Overheard: 'Not guilty' doesn't mean 'innocent' for outraged public
Casey Anthony confers with attorney Jose Baez.
July 7th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

Overheard: 'Not guilty' doesn't mean 'innocent' for outraged public

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"I do believe in karma... and for sure even if she walks free she won't have an easy and normal life." — CJ

Casey Anthony to be released from jail next week

A court representative announced Thursday that Casey Anthony, who was acquitted Tuesday in the death of her daughter, will be released from prison Wednesday. The announcement only added to the frustration of an already hostile public, many of whom followed the trial and were outraged by Anthony’s acquittal. Several CNN.com readers commented about how Anthony’s future will be affected by the trial.

Kitty2 said, “Like it or not, the woman has been found not guilty–like some of the jurors said–not guilty does not necessarily mean innocent. If these TV personalities continue their needling after this trial, then the Anthony family with their attorneys should sue those people for pain and suffering.”

Andy said, “Just in time. I bet (Casey) was getting real tired of that innocent granny hair do she's been forced to wear.”

Barbara Nicholls explained that she will not support any of Anthony’s attempts to sell her story to the media. She said, “Do you seriously want justice for Caylee? I do! And this is how I plan to do it. I will spend $0.00 on any book or movie on anything Casey Anthony related. I will focus my actions, time and resources that promote those organizations that work tirelessly to protect children. To do anything less is a grave injustice to Caylee.”

Cvd said, “Well, one thing about this we really don't know what happened, but i do know one judge. that sits high and looks low. And that judge she will have to answer too.”

 SoulKeeperX commented on the crowd reaction during Anthony’s sentencing. “What a scene outside the courthouse. The circus is in town and there are plenty of clowns.”

 News of the World to close doors Sunday

The 168-year-old British tabloid News of the World will cease publication Sunday in the wake of public scrutiny surrounding a phone hacking scandal. News of the World is owned by Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News and The New York Post. The scandal got a variety of reactions from CNN.com readers, ranging from jokes to skepticism.

Pacito said, “So now we may find out how Breibart got the pictures of Weiner from his cell phone.”

Lightnup said, “News is political these days. Pick one over the other and offer your loyalty and you have already lost.  ALL news needs to be taken with a grain of salt.”

Aranthan suggested that the move was made to protect the brand. “This is brand protection Murdoch style. He is simply cutting his loses before it eats into his other companies. This action still won’t change my mind, I’m done with anything from News Corp.”

Obama, Congress hold 'constructive' debt talks

President Obama and congressional leaders held a new round of debt ceiling negotiations Thursday to avoid possible default next month. The president is seeking more than $3 trillion in cuts, including to Medicare and Social Security. The debt talks produced a lively discussion, with several CNN.com readers offering suggestions for alleviating the debt.

crockah said, "There's a simple solution to all of this.  A flat tax rate. The more you make, the more you pay. Simple and efficient. No need for tax lawyers or loop hole artists any longer."

blue175 said, "Entitlements and defense are why we have such a huge amount of debt! Everything else amounts to rounding errors by comparison."

Tunasalad expressed frustration with the way debt talks were handled by the government. "It is IRONIC that the same people (dem and rep) who created this mess, pretend as though they are going to repair the mess. Americans are so going to get screwed by this situation."

GGFL said, "Tax cuts for the rich produce millions of jobs. Cut taxes to 0% for millionaires and just watch how may people they hire to do the lawn."

Deathstalker commented, "Some changes are need but the base medicare and SS should be left alone for the most part. If we are having problems paying the bills raise the SS tax and the medicare tax."

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Free-Bird

    Casey Anthony is blight on the leaves of life and plants like that need pulled up by the roots .

    July 8, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • margaret

      The Jurors were so blind they did not take this case serious where was their mind they just wanted to leave and make lots of money I'm so mad and Caylee did not get Justice Casey will never have a good life she will be cursed by God and I don't feel sympathy for the Jurors that are now scared they gave Justice to Casey and not Caylee the people that that said it was fair are in denial

      July 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mawof4

    If you could stop the drama of non-stop "reporting", many of these people giving threats, and people worried about the safety of the jury and Casey would stop to a manageable degree. Your "reporting" gives these people a platform to get their 30 seconds of fame. Let this die– now!. We, in this area don't need this constant feeding of the locals so they can get on camera. There are cases everywhere that are appalling, but not presented with the drama. I believe if your "reporting" would stopped it would never have gotten to this level. Also, if you checked, John Morgan (lawyer of Gonzales) is not respected in this community. Death threats are not appropriate for the family, especially the jury and yes, even Casey. Please start being responsible, but I doubt you will, because of ratings.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. ben

    @Buckeyenative: did the mother look like Casey Anthony? If not there's your answer, the Florida jury had a har don for Casey it's as simple as that.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ben

    @Michelle: Please use the caps lock button. She was charged with aggravated child abuse which was proved beyond any shadow of doubt but the jury refused to convict on that charge also because they refused to listen to the prosecution as they were presenting their case(it was well reported how the jury turned their heads in disdain whenever the prosecution tried to present evidence). This jury had no intentions from the get go to do their job. But what can we expect from a State that can't even fill out an election ballot properly.

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

    Dilberth, you are an idiot.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alI

    I have seen this trial since the beginning and I see Casey Anthony as someone who has gotten away with murder. She got pregnant, her parents find out, and they help her as many parents do. It was probably devasting to Casey's parents, but they supported her. She had her baby, and instead of making her child the most important thing in her life, Kalee only got in the way. What Casey needed to do was get a good job and raise her child. I believe that Casey's parents probably stepped in to take care of Kalee most of the time while Casey partied and went out with friends. Casey's mother was probably angry and got on Casey's butt because she needed Casey to step up and become a better mom and that was not happening. It is sad for me to think that on the day that Kalee died, Casey wanted to party and took Kalee with her so her mother would not nag her. I imagine that Casey taped Kalee's mouth to keep her quiet while she went out partying an did not realize that she had blocked her airway. When Casey found her child dead, she kept her in the car until she could figure out what to do with the body. I believe that Kalee did not drown. Casey took her with her and left her in the car while she partied and Kalee died because she could not breathe. Casey made up the story about Kalee drowning. Casey accidently sufficated her child and had to make up lies to cover what really happened. I have believed this throughout the trial and it makes sense to me. Casey Anthony is a monster and should never be allowed to have another child.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Perfect answer. !!! I agree 1000% If they had lade it out ,just the way you just explained. Casy would be behind BARS.

      July 9, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. proud mother of 2

    I firmly believe that the jury made the wrong decision on this case. I don't understand why they found her not guilty wnhen 1, she never reported her missing for 3 days, they should have done something on child neglect for not reporting her missing. Also she never had the gutts to take the stand. Still they found her not guilty. The prosecution did a phenomenal job in this case. She never took the stand, no child neglect charges, how much more proof do they need.

    July 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill DeFalco

    Honestly now – How can Casey Anthony ever look anyone in the eye from here on out and say she did not Kill Caylee? She can't! Because she knows what the Vast Majority of the people who followed this trial know – the she DID INDEED KILL Caylee!!! Live in FEAR Casey! – For Life is SHORT – and it FLYS BY QUICKLY – and you’ll arrive at your JUDGEMENT DAY Faster than you’ll ever know – all along with the MURDER of Caylee Ever Present on your Mind and in Your conscience. You will Ultimately Pay GRAVELY for the MURDER of Caylee . . .

    July 12, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill DeFalco

    Why do so many people trash lawyers? The CLOWNS who defended the Child Killer Casey Anthony are all more of the dismal reasons why so many people despise lawyers. It's a shame that the good lawyers out there have to have CLOWNS like these among their genre.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. tom ryan

    it sounds good to say that casey will be a pariah forever, but the reality is going to be exactly the opposite. people are naturally worshipful of anyone who's been on TV, and casey's level of exposure is going to translate to fame, not infamy. examples: bernie madoff is a god in his prison. charles manson memorabilia has made millions. and all of hitler's top commanders were treated like rock stars by the US guards after they were imprisoned. they signed dozens of autographs. the fact is, people are sick.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Byron Mosley

    There was not enough evidence to convict Casey – – pure and simple. If I were to put myself in the jury's shoes, I would make the same decision they did. If you're going to send someone to Death Row, you need to be 100% sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that they actually committed the crime. Yes, Casey "looked" guilty and her behavior was bizarre, but that is not enough to convict someone. If you divest yourself of the powerful emotions that this case brings and just look logically at the evidence, as you're supposed to do in a jury, then you will come to the exact same conclusion that they did in this case.

    That being said, I hope that the investigation continues and they find out what actually happened to Caylee. That little girl needs justice.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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