.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank M

    How dignfied was it that HLN's Mitchell chased after the defense attorneys on their way to lunch and then reported while peeking through the window. Talk about tabloid reporting – she should work for the Enquirer. Same with Vinnie Politan. I can fully understand why he is no longer a prosecutor. HLN must be dredging the bottom.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JalenDUI

      but you watch them right? they appreciate that.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I saw that too. I kept hoping JVM would fall flat on her face. I switched the channel to see if any of the other stations covering the trial live had their "journalists" running after the defense attorneys. I was very relieved to find they did not. CNN needs to drop their current HLN format and go back to the old HLN format, you know, 24/7 news as opposed to 24/7 tabloid.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • val

      I so agree with you, Frank.. HLN is tv's Enquirer.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wuzzup

    Casey Anthony represents the deterioration of American society...

    The failure of our education system...The rampant disrespect for authority and parental guidance...Self centric, immoral family values and the insatiable need for self gratification at the expense of all else.

    Who had to pay to pay the price for this silly, irrelevant, nothing of a young woman? Calee, the single innocent party of this pathetic and twisted tale, of course!

    Do I need to see Casey Anthony fry? No. That would do nothing for me or any one else, I fear...

    What can we learn from Casey Anthony? Everything...Casey is a "symptom", a forerunner of more sad stories, ahead.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I don't think you can generalize like that. Casey Anthony's parents were hard-working people, who brought their children up just the way everyone else does ~~ they did their best. To say this case represents the deterioration of American society is an over-generalization. Things like this happen in every country. I believe Casey Anthony is a very sick young woman.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I hate to break it to you but infantice didn't just start in the 2000's and isn't just an American phenomena. It's been around since day one. It was ubiquitous in all cultures up until 200 years ago and is still commonly practiced in much of Asia and Africa. I'm not saying that it's right but to blame "modern America" is pretty far fetched.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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