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. Luis

    The prosecution did not prove the case but the facts are clear as day she's guilty period. Their is no reasonable doubt when it comes to her neglect and her web of lies. Her intentions were never to come out with the truth but to create reasonable doubt. The funny thing is reasonable doubt does not apply to the jury decision making. We love you Caylee!

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

    Casey is guilty. However, theres is NO ACTUAL evidence that proves she killed Caylee. Coincidence and speculation arent viable forms of evidence. The best punishment would be to let her go free. She has no family to turn to. She would live in fear of being attacked or killed in public. She would have to actually get a job to support herself. Who would hire her? Her life would be miserable. RIP Caylee Marie Anthony!

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

    I am a Mother of 4 grown children and I know that our children will do things and make decisions that we are astounded by and we do cry uncontrollably because they were not raised that way, we can get emotional and think of taking our own lives because we can't accept and don't want to deal with facts that our children could be capable of doing some of the things they do and the way they choose to live their own lives that they know their parents don't agree with. In a case such as this, I would be totally honest with law enforcement also (just like George Anthony was) if I believed my child did wrong I would not uphold them in it. It's a very agonizing decision a parent has to accept but it shows an honest and moral person to do so. I know this from experience how devestating this is to a parent and how heartbreaking it can be!

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

    There is no doubt in my mind that Casey killed her daughter. Whether she killed it intentionally or by accident is another matter. But she is guilty of the death of Caylee and she did not mourn Caylee either. If she loved her child so much, how could she have so much fun for 31 days without even shedding a drop of tear...that surprises me the most. I can't comprehend her actions after Caylee was gone. Even in the jail house video, she is more concerned about herself. She is guilty.

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

      Agreed – I'm not convinced of premeditation, but I think the prosecution has proved Casey is responsible for Caylee's death.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bonnie Stanford

    As clear as it is to me that Casey is 100% guilty of first degree murder whether it be via pre-meditation or death by aggravated child abuse, I don't necessarily hope that verdict will be delivered. Caylee deserves justice yet she loved her mother. How much more pain does one family need?!

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

      I think if she gets life without parole, it will be in deference to how much her family has suffered already.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MaineMom

    Guilty on all counts. Death by lethal injection. Period.

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

    I think what's more disturbing than Casey's behavior while her child was "missing" is that this is how she behaved knowing full well the child wasn't missing, but she was dead! Her baby was dead and rotting and she was out partying. The child was not missing, ever. Even if her story was true that she drowned in the pool, she was still partying while her baby was dead!! There is something terribly wrong with that, worse than if the child was just missing!

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


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

      We live in a society (North America in particular) where it's all about ME. Nothing is more important than becoming a "Reality Star", and you can thank MTV and reality television for that. Just look at some of the stupid actions of people over the last decade and you will discern this fact for yourself. Some people are really THAT selfish and self-absorbed that they will do anything at whatever cost to achieve the warped status they place such a high value on. The pictures of her "partying" say it all. If you don't believe me, just watch Rebecca Black's music video. That sums it all up in a nutshell.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yusef

    I listened to the defense closing argument and I must say they did great job in raising doubt on the proof of who killed the baby girl
    I won't be surprised if the jury finds her not guilty for first degree murder, there is a belief but no concrete proof

    July 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry Harmon

    There was no evidence that shows Casey being guilty. If the jurors finds her guilty, we are all scr@wed. Because that means, whenever the government decides somebody is guilty with no evidence, they will get away with it. We need to protect our rights and not let our feelings and influrence get in the way.

    Forget Casey, nothing will bring back Caylee, and besides, none of u people or me knew that little girl, none of the jurors knew that lil girl. But besides that, since there was no direct evidence, only assumptions, the jurors must protect their rights as Americans and find her not guilty, or the next ones on trial may be them, or you, or me. We cant let that happen, they cant let that happen.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rex Lutherin

      You're worrying for nothing, dude. If she's found guilty of murder 1, there will definitely be an appeal with the offer for her to plea bargain put back on the table.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • minnie mouse

      So Larry- when your parent, child grandchild, wife girlfriend boyfriend WHATEVER LOVED ONE is MURDERED are you still going to say the same thing and be so UNCARING??? "nothing will bring back Caylee, and besides, none of u people or me knew that little girl, none of the jurors knew that lil girl. But besides that, since there was no direct evidence, only assumptions, the jurors must protect their rights as Americans and find her not guilty, or the next ones on trial may be them, or you, or me. We cant let that happen, they cant let that happen."??? lets see how you feel when it happens to you! you will WISH there were people out there with a heart that will listen to the evidence and pronounce the person guilty!!!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Amanda

    There are a lot of holes that can only be filled in with assumptions. However, if I was innocent, I would testify that I DID NOT KILL MY DAUGHTER and have nothing to hide.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I would say that as many as 90% of trials the defendant don't take the stand, and she didn't have to its the sates job to prove she did it not her job to prove she didn't, and the state can even say for sure the poor child was murdered, foul play yes murder no

      July 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Damie

    Not guilty. There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that the child was murdered as opposed to dying accidentally, so doubt is more than just reasonable. The prosecution tried to use Casey's reputation as a liar to prove she was a murderer. The two do not equate. The leg of one blowfly? That's pathetic as evidence goes. As for the computer searches – it makes more sense to hypothesize that she looked up "how to make chloroform" because of her friend's MySpace comment than to spin a tale about using chloroform and duct tape (with no DNA on it) to murder the child. Going 31 days without telling anyone that Caylee had died accidentally makes sense in terms of what we know of Casey's patterns. She lies. Denial is lying to one's self. No difference. In addition to that, denial is one of the stages of normal grief, and even people who customarily tell the truth show symptoms of denial for a long time after they lose a child. For someone like Casey who had lived much if not most of her life in a world of lies, profound denial would be natural and to be expected. What would be odd would be to see her face reality squarely. Casey seems to be very fearful of and enraged by her mother's judgment, criticism, and higher standards, and it makes sense that she would put off the day of reckoning as long as possible. If the child actually drowned and Casey were intent on hiding that fact for as long as possible, then I can see her putting tape on the mouth and nose in order to stop the blood and other fluids from leaking out. Having lost a child to drowning myself, I remember how distressing it was to see my daughter's life blood seeping out of her nose and mouth. I don't believe George molested Casey nor do I believe that he served as an accomplice. Jose Baez went off the rails there, but otherwise drowning and profound denial by Casey fit the facts better than the prosecution's strained attempt at explaining them.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legally speaking

      The defense's story is that George Anthony was home when the drowning occurred. Therefore your entire view of the case makes no sense. Let's hope the jury foreman is intelligent; if people like you are on the jury they are going to need some strong guidance.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Why would someone put duct tape over a child's face... dead or alive? There was duct tape on her face. I find that to be a key piece of evidence. When was the last time you duct taped a child's face? Me? Never either. It may or may not be what caused her death, but there is something very sinister about it. It may also not prove that she killed her daughter, but it wasn't just coincidence that the duct tape was there. There was a reason.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rex Lutherin

      You're kidding right? If dumping a body like a bag of trash doesn't reek of foul play, I don't know what does. That was no accident.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lynn


    July 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carrotroot

    The only thing so far which is indisputable is she gave investigators false information about how this child died. As for who may have actually murdered the child, based on the evidence, that question has not been fully resolved. If you are going to put someone to death over this, you better be 110% certain you are punishing the correct person.

    July 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Legally speaking

    There really is no reasonable doubt here. The story presented by the defense is simply not reasonable. Any person who finds a drowned child in a pool calls 911 immediately. Frankly I find it somewhat frightening that some people on here think "yeah, it's reasonable that somebody would find a child and then not try to help."

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

      I agree fully with that. No one would just day "Well, she's dead, we can't save her... what will your mother think of you now?" And then lie and lie and accuse nonexistent people of kidnapping, etc. George would have either called 911 or started CPR immediately (any human would!). And if George didn't, then Casey would have! Then let's say it did happen the way they said it did, George and/or Casey would have admitted to it before it went to trial in a capital murder case! George would have done it to save his child from execution. Casey could have just said, I believe, even after they found the body, "I panicked, my father panicked, Caylee drowned in the pool." There would have been no way to prove otherwise with the amount of decomposition.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. melinda

    I believe she intentionally killed her child. I don't want to believe this but with the internet searches what other conclusion can u come to:? If it was an accident why wouldn't she have called for help, I would have thought maybe she's in a comma. She wanted her dead, she had no saddness and went out to party and tatoo her body, please, she's a dog.

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

      I think she will get Involuntary Manslaughter, Felony Child Abuse, and Improper Burial of a body. She will get 20-40 years. That is best case scenario. The prosecution has not met the burdon of proof for Murder 1 or 2.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I don't think she meant to kill her child, just put her to sleep so she could party. She should spend the rest of her life in prison, locked away, her freedom to drink and party and have boyfriends taken away. Maybe she'll find a good woman in prison. My heart goes out to the grandparents. They will never have peace again.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Legally speaking

      @ Benjamin Brown. You are incorrect. If you make a plan to severely injure somebody and they die, or even if somebody just happens to die when you are in the act of another felony like robbery or aggravated child abuse, you still get felony murder which is equivalent to 1st degree murder in Florida. Involuntary manslaughter requires that there is no criminal intent.

      July 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila Funk

      If u seen the evidence u will have seen that she looked up facebook first , and her boyfriend had wrote something about chloroform then she looked it up how does that make her guilty

      July 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
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