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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It has to be proven.
    That doesn't mean exciting the public into rage.
    It means proving that someone committed a crime.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ GGFL above:
    If you can't do much more than cut grass, you're lucky to get a job mowing a millionaire's lawn.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    Has anyone wondered why Republican Congressman Mr. Eric Cantor has not been chimming in on the debt talks? Well in the washington Monthly it has been said that Mr. Cantor in his portfolio has $15,000.00 of Proshares trust ultrashort 20 plus year EFT, a fund that will likely skyrocket as US debt becomes less desirable. The Washington said it is not a stretch to suggest that the prominent officicials should avoid these kind of conflicts of interest. Cantors office said this just part of a balanced portfolio. Is this betting against your country and/or gaining when you have the chance to set it up to fail?

    July 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. maX

    not guilty doesnt mean innocent, it just means you can walk away. oh and bam, you hit the jackpot.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Working Student

    I'm amazed by how this country stifles, and discourages productivity. If I chose not to work I could get free school, free medical, free food, free utilities, and possibly free rent. I choose to work a crummy paying job that barely pays my rent and yet I make too much to get at the very least medical coverage. I would be happy with medical being worked into my student loan, but that's not going to happen. I think the only people that should get free assistance are those incapable of helping themselves, and people like me who are helping themselves, but need a little help from time to time. The ones who choose to be bums, should not get anything. After I graduate I will pay more into the system than I ever took, but the government doesn't seem to want people who don't need them for anything. Just my opinion. I can see why people are opposed to having social programs without any requirements on the part of the recipient. I'd also like to see free birth control for anyone who wants it. I'd rather pay for someone's preventive measures which are cheaper than a few babies. Telling people not to "do it" in this country is not very realistic, considering the environment children have to grow up in. Maybe if we changed our culture then it would be possible. I'm tired of having a government of extremes with very few people meeting in the middle.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Bombay

    INNOCENT until PROVEN Guilty !!



    July 7, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Working Student:
    You will be repaid thousands of times for what you are doing now.
    By forming the habits of providing for yourself, you will be free of dependency for the rest of your life, while beggars around you suffer from physical want and an absence of pride.
    You carry your own light: you will never fear the darkness.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr Poopenstien

    It amazes me that no one is talking about doodoo. All great jokes and stories are based on doodie.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr Poopenstien

    Ifeveryone would talk more about doodie and mookiestinks they wouldnt be so worried. DOOOODIE POOOPOOOO !

    July 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Dr. Poopenstien:
    Come up higher.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Working Student

    So dr poopenstein gets through, but my well thought out reply to Joey doesn't.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dr Poopenstien

    I have always felt dog and elephant doodie are the smelliest. What type do you think stinks the most?

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Working Student

    @Joey: All I was saying is we should expect more out of people and you'd see better results, like a lower budget. I will really hate paying more taxes with the increase in income, especially when I can't walk properly, because I couldn't get any medical coverage now.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Working Student:
    I don't know what you wrote to me, but few posts here have inspired me the way yours of 8:41 did.
    You're going to school the way I did, and that way has served me well.
    Your kind of work ethic has almost disappeared from this country, but it is what make America great.
    Bully for you.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Our messages crossed.
    You can overcome obstacles.
    Losers erect them.
    Taxes are a responsibility accompanying achievement.
    I'd rather pay taxes than take them as hand-outs.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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