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. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Oompa loompa dupity doo I've got another answer for you. 
    Oompa loompa dupida dee if you disagree you'll listen to me. 
    A child gone missing that was a fact. 
    We accuse the mom of a terrible act. 
    When the bodies found it don't tell a lot. 
     left in the woods to disintegrate  and rot. 
    When the mom is asked all she does is lie. 
    Her party lifestyle had her on a high. 
    Finally brought to justice now she's on trial. 
    Watched by millions that's the new style. 
    Ratings ratings we must get the most.
    Dang it must be nice to be news shows host. 
    Let us not forget a child did die. 
    There only want was a slice of that pie. 
    Now that the verdicts out we all ask why.  
    How could no one hear that poor child cry. 
    I do believe your innocent until you are tried. 
    If there's one thing before I kill my kid. 
    A Guarantee for jurors  like the like the defense team did. 

    July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. BuckeyeNative

    I am a veteran who served my country honorably in the United States Air Force; so PLEASE don't take this "curious inquiry/observation" of our broken U.S. judicial process the wrong way. But......how is that Casey Anthony goes "scott free" for murdering little beautiful Caylee-her own child, walks free and will possibly be REWARDED (via interviews, movie endorsements, books, etc.)??? And on the other hand, you have mother's like Kelley Bolar of Akron/Copley Township Ohio who get put in a grey and white jail jumpsuit, serves 10 days in jail (judge could have given her a max of 10 years which the state prosecution had wanted to push for? Doesn't one figure that a smaill fine would have sufficed!) All for sending her kids to the wrong SCHOOL DISTRICT in order to receive a quality education? Something is deeply wrong?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Free-Bird

    A child went missing that was a fact , and when it came to brains the jurors lack , and the judge well he's a quack , no not because he's black , cause this case to him was unequal to him getting another big MAC ! Casey the unfit mother who turned her back , and smoked the dope by the sack , she sell the books and movies and make quiet a stack!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Free-Bird

    She'll sell the books . My wrong !

    July 8, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip Porembski

    dont tell people not to break the law when you want them to break the law because they need to break the law in order for you to put them in jail and you do put people in jail meaning you do want people to break the law.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Skygirl

    Since she has been found not guilty, she needs ro come out and say what really happened. She has nothing to loose (Nothing MORE to lose) she can not be retried

    July 8, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip Porembski

    you want people to break the law because you want to put people in jail and prison and you tell people not to break the law.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. michelle


    July 8, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. M

    Her demeanor all through the trial was as the stereo-typical poor old maid ... once found Not Guilty of Murder, she let her hair down and couldn't stop playing with her long tresses!!!

    I have no doubt that George and Cynthia and Casey were joint-owners in the murder coverup and he has enough knowledge of the system to figure out how to beat the system. And they did!!

    What I would like to hear now is not about them!!! I would like to hear about the continuing investigation into the murder of Caylee - truly innocent child.

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Casey will pay for what she did. She better get a job and hire 24/7 guards.

    RIP Caylee, sweet baby.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. dilberth

    I think this woman has gone through enough. She is my heroine. We have monuments of men all over the place such as Mount Rushmore and the Jefferson Monument. There should be a life-sized statue of this woman who has stood up to the justice system in every courtroom in Florida.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Free-Bird

      I'm glad everyone's opinion don't stink as bad as dilbreath's .

      July 8, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Hayden71

      ...you want that beside the statues of the Manson cult groupies? Either you have a bad sense of humour or a perverted sense of justice.

      July 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    Bye Bye miss american pie. Drove my chevy to the levy, but the levy was dry, and good ole boys drinkin' whiskey and rye, this all be the day that i die , this all be the day that I die. This is how I feel our country has gone and now the country has nothing left, the ones in charge just don't know there is nothing left to take,

    July 8, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dr Poopenstien

    MIchelles typing hurted my ears. She types too loud. I bet she has a lil smudge of breakfast doodoo at the corner of her mouth.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Life

    uneducated juors let this woman walk for murder! I am praying this lady wins and EVERY penny Casey makes from this case 50% of the royalty goes to Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez! Praying for Zenaida!

    July 8, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Free-Bird

    Einstein + frankinstein + Turd =poopenstien

    July 8, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    We aren't that stupid! Never have we confused "not guilty" with 'innocent' as a people. Sure, some individual's view themselves as innocent, but that false-claim is laughable..

    July 8, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris is GA

      I am still so mad I can't stand it. It was so obvious to me, and most of the US just how guilty CMA is. Where is the justice for that little girl. I think the prosecution did a great job, if I had been on that Jury, it would have been hung because there is no way I would have let her walk. I am a true believer in "what comes around – goes around" and I can only hope and pray, Casey will get hers. What she has put her family through, the lies, I just can't get past the lies, did the Jury not hear any of the lies, how do they explain that? Then to go on TV after the trial and say, well we thought she was guilty but the prosecution didn't prove it? Well that sounds like reasonable doubt to convict to me!! They never asked to review the evidence, they only took 10 hours to make a decision in a trail that lasted 6 weeks, something is wrong here, I think they all just wanted to go home. Set her free and let's go sleep in our own beds. I have had enough. Well, that is not justice for Caylee........

      July 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
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