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. Jules

    They did not prove she intentionally murdered her daughter. There were no signs of neglect up until Caylee went missing. I believe she is responsible for her death, but not premeditated. An accident that should of never gone unreported and never should of been the center of this media circus.
    Rest in peace little one.

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

      I agree.

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

      Yea she wrapped construction grade duct tape around he childs head and mouth by accident.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lacey Faudrin

      Very well said and I agree/

      July 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremiah

      You really believe that her Mom was searching "how to make chloroform, neck breaking" because because she mistook it for chlorophyl? Premeditation is clear and she is guilty of murder in the first degree.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Antagonisticallyyours

      Unfortunately for the dead child, this is the case. I think the jury will see things the same way.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      How can you say it was not premediated? She did 84 searches for cholorphrom. She looked up neck breaking in march (3mths) before her daughter turned up missing. The prosecution never acussed her of child abuse/neglect up until they put together how Caylee was murdered. If Casey didn't have anything to hide or lie about then why did she? It's scary to think that some people could be sick and diabolical and yet get away with the murder of thier own child.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ivy

      I'd like to be on the jury myself so I could have a hand in convicting her of first degree murder. What I don't understand is why the prosecution didn't mention the fact that it's easy to make chloroform, and one of the ingredients is shock powder, used for swimming pools and available at hardware stores. The Anthonys had a pool. I don't know why the prosecutor did not mention this.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      My understanding is that the Chloroform things was, just a baseless alegation. Didn't that search on the PC happen 3 months before this happened. People type things on google, for reason they could never explain, it means nothing. And there was no in fact elevated level of chloromform found, was there?

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

      While you wish Caylee rest, I wish justice for her! Meybe you can't or won't accept that a mother could do this to her child. Think of the child it was done to, and what she went through. I can only pray she was unconscious and felt no fear.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yams–Lol, no the water did it, er no it was the meter reader, er no it was George trying to make it look like a murder! I hope the jury agrees that this gal needs to go to jail if not get a lethal injection.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Observer, i don't think the search was three months before, but even if it were, so what? It was introduced as evidence of premeditation and lo and behold there apparently was enough chloroform in the trunk to be detectable weeks afterward....chloroform is volatile and does evaporate, so the fact that any was found at all in Florida heat says there was quite a bit of it....

      July 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      The google search was in March 2008, from what I understand- that's 3 months. From ABC online "Computer expert Kevin Stenger from the Orange County Sheriff's office testified today that he found no reference to chlorophyll in searches done on the Anthony family's desktop computer in March 2008. The only reference to dogs was a search for fleas, he said. References to bamboo referred to furniture and a tiki bar. " So Bill, your statement is in fact incorrect- was there some other information, you based that on?

      July 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ja

    Guilty – 1st Degree Murder – Accidental Death

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

      Accidental death is not 1st degree premeditated murder. So ... it is NOT 1st degree, in your statement.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJONES

      It can't be accidental and 1st degree murder.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan Lee

      check the florida law, death by neglect is murder 1

      July 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Stan I don't think so, death by neglect would not be Murder 1–thats premeditated or felony murder, by willful or wanton behavior would be something less, I think Murder 2 or a manslaughter charge.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Irena

    The state didn't prove it's case. I thought Baez did a good job with what he had to work with. My bigger concern is that the defendant was denied her right to a fair trial. The judge was so obviously biased in favor of the prosecution, and the prosecutors cheated a lot.

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

      You have to be kidding. She received a fair trial. She could have testified to explain how the death was caused by an accident. Nobody covers up an accident.

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

      I agree with this point, that know one seems to focus on. This was not a fair trial- . The judge throws the book at that young man in the court because he made a rude gesture that made the prosecution go crying to the judge, sends him to prison. However, how about the endless lynch mob parade, media brainwashing against the defendant going on for 3 years, since the incident was reported?? Everyone I mean Everyone, who turns on the TV, for the past 3 years had it drilled in they're head she's guilty, and the in fact the prosection had to invent scenarios because even they didn't have the details.

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

      Don't know what trial you watched, but the Judge was emminently fair and Baez is a lousy direct and cross examiner.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Maybe I missed something, but was there ever a DNA test done to prove that the Caseys dad (or stepfather I forget) was not the father of that child?

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

      Yes there was a test and both Led and George were cleared.

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

      Yes. The FBI did those tests and they were negative.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      and he's her biological father by the way (not that you needed DNA to prove it, just look at their faces).

      July 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |

    GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY and my decision is not based on hate..its on the evidence the state showed.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sharon

    They can get her on a felony count of child endagerment or something like that and she could still get the death penalty. I have been waiting 3 years for this day. She did it. Her parents even knew that the baby was dead and went into the normal parental denial. They took a step further and peppered the media and us with their uncanny ability to lie on a turn of a dime. That was the learned behaviour that Jose keeps referring to. There is no longer the need to sift through the mud; the water is clear now. Casey's only chance is the jury believing they need to ignore the states evidence. I don't know that I could look away from the obvious arrow to the fact that Casey killed her baby.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Child endangerment does not take the death penalty.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sippy

    Not Guilty.
    The prosecution did not prove this case. They have succeeded in creating a very negative image of Casey which they hope will convince the jury to convict her. I do not believe George or Cindy...

    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • armymom16

      Putting a child in the trunk of a car in Florida summer weather is enough by itself to cause death. Anyone should know that. Aside from that, She has lied continuously throughout this whole thing. I find it difficult to believe that anyone who has followed this case and listened to all the evidence could find her not guilty. Common sense, which unfortunately everyone does not have should enable one to see the big picture.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JJsMom

    Murder 1, is my guess and I think the verdict will come quickly...

    July 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Paul

    I have stayed in tune with this even though I'm Canadian. I had a friend lose his daughter to a 14 year old. I beleive in the death penalty also even though I'm Canadian. I think the proof was in the lies in this case. I want her gone, she killed that little girl and she knows it.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dawnelle

    I think she deserves da death penalty.

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

      Well how about we do this in the proper order, ok? She hasn't yet been found guilty or not guilty so keep your finger off the switch for the moment, Miss "Fire, Ready, Aim".

      July 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fischer NJ

    Hi Nicole. Justice is coming for you too. Enjoy the money while you can, the judge is gonna put you on a payment plan.

    See how liars get theirs? You too poopsi. You too. So soon from now. Can't wait to watch you lie.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tim

    Guilty. Perry sentences Baez and Ashton to jail for 6 days.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tooltard

    guilty, life in prison

    July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. REP in PA

    Casey Anthony is as guility as they come. As a mother, if my child was taken, I woudl be screaming from the rooftops immediately–not be out drinking and partying. Any person can take all of the evidence and maybe they will say "but no one saw her do anything to Caylee". A reasonable person, however, would look at the big picture and think about who had the access, opportunity, motive, and who benefitted from Caylee's death. That is one person only–Casey Anthony. Add to all of that the fact that Casey is the ONLY person who lied about where Caylee was, lied to police and her family, and even tried to throw her brother and father under the bus during the trial-this is a person who deserves no less than to go to jail.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Law

      None of that is PROOF.

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

      The Law – NO PROOF?? Really?? That's why there are pictures of Casey partying and drinking AFTER Caylee died? That witnesses also said she was out partying, drinking, happy and acting like nothing was wrong while her daughter was lying in the trunk of her car duct tape over her mouth or in garbage bags in the woods...

      July 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. stan

    The prosecution spun a likely story, but they haven't proven anything. She'll walk.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • lue blacknell

      Yes-walk into an electric chair or a jail cell for the rest of her life!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
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