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Casey Anthony of Florida was acquitted of first-degree murder charges early last week.
Anthony was being tried for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony, who was found in the woods six months after she was first reported missing.
Anthony’s attorneys maintained from the beginning of the trial that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool. Prosecutors alleged that the toddler was suffocated with duct tape by Casey Anthony. Jose Baez, Anthony’s attorney, maintained that Casey panicked when she was interrogated by police, but that act did not make her a murderer.
Jurors deliberated for less than eleven hours over two days before issuing the acquittal on the murder charges. Anthony was found guilty of four counts of lying to police officers investigating the case. She was sentenced to a year in jail for each of those charges and after time served during this trial, she will be released on July 17, 2011.
This case has polarized the nation, with a majority of people believing that Anthony was wrongly acquitted, similarly to O.J. Simpson almost two decades ago. The minority believes that justice was served in this matter because it proved the American Justice system worked: the prosecution “bit off more than they could chew” – attempting to procure a first-degree murder charge with the possibility of capital punishment.
Why did this case attract so much media attention? Were the facts so disturbing that it warranted media coverage not seen since the Simpson trial? It is interesting to see how much fervor was created over this case. Two of the jurors admitted to feeling sick about acquitting Anthony, but admitted that the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Do you think the jury came to the right result with this case? Was justice served or did a murderer go free?
All information taken from The Associated Press
LCH Law Criminal defense attorneys serving Orange and Riverside Counties
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