Names of Casey Anthony jurors released
October 25th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Names of Casey Anthony jurors released

Florida court officials on Tuesday released the names of the Casey Anthony trial jurors, after the expiration of a three-month “cooling-off” period that a judge imposed because of concerns for the jurors’ well-being.

CNN - noting the judge’s concerns that jurors might face threats from elements of the public after acquitting Anthony in the high-profile murder trial - will not name any jurors who haven’t come forward to identify themselves.

Anthony was released in July after being acquitted on charges of murder, aggravated manslaughter and child neglect in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, whose skeletal remains were found in 2008 in a wooded field in Orange County, Florida.

Casey Anthony was convicted on four counts for misleading law enforcement and was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released after serving nearly three years in prison while awaiting trial.

Only three of the 17 jurors – one who was among the 12 who deliberated, and two who were among the five alternates – have revealed their identities voluntarily since the trial ended. A few others, including the jury foreman, have given interviews on the condition of anonymity.

Though the trial happened in Orange County, the jurors came from Pinellas County – about 110 miles to the southeast - because authorities hoped to find a jury pool less likely to have been swayed by the intense media coverage surrounding the case.

Cecilia Barreda, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said she is aware of no requests for security by any juror.

“Our deputies are aware of the release of the names, and we’re prepared to address any complaints or concerns as needed,” Barreda said Tuesday.

The law required Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. to release the jurors’ names, as media outlets had requested, but he ruled in late July that he’d delay the release for at least three months, citing contemptuous remarks about the jurors.

In his ruling, Perry cited public anger about the verdict and several signs, including "Juror 1-12 Guilty of Murder!" He also cited a restaurant in the jury's home county saying members were not welcome.

"More importantly," Perry wrote, "it was publicly reported that one juror had been forced to quit work and leave the state because of the threats she had received."

The deliberating juror who came forward, Jennifer Ford, told CNN’s Gary Tuchman in July that she received hate mail after the verdict, and that Anthony was acquitted because a “lack of hard evidence.”

“There was not enough to make anything stick. … Obviously it has not been proven that she’s innocent, but it certainly hasn’t been proven that she’s guilty,” Ford told Tuchman. She separately told ABC News that jurors were sick to their stomachs over the decision.

Anthony’s attorneys have claimed that Caylee died accidentally when she drowned in the family’s pool.

Tuesday was the first day that court officials could release the jurors' names, according to Perry's order. Karen Levey, chief of due process services for the Orange County court where the trial took place, said she called the jurors in late July to tell them that the names could be released starting October 25. Nancy Walent, jury manager for the Pinellas County clerk of court, said her office did not send notices to the jurors.

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  1. Denise Cordes

    I read the profiles of the 12 jurors and thought it interesting that six had no children and all twelve of them had no brains.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |

      Or, they have no heart. These are 12 criminals, they did it for blood money. BURN THEM ALL!

      October 28, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Evilqueen620

      Where did you find the names? Am I not seeing something?

      October 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SBloom

      Fantastic remark and sooooo totally true. I said from the moment of that verdict that they must have picked the 12 dumbest people they could come up with. Love your remark, it gave me a laugh for such a sad case. So thanks.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsSmart

      sooooooooo true Densie!!

      November 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer

      I am glad the jury had the brains to find her not guitly- tired of listening and seeing to the state play god. I like to see the state, not be able to play god, regardless of the reasons why they tell us that they have the right to do so, and I don't care about who they'replaying god against- I stil lwant to state to fail in its quest every time. Thanks jury!

      November 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      True, these jurors are idiots. If they did not find her guilty on murder due to a missing important element, such as intent.... They AT LEAST ought to have nailed her for manslaughter, the child died as a result of Anthony's actions, regardless of whether or not Anthony intented it so.... how hard can it be.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
    • GRAW2008

      I am glad Casey is out and enjoying her life – since God decides who goes maybe God was like this child will grow up to be a killer so lets kill her first – Oh God thank you for taking her sooner than later!

      November 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      They could all be part of your inbred family...

      November 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dr.J.Howell Parker

    I just dont agree with the justice system ha just tells you so much about it .. Its all bull crap. government itself is a lie hidding behind things that we become blinded to. NWO my @ss.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JustSmile

    Why is it anyone's business what the juror's names were?

    November 1, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mom of 4

      I know she is guilty of neglect! And because of her neglect in some way her child was "missing" for a month. She did not report her missing she put her daughter in life danger AND Because of this she is guilty! Her daughter died! She is guilty whether she killed her by her own hand or not! Although I believe she killed her herself. She is lucky I wasn't on the jury I would have made everyone stay in deliberations until they got the right answer!

      November 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom of 4

      i am not so curious about exact names but of the "jobs" these people have. What kinds of lives do these people lead that they cant see an obvious case of parental neglect?!!! I hope none of them have children!

      November 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    the jurors will have their day
    i pity them
    nothing but losers anyway

    November 6, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas Hofer

    If I were living in Florida and meeting one of these jurors, I would not even bother speaking to them about this case.

    November 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    I would want to be anonymous too if I were as idiotic as these jurors. Where do they find these people??

    November 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

      They are probably all living with you!

      November 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    This case is done and over with and the jurors should have remained anonymous due to people like XIAOMIN who obviously think they should burn for the fact the prosecution dropped the ball. If you ask me people that get their pitch forks and torches out to that extent are just as bad for society as the actual criminal.

    November 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichiganMom

      As responsible citizens, it is our duty to serve when called upon, just as these 17 individuals did. It is not, however, part of the deal to be harassed, threatened, slandered, and ridiculed. They served when they were called up. Period. They did not choose which case to be assigned to, therefore, should not be harassed for their participation. Both the Defense and Prosecution agreed to the jury panel, so there can be no accusation of an unblanaced jury, whether their backgrounds, personal information, or education. I was not in that jury room day in and day out (neither were many of the individuals who posted), so I only have the information provided by the media which was, to say the least, often sensationalized and edited. While it is heartbreaking and hoffic that this child is dead, it is difficult without a shadow of a doubt to be 100% certain what occurred exactly. Perhaps if the Prosecution had gone after Casey on different murder charge, forgoing the Death Penalty, the jury would have convicted her on Negligent Homicide or other charges imposing Life Sentences. The Death Penalty makes many individuals uncomfortable, especially without an eye witness to the act or undeniable scientific evidence. Being cold hearted and a liar isn't scientific evidence – just a poor excuse of a person. How many people have been accused in the court of public opinion to only be found innocent at a later date? Tragic event all the way around.

      November 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A reasonable person

    The issue, oddly enough, is not whether or not the defendant was guilty. The issue is: was it proven – to the jury's satisfaction and within the letter of the law – beyond a reasonable doubt? For non-lawyers, those words may have a somewhat hazy definition, but for lawyers the definition is very clear.

    It was the job of the prosecutor(s) to construct a clear, cogent argument, the foundation of which was "this is the boundary of reasonable doubt, and the following indisputable facts are what push us past that boundary". The truth of the matter is – the prosecution failed. Whether that failure was rooted in the prosecutor's incompetence or is a measure of the defense's obfuscatory prowess, or some other factor(s), is left to history to decide.

    Anyway, stop blaming the jury. They were interviewed, awarded a job to do, the terms of the job were explained to them, they did the job, and it is done. The jury found insufficient evidence to convict. The judge, who could have thrown the verdict out if he felt it to be unlawful, accepted the verdict (meaning, it was found to be legal). Judge Belvin Perry strikes me as eminently capable – if there had been a gaffe I believe he would have jumped right on it.

    The prosecution failed to make their case – that's all that happened.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reason

    The prosecution simply overcharged the case without sufficient evidence. Lead prosecutor claimed retirement, but I'm willing to bet that he was somewhat encouraged to do so. His actions in the court room also had something to do with the verdict.

    November 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tracy

    Now we know who the 12 stupidest citizens are.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Keith

    They did their civic duty, none of us were in the jury room and we didnt see all of the evidence or read all of the statements. So allow these people have some peace. On another note I hope each of these jurors has a concealed carry permit for defense against any idiot that wishes to confront them

    November 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JG

    I'd rather go to jail for contempt then be on a jury like this. They had to make a hard decision based on the law that the public does not agree with, and now some of these jurors have been targeted with harassment and threats. It is no ones business who these jurors are. It only served in giving the media someone to throw dirt at.

    November 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JG

    Personally I'm waiting for the news that someone put a bullet in Anthony's head. I won't shed a fact I'd open a bottle of wine

    November 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy Orr

      I'd toast that death to! This case has not made me a better person that's for sure! That whimpering partying witch deserves horror:-) there....I feel better!

      December 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    May each of them have mindless torment the rest of their natural lives!

    November 29, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
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