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. kim

    Casey has not escaped judgement, all will stand before the judgement seat of God. Nothing is hid from him.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorean Grey

      She may not of escaped,but she sure bought a lotta extra free time till judgement. You and her got something in common:
      Your both are here after the rapture. So dose everyone elce who reads this.........

      July 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Where was God during jury selection? One juror had a DUI, one had a murdered father, several didn't even have a high school education, #3 was practically begging to be one the jury( & even knew the case), and god forbid...#2 juror told the judge she could never JUDGE a person!!! We need new laws for choosing jurors and espec. keep them from making media/book deals(the chef(really just a restaurant cook!) wanted more than $50,000. from the Nat'l. Enq. This particular jury was quite uneducated and even quoted "they all new she wasn't innocent " of killing her 2 year old! But, had trouble with the sentencing......hello, they weren't suppose to be sentencing!!! NOT GOOD, NOT SMART!

      July 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cruz

    If caylee did drown where was casey why wasn't she looking after her that's neglecting her don't u think there is a case like that happening here in brownsville Tx. About a little boy who got into a hot car and died due to the heat the mother is charged with manslaughter but she never tried to cover up his death like casey did they did the right thing and called 911

    July 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ben

    Here's the deal it's the prosecution's job to come up with a plausible case for what happened which they did in abundance, it then falls upon the defense to come up with reasonable doubt that the defendant didn't commit the crime or crimes for which they're charged, which they didn't. Casey by her OWN admission was guilty of aggravated child abuse by claiming that her father and brother se xually abused her since the age of 8. If that is indeed true, and we have to believe it is because Casey herself made that claim, then putting her daughter in the hands of a known child molester IS aggravated child abuse, there is absolutely no way around that fact no matter how you try to spin it. This was a p iss poor jury that had absolutely no interest at all in doing their job.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Gore

      You just don't agree w/the jury. From what I heard,it sounded like Casey killed Caley. For some reason the jury saw fit outher wise. Draw of a jury is almost pure luck. Sometimes you get a smart jury,sometimes not so smart. The verdict is in respect it. You can't expect much from that part of America,they were the ones who put George Bush Jr. in the white house,It's probly hard to find 12 competent people in Florida at one place

      July 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ben

    @jo: supposing that is all true, which there's no evidence it is, then Casey is absolutely guilty of aggravated child abuse by knowingly putting her child in harms way. No matter how anyone spins it Casey by her own admission is guilty of aggravated child abuse, the jury just didn't want to do the job they were put there for.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tina

    I feel there was NO justice for poor little caylee and casey walks scott free not rite

    July 9, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. andre

    the stupid jury must have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.all these numbnuts jurors dont anything obviously.i cant believe they let an assasin walk out free.i think this woman needs to be put in the electric chair or spend the rest of her life in prison.but she got away with murder.

    July 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cheryl

    I think it is crazy she was just let go like that. even if she never intended to kill her daughter she is still responsible for her well being. If the childs death was on accident casey is still responsible for the death. As a mother of three boys there is no way i would ever hide my babys death let alone tape up the body and hide it. i truely think that casey is guilty weather her daughters death was accidental or not casey is the mother and is responsible for whatever happens to her daughter. and if it was an accident i would think she would love her baby enough to give her a proper funeral instead of taping her dead baby and hiding it.

    July 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mills

    Despite what others may say about Casey and the jurors, I firmly believe that the actions of jury was the most appropriate one. There was just evidence not evidence to convict Casey. This case had required solid evidence. Prosecutors failed to prove how caylee died. There was no other choice but to convict Casey of not guilty.I also believe that if there anyone to blame in this case is the prosecutors. They failed to prosecute this case properly.

    July 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lynn

    I forgive her .. only she will have to face god and answer the question to what she did!

    July 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • michelle

      God isn't going to judge her. He's not real. If he was caylee would not have died. She got out with out getting any serious charges and yeah she should've but we can't do a mf-ing thing about it. Get over it Jesus freaks she's not gunna burn in hell. She got away with it and the only thing coming to her is an angry mob and karma.

      July 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. spanglish

    Where is Al Gore? Ted kennedy? The quarterback of the Steeler? David Letterman? Paris Hilton? etc.,

    July 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. terri

    It is definitely not right to commit a murder, but it's also not okay to call someone a murderer if you were not there to witness. of course she's a terrible mother, but to straight out call her a murderer when you weren't there? that's totally unfair. & maybe she did do it, but you can't go around saying she did if you don't know for sure.

    July 11, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. aj

    Jail is too full?

    July 11, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. DonJJ

    Babysit my little bro. Casey.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dee

    First of all I think it is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. They didn't prove Casey Anthony guilty. Alot of innocent people are sitting behind bars for crimes they didn't commit. It isn't for us to judge. For with what measures ye judge then that same measure you will be judged. I prayed for Casey that if she was innocent that Jesus save her and not let her go to prison for something she didn't do. I am believing Jesus on this one. He sees everything and knows the truth.

    July 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jus sayin

    Dont forget the verdict handed to Jeasus.(the man- not the so called messiah) the most heinous in all history! jus sayin! the Anthony verdict was dead right.

    July 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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