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. Bill

    JFra–you insult Ms. Burdick....Nancy Grace (daughter of Gloria Alred–another nutcake) is crazy, like that Jane Velez Mitchell...the two of them.....should be on Fox.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Nancy grace is NOT Gloria Allred's daughter. Lisa Bloom is.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Lisa Bloom is Gloria's daughter, not Nancy Grace

      July 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hope120


    July 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elisabutters

    I find it hard to believe that someone who is a practiced, habitual liar and as skilled at deception as she clearly is, would not have had a better plan in place with at least three months to plan as the prosecution claims. Duct tape as a murder weapon with three months to consider all the options makes no sense? Would she not have had a better plan, bought her own shovel and had a place to stash the body other than her own car? Would she not have put some kind of alibi for herself other than imaginary friends?

    I would struggle to convict Casey of 1st degree murder if I was on the jury, the prosecution has not provided enough evidence of an intentional pre-planned act, only theories. I do believe Caylie died under her care and her body was in that car.

    It's got to be murder 2 or manslaughter. This lady is so messed up, you can't really tell what is going on in her mind. She might have overdosed her daughter by accident. Even if she has magical thinking (likely) and consciously didn't intend her daughter to die, I can't get away from the idea that using such a dangerous unfamiliar substance would not have an element of anger to it against someone. Could it have been some passive aggressive action against her mother? Who knows.

    The defense made a huge mistake fronting several theories they could not prove, You really have to wonder what was going on behind the scenes. They could not prove molestation, but they likely could have done a lot more to illustrate Casey in the context of her family and help the jury understand why a person might act out of the norm in this kind of situation,

    Casey is probably not some sociopathic anomaly with this tortured family. That does not mean she isnt to blame for a crime she commits, but its information that could help the jury understand and get an accurate verdict, good or bad. I think the Antony's love their kids and are in real pain, but I don't buy the idea that mom and dad are innocent grandparents, victimized by an out of control daughter. They created her this way. There is plenty to suggest all these people are extremely ugly with each other when the cameras are not rolling. Casey's personality needed to be explained,

    Of course that might have been dangerous for the defense too. I don't think she was just a loopy party girl who wanted her freedom, something happened around July 15th to change their course.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      Insightful post. However, I do believe she is a sociopath. My gut instinct is she killed her daughter out of rage towards her parents. She needed their help but despised it. She could not let go of the control of her child although her child was in her way.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernest

      Hello Elisa,

      I must take issue with your conclusion that Casey's mental state should be taken into account. First, they (defense) tried by calling a certified grief specialist to the stand. She spoke in general terms, was unfamiliar with the case, and ultimately the defense had to avert referring to this testimony in the closing arguments. That is, the prosecution was effective in countering her testimony as it was faily weak. Second, mental state in a case is generally based on a set of criteria that varies somewhat from clinical psychopathology. In order for your behavior to be considered mitigating, she must be found to have a mental or cognitive condition that is caused by mental disease disease or defect. Further, the accused must prove that this defect must render the accused 1) unable to control behavior (standard: would commit act even in the presence of law enforcement), 2) unable to tell right from wrong, or 3) unable to appreciate the consequences of said act. Defense had Casey evaluated for competency- she passed.

      Then there is the issue of murder 2. Your reasons for this conviction are wrong. Florida state law- as instructed by the judge- are that Murder 1 can be and SHOULD BE reached if 1) the act was premeditated, or 2) in the commission of felony child abuse. Felony Child Abuse was defined as any act that would reasonably endanger or harm the child, even if death was not the intended consequence. Casey, if she used chloroform to drug Caylee, meets this criteria as any reasonable parent would not attempt to render a child unconscious, much less with chloror form.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisabutters

      Shelly, your gut instinct could be entirely correct. Where I have trouble saying she is or isn't a sociopath, is that there could be other explanations for her actions and especially her behavior after and now. That doesn't mean she's not dangerous, clearly her daughter was unsafe in her presence.

      I do think you are dead on about the toxic power struggle in the family, Whether she acted out to neatly fix a little problem in her life or it was an immature, outburst of revenge and powerlessness, I think these people fight each other like dogs and the result for Caylie is the same.

      Ernest, your right about murder 2. It's kind of like an armed robbery where someone sought gain, but may not have intended for anyone to get killed. They created the situation and are still to blame.

      I didn't exactly mean that her mental state should get her off or she should be found incompetent or less culpable. I think there has been evidence left on the table, I could be wrong since i did not watch every minute of the trial. A big part of the evidence is the way she behaved after the death of her daughter. The defense tried to mitigate that and get sympathy via this explosive molestation charge they can't prove. I think they should have focused more solid evidence of how she has dealt with pressure in the past, not to prove she didnt commit murder – there is not evidence of that, but to mitigate the extremely troubling images of her actions afterwards.

      If we're using behavior as an indication of how someone feels and their motives for certain actions, someone who has learned to behave very differently, out of social norms could easily be misinterpreted. The defense should have done a much better job explaining that month. The expert was a start, but not nearly enough and too easy to impeach.

      I'm not sure how it would or could be presented, but the jury needs to see that Casey lives in a different normal and her behavior is not necessarily linked to her motives in the same way they would be for most others. Lol, of course thats also true if she's a cold hearted sociopath. I do not envy the jury.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    The evidence as presented doesn't seem compelling for a conviction of murder. The prosecutions closing arguments seemed unprofessional at best, as they only appeal to the emotions of the jury and were without basis in factual findings. It was much like a bad term paper with a weak thesis and an even weaker conclusion. Attorneys are required to study (at length) logic and rhetoric, and the prosecution really isn't using it much. Based on the evidence presented there is too much doubt as to what really happened. It's clear that Casey Anthony has issues, but that does not mean she killed her daughter. Short of a blunt confession, there is no way we can know with absolute certainty the cause of death of this poor little girl. I'll be surprised if the jury convicts, because I definitely wouldn't.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Justin...She's dead..... Casey did it.... It doesn't even matter how to me....
      You know why? Because she didn't drown in the pool....
      Nobody stages an accident to look like a murder...So ridiculous....

      July 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vicki

    George, you are sick! GET REAL!! maybe you can visit Casey in prison and then get THE WHOLE STORY!!!

    July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WandaW

    Who believes that this may end up in a hung jury?

    July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I do.

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

      No way a hung jury. Jury can't wait to get set free. Only thing gonna be hung is Casey Anthony....
      I can't imagine someone holding out....

      July 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elisabutters


      July 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shelly

    This is America; even if the prosecution did not prove their case, she will be found guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bryan


    July 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Edward

    This woman is a murderer,
    bottom line is she knew her daughter was missing and had the heart to go out and party like everything was fine
    to me this is the fact that will send her behind to the chair where she belongs.
    shes a monster to society and should not be allowed to breathe the same air we do.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*armita harmon

    30 days.................and her mom had to call the police

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

    Casey should have confessed. Only thing that would have spared her death penalty....
    Why not an insanity defense.... That I could have believed....

    July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TriXen

    Time to convict this b!tch and put the juice in her.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Not Guilty. State didn't prove a single thing, period. Do I think she's guilty of something? Sure, but what? State failed to prove a single element of anything other than she lied to police.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • not happy

      Unfortunately she will probably get off on murder charges. We all know she's guilty but the hard evidence just isn't enough for a conviction. I really hope that the jury finds her guilty but we have to live with a pretty screwed up judicial system!!!

      July 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fredskyy

    NOT GUILTY! ... Innocent until proven guilty, not by common sense, not by assumption, not by HOPE... but by evidence.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      Agreed, they don't even have a COD. They'd have a hung jury on their hands if I were sitting on it. They need more than hunches and maybes. Do I think she did it? Yep, probably. But it's not enough to convict someone of murder.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • wrack

      Despite what you may believe, common sense is a valid instrument in evaluating a person's guilt.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Is this Jose?

      July 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      That all depends, what is your idea of common sense? There are plenty of people stewing in prison for crimes they didn't do because of people who used "common sense" to convict them. Face it, there is a serious lack of common sense in most of the population. You included.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • msb

      Others have been convicted on less evidence. No COD on Lacey Peterson & and child. Scott Peterson sits on Death Row/

      July 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      COD iis not needed to know that Casey did it.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The state failed to prove:

      How the girl died.
      Where the girl died.
      When the girl died.

      Not guilty. Only guilty of being a liar and she covered something up sure. Problem is nobody but her knows what. Not guilty of any type of murder or manslaughter or abuse.

      July 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fishmonger

    No one but Casey really knows what happened and she's not talking. From this, one can only deduce that she is guilty. If she was not, she would start telling the whole sorted story to save her own life. Throwing her family under the bus to save herself from her own bad decisions /actions /lies, etc. only shows how cold and calculating she really is. Sorry – but this is a big thumbs down for her all the way around. We can only hope the jury does the right thing.

    July 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*shy

      Hmm..that was the argument against Luther Martin. An fairly

      July 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sera

    Guilty first degree

    July 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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