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. imahoosier

    Just mabee the prosecution should have charged with a crime not punishable by the death penalty. Hope they are not running for re-election.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      She was charged with aggravated child abuse, too. And the jury didn't have to vote for the DP. How can you defend this piece of human garbage?

      October 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Judge Dredd

    I will handle this.

    I am the law!

    October 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judge Dredd's Fan

      I love you Judge Dredd!!

      October 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the nice man in the white coat

    Tony, keep it in perspective. Some of these posts go too far, but I don't think there's anyone worse than Casey Anthony.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Are you "The nice young man in your clean white coat who's coming to take me away, Ha Haaaaa ?

      October 25, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. humtake

    She is proof you can't put a woman in jail for being a terrible mother.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lenia

    At the very least Casey should have been found guilty of felony child abuse or neglect.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plato

      That was a pretty easy guilty charge. But this jury was completely retarded. Embarrassingly retarded at that.

      October 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Haifever

    As if these people's lives haven't been ruined enough by this case, the release of their names has just nailed them to crosses they did NOT ask to bear in the first place. They didn't ask to be called for duty, they didn't ask to sit on the panel, they didn't create the laws required for a solid conviction by a jury. Whomever shuns these jurors, ostracizes them, insults them, degrades them, blames them, or in any other way makes their lives harder from this point out....you are no better a 'human being' as far as humanity and compassion goes than Casey Anthony herself showed her toddler daughter. Shame on you all, and may God show more mercy to you than I would if I met a 'juror basher' on the street corner.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Realist

      It takes away from your message of compassion and tolerance and respect... when you say that you'll show little mercy if you find these jury-bashers.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      They deserve to be publicly humiliated for being so stupid. Jury instructions say make sure you can live with your vote for the rest of your life. If they believe it so strongly, they should have nothing to hide.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gael Corris

    The people on the jury were way out of their league. It is apparent that they did not understand the Judge's instructions or much of the technical testimony. An intelligence test should be given to Jurors. How can you find someone guilty, if you do not understand the evidence?

    October 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    I, like most people, believe she is guilty, but the jury did the right thing and upheld something much greater than the guilt or innocence of a single individual - they upheld the standard by which guilt is determined, and the integrity of our justice system. If we simply convict people because "we just know it" on evidence that never quite connects the dots, then the whole system of justice unravels. I even commend the jury's courage on their decision, not allowing emotion to interfere with their rational analysis.

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

      You make some excellent points, but your argument collapses with regard to the felony child abuse charges. A "Mother" who loses her 2 year old for over a month, deliberately misleads police, searchers, her parents and everybody else who is looking for her child is guilty of child abuse. Hands down, no question, any rational, reasonable person would agree.

      October 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D

    What a shame, leave these people alone.

    If the prosecutors had a shred of evidence to justify the 1st degree murder charge, Casey Anthony would be on death row...but no...they over charged her, couldn't PROVE squat, and now these poor jurors are going to be stalked by the lunatic that somehow feel that its their job to seek "justice" for Caylee.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Yep. Caylee has had zero justice.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      You forget all the other charges the prosecution had that the jury just breezed through. All the guys wanted to get into her pants, or were fat chicks or scared old ladies. Guarantee it.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kate

    The judge is an idiot thinking there was a "cooling off period". Just go to Facebook etc and it shows the mob mentality and lynch groups that have been forming since the trial ended. The jurors might be total idiots with an I.Q. of zero, but they don't deserve to be threatened and worse. What I can see on Facebook and all the other social media is downright scary: people have been counting the days until these names were released so they can get their "revenge". There should have been an exception made in this case and the names sealed for good. Hurting any of the jurors won't bring justice for Caylee Anthony.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      I agree. No physical harm should come to the stupid jurors – and, they are stupid, for sure. Let their retribution come in the form of having to live with the fact that they let a Baby Killer walk free because of their laziness and stupidity.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mary

    Don't like their verdict.. But I don't see any "good" reason to let their names out..
    IN fact I don't see any good reason to let any jury members name out.. It seems dangerous in a lot of cases..
    If you opt to convict a dangerous and hardened criminal.. It seems putting their names out in public is stupid.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. noemi

    I hate jury duty but I've been called in twice.here is the thing were I live if the bailif can't pronounce your name u won't be called to serve.real sad if u think about it.and this casey person has a lot to answer 2 and she well one day.the crazys out there can't blame a jury for doing what they thought was right according to what was put before them.It just had a better lawyer then the prosicution could do.that is were they went grossly wrong they should have done a better job than what they did.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yourmom

    What exactly is the point of releasing the jurors names? Why does that need to be made public?

    October 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      Florida releases everything.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Harleycolt

    I think this jury should never, ever serve on a jury again. Put a bit "S" for STUPID next to their name so if they ever come up in the jury pool, they can't be picked. They don't deserve to attempt to use what little brain they have left. It is too dangerous for this world. I don't care who they are. I don't want to know their name. I hate stupid people.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      In my opinion they did the right thing. She didn't do it.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JB

    I honestly don't think she killed her little girl.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      JB You're right! I think that little Caylee committed suicide and duct taped her own mouth and through herself in the swamp after basking in her mother's car trunk for days! I think she did it so her devoted mommy could enjoy freedom to party at will:-/

      December 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
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