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. DeeWA2010

    I am 50s S/W/F who's worked w/teen mothers, AND I was molested at 10, albeit not by my father. I DO NOT believe she was molested by George. I think all the disfunction started when Casey reached maturity, at least after Caylee was born. Not one scread of evidence, whether in or out of court evidence, that the family had problems in the past. All their current lying is directly related to this incident. IMO

    July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youngest1

      What is a scread?

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

      Dont fool by this media yes she knows what happened to her child but I also think anthony knows about it. It simple stop believing what this media people keep saying they are just making money from making you believe. Why anthony try to kill himself if he loves caylee that much why he didn't call police when he smell dead body in the trunk he used to be police officer. Yes cayse is guilty so as anthony don't be fool why is the evidence the child was kill by her mother

      July 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clwyd

    Guilty plain and simple. Why else would a mother act the way she did about her child's disappearance? Why wouldn't she testify to show she didn't do it? Guilty!

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

      The state never proved its case.. To many questions left on what really happened no way she gets convicted, regardless of opinion

      July 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alan

    GUILTY! 100%. She killed her daughter. State proved their case!

    July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bstnh1

      The prosecution did not present one shred of evidence that links Casey directly
      to any crime. They didn't even prove this was a homicide. The defense, on
      the other hand, was brilliant. They raised reasonable doubt in many
      significant areas and disproved several of the prosecutions claims and discredited several of the prosecution's witnesses. The jury will never return a guilty verdict. No way in heII. It will
      either be a not guilty verdict or, at the very least, a hung jury.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    She not guilty in the first degree murder charge but she guilty in the manslaughter charge of child abuse because of the evidance of the case there is so much doubt in the case and did not find how caylee died

    July 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bstnh1

    The prosecution did not present one shred of evidence that links Casey
    to any crime. Nor did they prove this was a homicide. The defense, on
    the other hand, was brilliant. They raised reasonable doubt in many
    significant areas and disproved several of the prosecutions claims. The
    jury will never return a guilty verdict. No way in heII. It will
    either be a not guilty verdict or, at the very least, a hung jury.

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

      Ha! Ha!

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

      You must be related to Baez. Everyone else believes the defense didn't prove squat.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • amhache

      The defense was brilliant???
      Were you not watching the same trial as everyone else? Her defense was so bad it was at times embarrassing to watch. She is guilty. If she gets off it will be OJ Simpson all over again.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZOMGrly?

      "Brilliant?" Is that you, Jose? Oh, wait! Maybe it's Mom Baez?

      Calling Jose Baez defense strategy "brilliant" is like calling an Etch-A-Sketch a smartphone.

      Baez is an insult to the judicial system, and I'm very much looking forward to his contempt trial. Disbar that idiot!

      July 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sonny

      i agree the doubt is there but the jury will find her guilty and her sentence will be life but no death penalty the jury will say , she probably did it or i think she did it and not go by what the laws says about doubt.

      July 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Thats just it.. the defence doesnt have to prove anything!!! They only have to raise the question of reasonalbe doubt.... and they did that in many areas.

      July 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NNJ

    This face says: I know I did it...but can they figure it out?

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. makesensewouldya

    guilty, duct tape, searches and lies...

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jeff

    I think George Anthony should be indicted for murder obstruction and or at the very least manslaughter

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

      i totally agree!!!!!!!

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

      First of all there is no such thing as "murder obstruction" actually that would be an admirable feat to obstruct a potential murder so why would you put someone in jail for that????

      July 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Palm Beacher

    In my opinion having watched this case unfold for three years, the state did an exceptional job of proving 1st Degree Murder. Casey aided the state's case and sealed her own fate with her behavior and pathological lying. So sad to see a child pay the ultimate price.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ruminant

    Unfortunately, I don't think they proved murder 1, but did prove that she is a sick diabolical person who needs to never be free again. She clearly knew her child was dead and thought she could hide it or lie about it. It"s scary that there are people like that among us.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roger

    She not guilty in the first degree murder charge but she guilty in the manslaughter charge of child abuse because of the evidance of the case there is so much doubt in the case and did not find how caylee died people should take emotions out of the picture

    July 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake in Florida

    Ive watched this case everyday for a month plus. I dont like Baez, and i dont like Ashton either. But that aside, I dont think the prosecution has proven 1st degree murder. I would have a tough time with even manslaughter. I just dont see where the proof is. It all comes down to inferences, hypotheticals, and speculation because the evidence leaves so many gaping holes. I think the defense was weak in delivery, but in the closing they pounded the prosecution, and that was when I really started questioning what was right and wrong with the evidence of the case. Lets see if the jury agrees.

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

      Don't agree with you 100%

      July 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph BigBalls

    Not quilty

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

      guilty

      July 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Drew

    I have been following this case since day 1, and I don't understand why the hell people are so quick to jump to conclusions that SHE WAS THE ONE THAT DID IT. I do, in my heart of hearts, believe that she killed Caylee, but I think she will be proven innocent due to the weak amount of evidence on behalf of the prosecution. People need to stop treating her like a criminal when she has not been proven yet so.

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

      AGREED. you couldn't have said it better

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

      I agree with Drew. Plus I can't believe how George for being her father is so not supporting his daughter at all. How could a parent be that way. Plus for someone to want to commit suicide over this, theres more to it. George is a shady character. Because of that, I just don't feel right about a lot of thngs in this case. She should get child neglect and some other charges but not murder 1. She's only 25. I think theres more to it, that hasn't been revealed and I think there's more to George. The he told her how good looking she was while she was in jail, was weird to me. Just weird they way he said it. ...to his daughter...?

      July 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • august

      your so right!

      July 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sonny

    I have been following this case from the UK. Personally i do not think that you can find casey guilty 'beyond reasonable doubt'. Instinct, emotions and gut feelings may say otherwise, but thats now how the law works. You would certainly not get a guilty verdict in the UK based on the evidence offered by the prosecution. What worries me is that Casey could get the death penalty. The States really need to catch up with Europe in banning this madness

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