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. chillipepper

    I bet after they interview the juriors the whole world will know how dumb Americans can be.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pwilson

    I would not want to be them or near them after their names are released. Some people are still crazy angry about this case.
    Some of the posts on the original case were down right scarey.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ijreilly

    Casey's story(The defense)- Caylee drowned in the pool and my dad came home and found out. When I was younger, he molested me, so I decided not to call 911 and do what he says instead, after all, he is a retired police officer. His initial reaction for dealing with the accidental drowning, was to get rid of the body. So we decided the best place to ultimately leave the body was a couple of blocks away, across the street in some grass.– What's so hard to understand?

    October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGTJ

      you fail to mention any evidence of an actual murder though. A dead body is not evidence of a murder, just that someone died. Also I'd like to point out that the former "detective" and dad smelled what he said was unmistakably death in the trunk, and decided not to call police, his 1st instinct was to go to work.... Whats so hard to understand about that?

      October 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ijreilly

      First off, I never said there was any evidence to convict her of murder. I simply stated the stupid story she gave as her defense. I absolutely agree they didn't have enough to convict, but having such a nonsensical story is enough for me on a personal level to consider her responsible for the death of Caylee. I think she received fair justice under the law, but the public has it's own sense of justice. IN my opinion she got the worst punishment of all, exile. Jail would have been a breeze compared to being the most hated person in America in 2011. Where in the hell can she possibly go? Also, don't draw conclusions from baseless assumptions. You had know idea what the motivation behind my comment was, but you certainly picked a side to defend against what you thought it was...

      October 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Yeah, because an innocent person goes out and parties like they never lost their daughter in the first place... you guys ever use that noodle of yours or is it just for decoration?

      October 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pebbles Flintstone

      I don't think Caylee crawled in the grass and died of natural causes. It all goes back to reasonable doubt. Is their story reasonable? No, it was not. It was a silly story that a group of tired, confused jurors that watch too much CSI thought sounded plausible. Very disturbing, as they convicted her of lying yet believed this fairy tale.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ckmiami

      The Prosecution has the burden to PROVE she murdered her child, the Defense doesn't have to prove anything. They could have sat there and said "no comment, your honor" and the Prosecution STILL couldn't prove she did it.

      Do I think and feel and believe she did? Probably. But that's different from the State proving to this jurty "without reasonable doubt" that she did it.

      Now can we all please move on?

      October 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maddy

      This jury was a perfect example of the "dumbing" down of America! I think if they saw the incident live on video, they would have been able to be convinced by the defense that Casey was innocent. You can't hope for much when there is precious little between the ears.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SGTJ

    They did their job, correctly i might add, given the evidence they were presented with. They preserved our judicial system. Most of you people wanted them to act on their emotions and not on the evidence, including the prosecutor who had no real actual evidence that a murder took place. He should have charged her with improper disposal of a body and lying to police. She would have been found guilty of both and received a harsh sentence. Don't blame the Jurors for following the law. Blame the prosecutor for over charging her.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      What a load of crap. You actually believe that. You're as bad as Jose Baez.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGTJ

      Yes I actually believe that, because it is the truth. Why is Jose Baez bad, because he did his job? You're the terrible person here sir. You imply that a person should be found guilty simply because we think that's what she is. Do you even know why you think she's guilty? It's most likely because that's what Nancy Grace told you to feel and think. There has never been any evidence. As far as Mr. Baez goes, he did his job and did it well, he got his client off on murder charges. Get a clue sir.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Jose Baez LIED ... he FABRICATED situations ... he DISTORTED reality to get a baby killer out of prison. As for your Nancy Grace callout, I wouldn't even know on which channel to find Nancy Grace even if I wanted to watch her. Unlike you, I actually watched the entire trial, including the mountain of evidence that was presented by the prosecution – I am a logical, sound-minded person who sees past the LIES, FABRICATIONS and DISTORTIONS that Baez spewed. He should rot in hell right next to his client. She killed Caylee, and he spit on Caylee's memory.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      By the way, how much is Baez paying you to troll blogs trying, erroneously, to make him and his client look good? YOU are failing.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGTJ

      yeah you're right, i must be paid off for speaking my mind and providing clear and understandable arguments. You still haven't offered one piece of evidence that points to murder, and then tying her to the murder. You have nothing but what the prosecutor lied to you all about. Did Jose Baez lie about her being molested? I dont know, it wasn't proven so I don't count that in my thinking, but did he do his job in showing the jury that there was no evidence of a murder? yes , him and the experts did a great job of that. Do I think she is responsible for her daughters death? yes , I do, but it can't be proven in court and thats all that really matters. We need to be able to protect our judicial system, these jurors did just that. Next time it could be you up there, charged with something you didn't do. You would want the Jurors to follow the evidence, not their opinion of you.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • atroy

      So, DGKDGK, let's clarify here.....you are commenting on a CNN story but you have no clue as to which channel Nancy Grace is on? Your tirade is just way to emotional and knee jerk to be considered intelligent which puts you in the catagory of folks the jurors need to have their names protected from.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      ATroy ... yeahhhh you got me. Darn you and your investigative skills. I must be a Nancy Grace viewer because I am vehemently against the verdict that the jury did not deliberate about, but that they handed over without any thought or input whatsoever. They wanted out of that jury room and did not put any thought into what they were shown. Too stupid? Maybe. I personally believe so. But, whatever. Unless Nancy tells me what to think, I can't make it through my day. @SGTJ – you're absolutely correct. Casey didn't murder Caylee. Maybe Harry Potter did. Maybe a magical unicorn with rabies got her. Because, for sure, Casey reacted to her daughter being gone exactly how a good mother wood – by entering a wet t-shirt contest. Hmmm. Yeah, that sounds normal. Listen, I could sit here all night and present the facts that you carefully overlook, and it still wouldn't change your idiotic opinion. I won't waste your time or mine. Just know that, unlike you, millions of us do not have our heads buried in the sand, and can recognize truth when we see it.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • STFU

      SGTJ= Casey Anthony OR... SGTJ= Casey Anthony Juror

      Idiot loser!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      For starters, if whatever happened was an accident, you call paramedics to see if she can be revived. Secondly, you dont lie and go through so much trouble to distort the truth. Third, you dont party like a rock star on your way out as if your daughter never existed.

      If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, smells like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must be a zebra... we dont have any evidence...

      October 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • inne1970

      What part of the trial did you watch? The woman covered up the death of her child, that's enough for reasonalble doubt in any case. She should have been found guilty of murder. She was found lying about every part of the case, she was out partying like nothing happened. Wow it's no wonder our legal system is funked up.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    SGTJ is absolutely correct.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patiat

    SGTJ is the person with the most sense on this thread.

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

      Thanks.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      You have a bit of brown on the tip of your nose...

      October 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Loving Memory of Kadaffi

    Way to go American in-justice system. Put jurors lives in danger and for what reason? Now I know for sure if I am summonses to a Jury that I will make sure I get dismissed/

    October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bernard Carrigan

    You Americans are the most self-righteous, unconsciousanable and stupid people on the face of this earth. Your laws require your people to become jurors and yet because of your celebritrorious nature and need to bring attention to yourselves you put the lives of innocent people in jeopardy by naming names.
    You elect your presidents not on their stand on issues but instead on their nortoritey or how much extra nookey they are getting on the side.
    You are a shameful nation and your egotistical time is coming to an end. Canada far outranks you as the greatest nation on earth. Your greed is responsible for the current financial crisis throughout the world.
    Get a life fools.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Don't ever darken our border with your shadow.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Way to generalize, which is the problem all nations have. Its a problem with humanity, not a problem of the lands where the people live. Yes, pot, I know I'm the kettle and yes, I'm black too...

      October 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. FifthGeneration

    Leave these people alone!!!! They were doing their Duty, as Citizens. For many, Jury Duty is unwelcome, as well. With this sort of reaction - threats of bodily harm - from those who disagree with a verdict, it's no wonder. The jurors were in the Court room. I WAS NOT. Therefore, whatever my opinion of the outcome, I have to accept that the JURY knows more than do I, about the case they were sequestered for. As it happens, given the media coverage of this case, I would have liked to have seen Casey Anthony behind bars for the EVIL done that innocent child. But, that decision is not mine to make. Nor that of anyone not in that Court room and privy to the details of the trial.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      How is it that the Scott Peterson jury got it right? Face it. This jury was a gathering of brain-dead cretins.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      The juror's did not even think for themselves. At least one of the juror's simply went with the majority opinion. When the jury is swayed by whatever force, including stupidity, they should be held accountable. Whatever nonsense they have to endure for their lack of any personal thought is on them.

      Stop trying to cover the cat turds with sand, they're still cat turds...

      October 25, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    One newspaper, I am not sure which, is already going into the neighborhoods looking for the jurors, and talking to neighbors. Its not the jurors fault for how they voted. The prosecution didn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. I'm sure there is some psycho out there waiting to find out where these jurors live. Was it really necessary to provide the names?

    October 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      I do not believe that their names should be provided to the public. I do believe, wholeheartedly, that this jury carried out an ENORMOUS miscarriage of justice by letting a baby killer walk.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      We want to see how inbred they truly are.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy75201

      Steve, I agree that these people should be left alone; what's done is done. But they ARE responsible for how they voted. They set a child murderer free. They need to think about that for the rest of their lives. Their actions were cowardly.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Queen

    Why do we need to know the Juror's names anyway? It aint like it's gonna change what's done. The way I see it, there is nothing any one of us can possible say to them, that could be worse than them having to live with their own conscience. If they feel they made the right decision even with the so called "lack of evidence", then they have to live with that.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      You are absolutely correct.

      October 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Its called accountability, that's why. They know they made a mistake and they simply want to sweep it under the carpet and have everyone forget about it. Sadly, this should go into law books and other such publications so it's never repeated again.

      Lastly, the public reaction is the last bit of justice we have on this planet when rules and regulations fail us in a corrupted world. The people who were tasked to do their job took the bureaucratic way out and got lost along the way and the end result is a person who was involved with the death of her child (notice I did not say murdered) was allowed to get away with no recourse.

      No one can be sure if she murdered her child but due to semantics, people get to argue truth vs what's written on a piece of paper, etc and that stretches the truth. The truth here isn't whether she murdered her child or not but was she involved, absolutely and that should have allowed enough time to actually figure out what happened. Instead everything was rushed and the jury was swayed one way and even admitted to simply thinking the way as some of the other jury members did.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JimS

    My comment was never posted

    October 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Murder has to be proven.
    I think that Casey killed her daughter, by accident or with intent, but there was no proof, so the jurors correctly found her not guilty.

    October 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Okay. Hopefully, you'll never have to personally face the miscarriage of justice by a jury.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sylvia

    This message is to the editor of these newspapers: Please print only what is newsworthy. We don't want to hear any news of or see this awful evil woman ever again. The trial is over - and she got off scot-free after murdering her child. Now PLEASE take this woman OFF THE NEWS. We dont want to see this evil conniving immoral psychopath ever again.
    Please take all pictures off the media. We hate injustice.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Thank you, Sylvia.

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

      Sylvia, perhaps not everyone wants the things you do. I however know of a win/win situation for everyone. Please kindly push that power button on your computer and don't let the door hit you on the way out. Enjoy! 🙂

      October 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. profart

    Jurors for any and every case should remain private. The names for any and every case should not be released to the public. Ever.

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

      agreed

      October 25, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I don't think the names should ever be released.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamus

      I agree! Why do they release these names? Some nut job will probably start harassing them!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mnguest

      ahhhh why?

      October 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • wkdklwn

      Agree

      October 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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