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. Dman

    Well these moronic jurors made a stupid verdict now they can see if there STUPIDITY called karma comes back... 🙂

    October 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      I pray to God no-one pays her a single dime for an interview. I will definitely boycott it and hope the rest of you that know she is a murderer will do the same thing.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      I don't understand why jurors' names are released. In Canada one never hears of that – or of interviews with jurors – plus we have a law that criminals can't benefit from their crimes. I am mind boggled when emergency calls are released or drunken statements such of that of Mel Gibson when arrested. Canada's system seems much better. The American doesn't seem to take into account the privacy or safety of jurors or seems to make all more part of the media frenzy situation rather than a legal one. There is one big difference alone between American and Canada – your releasing information to the media so readily when some of it should be.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. T3chsupport

    The murder was one thing. Couldn't prove that. But neglect? SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE SHE WAS FOR MONTH, and STILL wasn't going to tell anyone about it. I don't know what could be more neglectful than leaving your child 'somewhere' and never seeing her again and not trying to.

    So still, shame on that jury. Epic, epic shame.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      The entire defense doesn't make any sense. I'm still completely amazed and confused why her treatment of her deceased child didn't come under scrutiny. Doesn't make any difference I guess because she literally GOT AWAY WITH MURDER. I still hate her and that ugly face of hers at the top of this article. Hope one day she rots in hell.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charms

    Casey, whether you think she's innocent or guilty, has beat the system in place. I hope no harm comes the way of the jury because the defense failed to connect the dots [proof] in the court of law.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cindy

    The defense sent an expert jury selector to pick the 17 biggest dumb-as..s in Florida, and they succeeded.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John


    October 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      I agree!

      October 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John


    October 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Yeah, if only

      October 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lobo

    Who cares? I don't think anyhone gives a crap what they have to say anyway.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SDTangler

    I think the jury's in hiding, because they're EMBARRASSED about their verdict. They mistakenly believed that you need a cause of death to convict for any crime, which is not true. It's the jury's job to seek the truth. You had to either believe that Casey's newest story – that her dad found her drowned was true, or that Casey killed her child. There is no in-between. These jurors chose to believe Casey's latest lie – that her dad covered up an accidental drowning and traded that for a murder charge. Stooooooooooopid. I'll bet these are the only 12 people who still think the world is flat, too.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      And 12 more that believe Casey didn't do it.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. william

    The jury seems to always be like this.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Faye

    The Casey Anthony jurors = embarrassment to America!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Julie

    GREAT! They can look for Casey, Baez and Co.- and they can all be friends...HURRAY

    October 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Harmony

    People have a right to their opinions re: CA, but it doesn't bode well for well for the jurors.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      These jurors for sure.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Future juror

    So the lesson for future jurors is thus: if you do not deliver the verdict the mob wants you will be lynched yourself.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • poupa6

      I agree with you. Everyone is always looking for a scapegoat and in this case, it's the jury. I don't believe that the jurors names should be released.

      I totally believe that she is guilty. I totally believe that she was an unfit mother (she didn't know where her child was for a month!!!). But, the jury is charged with the task of following the letter of the law and if the case was not proven, they came back with the only verdict that they could.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • rlp1509

      I believe the lesson that should be learned is that the prosecution should go to trial with evidence that can be confirmed for the charges made against the accused. I don't know if Ms. Anthony is guilty of murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide or just neglect, etc. The fact is that the prosecution screwed up by trying to get a death penalty case to stick with most likely flawed evidence. I do think she is guilty of something to do with the death of Caylee. How she is guilty I don't know. This is twice now that I can think of (OJ Simpson) where the prosecution failed Law School 101. You don't ask questions that you don't already know the answer and you don't charge someone with a crime without absolute evidence that the person committed the crime. Baez and his group presented reasonable doubt. Whether you believe it or not the 12 people that had to make the decision did. She will get what is coming to her sooner or later

      October 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      The lesson is and has always been: do the best job you can do/pay attention/take notes/read the transcripts/don't be in a hurry and USE YOUR COMMON SENSE! I have served, will again, and will be openly accountable, won't hide.

      October 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TamraMB

    here's what I don't get: I didn't watch the trial but heard about defense's claim: Caylee died accidentally in pool. THEN why the duct tape over a child's mouth who had already drowned in a pool?? *I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS*. perhaps the "couldn't see anything wrong" jurors can explain this one to me, explain it to me as if I was 2-year-old!!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • MontanaTrace

      someone put the tape over her mouth and nose to keep the insects out,

      October 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. deb

    They let a "mom" who was responsible for the death of her baby walk away without even a simple NEGLECT conviction.....they are morons. I mean, come on.....they would not even go with Child Neglect. Morons.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      And now another mother says she is grieving, baby Lisa not even found yet?
      Very scary thought.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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