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. us1776

    If anyone has a problem with the verdict there is no one to blame but the prosecution.

    The prosecution over-charged Ms. Anthony and then did not have the evidence necessary to convict at that charge level. If the prosecution had scaled back the charges then Ms. Anthony would probably have been convicted of lesser charges. But that is not what happened.

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    October 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      I agree. The jury votes on whether or not a person is guilty based on the evidence presented in court. It is the job of the prosecution to show that evidence to the jury and build a convincing narrative of what happened based on that evidence. If she did was she was accused of, it's the prosecution's fault that she walks free today, not the jury's.

      All of this hatred towards the jury is completely unfair.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      The prosecution is not to blame. The juros could of gone with manslaughter, but they found her not guilty with that too. Obviously they didn't understand the how to come about with the verdicts. I hope that if any one of them ever seek justice for a family member or for themselves they will be satiisfied with the verdict as well.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      only a bunch of incompetent fools think that u moron

      October 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • K-Man

      It is the prosecutions fault... 100% if they had evidence to convict her and a story line of how it happened that wasn't completely ridiculous the charges may have stuck. However, saying that there was a small piece of duct tape used to cover her mouth to suffocate her and then put a small heart sticker on the side??? Come the french on. Even that young mother who just recently had the twins who suffocated them with a pillow didn't decorate her childrens murder. Also, duct tape is not capable of suffocating anyone unless you are going to use a whole roll. That stuff ONLY sticks well to itself. I don't know how many of youhave picked up a roll of duct tape before but try sticking a piece to your arm and take it off... notice how it comes off with out having to force-fully take it off?? because duct tape can't stick to the oils in your skin. Now put a piece over your mouth, if you open your mouth it detaches..... AMAZING!!!!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Lilly, either you've never done jury duty or didn't understand what was required of you. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. A juries only purpose is to weigh and convict based on the provided evidence and arguments. Anything else is a failure in justice (even if that means that the guilty go free).

      These jurists deserve to be left alone, if not because they fulfilled a civic duty that interrupted their lives for months then because the issue really lies with everyone who lives life through strangers on TV. This entire case was out of control. The people who were picketing her house for weeks should have been jailed for disturbing the peace of a neighborhood who just happened to have Anthony living in it. Insane.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • profart

      The problem is too many people watch TV shows that show fantasies of forensic science. They now insist on a level of evidence that has not been previously expected.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    "The prosecution over-charged Ms. Anthony"

    That is NOT true. The jury even acquitted her of child endangerment!

    October 25, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      B/c that was another unprovable charge. Had nothing to do with the murder charge.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LINDY

    Where's the list? I want to add them to my Christmas card list. I have a very special card for them...

    October 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      of course you're assuming they can read

      October 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      nothern it's better clear that they can't understand what they read. They probably don't even understand these post.

      October 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Why don't you all just grow up and move on!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juror Names

      Joan Meier
      Raymond Screen
      Linda Bills
      Harriet White
      Brian Berling
      Kimberly Kimball
      Kathleen Nighland
      James Kearns
      Ronald Robertson
      David Angelo
      Mary Fuhr
      Jennifer Ford

      taken from: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-casey-anthony-juror-names,0,1251440.story

      October 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leigh

      @Lilly – I don't understand your post.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    And why do they always use that same photo of her with that smug ass look on her face? Makes you want just slap the hell out of her.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      to hell with a slap break her jaw then her cheekbones

      October 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. martinmunson

    Finally, new photos of Casey Anthony posted to wickedimproper . com, and she is NOT dating Tim Tebow despite rumors.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Tim Tebow has morals, something that Casey and her idiot lawyers don't have!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      To bad he's a crappy football player. Could hardly beat the worst team in the league.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibjonnyc

      2nd worst team.

      October 26, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Poolchick

    This still makes me angry that she got away with murder. Sure wish that satellite would have fallen right on Casey. That would be Karma at it's best!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gene Gene the Dancing Machine

    I don't think the names should be released...the mentality of this country is such that they will go after the jurors.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ella

    Whether or not she's a killer, she was a poor excuse for a mother and deserves every second of ridicule she's received.

    October 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    Judgemental, sour people deserve ridicule.....not someone who was found not guilty. There's a s#it load of poor mothers out there and we hear about their shortcomings daily on the news. Let it go!

    October 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I agree Bill.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy75201

      Bill, there's a huge difference between being a "poor mother" and killing your child. You're hot fror her, aren't you?

      October 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibjonnyc

      Jealous much Judy?

      October 26, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. erik60505

    Thank you for serving your country and following our law. All the haters on here would have had no choice had they been in your shoes.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dr who

    The look on Casy's face was "oh my really??" She got away with murder and it is the prosecutions fault AND the jurors...I hope all the jurors keep their mouth shut...they have nothing good to say...not interested in what they were thinking...because they weren't....they wanted to go home so they rushed the verdict...F them!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vero

    The jurors need to explain how they came up with not guilty of child neglect after Casey did not report Caylee missing for 30 days.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna L

      Actually, no they don't. They don't have to explain a darned thing. To you or anyone else. They did the best they can now leave them alone. I wonder if you've ever sat your backside in a jury seat and done your civic duty or is it enough for you to pronounce judgement on those who do?

      October 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. anita

    as long as you all keep talking about her, you are keeping her name in the media and helping her get rich!

    October 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. j

    Ok just because the jurors decided that doesn't make her innocent!! The justice system failed. For those of us who have been following this case from the beginning there's alot of stuff that people didnt hear. I mean what would it take a video of her committing the murder? Even then there'd be idiots screaming "well it could be someone that looks like casey" or "that was rigged". Give me a break – she walks like a duck, talks like a duck, she's a f****** duck!! I wish common sense would come back

    October 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    You all are a bunch of cry babies. It's over and has been over for a long time. Cry me a river. Get over yourselves. No one knows whether or not she was guilty for sure. All you have is your opinions and guilt was never proven in court which is why she was released. Get over it you bunch of babies. You look like angry morons with your stupid opinions about what needs to happen to Casey, the defense, or the jurors.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      Well Brian I swear you'd make a great juror! Maybe you were on the jury for Casey! I mean here you are on this site posting YOUR opinion! YOU get over yourself! We're not "cry babies" we're people like you, with opinions! Deal with it!

      December 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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