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. Willa

    These are too many questions in this case that beg to be answered. Alas however, the prosecutors never got those answers and never proved anything much less without reasonable doubt. They did succeed with help from the media to make people so angry about this case that they just might get a conviction. But, that's not how the legal system is supposed to work and that would not be justice. Jurors have to be objective in their deliberations. Jurors have to look at the facts, nothing else. Gut feelings, emotions, personal biases, personal dislikes and misplaced anger, can distort a person's perception of the facts. It's the kind of subjectivity that is not supposed to happen in a jury box.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Westley

    It seems to me that everyone rushing to convict Casey is doing so based either on emotion or on rules not accordance to the law. You should not convict because you hate Casey, think she's an awful mom, because she partied, or any other quick judgement based on personality. You should convict based on evidence. Too many people are influenced by biased media like HLN...good thing the jury can't sit in front of that nonsense all day. Maybe Casey murdered Caylee, BUT maybe she didn't. The presence of the latter possibility should lead the jury to find Casey not guilty. If she did kill her daughter, she should pay for it, but that punishment should come after fair judgement, and in this case, it seems like the prosecution has depended more on the emotional ideals of witch hunting than on actually demonstrated without a reasonable doubt that she committed murder (not that she was a bad caretaker or improperly disposed of the body). Just think, if it were you accused, would you want people to judge you based on emotions or on evidence?!?

    July 4, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rachel

    I don't think it really matters what any of us think. If there is reasonable doubt, they MUST find her not guilty. Yes she lied, yes she did not report her daughter missing, yes she misled the police in so many ways.
    I do not believe that George Anthony is innocent, the way people think he may be. Something isnt right in this whole situation. Casey is at best guilty of child neglect. The prosecution did exactly what so many have said they have done is waste tax payers money. Im not saying this because they wasted my money, I am canadian so I have no issues with that lol.....I just dont believe they proved anything at all

    July 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • joeync

      Casey's actions led to the death of her daughter even if she did not plan to murder her child. Her father is not on trial. I do not see why a grandfather would dump his granddaughter's body in a swamp. I believe Casey panicked and dumped the body. Also she led the police on a wild goose chase.

      July 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joran van der Sloot

    I'll tell you who did it for $25,000

    July 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Irishrose

    GUILTY – First Degree Murder – DEATH

    July 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. anthony


    July 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      I'm with you.

      July 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Julie L

    I think she is guilty but as to what the jury will have to decide.Murder 1 is gonna be hard to prove because we dont know the manner of death in which the child died.We have what the mother says then we have the truth somewhere out there but the reality is no one knows. I think she will be convicted on murder 2 simply because no one knows or can prove what really happened and as to the count of obstruction well thats a no brainer guilty as charged. This whole situation is sad because a little girl died so a mother could go out and party and the grand parents are gonna suffer again because now the muct face the reality that their daughter is not only a killer but she is also losing her life.If they send Casey Anthony to prison as huge as this case has been she want survive long because prisoners hate child killers so her stint in jail want be too long before someone ends up killing her.The only people I truly feel sorry for are George and Cindy.I feel like many families this one had alot of lies and secrets and thats what made their daughter the person she became.As parents we want to rotect our kids but some people go long lengths to protect theirs and I can say this because my grand mother God rest her soul was the same way by my own brother.She would defend eevrything he did knowing all to well he had done the things he did and he is stilll an inmate and if someone would have stopped and taken action while Casey was young we would of seen a different outcome.This is a case of jealousy which had happned between her and Cindy and plain evil.She hurt her mother in a way that she would never recover from so some might say she won she took her Moms sanity and her fathers heart.What else is left? She needs to gett he death penalty.I think life will be the verdict but I think the death penalty needs to be used here because you canot allow someone like her to ever even have a chance to return to society because she will kill again.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erica

    She never had a job or a nanny so where was Caylee for those 31 days? Common sense can see through all her lies and deceit. She found a new guy and Caylee got in the way of her new life. She is guilty as Scott Peterson. She will also be on death row where she belongs. May God have mercy on her soul. If she has one. She will be found guilty no doubt in my mind.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    While I personally believe she is guilty, I do not think the state has met the burden of proof, and I would have to vote to acquit on the murder charges.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kwandat

    guilty as charged... no doubt about it. But the public IQ today is so low that the jury may not get it, or be persuaded by the defense's lies and obfuscations, so I'll predict an OJ verdict... which would be tragic.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RidgelandMS

    She is GUILTY! I think she was mad at her parents and decided to take something away from them that she knew would hurt them forever!

    July 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 123doreme

    Since not one of us is on the Jury, I guess it's all a bunch of hot air. Opinions are like ________.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RidgelandMS

    If someone else would have killed Caylee she would have been found someplace not so close to the Anthony's home. She put Caylee there because she was familiar with the place because they had burried pets there in the past. She was famiiar enough with the place that she knew people don't usually go there. She stole checks from her mother for years, she was/is a pro at lying, stealing and hurting her mother with no thought about it. She is surprised she got caught!.!!

    July 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Razor Rex

    She is guilty of poor judgement. I think she's being framed. I also think that she has some severe mental issues that need addressing, but otherwise I feel the state did not proof without a reasonable doubt that she did it.

    July 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • send her to texas

      if she has mental issues then so do her defense team because don't you think they would have tried to have casey declared insane and pleaded insanity to spare her from a death sentence??????????? come on!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. DWB

    Could all of the Casey's be covering for Cindy?

    July 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna Capps

      Totally disagree – Casey is too stuck on HERSELF to cover up for her mother. Remember it was the baby's grandparents that provided food & shelter for the baby not her biological mother.
      I think that since Cindy didn't want Casey to give up the baby for adoption, this act was a way for Casey to end her responsibilities because she didn't want her parents to have the baby

      July 4, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Not a chance. Casey has proven herself a pathological liar, whereas the grandparents, have proven they are just normal, concerned parents. Casey's pathological past, coupled with the party-hearty-don't-miss-my-baby-daughter-cause-she-is-soooooooo-gone self is proof enough of the crime. And I think the Jury will convict on that basis.

      July 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
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