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. Susan E Lea

    I think they did a great job. Even though I believe Casey Anthony to be guilty, they stuck to their guns. They did what was asked of them to do. They followed the law. If they had been the same jury for the West Memphis 3, 3 young men would not have wasted decades in jail for nothing. People just don't get how our courts work. Nancy Grace needs to take a cue from these people. And they aren't even lawyers

    October 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Well, had these jurors done right by Caylee, this piece of trash, Casey, wouldn't be free as a bird right now. That said, I want to know where does CNN get off trying to act like they're taking the "higher road" by not releasing the names, when they FLOODED their site day after day with Casey Anthony updates before, during, and after the trial getting everyone all riled up. What a joke.

      October 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*adam

    They are idiots and should be haunted for rest of there lives for stupid moronic decision they made

    October 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey

      ok, genius

      October 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manuel

      Who will want to serve as a juror in a high profile case, if juror names are released?

      October 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    shouldn't be – ref. previous comment. Also, the obsessive media frenzy over this was shocking – just beyond belief as if there isn't another crime in the U.S. Now there is the missing other white baby – and the seven year old missing in another state, black, who is barely heard about – I can't even state her name. Media . . . such fixation on one case when there are so many others out there that should be reported on. Madness.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    just in time for halloween, trick or treat they gave Casey the treat...I wonder if they will return in five years did you see that Casey wants another baby? then what.... nothing else to say wish this story would go away permanently.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    Its not the Jury's fault...all fault still gets put on Casey Anthony. she did not have to do what she did!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Attention CNN: Get your geography right. 110 miles southeast of Orange County, FL is out in the Atlantic ocean. Pinellas County is southwest of Orlando.

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

      NICE.... But hey, my GPS system said turn left and so off I went... blub bub bub bubble bubble

      October 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas Howard

    These people did their civic duty, and those of you who wish harm on them are ignorant. Unlike 99% of the posters on here they had to work with the facts as proven by the prosecution, and not what they heard on Nancy Grace. Does anyone here even know what the legal definition of child neglect in Florida is? I know this case struck a nerve with a lot of parents, but the fact is the prosecution didn't do their jobs as defined by the law. Be mad at Casey, or the prosecution, or the legislators who crafted the laws. I for one am grateful that accused must be convicted based on evidence (even if this means a small percentage of the guilty slipping though the cracks) and not the court of public opinion that's filled with idiots who think they know all the facts because they read US Weekly.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wrex

      Holy crap, an intelligent answer on a CNN forum. Well done, sir. I agree, 100%.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ray

    Blame the prosecution, not the jurors. The jurors' primary job was to come to a decision based on the facts put out there by the prosecutors. The facts, and HARD evidence were not sufficient. The jurors abided by the law in making a non-biased decision.
    On the flipside, I am not a huge believer in karma.....BUT if it does exist, karma will catch up to Casey. Look what happened to O.J. Granted, he is not serving for the crime he was accused of in the 90's, he has definitely reared his "toolbag" head out and is serving time for something ridiculous. She will get hers someday.

    October 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • P.J.

      Why is it the prosecutions fault? How much evidence was out there that wasn't admissible or prejudicial as decided by the Judge? Maybe that evil mother covered her tracks too well for law enforcement to uncover. Maybe the (m)others who helped her cover up her crime should have done the right thing for once in their lives.
      Why can the defense put out a pack of lies in opening statements, yet never have to prove one iota of their b.s.? Something is wrong with this system but the jury needs to be able to put 2 + 2 together and come up with 4. Most people don't understand the meaning of "reasonable doubt".

      October 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Game James

    Anybody remember the very end of Jim Carey's movie "The Cable Guy?" We all need to pick up a book!

    October 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Trey

    Like getting your name released really means anything. I'm sure there's more than one Jack Smith or Jane Smith out there.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RichXX

    Why would anyone want to be on a jury?

    October 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trey

      It's because of that "civic duty" crap. If you don't want to be on jury, you will hear people say, "but, it's your civic duty", which is a whole lotta bull spit. I answered a higher calling by choice, called the Military. If they can force people to do jury duty, people should be drafted into the Military when needed.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Heisenberg

    I don't think these jurors were "sticking to their guns" they were to pc or chicken to vote guilty. In this day and age if these idiot jurors don't see video of someone commiting the crime, they won't convict. It's obvious Casey Anthony had a hand, somehow, in her child's death. I think the likely scenario is that Casey Anthony chloroformed her daughter, to make her sleep, while she partied and the child died as a result.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trey

    I wonder how easy it would be to score a date with Casey Anthony now. She's a good lookin' chick, but it shouldn't be too hard, as I doubt she is getting many dates these days, gotta swoop in like a Hawk.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dgkdgk

    I have the names of the jurors: Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Moronic, Dummy, Nitwit, Clueless, Brain-Dead and Imbecile.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimberly

      LOL! LOL! LOL!

      October 25, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DⒶve

    casey anthony, what a hottie

    October 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You have zero taste... That girl is butt ugly.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • qwerty

      she looks like she has downssyndrome

      October 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality check

      Low self esteem

      October 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Shes all forehead

      October 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keneth

      Wow, I always wondered who the Loneliest person in the world was.....YOU WIN!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      I hate to break it to you, but looks count for only so much. Her moral character (or lack thereof) should be more important. She's young, and yeah, she can be pretty if she had her hair puffed up, make up, a nice-but modest-outfit. So can most of us females, but I fear I'm too old for you.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • beforeus

      Yes she is sooooo hot that Lucifer will not touch her. She is damned for all eternity anyway. A true specimen of poor white trash!!!

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