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. Mmmmm

    Just like the crimminals should not profit from their crimes, a law of a ten year banned should be imposed that individuals directly involved in these legal proceedings, investigations and prosecutions cannot have the liberty to profit or granted gifts whether working or retired: judges and staff, jurors, district attys, policeman, fireman...penalty for these violations should be fined, jailed, job loss, and disbarred from their profession with assets seized by
    family members, federal and state...goodbye publicists, book deals, media monguls...wait 10years for your blood money...

    October 26, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • TC

      Very much agree!!!!

      October 26, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • dv727

      Why stop there??? Why not mark their homes and make them wear identifying badges!!! I think several of our ancestors fought a war against the Nazis in the 1940's to make sure this never came to pass.

      October 27, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I am ok with her profitting from her crime if she doea p0rn.

      October 27, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      especially le$b!an p0rn

      October 27, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marion

    SD Tangler wrote:
    The jury did not perform its duty in seeking to uncover the truth of what happened. "

    This comment shows your utter ignorance of who is responsible for "uncovering the truth". IT IS NOT THE JURY, DUMMY, IT IS THE PROSECUTION WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR "UNCOVERING THE TRUTH". THEY DID NOT!! That is why the jury acquited her! They did their job, the prosecution did not. The prosecution made up a fictionalized account of what they THINK happened to Cayley. They did not even prove that a murder was committed, let alone who did it. I watched every moment of that trial.....and if I was on the jury I would have had to come to the same verdict as they did. This trial NEVER BROUGHT OUT THE "TRUTH". We will probably never learn what really happened.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      If you think that she was not guilty you must have not watched what I did.

      October 26, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      ACTUALLY, it was the defense who made up stories which they never backed up and "THE JURY" who was too stupid to even pay attention/take notes/review any of the transcripts and thought the little song and dance including Casey's imaginary friends/life and way of grieving (LOL) was the way to go...easy way out? NOT SO EASY...UH?

      October 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. M in Oz

    Really what is the purpose of releasng their names (and I didn't appove of their decision)? If one of them is harmed you won't ever get members of the public offerring to be jurors again.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      People don't offer to be jurors they are called by the court. Ignore your call and you will be charged with contempt of court.

      October 26, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      NOT TRUE AT ALL...many of us would welcome the opportunity to do it again, do it for the first time...AND DO IT RIGHT, take the time/pay attention/take notes and know we gave it our all, so we don't have the need to take it back, make justifications be openly accountable. I have, and so have many others!

      October 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alicia

    @ dgkdgk
    OMG im sooo loving you!!!! You know wsup!! She did it and yep she need a beat down for sure!!!! Id LOVE to do it!!! Plz o pLZ let me run into that broad!!! Id bury her ass somewhere and let her rott too and go shake my little tailfeather somewhere to celebrate BET THAT!!!! And LOL @ Martha Fawcurr......You a trip too!!! Love it!!!! LOL

    October 26, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      You are exactly the kind of idiot that made the "cooling off period" necessary in the first place. I'm not afraid of the Casey Anthony's of the world. What I am afraid of is mindless and pointless vendettas brought about by scorned vigilantes that should be minding their own business.

      October 26, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      DIANA-–I AM AFRAID OF THE CASEY ANTHONY'S AND JUST AS AFRAID OF THOSE THAT DEFEND THEM AND MINDLESS PEOPLE (this jury) WHO SET THEM FREE. I AM FAR LESS, IF AT ALL, OF THOSE WHO FEEL JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED!

      October 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dv727

      Out on a day pass, eh??

      October 27, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. ibjonnyc

    Common sense never went away its just that people like you never possessed any.You watched Nancy Disgrace and her ilk feeding you everything in the case and a lot that was not presented to jurors.Jurors are only allowed to deliberate what is presented in court as evidence allowed by the judge. Outside influence taints the process thus sequestering the jury.Watchers of the trial had access to information the jury did not and vice versa. They did what they were supposed to do without the influence of Nancy and the other talking heads.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      I watched every minute of the trial on TV, never missed a day and the prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt to any sane person that she murdered her daughter. The problem with the jury is that they wanted "CSI proof" which doesn't exist in real life. They did not understand the meaning of "REASONABLE DOUBT" and THEY SHOULD BE HELD LIABLE for that.

      October 26, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. carol2

    Dumb, dumb, and dumber

    October 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. ibjonnyc

    The only idiots on here are people like dgkdgk.No proof no guilty verdict.Simple.Except for dolts like you.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. the truth hurts

    for all of you that don't have the COMMON SENSE to see when a jury FAILS (it happens you fools) I hope something in your life in taken from you and you experience the same lack of justice – but hey, you'll be too blind and stupid to realize it anyway.

    October 26, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Wow, this is harsh. So because some one has a different opinion than you, you seem to hope that they suffer an unspeakable pain of losing a close relative? Sounds a lot like the wishes of a selfish crazed murderer to me...

      November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. un casey

    housewives, plumbers, electricians, drivers and alike serve as jurry .they all belong to lower class, ordinary people with lregular IQS sit there and decide who should set free and who should go jail.. such criteria is so absurd. such peoepl cant ve power to think deep, cant analyse, cant make such big decision. an electrician looks at d face of casey and he likes her face and finds her innocent . so do the driver and housewife.... Ask those investigators who spent months on this case and know the facts about her.....A german man's view on american standard of justice system

    October 26, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. NoCola

    I agree Jaguar. Most of the people posting their opinions on forums, as such, cannot spell and seem quite illiterate. I would suggest instead of posting your opinions on here, try picking up a book, getting a dictionary, or go back to school or something. Maybe use Microsoft Word to outline what you want to post, then use spell check to correct any mistakes found. OR–pay attention to those little red lines that pop up under misspelled words that you write when posting on this board.It does help.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoCola

    Who cares about the jurors names being released? Although I was deeply angered by their decision, if I would go after anyone it would be Casey. She should have been charged with something. What about reckless endangerment of a child or child abuse and negligence? Some of the jurors stated they wanted to have other options to consider instead of the death penalty. They can still prosecute her with a different charge except for murder because of the double jeopardy law. But her ass surely does not deserve to be free on any count.
    I wonder what my state, Virginia would have done or Texas if she were in one of their districts. TX & VA would probably have her on death row now.

    October 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chris john ripca

    well i realy do not care about the names of the jurors and please no vilance.but my responce to mr.biaz is simply this,if only your clent called 911 after this so called drowning.she was suposed to have a special bond with caylee and mother of the year acording to the defence team as well as smart.caysee maid a choice to party and lie over her own daughter.nice.

    October 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    It's not the Casey Anthony's of the world that are the problem; after all, how many of these bizarre cases are there. The real danger lies in the losers and wannabees who live to play get-even games with anyone who doesn't go along with their ideas. Casey wasn't found to be guilty as charged so let it go and learn how to charge people properly! This mentality of get-even by self-righteous misguided people is apparent in all sorts of ways....like the way we treat ex-offenders when they get out of prison, etc. People in glass houses, etc....

    October 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Oh, Bill...Bill...and here you are judging others...pointing the finger all over the place. AND FOR SOME REASON YOU THINK YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO MOST, IF NOT ALL OF US. Go find someone like "the jury", Baez, or Casey...I bet they care.

      October 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Julie

    Using the "future jurors will be afraid to serve" is nothing more than a tactic which those of us with COMMON SENSE (unlike the Casey jurors) are not afraid of.

    October 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ouch!

    I don't feel justice was served at all. But I do have to say that our justice system can either work or fail. Its unfortunate to hear that the jurors names were released and they will probably be subjected to harassment and maybe hurt or even killed. Wish our justice system could charge Casey Anthony for causing all this nonsense and proving she is a total idiot. Not one mother in her right mind (unless she had something to hide) would be out partying if her baby was missing. Any REAL mother would be searching hell and highwater for their baby

    October 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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