July 5th, 2011
08:18 PM ET

Toobin: Media should soul-search after Anthony verdict

The news media should reflect on its coverage of Casey Anthony after the Florida woman was found not guilty of murder in her daughter’s death, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

But he added the verdict also helps show that intense media coverage doesn’t necessarily lead to juries that are eager to convict a defendant.

Toobin’s comments came after Anthony attorney J. Cheney Mason - after Anthony’s acquittal Tuesday - blasted what he called “incompetent talking heads” and a “media assassination” of Anthony.

Mason said that “colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases that they don’t know a damn thing about and don’t have the experience to back up their words or the law to do it.”

National media coverage of the case began in July 2008, the month that 2-year-old Caylee Anthony’s family reported her missing. The coverage was spurred in part by reports the family hadn’t reported the girl missing until a month after she was last seen; the child’s remains were found in a wooded area later that year.

Toobin said he doubted Mason’s team would take legal action against the talking heads Mason railed against, saying the matter “will be dealt with appropriately in the court of public opinions.” But Toobin said it was safe to say that some media coverage was “very much negative toward Casey Anthony.”

“The media’s performance will be something we should all discuss,” Toobin said.

Former prosecutor Nancy Grace, whose show on CNN sister network HLN has featured the case extensively, defended the media coverage. "I find it interesting that his first reaction was to attack the media like we had something to do with it," she said. "We didn't have anything to do with it; this was all tot mom."

She added, "There is no way that this is a verdict that speaks the truth." Also Tuesday, Grace said that “as the defense sits by and as their champagne toast after that not guilty verdict, somewhere out there, the devil is dancing tonight.”

Attorney Debra Opri, arguing that the media is the “13th juror,” said lawmakers may want to see “what steps … we have to take, without stepping on the First Amendment, to protect” defendants’ rights to a fair trial.

Toobin said government regulation isn’t necessary, and that the Anthony trial and other high-profile cases show that media scrutiny doesn’t necessarily lead juries to issue convictions.

“(Opri’s) argument … is that the media had too much influence. You know, Nancy Grace was on TV for three years saying (Anthony) was guilty, and the jury said otherwise,” Toobin said. “Michael Jackson – also acquitted (of child molestation in 2005). O.J. Simpson – also acquitted (of murder in 1995). William Kennedy Smith – also acquitted (of rape in 1991)."

Tom Mesereau, an attorney for Jackson in the entertainer's 2005 case, concurred.

"I think this defense team focused on the courtroom, not the media. The media likes to think that they're going to influence these verdicts, and look at the history," Mesereau told CNN's "In the Arena" on Tuesday night, citing the Jackson and Simpson cases, as well as the 2005 trial of actor Robert Blake, who was acquitted of murder.

Toobin said that if media coverage affected the trial, the influence might have been seen in the prosecution's decision to make this a death penalty case.

"(This) always seemed like a wrong decision to me, given the ... absence of a cause of death (and) a time of death," Toobin said. "To make this a death penalty case sounded to me like the prosecutors had been spending too much time listening to people on cable news being outraged about the case rather than evaluating the evidence in the cold light of reality, and I think that was where the media influence was, more than in how the jurors behaved."

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  1. California

    Nancy Grace loses credibility all the way around regardless of her legal background. When you are given camera time, a mouth with no end and guests that tolerate not being allowed to speak or oppose her view, there is no balance in her coverage of anything or anyone. I can't believe she is and has been on this long. It's probably because it would cost more to pay up the rest of her contract. REPLACE HER!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michigan

      Yes! Nancy Grace is a DIS-grace. She and her clone, Jane Velez-whatever, are irresponsible and should not be allowed to continue spouting recklessly about this case or any other. CNN needs to shut her down before one of her disciples goes all vigilante on one of the Anthony's.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • shayne

      i second the motion! Nancy Grace has given 3 years of our lives to attempt to convict Casey Antyhony! The media has lied and justice has reared its authority in a great fashion! THE MEDIA CAN NOT AND WILL NEVER BE THE JUDGE AND OR JURY!!!!!!!! So get over yourselves!!!!! You have no authority! No one really cares about your views! JUSTICE SERVED TO THE MEDIA!!!!!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • kpearson

      You are crazy. Nancy Grace is brutally honest at times, but she speaks the truth. Sounds like for you the truth is hard to hear.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • shayne

      Were is the blame! If we feel that she killed her child; then where lies the blame? The city of Orlando and the state iof Florida! They failed to prove to a jury of Casey's peers her guilt! The Orlando police department fumbled the ball when it came to evidence! Thank media and Orlando police Department! Oh yeah, thanks State of Flortida!!!!! You guys done an excellent job for Casey Anthony!!!!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFra

      Couldn't agree more. Nancy Grace thinks her word is gospel. She does a lot of negative talking which damages a person or case before you know all the facts.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFra

      Re Nancy Grace; it's the truth according to Nancy. It's sensationalism. She tries to get her viewers angry, without knowing all the facts or having listened to all the details. It's all one sided.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Nancy Grace is EXACTLY what is WRONG with these LAWYER shows these days: she has a 165 decibel voice, no real analysis or rationality, and everything is flavored with hate, bias, prejudice, and viciousness... she should be replaced by one of Michael Vick’s pit bulls!

      July 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      Very well said. I have been on here railing against Nancy Grace too! How dare her disparage the work of the Casey Anthony jurors. I'm VERY offended by clips that I have seen of her on ABC, trashing the quality of the jurors. She DEFINITELY needs to be replaced.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Astle

      Dont forget Grace's other clone - Vinnie Politan. What a blathering idiot! He will probably write a book, too. Dont know why anyone would buy it.

      July 6, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Nadine

      I completely agree. DIS-Grace works on the lowest-common denominator approach - sort of like the Jerry Springer show. She is a horror.

      July 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      I'm telling you... Casey vs Grace PAY PER VIEW mud wrestling at Madison Square Gardens with the Honorable Belvin Perry referee!! What say's the defense? After all Nancy Grace has been slinging mud for 3 years, so it's fitting.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gloria

      I agree 100%. It is time for Nancy Grace to go. In addition to badgering her guest who disagree with her she also blasted her producer on air. How dare she belittle the jurors and a justice system that she took an oath to uphold. Nancy Grace should not have a public auidience to express her one sided views.

      July 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      The problem is she is more like a justice reality show anchor than a REAL journalist!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Connors

      IChange the channel grumpy.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda sprague

      i agree 100% love your comment. linda

      July 10, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Yes, so true. FIRE NANCY GRACE for starters--then, Jane Velez Mitchell. Something has to be done legally about these tabloid maggots who incite people into forming lynching crowds. Too bad the Anthonys can't sue civilly for slander.

      July 11, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. katj

    All trials should be shown . Period. Just because this jury found her not guilty doesn't mean that she is innocent. Many jurys get it wrong. Kate if your kid was missing you would want nancy grace on your side unless ofcourse you have something to hide! All of you blasting the media should be ashamed,you sat glued to this story like most of the rest of the world.I was not influenced by the media, FL law permits discovery items to become public knowledge with or without media reporting,anyone can look it up.Casey's lies and behavior is all my common sense needed to convince me,not to mention the jail recordings, casey got away with throwing that baby away like so much trash. Karma baby Karma.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Camille

      No katj I did not sit glued watching this trail. I felt I pretty much had it shoved in my face by the media and I am not ashamed to admit that. I make it a point to read the news everyday, because I care about what is happening in the World, not just what is happening in Florida or in an Orlando Court room. I am also stunned by the fact that thousands of children were killed in Iraq by Operation Iraqi Freedom. Why is there not more coverage on that and what we can do as a nation to avoid such unjust in the future? Where is the Media coverage for all those children killed? Why have so many people focused on this one family in Orlando? I personally do not understand it.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Must be very comfortable for you to sit at home, know all the facts, weigh them carefully and find this lady guilty; I just wish the jury would have had the full benefit of all your involvement in this case!

      July 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stacy

    Her father ia an ex-cop!!!!!! It's all a cover up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFra

      The father is not all there, and I don't believe for one mintue it is all a cover up of Casey. I do believe it was an accident – that the famly could not deal with. The father had a mistress and he told her it was an accident that snowballed out of control. His attempt suicide is an admission of guilt – I believe he was there at the time of his grandaughter's death, which sounded like an accident and he panicked. The jury made the right decision.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda sprague

      stacy. cover up? i think so also. linda

      July 10, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Caveat emptor.
    What do you expect from the media?
    Business is business.
    Would you buy a journal with the headline,

    July 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rdking647

    anthony should sue nancy grace for defamation.. a jury found her innocent. game over.. but nance grace was criticized by the georgia who said "the conduct of the prosecuting attorney in this case demonstrated her disregard of the notions of due process and fairness, and was inexcusable.

    so grace has no credibility to comment on the case since she is willing to let her own biases cloud her judgement.
    cnn should fire her and replace her with someone with credibility

    July 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • shayne

      Y? Has then Media sold u too? All we know is what the media has covered! Lets go Florida! Get off your asses and find the Killer!!!!!!!

      July 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kpearson

      You probably believe OJ was innocent as well. What kind of mother makes up lies about where her child is and goes out partying for 30 days, before her parents report the chlld missing to police??? A guilty one. If my children are out of my sight for 5 minutes I am searching til I find them. There is no excure. She is GUILTY. The justice system failed Caylee Anthony today but her mother will be punished in hell.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pb

      She was not found Innocent, she was found "not guilty", there is a huge difference. In being found Not guilty, the jury said that there was reasonable doubt to her having committed the crimes she was charged with. That jury swore on oath to uphold the law, and that is what they did. Just like the jury in the OJ Simpson case. Do I think OJ murdered his wife and Ron, Yes, but I also think that the jury came back with the correct verdict when they said not guilty, because there was reasonable doubt.

      If I am ever called for jury duty, I hope that I am able to look at the presented facts and fulfill my obligation by only convicting if there is evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt"

      July 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • babetoo

      i totally agree. for a very long time now nancy grace has been a sore point with me. i am sick of her perfect mother routine also. how can she be the mother she claims to be when she is flapping gums all the time on t.v. she is really upset the jury didn't agree with her.

      i don't know the answer to what happened to caylee. but the jury found her not guilty. right now she is blabbing about the jury that ran away rather than speak to the media. her term not mine. nancy grace is a fraud and all around dishonest person.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stunnedandamazed

      Her next "special assignment" should be in Mexico City about 3 in the morning,going door to door looking for Elvis

      July 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nadine

      In a just world, CNN certainly SHOULD fire her, because she's appallingly unprofessional - sort of bearded lady or sword-swallower. But the real world, that ol' bag's probably gettin' a raise. That's capitalism for ya.

      July 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Bell

      I agree – Cayce is legally NOT GUILTY Nancy! YOu're a lawyer – you get it!
      Don't be playing on my emotions as a mother to advocate mob justice.
      THe world is no safer for any child when mob vigilante justice rules over the court system.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Judy

    These attorneys who blame the media are the very ones who seek to use it for their own financial gain. Watch the Casey Anthony defense team run to the media when they want to get out their side of the story for fame and fortune . Watch Casey and Cindy Anthony, themselves, as they peddle their version of events for public consumption. The hypocrisy is sickening.They claim to respect the jury system, yet they turn right around and imply that people are too stupid to form their own opinions and have to rely on the media to form them for them. What nonsense! I enjoy reading and listening to what certain people in the media have to say, but I certainly use my own judgement when I make a decision about something. Hearing the evidence in this case was all that most of us needed to decide for ourselves that Casey Anthony murdered her child and lied all the way to the courthouse afterwards. She and her attorneys will make a fortune off of this and beg the media's attention while their doing it.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shannon

    Really!!!!! Cant frickin believe it! What has this world come to?

    July 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Bell

      In my country of origin – she would have hanged in 3 months – guilty or not!. Thank your lucky stars we live in America where the law is the law whether you're unpopular or beautiful or rich or poor.
      Though I do wonder if this would have gone a different way if Cayce was a character out of the movie "Precious".

      July 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shayne

    that is why we live in america! all of the public has proven casey guilty due to the media coverage! none of the media or the publiuc has steppeped one foot in that courtroom! Now that casey has been found not guilty, lets say Florida get off your ass and find the killer!!!!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      Remember it was a accident and her dad helped her cover it up.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janice Rector Spurgeon

      Yeah whatever she is a child killer

      July 6, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Grace

      If it was an accident, why was there evidence on the Anthony"s home computer of a search on " home weapons" and "neck breaking"? Sounds like someone was up to no good. There is also proof that the grandparents were not home at the time of these searches and the one for chloroform. Also there was very little lapses of time between the searches and Casey's activity on face book so obviously the searches were done by Casey!

      July 6, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Nancy Grace was pro- grand parents but the grandma admitted to the jury she was the one searching for the chloroform word on line! Meantime our expert Nancy Grace was implying that Casey used chloroform to put the baby to sleep before killing her and that was a great deal of a prove!
      How pathetic this woman is, I just hope she will be put off the air soon!

      July 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • lizbristol

      I'll second that...Nancy Grace put off the air...SOON....

      July 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      Nancy Grace should fired and sued her mouth cannot stop running. She thinks she right all the time. She nasty, ugly and her but kick. If she stayed out of it all trails cassy maybe found guilty but Nancy cannot shut up

      July 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • obverse side

      I like the way you think Raymond, Lacrosse anyone?

      July 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda sprague

      amy, many people would to see grace taken off the air. i am one of those people. the people angry about casey`s verdict; so angry at the jury. why?they only obeyed the law and had only one option. no evidence to convict her. 12 out 12 jurors found her NOT GUILTY. not a shred of evidence. Baez, Mason and Perry all respected the the law and did an excellant job and all have the hind sight we all should have. maybe casey`s a monster. but, maybe she isn`t? i would hate to have N. grace as a juror if i went on trial for something. if i was innocent she might find me guitly before she knew the facts.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      Hey, he was a cop. He would never do anything like that!! Next you'll say he was having an affair. Oh wait... He did do that..... Ok forget it....

      July 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      Hey, he was a cop. He would never do anything like that!! Next you'll say he was having an affair. Oh wait... He did do that..... Ok forget it...

      July 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • KNNVirginia

      This is hearsay from her ..... she needs to prove it .... but one thing ... she is admitted in this ...
      she was there ..... and now she walks free with it.

      July 8, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • KNNVirginia

      This is hearsay from her ..... she needs to prove it .... but one thing ... she is admitted in this ...
      she was there ..... and now she walks free with it.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAT in OPF

      Russell: That was a theory of the defense team, not evidence. The state did not prove the child died at the hands of her mother, and the defense does not have to prove at thing about how Caylee died.

      July 9, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • No Doubt

      The trial included many seats for the public, and many media folks were in that courtroom. It was also completely televised (with the dead body pixelated out in most cases).

      There is no 'real killer' if Casey was found not guilty. The defense was that it was an accident.

      I think this jury had a fundamental misunderstanding of reasonable doubt. It's very sad. And frightening.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm heartbroken

      I an heartbroken for little Caylee!! She was killed and mom goes free. Casey and her defense team claimed it was an accident and she drowned in the family pool. IF it had been so, what excuse would she have that she was still double bagged and thrown out like garbage. Explain that to us and your darling little girl, Casey! What LIE goes with this answer of yours????????????

      July 6, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      Geez, take some prozac and change the channel...

      July 6, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • M Bell

      We are ALL heartbroken for Caylee – why not advocate child pool safety laws in Florida (like in other states) that people with pools are required to have child safety pool fencing insteat on relying on ladders being taken down and french doors being kept only open enough for the puppies to go poo but not wide enough for a 3 year old to squish thru. You can drive a truck thru those safety measures.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • eastcoast

      Damn, you really think it was an accident?

      Are you CRAZY? Who loses a child to drowning and does not call 911? Who has an accident, throws their baby in a bag and tosses them in the swamp?? OMG, people are idiots.

      And now the jury wont talk because they are all waiting for book deals and financial offers...this is so sick.

      July 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee dee

      Ok you have got to be kidding with this arguement. How many hit and runs occur. How often does an accident happen and people panic and run away from it. How many. You hear about that all the time. So if there was an accidental drowning and then the family panicked for not having the proper protection for the pool in place and figured she is already gone so we'll just cover it up and hope no one ever finds it could be a plausible argument. things like that happen all the time with hit and runs. the prosecution did not show how she died , the autopsy did not show how she died other then to say there was no evidence of a trauma to any bones or anything of that sort. So where are the facts to back a claim of murder. there are no more in that direction nor to back the drowning claim. either way the jury got it right with the fact that they did not have enough proof and just because people like you seem to think you KNOW what happened doesn't mean it in fact did.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Connors

      I think you need to post this after every ugly comment from those defenders of this outdated and now unworkable "reasonable doubt" argument. There was enough evidence to choke a corporate paper shredder. This unfortunate to be kind "jury" did not look at it. They did not review any of it during their deliberations.They were in a hurry to get on vacation, one even had some grand tour planned. In addition to what you mention remember the following: cell phone records show Casey in the vicinity of her home on the day even the defense concedes Caylee "passed on". She was the only person with Caylee. She waited for her father to leave and returned to the home at 2 pm. She killed her at this time- there is evidence to support the timeline. There is then evidence of no Caylee as Casey returned to her boyfriends house that afternoon alone. Caylee was never seen alive again. The car in which the dead little body was clearly placed for at least part of the time was ONLY in Casey's possession during the entire period in which the body could have been in it. Toobin is mean. Nancy may be larger than life and even obnoxious but she is the only media person willing to go on the record as saying she smelled the stench of this case from the beginning instead of standing behind a fake moral imperative, protecting a part of our legal system that clearly needs fixing. There is nothing wrong in admitting we need to revise how juries are selected. Too bad it will be too late for those wishing justice for Caylee.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lloyd from Va

      It appears you and "Mop head" Nancy grace knew all of the evidence and could presented an airtight case....Maybe you two should have prosecuted the case since you seem to have all the answers!!

      July 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda sprague

      agree 100%. love your comment linda

      July 10, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • D

      Why don't you do that....the pool had nothing at all to do with this case!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonKYmom from FL

      my sentiments exactly

      July 7, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Iamgr82day

      Without getting too deep into guilt or innocence, the public's perception of this case has been entirely media driven. All of the blanks were filled in by people like Nancy Grace. The media convicted Casey long before the trial even started... or at least the loudest personalities had. We forgot that in America there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law... not in the court of Headline News. Based on the evidence alone that was actually given to the jury, I am not sure any fair jury could have come back with a guilty verdict on any of the counts. The legal system is such that if there is doubt then we are to err on the side on the defendant. There was just too much uncertainty... even among all of you are just sure she did it are not sure how she died, when she died, or why she died. And while motive is not something that has to be proven, you need it when you have nothing else for proof. I am sure that misconduct took place, but there is no real evidence that the misconduct was murder much less anything premeditated. It is true that there is no evidence that she did not murder her child either, but it is not the defendant's job to prove innocence... It is the prosecutor's job to prove guilt. Unlike so many up in arms, I am always more concerned about a fair process than I am about anyone person being found guilty or innocent. You also have to remember that the state has such a high burden of proof because the odds are already in their favor. They have an unimited budget, a population that is generally predudice against the defendant anyway, and laws that are designed to make it way more risky to go to trial than to plea out...meaning that plea sentences tend to be less severe than being found guilty in trial. With all of this said, the jury made the right decision. They only looked at what was in front of them and what happened in the courtroom that they were able to see. Anyone that takes their duty as a jurur seriously as impartial and fairminded would have come to the same conclusion. In fact, at least a few judges have said that they would have made the same determination if the right to a jury trial had been waived. Maybe she got away with something, maybe not... the truth is that we really do not know... and that is why she was found not guilty. Even in Nancy Grace's case seemed airtight to the public, the prosecutor's case was not airtight to the jury... and that is what really mattered.

      July 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAMELA

      Thank you we need to find peace for Caley in this and true if that is the way she died, being an advocate for her buy requesting pool fences is the positive way to go. In AZ we use to have at least 10-12 drowning in a year of children under 3, since we madde it mandatory for homes with pools to have pool fences the drowning have dropped to only one, and that is still to many. ZERO TOLERANCE for backyard pools drowning here in Az and all backyard pools. Thank you for sharing this.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tb

      She is the killer. You want to pay more tax payer dollars to look for what? I don't need to be in the court room. Her actions speak for themselves. Where have you been under a rock.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • TW

      Wow tb, why don't you go ahead and move to Syria. Your absolutely right, she shouldn't of even been allowed to stand trial. They should of just executed her. Thank god your not a legal official or our country would be screwed. No one in their right mind actually believes that she is innocent, but being not guilty and innocent are completely different things. While your at it, why don't you suspend her right to an attorney too? Ha I really hope your speaking out of anger instead of rationality because everyone deserves their day in court and the right to fair and impartial trial.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • alice

      yes, you are so right.they let a killer of a child walk. nancy grace said it the way it was.. who is going to pay for her upkeep and protction now.. tax payers...

      July 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Maybe 'OJ' can team up with Florida Enforcement and help them find the 'real' killer (If they let him out). After all, he has extensive experience in evasion of justice in criminal cases. Oh, and if you DO believe the P.O.S, is 'innocent, then you must believe her defense teams version of events. That there WAS NO KILLER! Remember it was ALL a tragic ACCIDENT! An accident in which THEIR CLIENT CONSPIRED with her dad to cover up and HIDE the BODY (The Car, Then The woods/swamp), disguising it so it looked like a Murder Victim (The duct Tape) and THEN NOT reporting the disappearance of a child for 30 DAYS! Then Lying to police and searchers to misdirect and mislead them to allow time for possible critical evidence (ACTUAL cause of death) to be destroyed so it could not be used against the defenses client.
      If you Really believe that she is not guilty just because the jury was too stupid to convict of ANYTHING, then you are also a party in this crime. Because others WILL do this again and use this case as a precedence to get off themselves.

      July 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eydie

    I am so very happy that the media cannot influrence the way juries will vote. Its the way it should be. So....who killed little caylee?

    July 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • JFra

      From all the information, the death seems most likely an accident that the family didn't know how to handle. No question the family is dysfunctional, but the father admitted to his mistress that Kaylee died by accident, and everything snowballed out of control. His attempt suicide pointed to some guilt on his part.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      remember the defense says it is an accident she drowned in a pool and her dad help to cover it up???

      July 6, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Allan

      Hey, he was a cop. He would never do anything like that!! Next you'll say he was having an affair. Oh wait... He did do that..... Ok forget it..

      July 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer Connors

      Casey did. She wrapped duct tape around her two year old's mouth after having given her too much chloroform -it was supposed to knock her out so she'd "sleep" in her trunk while she went out and got wasted. OOps. Yeah, an accident. So babysitting problem solved she chucked her in the woods just down the road from her house, in her family's old pet cemetery. She then spun the craziest tales you could ever imagine to make sure the Florida weather destroyed every last bit of the little body- lying, stalling, sending people on wild goose chases and sure enough 6 months later when someone finally did expose the remains of Caylee, there was not enough "evidence" of her evil deed. Florida- keepin' it klassee.

      July 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sluggo

    Why are yall ppl attacking Nancy Grace and the media,Y'ALL are the fools for listening and being lead by them. Why just yesterday and everyday for 3 years Y'all were hollering how guilty she is. So don't pass the blame like YOU are innocent, blame your foolish azz selves. Sleep on that. So the next time the media blows something up you'll ya dam mouf shut,caz yall are just as much "talking heads" as the media are,only y'all are more ignorant for commenting.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Bell

      By YALL -do you mean the people in your mirror?
      Lots of people who disagreed with the media never got heard. IF they took an opposing viewpoint, Nancy Schmancypants yelled at 'em and shut them up on her show.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    "Casey Anthony was saved by Grace, just not Nancys'."

    July 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Russell

    someone close to me was convicted of 1st degree murder kind of the same thing as this case. They told the truth about what and how it happened and could not afford high profile lawyers. So they get life with out parole with no appeals because the public defenders told them to plead guilty. Feather in the D.A. Cap. no justice that I can see you got money then you may get away with murder.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • HAT in OPF

      So, would it have been justice if the person you are close to – the one who told the truth and then pleaded guilty – had a better lawyer and gotten away with the crime he or she committed? No justice? Crime, confession, guilty plea and sentence. Sounds like the way the system is supposed to work. The Anthony case has nothing to do with that.

      July 9, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stunnedandamazed

    I dont pay much attention to Nancy Grace, but from what i remember wasnt she all over the Rugby team deal a while back that turned out to be a hoax? Screaming from the rafters to hang them all !!! .I understand that she is now in the business of selling air time instead of serving justice I would as soon listen to screaming chickens as hear her voice,, She is now 0-2 maybe worse if I payed attention

    July 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Danny

    CNN needs to get their act togethet and FIRE Nancy Grace. She is vile and offensive. It is stunning that she, as an attorney, would disparage the Casey Anthony jurors, saying that they went in looking for a way to acquit Anthony. Her inflammatory remarks should get her fired.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Bell

      she is inciting vigilante justice and needs to get fired – she will squeal it's her right and freedom of speech whatever but her speech is hate-filled.
      We all mourn a little child's loss but this is a time for healing not attacking NEW VICTIMS – the jurors didn't have a choice – there was no cause of death and no manner of death. ENd of story for over-reaching emotionally charged prosecution. GEoff Ashton was looking to retire to a political career.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Danny, maybe you should stop watching Nancy Grace. Because, just listening to your rant I have learned far more than I wanted to know about her.....It actually sounds as if you are a fan!!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nancy

    Nancy Grace should be ashamed of herself. She did herself, CNN and the justice service grave harm. She seems to have forgotten that one is innocent before being proven guilty. I believe in our justice system. While I disagree with the verdict, it is what it is. Accept it, Nan.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
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