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. steve

    who cares?
    they were dumb uneducated hicks who thought they were going to make millions!
    let them alone. everyone else is! and for good reason!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MontanaTrace

      It's because there are people like you who are not quite all there.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • moronkiller

      i concur

      October 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • moronkiller

      clarification, i concur with steve. MontanaTrace is obviously an idiot or an emotional woman, or both.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eddie

    Who said there were only seven dwarfs?

    October 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Margery

    Between Nancy Grace and our Local ABC Affiliate WFTV they had Casey quilty before her trial in the court of public opinion. When I first saw that this child was missing and not reported for 30 days, my first thought of our Party Girl Casey as a young mother was "Crap she was sleeping and this babe got out to the pool, drowned and she (Casety) panicked!" When Beaz used my same thought as his opening statement and the fact that the Prosecution was going all out for Murder One I knew in my gut that she would not be convicted. The Prosecution was over zealous in the charges. Had they really listened to Beaz's opening staement and at least mentioned the claim of "Ok lets say that the Babe got out and drowned, Casey was sleeping after a night out and not paying attention to her, that is at least Felony Child Neglet and Involunraty Manslaughter. But NO they did not ecen touch on this durring the trial! They were going for the murder one and death! This was a far reach given the evidence. If you are going to be impartial (NON EMOTIONAL) then the jury did what they could only do and aquit her. It bites I know but this is what happens when the RITIRED Diswtric Attorney becomes over zealous! I did watch the entire trial! The jury did thier jobs. Besides a wise man once said "It is better that 10 guilty go free least 11 innocent is not charged" or something to that affect

    October 25, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • daniele

      *sigh*There were lesser charges included. Don't make excuses for this POS.

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

      Is it part of their job for Jury A to say: Innocent, Jury B-D: well if you think shes innocent, we think so too?

      October 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bigwilliestyles

    RIP Caylee. Another of life's true innocents suffering at the hand of those unable to care for those who are unable to care for themselves.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. awsome

    heyy who u talking abt and reallt u need to watch ur mouth!!!!!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ol Driller

    I would eat a mile of her poop ,just to see where it came from!

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

      amazing, how do you even have enough brain power to use a computer?

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

    Very clever, CNN.

    Not only do you help protect the jurors from angry idiots by not releasing their names, but anyone crazy and stupid enough to try and track them down from Orange to Pinellas County will never realize you're sending them in the wrong direction!

    October 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ann

    WHY would they release the anmes of these jurors??? What good does it do?? I feel bad for them, this isn't right at all.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Margery

    Yes there were the lesser charges of "Feloney Child Neglect" and "Manslaughter" ( though "Involuntary Manslaughter" was not in the charges) available. However, the Prosecutor (State) needs to prove these! The entire trial was geared towards "Murder One" and "Death Penalty". The Prosecutor would have had to present the posibilty of the drowning. Even though Beaz put it out there in his opening it was to give the jury another plausable senerio. The State steered clear from that and thus closed the door on the posibility of optaining even a conviction on the lessers. Please people read up on what those charges entail! Then you will see where this prosecution team dropped the ball! Do I think she "Pre Meditated" the killing of our child...no....BUT I do believe her child died as a result of her neglecting her parental responsibiloities and she should have been charged with Feloney Child Neglect due to the "Involuntary Manslaughter" charge she should have received had our Prosecutor not been so freaking full of himself! Frustrated in OTOWN!

    October 25, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BJ

    Can anyone give a good reason why juror's names are ever released? Don't just give me "a" reason or the "legal" reason, but give me a GOOD reason. What purpose does it serve after the trial is done and over? And, wow, they really want us to serve, huh? I'm thinking jail for refusing looks better than this.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ggr

      Because if the names are not released, then what you end up with is a " secret" jury. We cant have a justice system where people are convicted, or exonerated, by secret juries. By releasing names the public is allowed a measure of oversight. We have some confidence that the trial was not rigged.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Becca

    I do feel that no names should have been released ever. If they want to talk thinking they can make millions then so be it but they then expose thier self to nut cases.
    I do still feel that Caylee did not drown in any pool. If everyone would have looked good and listened well ..in the early days of her being put in jail one one visit with her mom and dad Casey had said see what they are saying now on TV Caylee had drowned how about that. SO #1 that is where Casey had got the Idea from. And 1st off it was awful how she lied about her Father and then all her mom tried to do was lie to protect her. Well this was just one big lie and the jury just was not bright enough to see the whole picture when it was put in front of them.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mnguest

    ok so whose got juror number one?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mnguest

    12 idiots

    October 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FLnewcomer

    Check your map CNN – Pinellas County is SOUTHWEST of Orange County. If you can't get the simple things right, are we to trust you get the rest correct???

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

    Not sure why their names would be released to begin with. To me they performed their duty as requested even if the majority did not agree with their decision. I would not have voted that way and I believe she did it but I do not matter. Hope the jurors are LEFT ALONE!

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