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. cs

    Those names should not be released, especially on a highly publicized trial. If any of those jurors are targeted, the State of Florida should be held accountable.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. G.

      It's about time we find out who these 12 idiots were. They were in such a rush to return to their lives, they actually let a murderer go free. How do they feel today, I wonder?!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liebchi

      No way. They made a horrible mistake. Casey Anthony is guilty. Don't give that horrible mom and her attorneys, and her parents, any house keeper, any bystander any leeway to make money off of that little girls's death. I would have broken my own arm before I would have hurt my son. Good for you, Casey. You need to live with the knowledge that you caused your own daughter's death. I have my son. He's 29. Good for you Casey. Your daughter is in the ground, and you did it.

      October 26, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • jc

      Unfortunately their is a little known act called the freedom of information act. If it doesn't involve national security then it is likely public information.

      Two of the jurors are employees for Verizon Wireless. I plan on switching my phone contract now.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Larry B.

    Like the sign said outside, you people (GET OVER IT) society is like in the scott Peterson trial, the only reason women convicted him was he was with another woman when the wife was due on xmas, the same with Lacy because she was out party, where was she going to lokk when she had the police lookingSociety will believe in anything the pack want you to believe, ie, there are wepons of mass destruction, so get over it.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liebchi

      Well, his wife's body did eventually wash up on the lake with a dead fetus down the lakeside,. Good for you, and shame on you. What in the world are you thinking? What's wrong with you? Is this funny to you?

      October 26, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      What do you mean "Where was she going to look when she had the police looking?" She didn't tell the police s(!t for 31 days. Her mother called 911 when they brought Casey's car back from impound & it smelled "like a dead body" had been in it as her mother said. Google the 2nd 911 call from Cindy Anthony when Casey did NOT even want to come to the phone to talk to the 911 operator.
      She is GUILTY!!! Her looks have nothing to do with this. I could turn it around and say it's much easier for a man to disregard Casey's culpability because you do not have maternal instincts.....

      October 26, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ky

      She didn't even report the poor child missing. I believe she is guilty but, maybe she isn't. Even if she didn't kill her she should be sitting in a cell for many years for neglecting that child. If she was so innocent she should have reported the incident immediately and been out looking for her. Not partying and getting laid. Having two young kids myself if either of them was missing I would tear the f*****g city up looking for them.

      October 26, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. askmehow

    I would rather know the name's of the Deputies/ Investigators who only collected a snake at the scene where Caylee's remains were left. The blame falls on the State of Florida. The case was sabotaged.

    October 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carla

    Makes me sick that casey and Amanda gota away with murder.
    The Jury wanted to go home they could care less
    No way they review all the evidence
    Why Cindy was not charged with perjury , is beyond me.
    I will not buy, sponsor, watch any tv radio personality that benefits her lawyer or the Anthonys
    No work and enjoying life

    October 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • S.Lutz

      Carla, please. It's "couldn't care less ", not "could care less". Why is the spelling and grammar on these sites SO bad?Apart from that, you have no idea what the Jury was thinking. They have strict guidelines to adhere to. They have to follow the law. No evidence, No conviction. I feel she was probably guilty, but they could not prove it. That is the law.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • jc

      I am with you Carla... I am starting by switching from Verizon to another cell phone company. Two of the Jurors were employees at Verizon wireless. If CNN has Jose Baez on again as a commentator on the Michael Jackson trial I will be done with them as well.

      October 26, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not watch or read anything that this murdering bi*ch makes money off. Without a doubt she is living a fabulous life right now. Someone is giving her money, flying her around in a private jet, etc. SHE IS THE DEVIL INCARNATE.

      October 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. gung hoe

    I agree with the one commentors I will never watch or do anything that will bring about one pennys profit towards her or her lawyers

    October 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Deborah Merritt

    The jury was guilty of jury misconduct for 2 legal reasons....#1 they considered what Jose Baez said in his opening statement as evidence (it was not in evidence)
    #2 they considered the penalty they were not to do that!!
    Of course they did not follow Judge Perry's written jury instructions
    Jose Baez had gifts for all the jurors that were intercepted
    I know the 12 jurors and the alternates saw dollar signs and all agreed to aquit the baby killer for BIG MONEY!!
    They did not want Justice for Caylee!!! They let her murdering mother go free!!

    October 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Deborah Merritt

    The world has the jurors and alternates names, occupation and their marital status...come on MEDIA we want to see photos and stories!!

    The jury was paid off!!
    They saw dollars signs did not want JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE
    they allowed her mother Casey Anthony to get away with the murder of her 2 year old daughter!!

    October 26, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      You're partly correct about some of the jurors seeing dollar signs. Jennifer Ford gave ABC an interview right away in exchange for Disney trip/accommodations for her whole family. Another unnamed juror (until now) a chef by profession, hired an agent the next day & asked for nothing short of five figures for an interview. But People Magazine reported they spoke to a juror who said he would have voted for manslaughter had he known what he knows now. Had they bothered to go through the evidence they would have seen exactly what he is now referring to. Florida's Sunshine Laws has much of the evidence from this case available online. That juror's comment proves they didn't bother to look at the evidence.
      You are also correct that their actions should be viewed as Jury Nullification because Jennifer Ford said the jury considered Jose Baez' slander against George Anthony as evidence (reasonable doubt)...even though there is NO evidence of his involvement in Caylee's death or disposal of her body. Ford also said they considered the penalty at that time; another violation.

      October 26, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Liebchi

    Casey was responsible. There was no one else. Did they think they were going to make money off of this case, AKA her attorney, AKA the old OJ trial, when the people on the jury wrote a book? What happened in this case was so obvious. The little girl died at the hands of her mother. Lie, lie. lie, lie enough. I don't think Casey Anthony feels bad enough about the death of her daughter. She didn't mind leaving her to rot in a swamp. There is something wrong with her. It shouldn't have happened, and Casey Anthony doesn't feel so bad about it.

    October 26, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lisade

    So where are there names, I don't see them in this article. I mean if you are going to report their names have been released then the least you can do is publish this article with the names of the jurors. And this 3 month cooling off period is a bunch of BS. They were there doing their civic duty in a very public felony trial, there is no reason at all for special treatment. If they had convicted her their names and faces would have been known and published the same day as the verdict. So withholding their identification is a bunch of nonsense.

    October 26, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      The national media isn't reporting the names of the jurors because they don't want any harm to come to them. Local Florida media outlets are reporting their names. I saw them on the Orlando Sentinel website. As much as I disagree with the jury's decision & their utter lack of considering the evidence presented and provided to them to review (which they did not do); I do not condone anyone hurting any of the jurors. Doing so makes one no different than Casey Anthony herself.

      October 26, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ben

    And we wonder why most people do whatever they can to get out of jury duty...

    October 26, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dragonflyy

    my opinion of whether or not the jury got it wrong is totally irrelevant. for think for high profile murder cases (which was the original charge) jury names should NOT be released. let one of thes pop up dead or assaulted NO ONE will sit for a murder trial. and u can say well u HAVE to sit, its an obligation, blah blah NO you damn DONT, u can sit ur lil behind in a cell for however many days/mths for contempt of court, and keep it moving, or you can sabotage the interview process. u can cry how unethical that is all you want to, but w/ all these WAHOOS saying the jurors should be killed/burned to the ground o_O, you'd 2nd guess sitting on that jury. NO ONE should have to worry about sum1 taking their LIFE just because they fulfilled their civic duty. NO ONE!

    October 26, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Dragonflyy

      **** i think, for high profile cases....etc

      October 26, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • SDTangler

      There have been no credible threats against any jurors' life. I want to know their names to make sure that I never hire anyone too stupid to follow simple directions. I also want to avoid doing business with the companies they work for, because any company that hires people that stupid will suffer from poor service or worse.

      October 26, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dragonflyy

    SN: did any1 catch how CNN said they wouldn't disclose the names but DID disclose the County they're frm. *thanks* for narrowing it down CNN, smh

    October 26, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. jc

    I like that two of the Jurors worked for Verizon Wireless... I guess it is time for me to switch phone companies. I don't think I want idiots to be in charge of my cell phone contract.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. jj

    I love that there are ignorant people who maintain her guilt. If you were not in the court room during the days of the trial, you are no more informed about the details of the case than anyone else. If you truly think she is guilty, then you need to push to reform the judicial system. I don't know, and don't care if she's guilty or not. It is none of my business and doesn't affect my life whatsoever. Fools that post like L.G. are ignorant, knowing absolutely nothing about the case other than what was played on Nancy Grace.

    October 26, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • SDTangler

      Perhaps you're too ignorant to know about Florida's "Sunshine" law, which releases nearly ALL of the evidence into the public domain, and maybe you're too ignorant to know that the entire trial was broadcast live on TV. Hundreds of thousands of people saw the same evidence that the jury saw, and yes, WE HAVE OUR INFORMED RESPONSE: Casey was guilty. That jury made several key mistakes what are repeated in many of the posts above. The jury did not perform its duty in seeking to uncover the truth of what happened. But, you're probably one of those ignoramuses that believe that the world is still flat and that Casey's lie are the truth.

      October 26, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jehsea

    @Mike & many others, Casey Anthony was not "found innocent." There is no such verdict in American law. She was "ACQUITTED," which means the facts were, in the jurors' eyes, insufficient to render a guilty verdict. IT DOES NOT MEAN INNOCENT.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
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