Moms Talk: The Casey Anthony Verdict

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The verdict is in.

Like millions of other Americans, my mouth hung open with shock today—Tuesday, July 5—as the jury's decision of not guilty in the Casey Anthony trial permeated my television screen.

Anthony was found not guilty this afternoon of murdering her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Anthony was also found not guilty in the aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse of Caylee. 

She was found guilty, however, of multiple counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. 

I've been glued to the television throughout the entire trial. The past few weeks of this case have been nothing but horrifying, with testimony from both sides proving both disturbing and appalling.

But today, after the trial concluded Anthony was not responsible for her daughter's death, I want to know how the verdict is settling with Collingswood Patch readers—especially mothers.

As a mother of a 2-and-a-half-year-old—Caylee's age, at the time of her death—I feel stunned and shocked by the jury's not guilty ruling.

So many believed this would be an open-and-shut case, concluding with a guilty verdict. What went wrong?

This is where I am reaching out to our Patch readers.

  • What was your reaction to today's verdict?


  • Do you believe justice was served in the Casey Anthony trial?


  • What do you think will happen now? Do you believe Caylee's murderer could still be walking free? What should Casey Anthony do with her life, post-trial?


  • On this afternoon's segment of the Nancy Grace show, Grace explained that some states have developed their own versions of Son of Sam Laws, which prohibit a defendant from making money off of their respective trials. In Anthony's case, a not guilty ruling gives her the freedom to profit off the case by writing a book, selling movie rights, among other options. Do you think Anthony is the type to bank on such a tragic situation?


  • Do you believe they will ever find the killer of Caylee Anthony, or are you convinced otherwise?


  • The jury chose not t appear for questioning after the verdict was read. If given the opportunity to ask the jury one question, what would your question be?


Share your thoughts by commenting on this post, in the box below.

Thomas Fischer July 05, 2011 at 09:21 PM
From what I read about the case, I feel as though she is indeed guilty but I think there are more people involved than just her. And they will never find additional parties involved because they just acquitted her. Also, if Anthony decides to write a book on the whole ordeal that would just furthermore prove that she was guilty. (I would buy the book though)
Rebecca Gillis July 05, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Ok I'm going to start this off by saying I was shocked by this verdict & feel as if justice has not been served by any means. The fact that 31 days passed and the mother never once alerted the authorities is evidence enough that she was hiding something. And if she writes a book or movie about this case- no one should buy it. She's a pathological sociopath with severe issues. Not only did she kill her daughter- she got off Scott- free & smiled, smirked & cried tears of joy throughout the reading of the verdict. Funny how she didn't show half as much emotion throughout the whole case when they showed her daughters remains, but she gets away with murder & suddenly she has a pulse. She's a
libsrsic July 06, 2011 at 02:37 AM
Not even a child abuse conviction!!! This decision was not based on reason. I guess the jury thought that "reasonable doubt" meant that they should doubt reason.
Colleen Buckholz-Rutledge July 06, 2011 at 05:29 AM
I believe Casey murdered her daughter. Period. I feel that she was let off because the trial was too focused on her family and Casey's character. I believe Casey's lawyers advised her to continue with the lies to establish a mental issue that would keep her from the death penalty if convicted. I believe her mother lied and was clearly proven of purgery regarding the computer searches for chloroform. After killing her own child, making horrible accusations against her father who stuck by her for 3 years was easy for Casey. I hope her family completely abandons her now. Since you can not be tried for the same crime twice, I hope- though I know she would never- Casey comes forward and tells the truth about how she murdered her daughter and also the identity of the father-because he should probably know. I think there will be a made for TV movie on Lifetime within the next few months and Casey will end up on Celebrity Rehab in a few years. Child Abuse conviction was blatantly obvious by her not reported the "disappearance" after 31 days. I actual cried when I heard the verdict. Disgusting.
nadine July 06, 2011 at 08:54 AM
Justice was not served. Casey lied and her family lied. They know exactly what happened to Kaylee. I hope the Florida residents give the family what is coming to them! NO ONE should buy any book or watch any movie on this case. No one should hire her, date her or be associated with her in any way. Let her suffer, no money, no friends, no family. Poor Kaylee will never have known what a REAL mother is like. Casey had options if she did not want this child and she chose to kill her. She should be steralized so she can never bring another child into this world! I also believe the jury were just so tired of the long days in court, that they just wanted it over -- plus a few of the jurors should never have been allowed on the case and the JUDGE allowed them to be even knowing how they felt about the death penalty etc. He is to blame also for this outrageous verdict!
Alanna July 06, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I still can't wrap my head around this. My first thought was "which juror's were they able to pay off & how much did that cost?" It's a tragedy on top of a tragedy. A failure of biblical proportions of the justice system. I do believe that anyone who is capable of any crime against a child is mentally defective to some extent, but this is still not a justifiable defense. It makes me sick and I can only hope that her days left on earth are just a glimpse of the hell she will surely end up in.
Shirley July 07, 2011 at 08:40 PM
By purchasing a book (assuming one is written), you would further the fortunes of person you believe is guilty of murder. Why would you do that?


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