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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soundoff (367 Responses)
  1. bobcat2u

    Jeez. This is getting as bad a Sarah Palin. Everytime you think she's finally gone from the news, it pops right back up.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rollin'

    Bad idea. The crazies will be all over these poor people

    October 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andies

      Awe, sucks for them.... Maybe there should have spent longer than a nano second to decide this case..

      October 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      If the crazies were to do something stupid and kill a member of the jury, should they recall the remaining members of the jury for that particular person's trial?

      October 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • silly sally

      you no it, they are still on many ppls sh++ list.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bipar08

    it is over and done with, but somebody has to keep it going, just like jackson, he is dead get over it

    October 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. THThite

    Why do we care about the names of the jurors again? Oh wait we don't.

    bobcat2u couldn't be more right. I always think it's over, but someone's still making money out of this case so it'll never die till they're done.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      You don't care. I don't care. Someone cares.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C

    This is one of a few reasons why I throw every summons for jury duty in the trash.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • len

      Go move to Canada then. You do realize it is your duty as an American citizen and is a FELONY to do that.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • CaptainJack1

      Len – LOL, do you think Canadians don't serve on juries and that it's not their duty also?

      October 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Sheep!

      October 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • silly sally

      Len is right. It is your duty. You still could do jail time.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      JUST AN EXCUSE!

      October 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Ole Lady

    Why do the names of jurors on any case need to be made public? So they can be harassed? This is showing "one" of the stupidity levels in the judicial system.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      When juries are only made up of nameless, faceless people, how will you know whether the jury deciding YOUR innocence or guilt is truly impartial? How will you know the system is being rigged to find you guilty?

      October 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      Howard – if there was an issue of jury tampering, the lawyers would privately work to sort that out. The PUBLIC does not need to be made aware or know who the jurists were.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mallorywin

      howard, have you ever been called to sit in a voir dire part of jury selection? last year i was called and i had to do the whole rigamarole and sat on a panel. the first part, the voir dire part where they ask you questions to find out if you're impartial or not. the lawyers knew my name, my occupation and where i was from. i'm half convinced they had run a full background check. then they started asking questions designed to twist things around. the jury panel has to be aggreed upon by both sides. any lawyer worth his/her salt is trained to root out liars and people telling half truths.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I see or hear things like this it gets me so upset Mad isn't my words
      If the Jurors had found C.A. innocent and she was released from jailed she is free to go free. I like to know who is paying for her protection? or Protection of Jurors.? I understand they are called into a duty for the courts. If they found herr not guility they have nothing to worry about or even ques their own Safety. C.A. She is trying to sell herr story behind the scenes. Open the Doors Let her loose she is a free whatever.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      One other thing:

      huh: Jury tampering is not something the lawyers "would privately work to sort that out". It is a criminal offense and punishable by time in prison. Your ignorance of how the courts work is exactly WHY the courts function out in the open, with total transparancy. Secondly, if I were a criminal defendant, no way in hell would I want my lawyers "working out" anythying in private, because this is how abuses of the criminal justice system occur., and to the detriment of both the prosecution as well as the defense.
      I really wish people would at least try to learn about and understand how the courts work so as to prevent themselves from appearing as total morons when they post on sites like this one.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    That was a stupid thing to do. Release the names?

    October 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. len

    Yup, it's Florida. Feel bad for the poor people on that jury.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PokPok

    Horse Face is back in the news. I thought she's been cremated already. Did she ever do her pictorial with Pastor Larry Flynt?

    October 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JDT

    better yet, just release the address and phone number of Casey Anthony. We don't care about the jurors.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Action Jackson

    The brainless sheep in the Nancy Disgrace lynch mob are sharpening their knives...

    October 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u

    If they call me for jury duty, I will be juror #3, aka Herkimer Schwartz.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HERKIMER SCHWARTZ (artist formerly known as bobcat2u)

    Reporting for jury duty sir.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jibroom

    I can tell you their names long before this. Idiot 1 from Tampon Land. Idiot 2 from Tampon Land. Idiot 3 from Tampon Land, and so on and so forth.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      This is exactly why nobody should know who these people are. They applied the law! If you're mad about Casey Anthony, then be mad at Casey Anthony, NOT the people simply doing their American duties serving on a jury.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mike

    if Conrad Murray is found innocent, then I will officially give up on the US justice system.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bipar08

      why would murray want to kill jackson?, that is where he was getting most of his money from( bread and butter)

      October 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      @bipar08
      It's really not the fact that he WANTED to kill Jackson. This is more a case of neglent homicide. If he had been monitoring him as he should have, his death probably could have been prevented.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      @bobcat2u – Your statement is silly at best. Lets take a moment to analyze it. Since we're talking about Casey Anthony here and not MJ – what if you said, "If -she- had been monitoring -her- (Caylee) as she should have (like any real parent) her death probably could have been prevented."

      As you can see, people simply just pick and choose who they want to punish and who they dont. Whatever strikes your fancy...

      October 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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