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. DJ

    Then why don't they say innocent instead of not guilty? They should go back to yesteryear and say "not proven".

    July 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    Im glad the crap is over I was sick and tired of hearing about these crazy people in florida as if they where the only thing to watch well I didnt watch and I avoided any channel that had excessive coverage I blocked channels that seem weiedly obsessed with this demented awful murder of innocence. I refuse to have conversations about these crazy people and did talk about other thing. I just never watched any of it and when they found her not guilty I did not care or even know till a few days later. No one at my job, home or ffriend wasted breath talking about this case. Now that its done I hope that we can move on because It was sad tradgic story from start to finish and a child is still dead and no one truely know how she died except
    the killer.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • @kim

      You're glad the crap is over, you were sick of hearing about it, you never watched any of it, you avoided channels, blocked channels, you refused to have conversations, no one at your job or home talked about it. When the verdict came in you didn't know or care and now that it's over you want everyone to move on.......
      So you went to a cnn blog, read an article about it and then left a comment?!

      July 8, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ DJ:
    I think that clarity is a wonderful thing.
    The more one thinks, the more likely he is to express a concept clearly and specifically.
    BTW, I'm not all that "into" what "they say" about anything.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bones

    While we're busy letting everyone out, let's just FREE CHARLES MANSON!

    July 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bones

    Charlie never hurt anyone, they all drowned in an accident, and his "followers" just tried to cover it up.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    I am perplexed.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sad

    Let's honor Caylee's memory not buying any books, movies etc that will make this women profit from the murder of her child.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cindy, Orlando, FL

    I could care less what happens to Casey Anthony now. I watched the trial for 6 weeks hoping to see justice for little Caylee, but that didn't happen . . .

    July 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon H

    "Let's honor Caylee's memory not buying any books, movies etc that will make this women profit from the murder of her child"

    You realize she wouldn't be able to make any money if CNN and other news outlets hadn't made such a circus of the case, right?

    I wonder how much money the media made off of Caylee's death.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free-Bird

      I'm sure they made a bundle off poor Caylee's death ! It is a sad world in witch we live these days .

      July 8, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. C0LD S0UL

    Casey Anthony did NOT kill her daughter.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Free-Bird

      Were you there ?

      July 8, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • cdm

      Sooooooooooooo, how did she die. I know, I know................. She drowned in the swimming pool, after falling on some duck tape, and then she went and buried herself. Who killed her.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tom Foolery

    I like toast.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Oompa loompa dupity doo I've got another answer for you. 
    Oompa loompa dupida dee if you disagree you'll listen to me

    July 8, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. Free-Bird

    Any way you look at it she's guilty of child neglect , false statements , not reporting her child's death and partying the whole time Caylee was being searched for ! A little fishy to me but maybe I'm wrong stuff like that seems to be the norm now days.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. Iamrightyouarewrong

    A child gone missing that was a fact. 

    July 8, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Iamrightyouarewrong

    We accuse the mom of a terrible act. 

    July 8, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
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