No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother
July 12th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

No perjury charges for Casey Anthony's mother

Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges over testimony she gave during the murder trial of her daughter, Casey Anthony.

"We are not going to pursue perjury charges against Cindy Anthony," State Attorney's Office Spokesperson Danielle Tavernier said.

Cindy Anthony testified that she was responsible for searches about chloroform on the family's home computer, but evidence indicated she was at work at the time.

Florida prosecutors argued that Casey Anthony was responsible for the Google searches. They alleged she used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious and then duct-taped her mouth and nose to suffocate her. They said that she put the child's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it.

Casey Anthony is set to be released Sunday after receiving credit for time served on a four-year sentence. She was convicted of lying to police during the investigation into daughter Caylee's disappearance. She was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges in Caylee's death.

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  1. Teresa

    I don't understand why perjury charges aren't being pressed! Cindy Anthony is a registered nurse in the state of Florida - this is a crime of moral turpitude. What else would she be willing to lie about? Would you want her "taking care" of you or your loved ones?????

    July 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Murry

      Obviously it doesn't matter as long as you can get a ignorant jury panel

      July 13, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ADiff

      For precisely the same reasons the DA should never have sought Murder charges in the case, but preferred lesser charges: it's not enough to think someone is guilty. It's not enough to 'know' someone is guilty. You have to be able to prove it!

      August 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. M.Hess

    So, is this all we have to do to get fame and forturne just kill your child pretend you didn't do it, act like a jerk and look stupid?

    July 13, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Leslie Harris

      I agree completely. This is really a ssad example of how our justice system doesn't work.
      Are you the same Martha Hess I know from Miami?

      July 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amy Marriott

    Does this mean for all of us, we CANNOT be charged. If we all stick together to refuse to "SWEAR TO TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HELP ( YOU ) GOD" .. what is this telling our children, it is telling them it's ok to lie. We teach them not to lie... the gov't is telling them it's ok. WELL IT'S NOT OK IN MY HOUSE. AND SHE HAS VIOLATED THE OATH...THE OATH WE ARE ALL BOUND TO! and ths sure keeps ENABLING Casey to lie!. In my house, I SAY" I'D SOONER HEAR A REALLY BAD TRUTH THAN A GOOD LIE!"

    July 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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      July 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ADiff

      IIn that case get ready to start convicting police officers of perjury, because they commit it far more frequently than any others, it ending up almost being part of their jobs sooner or later. I think what you're suggesting is that we shouldn't really have to prove what we want badly to believe..... That sounds like a really, really bad idea to me.

      August 11, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KeithD

    It will never cease to amaze me how gullible the majority of people in this country are. The cult-like lynch mob mentality in this country is scary. They merely watched a TV program with little more reality, accuracy or integrity than a Jerry Springer show, then formed a staunch and firm opinion based on the content and information gained during the program. Opinions so strong that they actually demand that a person be put to death because of what they now believe. Does ANYBODY feel a little bit nervous yet????People are willing to have someone killed based on the opinions they formed by listening to the opinions of flunkie prosecutor or office clerk turned reporter. I am more scared of the fanatical followers in this country than I am of any terrorist group. Does any one realize that the likelyhood of Cindy Anthony's home PC being synchronized with her work computer are near zero! Doesnt ANYONE remember that in 2007 Daylight Savings time was changed???? There probably wasnt one home pc in this country that had the right time for those few weeks in March and April and to this day it is still an issue on alot of home pc's. Most people probably dont even realize it. Daylight Savings time was advanced from the first week in April to the second week in March.In 2008 Daylight Savings time was March 09 but MOST home pc's by default didnt update daylight savings until April 06. So everyones home pc was off by at least 1 hour from Mar 9 2008 until April 06 2008. Probably alot of us STILL didnt install the patch to fix that..Also dont forget, think about your computer clock. How accurate is it? They drift all the time and are never accurate! That could be a 5, 10, 15 or more min difference in addition or subtraction to the one hour. On the other hand a system administrator of a hospital would surely have fixed that on all their systems before it changed in 2007. THINK PEOPLE!!! It is VERY easy to be mislead by people giving you information that is filled with hidden assumptions. Use your heads when you are called to evaluate "so called evidence" People out there who give us information are giving it to us the way they want us to hear it. If we dont recognize this now as a group it will eventually come around to you. But it will be too late to realize it then, the lynch mob of misinformation will swallow you up and you will be yet another victim of this new method of mass manipulation and cult-like rallying. All I am saying is be cafreful to judge. Judge as if it were you up there being accussed and you may see things differently. Entertainment news shows have a job to do and unfortunately it is not to bring you accurate news, it is to raise followership. Think about it..
    Keith D

    July 13, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deanna

    Don't care if the PC was off by one hour or six, she was lying – there's just too much evidence to support otherwise. Everyone in the country needs to remember that entertainment news is there to entertain and spin the story as they see fit, but there's a deplorable lack of common sense in this country too. A search for chlorophyll but no searches for 'harmful affects of chlorophyll' or 'ingestion of chlorophyll', or 'chlorophyll and dogs' and why would the searches be deleted? Why searches on other social web sites? I know she's protecting her daughter like a mother would (shouldn't, which is why Casey ended up that way, but would) but she does deserve at least a fine for such a blatant lie on the stand. I think FL just decided they'd wasted enough time and money on these criminals and they're done with it. Me too –

    July 13, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ADiff

      "chlorophyll'"? What on earth are you talking about? It sounds like you don't know your forms from your phils, or perhaps your rear from a cabbage. And you think you're qualified to decide sufficiency of evidence for ANYTHING? Remarkable!

      August 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KeithD

    Oh I see, A sneaky suspecion is enough to have someone put to death! Holy crap thats scary. Hmm Why didnt she tell authorities???, why did she lie???, hmm all these questions I dont have the answer to.. Hmmm GUILTY!!! HANG HER!! HANG HER!! HANG HER!! Grab ur torches everyone!!! hahaha I have my own sneaky suspecions but at least I have the common sense to say.. I DONT KNOW!!!!!!!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KeithD

    And how typical. My comment was edited. HAHAHA oh man. What news network is this again??If you guys dont post the entire comment do not publish it at all. To remove comments is censoring my opinion.
    Missing from the above should have read :
    " Admit it, you all have made the assumption that the computer times were the same. This is only one of many examples of information manipulation by the prosecution in this case by the use of hidden assumptions within their statements. Remember what mommy always said about assuming???
    Use your heads when you are called to evaluate "so called evidence" People out there who give us information are giving it to us the way they want us to hear it. If we dont recognize this now as a group it will eventually come around to you. But it will be too late to realize it then, the lynch mob of misinformation will swallow you up and you will be yet another victim of this new method of mass manipulation and cult-like rallying. Ja vol herr kommandant!. Hmmm? Sound familiar?? Ask any German citizen alive from 1930 – 1945 if they realized that they were being manipulated..."

    July 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KeithD

    Also edited from my post:
    In reference to the Casey Anthony case, there were many examples of twisted information, however I have highlighted just one example below in which the opinions of the "apparent masses" of zombie-like followers had been manipulated by both prosecutors and entertainment news programs for their own purposes.
    I realize that I am attempting to have the "faithful" actually use logic successfully, but I am always a dreamer, so, lets give it a shot.

    July 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jack

    @KeithD: looks like you're using your little head. Have a hard on for Casey much?

    July 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    BTW: I personally knew people who lived in both Germany and Italy and both knew Hitler and Mussolini were horrible people even then.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jack

    @KeithD: what we do know BEYOND a shadow of doubt is that at the very least Casey committed aggravated child abuse by her admission that her father molested her as a child and she left her daughter in his care but the ignorant jury didn't even convict her on those charges.

    July 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darla

      Yes. At the very least, yes. But this was a jury without any synapses firing, so we got this "verdict".

      July 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Darla

    That's too bad. I am sorry to hear that. She should also have been charged with obstruction of justice and evidence tampering. She's almost as hateful as her spawn, but at least she's not a murderer and is somewhat capable of love–after a fashion.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Darla

    I think Keith D was excited by those hot body contest photos. You know, the ones that were taken while she was trying to find her missing (dead, rotting) toddler. Hey, Keith, I have some fabulous horse art you might love. Interested? The facial resemblance to your beloved is uncanny.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jack

    @Darla: yes indeed Keith has a woody for her as did the jury. It's understandable for Cindy not to want to lose her daughter also but oh well.

    July 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darla

      For any other mom, I'd say yes, it's normal for Cindy not to want to lose her daughter. But her granddaughter seemed to have meant nothing, because she went much further than lying for Casey, which is bad enough. She tampered with evidence, she lied to investigators, and she treated the officials who were trying to find Caylee like so much dirt. She also profited handsomely from Caylee's pix and videos. She's a toxic brew, Jack, and I lost whatever sympathy I might have had for her after her third or fourth television interview. Love your child, yes, and support her, yes. Don't lie for her. And don't obstruct justice.

      July 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darlene E.*

    Casey got off with murder, Cindy with perjury. The only thing scary here is our judicial system!!

    July 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
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