Other shocking court verdicts
Casey Anthony, with her attorney Jose Baez, approaches the podium to hear Judge Belvin Perry confirm that she is not guilty of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse Orlando, Fla. on July 5, 2011.
July 6th, 2011
12:17 PM ET

Other shocking court verdicts

Casey Anthony's acquittal on first-degree murder charges may be one of the most surprising trial outcomes in at least a decade. The Florida mom may have escaped with only misdemeanor convictions, but her acquittal is drawing comparisons to another high-profile murder trial: O.J. Simpson's.

O.J. Simpson escapes murder conviction – Police suspected Simpson murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in June 1994. The case dominated headlines and was must-see television. Between Simpson's infamous low-speed car chase, the trial's intriguing cast and a dream team full of legal heavyweights, the former NFL superstar was able to avoid conviction. O.J. showed signs of relief and joy when he learned his fate.
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Outside the courtroom tensions arose. Some cheered "The Juice's" acquittal while others were stunned and suspected his fame and fortune allowed him to get away with murder.
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Jury acquits Robert Blake – "Baretta" helped make Robert Blake a star, but it was a murder accusation that launched him into the headlines again. Blake was accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakely, in 2001. Blake always maintained his innocence and, in 2005, a jury agreed, finding the actor not guilty of murder. When the jury announced the verdict, Blake began sobbing.
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Rodney King verdict sparks riots – Los Angeles already was rife with racial tension before the Rodney King incident. But the allegations of excessive force by white police officers were caught on tape. That had many thinking they'd never be acquitted. Jurors surprised the city and the nation by acquitting all but one of the officers. The verdict proved to be the spark that ignited a powder keg of strained racial relations. Riots broke out in the city's most urban areas and even the president had to get involved.
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Fans rally behind Michael Jackson – Child molestation allegations again surrounded Michael Jackson in 2005, resulting in a criminal trial. While some were surprised the King of Pop was found not guilty, his enthusiastic fans never doubted his innocence. They rallied behind him, cheering his victory. One person even released a white dove for each not guilty verdict.
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  1. Heather

    In regard to Casey Anthony they need to make sure she's sterlized before they let her out. Just because you can have kids, doesn't mean that you should!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janice CA

      Both my husband and I felt she is gulity. However, during the closing arguments we kept arguing over the word "REASONIBLE" doubt. My opinion is that the jury was looking for MOTIVE which wah nto needed and neither was How CayLee died. All they needed was to use common sense but again CLARIFY REASONABLE DOUBT.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      This is NOT Africa or the Middle East my dear.................to see if it works lets start with YOU!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      I agree with the thought, but, in truth, if you follow the thought to its possible ends...do we really want to give the state or anyone this kind of power?

      July 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • dale.zalewski

      Sorry Heather! There is no basis for involuntary sterilization; she's been convicted of lying to the cops, nothing more. Before sentencing her to sterilization she would have to be found guilty of an an offense for which sterilization is the proscribed punishment.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Canada

      wow! You sound like a Nazi – they had a program of steralization during the 3rd reich. I am sure any future children she has will be fine and her parenting will be scrutinized by all the uneducated Nancy Gracers. Why are the lower classes so easily fooled by the mass media?

      July 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LibelFreeZone

      I have a feeling Janice CA @ July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm is NOT a trial lawyer. LOL

      July 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC


      July 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • You people are dumb

      They sterilize people in this country already. I'm all for those who harm children to have their ability to create and harm children taken away. I love how all you civil libertarians would protect the SC um over the innocent children and call it a fascist Nazi tool of control. News flash! We already do it and I think it should be mandatory for any predator that is going to be out amongst us. If you remove the organ used to harm children then many child predators would lose their lust. Isn't that reasonable considering they rarely hand out life sentences for child Ra. PE? It's either that or we lock someone up forever and that's not going to happen. What does the CNN libertarian legal team suggest we do? If someone harmed you as a child or harmed your child and you didn't want to prevent it from happening to someone else then maybe you shouldn't have kids either. Everyone changes their opinion when they are the ones with something to lose.

      July 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sandy

    BEWARE she will strike again!

    July 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      You sound like you are experienced in that type of action................maybe we will luck out and YOU will be there if she strikes again!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice for Caylee ...When??

      Yes, she will because it has been said in the media that she plans to have another baby. What a physcopath, She is a sicko......I don't know what kind of life she really think she is going to have once she is out, because most people see her as a murderer, because that is what she is a physcopathical murder living among us.

      She didn't report Caylee as missing for 31 days because she knew her body would be decomposed by then and the cause of death would be gone and only bones would be found. Sick...just plain sick...

      July 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice for Caylee ...When??

      And if that is not premeditated murder I don't know what is, the physco planned that little girls death making seacrches on the internet for neck breaking, she wanted to party and hang out and couldn't simple as that and NO she did not have a babysitter when she wanted to go out because in the early part of this trial the police retreive chatting or text messages of Casey complaining that she couldn't go out and she couldn't go anywhere Bottom line.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nancine

    I still feel sick to my stomach. I hope justice wiil be served once she is released. Lots of crazy people out there.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      Yes...........and especially people making comments on this article!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobz

      Sorry I don't agree with you posting that.Look I think like alot of people she is guilty.But my thinking or yours or anyones has no matter in this.They had there day in court 12 jurors said not guilty.The jury have the info they were supposed to look at it and decide if there was reasonable doubt which they did.She will have to live with it if she did the system worked good or bad not the first time someone got around a conviction.

      The prosecution got greedy with no real solid evidence if they had went with a lesser charge imo they would have given her 30 years and she would have sat there instead they wanted death and that is alot to ask a jury to without any concrete evidence.

      July 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pedro

    aiiiiiii carumba

    July 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      OLE! Pedro pinchee nada!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Abdullah

    If someone kills his kid do you think that he or she will not kill again?
    One more thing I believe that: if someone kills innocent person the killer will be killed sooner or later.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MN

      That is what I'm thinking. Someone will "accidentally" aim for her and do a drive-by and keep going. It'll happen.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      She will kill again ONLY if she is from the Middle East and has a Koran as her guide!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeremy LaBorde

    My daughter, Caylee Marie, was born yesterday in Alexandria, LA. I named her after Caylee Marie Anthony, so that this angel may have some justice.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. non


    July 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      That woulod be me.....$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jerry

    I think she is guilty, guilty, It seems as if all of the people that think this was a just verdict are confusing reasonable doubt with any doubt at all. There was no reasonable doubt ion the case at all. Sure it is possible that a martian came down and killed her, maybe O.J. came by and did it, but is not reasonable to think that. She is guilty. The jury messed up, they should be ashamed

    July 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      WAKE UP! You were not there! 12 jurors and 5 alternates said NOT GUILTY..................you don't have a vote and you probably have a hard time deciding on breakfast when you wake up.................if you EVER wake up!

      July 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice for Caylee ...When??

      The ones that were of the twelve jurors is just as sick as Casey is, and I don't have any respect for any of them or their verdict.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brittany

    While all the mentioned trials above are similar in the sense that they were all very high profile cases, the Casey Anthony trial is the first one that impacted social media so heavily. I feel that because people were talking about it so much on Facebook and Twitter, interest was sparked that way and they provided a medium for discussion. I wrote an article about it at my internship: http://www.ezanga.com/news/2011/07/06/social-media-sites-explode-with-discussion-of-casey-anthony-verdict/

    July 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Elizabeth

    What about William Kennedy Smith? Everyone knew he was guilty, too.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • You people are dumb

      Yeah and? There are plenty of people who loathe the Kennedy clan. I don't see your point?

      July 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MS. FW


    July 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chan

      I dont want to foot the bill for keeping this mom in jail for the crime she didnt commit.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MelName*

    A tear for the baby tht died... Focus ppl. If mom didnt kill the child, who or what did?

    July 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    They did an article on shocking verdicts and the morons left out T. Cullen Davis? Give me an f'ing break. That was the only truly shocking verdict I've ever seen because the evidence was so clear-cut, yet the SOB still walked.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sylvia Denegar

    The Lord works in ways only he alone knows, I fell for all since I myself loat a child in Florida on Murder charges & unlike the money people are not afforded the same privilages & God forbid you are not from florida you won't be.There are too many cases in Florida & should be afforded the same. The pain of it all is undescriable & never goes away, So I pray for all in these situations & I can only hope we all stick together & do the same.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip Porembski

    people who break the law cannot be the reason their in jail when the law is the reason people who break the law are in jail... yes prison too ... these foos are retarded nah thats not good enough for it sob it knows ppl cannot even get robbed without them for example and its tellin ya ur the reason when they know their the reason , they only do that to protect u, ya righ! u gotta be kidding me. we the people of world are not dumb...when i say cannot be the reason and say thats not good for it cuz even than still the sob vulture knows he or she doesnt need to even think how they cannot . it sure isn't the people or me tellin them theyre the reason when we know you're the reason you got serious issues law, see you tell them stuff like that and it doesnt even supply a so what , just doesnt have to think what their doing at all.. .. this is stuff in our nature you don't wanna mess wit takin people away from their families than tellin them their the reason, thats not how we break u btw law we break you. law

    July 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LibelFreeZone

      Gheeee...with citizens like Philip Prembski, our republic is not long for this world.

      July 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • You people are dumb

      This is why I don't drink and blog.

      July 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
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