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. robert Zuckschwerdt

    Bella, your right on, George Anthony lied about his affair, Cindy lied too, I think Casey was abused by her father and brother and Cindy knew. I also thought it was strange the Cindy Anthony being a nurse never took her daughter for a gynecological exam, what was she trying to hide? Casey's father was in that house when Caylee was last seen, he also had keys and drove Casey's car, too many things seem strange .

    July 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • open ur eyes


      July 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex


    July 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Houman Asady

      Dear Alex , wake up, murderers are walking out because there is no justice system, especially for criminals who abuse children. Let' s just sit down and make fun of saudi arabia and Iran stoning innocent women and men while our justice system does the same thing but in differnt manners !!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Linda R

    It seems to me a lot of the postings are making a joke out of such a horrible situation. This little girl was hurt by the one person that was supposed to protect her. Just imagine yourself in her place and the one person you trust the most is hurting you the most. This innocent little girl had no way to walk way to defend where to run. She saw her mommy and went to her full of trust...not knowing her mommy would be responsible for her last breath. I really think she did it. Anyone that loves their children would have never slept, never eaten, never thought of anything else until their child was found. Someday she has to face the one person she has to answer to and her fate will be decided then. Until then I hope the memory of that night haunts her for the rest of her life....everytime she sees a little girl laughing...I hope she realizes she was responsible for taking away her child's laughter.

    July 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Z Robin


    Thank you for getting upset for us today! OMG! As a physiologist and vocal advocate to end violence against children in America [nearly 5000 children under age the age of 4 are killed by 1 or both of their parents every single year in America] I am ashamed that the State of Florida could not find 12 reasonable people to hear this case!

    All it takes is reason which they did not have, which they may never have had, but surely lost over the past 6 weeks if they did. They showed the world today that all 12 put together could not come up with one reasonable thought–their verdict paints a shameful picture of the ability of people to use common sense and reason to assess a situation!

    Karma is an amazing force and the murderer will suffer the consequences if not today then in the future.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. open ur eyes

    I think the only reason someone would not report their child drowning would be if they were threatened or made promises. I think everyone need to take a closer look at George Anthony. Only a man would dress a child in clothes they can't fit or usually wear. He needed money, didnt he get 4,000from his love? Did Kronk get a reward? Are we sure Kronk did not know George? Who would leave a possible skeleton in the woods for so long before reporting it again, when the whole town knows a child is missing? He did call the cops, but wasn't George an ex-cop and could have friends still on the force. Open ur eyes. The only motive Casey had was to party? Give me a break. She did that anyways. She could of left Caylee with anyone to go party. Oh yeah, George had just as much access to the evidence that Casey did. "It was a accident that snow-balled out of control", right?

    July 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. open ur eyes

    If George was an ex-cop and he was the one that picked the car up from the tow company, then why did he not report that it smelled like a dead body was in the car? wouldn't an ex-cop know what a dead body smelled like? Casey was out partying after Caylee was gone but George was out having an affair. What's the difference, she is still young and immature and he should know better.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. charli

    I hope she can NEVER have another child. EVER...

    July 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AMH

    Baby one heard you........

    July 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Diana Blfd Wv

    G.U.I.LT.Y Im So Sorry Caylee

    July 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pattie

    No dout that Casey is guilty, now how do her parents have her move back home and act like nothing happened. How do they look in her face every day? And if Caylee droowned in the pool, did they take that pol down or continue on like nothing happened? Maybe Casey can stop and leave a stuffed animal in the woods for her daughter when she gets home. Then call all her boyfreinds to see where she can start to LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE. She can see who the first taker is.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D in WI

    Casey had her day in court and the jurors found her not guilty of murder/manslaughter. The prosecution could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt. But as the dust begins to settle, this is all I am left with.... The prosecution says Casey murdered Caylee to get her out of the way. Defense says Caylee accidently drowned in the pool. Either way it happened, Casey got away with stuffing her daughter's dead body in a garbage bag and dumping her in the woods. Why is there no accountability for that? It doesnt make sense......

    July 6, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. heather

    I've watched much of the trial from the beginning. Yes, there was a lot of media hype, but I just can't get over the fact that Casey lived a seemingly carefree life for 31 days, telling soooo many lies all the while knowing her daughter was dead. Casey herself...through her defenses opening statement, placed herself in the presence of her daughter upon her death. I find it interesting that so many people want to believe what Casey said regarding her father's invovlement in the 'cover up'. Casey is an unreliable, compusive liar, her own defense admits this. What the defense did was throw a bunch of 'alternate' explanations into the mix, just enough to make the jury 'wonder'. That's all it takes...reasonable doubt. I knew the jury wouldn't come up with first degree murder, however I thought they may have found her guilty of aggravated manslaughter. I went online to read the definition of aggravated manslaughter and sort of understand how the jury may feel there was not enough 'evidence' to satisfy certain criteria of this charge. That all said, I 'feel' that Casey played a role in her daughter's death. Casey and Casey alone. She panicked and then came up with this kooky scenario. My only concern now is that Casey will have more children......and she will. I truly hope that her defense counsel recommends that she get some sort of counseling/therapy at the very least. Irregardelss of who you believe caused Caylee's death, it is truly disturbing that a mother could turn her emotions off so completely, the same day that she herself says her daughter died, and went on with life as usual without a pause, while creating an intricate web of lies. She is a disturbed woman. One last word, it really bothers me when any defense uses the excuse of a defendent being abused when they were a child as rationale for their current behavior as an adult. I was abused in every way as a child, as well as 1,000's of other adults, and we have not participated in and covered up the death of a child.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I am not a psychiatrist but from what I have read therapy doesn't help sociopaths. Unfortunately. She needs to be removed from society or more will be hurt or worse.

      July 6, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • myrod8

      She is guilty of every count period. And now is up to us ,the public, to make justice for the little beautiful girl by not buying her books and/or movies. Did I hear she may go to Texas, Puerto Rico, or Mexico?

      July 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      There are a few very disturbing facts in this case that offset any reasonable doubt. There is, admittedly reasonable doubt about WHO killed the child. However, there is no doubt that the child was murdered and the mother either knows who did or did it herself. That makes her guilty. If she isn't guilty of murder, she is guilty of covering up for a murderer...which is just as serious. Nobody carries on with life as normal when their child is dead or missing or lies repeatedly about the issue who doesn't have some involvement with it. It is an INjustice to all citizens of the U.S. to let someone so disturbed and dangerous loose into our society to reproduce again and hurt others or protect those who do.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lil

    I would like to hear from those who say 'she didn't do it'...share your theories as to what happened to this child if that is what you believe. I'm seriously curious.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I want to hear from the jurors. We have a right to know what the hell they were thinking.

      July 6, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. pauline

    I for one am highly disturbed with this lawyer Baiez, he used every dirty trick in the book lies lies just like his client nothing to be proud of. Scott Peterson was convicted with no DNA. I think maybe they should have gone next door to the shelter, like Judge Perry suggested. Maybe they could of gotten one jurer there with half a brain to convict...

    July 6, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kathy

    Let us all pledge right now to boycott anything in the future affording Ms. Anthony any fame or monetary gain. She murdered her daughter, we all know it. The only thing we can control now is she doesn't actually get rich in addition to having her freedom, her "beautiful life", while her daughter turns to dust in the ground

    July 6, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      I agree 100%, I for one absolutely refuse to buy anything that has any mention of Casey Anthony, or her family.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
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