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Casey Anthony Trial | Day 36 – The Verdict (Thoughts & Observations)

By Martie Hevia | Blue Beach Song™

[Updated: July 5, 2011 | 10:45 p.m. PT]

(PRELIMINARY POST: Still Updating Minor Details from my Trial Notes)

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Day 36 – July 5, 2011 – Tuesday

The Verdict: Not Guilty

After 10 hours 40 minutes and 33 seconds, at 1:30 p.m. (easter time) the announcement came that the jury had reached a decision. For 45 minutes the pundits and TV anchors wondered and speculated as to what such a quick verdict could mean. They noted that the jury had come in better dressed than usual, the men in suits, the women in high heels. It seemed that the jury had made their decision the night before, on Independence Day, our national holiday, the Fourth of July.

Judge Perry entered the courtroom at 2:14 p.m. ET and asked for the jury to be brought in. After the jury sat, the Judge asked for the verdict form, he read it to himself, and asked the defendant to rise.

The Judge then said to the court clerk, “Madame Clerk you may publish the verdicts.” The court clerk stood up and read the verdicts on the seven charges.

The Verdicts

  • Not Guilty: First Degree Murder (Death by Lethal Injection or Life in Prison)
  • Not Guilty: Aggravated Child Abuse (30 Years in Prison)
  • Not Guilty: Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child (30 Years in Prison)
  • Guilty: Providing False Information to Law Enforcement Count 4 – That Casey Anthony worked at Universal Orlando in 2008 (1 Year in Prison)
  • Guilty: Providing False Information to Law Enforcement Count 5 – That Casey Anthony left Caylee with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez (1 Year in Prison)
  • Guilty: Providing False Information to Law Enforcement Count 6 – That Casey Anthony told Jeffrey Hopkins and Juliette Lewis that Caylee was missing (1 Year in Prison)
  • Guilty: Providing False Information to Law Enforcement Count 7 – That Casey Anthony received a phone call from Caylee on July 15, 2008 (1 Year in Prison)

The sentencing will take place on Thursday, July 7, 2011. However, because Ms. Anthony has been in jail for nearly three years, adjusted for good behavior, she will probably be able to walk out of the courtroom on Thursday, for time served.

Casey’s parents left the courtroom immediately after the reading of the verdicts, showing no emotion. The detectives in the case remained in the court room, seemingly in shock.

After the Judge adjourned, the Defense team hugged and cried. Casey Anthony’s elation came through in her tears of joy, her sporadic laughter, and her permanent smile.

Final Thoughts

Well, the verdict was a surprise.

It seemed that there was enough circumstantial evidence for at least a guilty verdict on aggravated manslaughter of a child. The Prosecution had done a great job overall in presenting their case, from their opening statement through their closing argument and rebuttal.

The mistrial motions by the defense team seemed like a bit of a long shot, but a hung jury – at least one juror who could not agree with the rest – seemed like the best outcome the Defense could hope to get. A not guilty verdict on first degree murder and aggravated manslaughter seemed like an impossibility, and yet it was the impossible dream that came true.

In the end, it is hard to question the decision of the people who suspended their lives to spend six weeks sequestered to listen to the evidence in the Casey Anthony trial and render their verdicts. They heard the evidence and the testimony that was deemed relevant and probative by the court, they came together to discuss it, and they agreed on the verdicts. Unfortunately for those who were expecting different verdicts or who felt that justice for Caylee was not achieved, the jury was not ready to discuss how they came to their decisions, and we may never know or understand why they reached the decision they did.

What we can know, as we look around the world, is that we have one of the better judicial systems around, open to the public, open to criticism, open to improvement.

Was there justice for Caylee?

I don’t know, but her mother was brought to justice… and perhaps that is all our justice system can promise us.

What are your thoughts?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly permalink
    2011-July-5 9:44 PM

    Thanks for all the time you spent blogging this. I have enjoyed your thoroughness. I am sick to my stomach over this. I feel like it is a horrible example to set for all the young parents out there that wish they had a way out. Once again I feel like our “advanced” justice system is a laughingstock to the world. Anyhow, I have no more words to express my feelings about this. Thanks again, Holly.

    • 2011-July-5 11:01 PM

      Thanks, Holly. It’s been quite a journey. Thank you for reading and thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them. All the best, -Martie

  2. 1959duke permalink
    2011-July-5 2:20 PM

    If the authorities think she did it they had their shot at her and they can’t go back and try again. As for information the jury never heard goes, that happens all the time. Just because something is out there doesn’t mean it has anything to do with the trial. These kinds of media trials are very different from other trials. Frankly most trials are boring.

    • 2011-July-5 8:24 PM

      Thanks for your comments 1959Duke. Although, unlike you, I do find trials interesting, I do agree that whatever is out there that the jury never heard is neither here nor there. We have a process in place that tries to find the best balance between evidence or testimony that is relevant to the charges, and is more prohibitive than prejudicial. However, because the public is aware of so much more information – true or false – I think it helps to explain the general lack of comprehension of today’s verdict. Thanks for sharing your views! -Martie

  3. 2011-July-5 1:10 PM

    Well having read your daily reports I must say I am deeply shocked. So what happens now? Do they go back to looking for a murderer of that baby girl?

    • 2011-July-5 1:28 PM

      Unfortunately, there may never be justice for that little girl, Judith. The prosecutors for the State of Florida felt that they had the person who killed Caylee. I strongly doubt anyone else will ever be charged in her death. Most people, here in the States, seem to be in shock over the verdict, but we have no choice but to respect the decision of the jury. What is frustrating to many is that there is so much information that the jury never heard, so much of her reactions in the courtroom seemed custom-tailored to only when the jury was present, but this is our justice system. Thanks, for reading, Judith. I look forward to having more time for other things… like writing a book about this case, perhaps? It will be nice to have more time for reading other, more pleasant things… like your blog. -Martie

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