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. MontanaTrace

    This will be the releasing of the inmates! Here come the idiots. Names should never be released. Think about it. Verdicts may be altered by those that would feel intimidated, knowing their names would later be released. just look at the comments already listed here. Scary isn't it.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ggr

      Ok. But on the other hand having "secret" jurors has big problems. Think about it.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha FawCurr

      Thinking is obviously not the OP's best trait.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNL Fan

      Is that a picture from the SNL skit the coneheads?

      October 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lol

    THE PROSECUTION DIDN'T PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT PROVED THAT SHE COMMITTED CAPITAL MURDER, PERIOD.

    BLAME THE PROSECUTION, NOT THE JURY FOR NOT BEHAVING LIKE A LYNCH MOB.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ggr

      But I wouldn't "blame" the prosecution either. They presented the evidence they had. They did a good job. Should. Also "blame" the medical examiner while we are at it? Of course not. The evidence was what it was. She should have been guilty of child neglect at a minimum.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teufel Eldritch

      If there ever was a case that needed jury nullification this would be the one.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland Tony

    Next big trial ...Let America be the jury with evidence to moderated by Nancy Grace., Only the cameras can show you the truth by doing close ups of the victims family. Then when the summations are over, Nancy tells you who is guilty and then you vote using your smart phone for a 99 cent surcharge.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ggr

      Except Nancy Grace is a self promoting moronic harpy.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Dude

    Get to work Dexter.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John M

      That's funny. I love that show!

      October 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. angela

    ya i hope those jurors have a bunch of haters they let a baby killer free that poor baby got murdered by her so called mom justice was not served for little angel caylee and i hope those jurors and casey get pay back they are all going to h*** and casey is never going to have a good life noone would want to be around a baby killer

    October 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marathon23

      Dont you have anything more important to complain about. Thousands of child murders happen across the country each year, and this one is no different. It is sad to see any child die, but if you watched the court case and bothered to do a little background research on how the court system works, you will never give someone the death penalty on such little evidence. Get real

      October 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. UVikingsLost

    Oh great! Just in time for HALLOWEEN, the twelve scariest monsters of all time, the Casey Anthony jury.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PoopGravy

    Blame Nancy Grace she was so wrong again that her fans are out to kill for her now.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Walnut"

    Oh please let's not stir up ANTHONY CASE FILES. I'll leave CNN voluntarily. Seriously, I'll leave and not come back, rather than putting up with 3 or 4 more weeks of that cut 'n paste SH_T.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marathon23

    To all of you who still believe casey anthony and the jurors all need to die, OPEN YOUR EYES. They had no cause of death, no exact time of death, no certain location of death, and no direct evidence linking the mother to the murder. Giving someone the death penalty over such little evidence is extremely difficult. It is sad to see any child die, but this is one of a thousand child murder cases and it is no different than the rest. Is casey anthony not the best role model mom in the world? Yes. Is she a murderer? As far as anyone can tell, no. So move on.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    All the individuals that follow this thread, are "dorks" that are intensely interested in "sniffing" Casey Anthony's bicycle seat.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jim

    The law required Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. to release the jurors’ names, as media outlets....
    Get it right CNN Florida does not have Superior Courts they have Circuit Courts. Get your stories correct.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Judy75201

    I blame the jurors for two things: the cowardly verdict, and being stupid enough to buy into Baez's filthy spin.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. judyjudyjudy

    the main thing the jurors have to worry about is being ridiculed for their stupidity. It will be tough on them when they get back to their jobs as brain surgeons and rocket scientists.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kristin

    My peers are pretty much re tards. I surely don't like the jury system; that your fate is in the hands of god only knows what is sitting there. I believe in a stronger judicial branch, where people actually are educated to become judges rather than it being an elected post. Get rid of the current judicial system entirely!

    October 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Dandy to the rescue

    The individuals following this thread are dorks, that desire to sniff Casey Anthony's bicycle seat.

    October 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNL Fan

      Go Jim Dandy – Go away.

      October 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
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