Home Videos Photos

Was Casey Anthony's 'Not Guilty' Verdict Due To A Good Defense Or A Lack Of Evidence?

| Filed under: Legal MattersSad Sad

why was casey anthony not found guilty

Yesterday, in a shocking end to a tragic trial, a jury found Casey Anthony NOT GUILTY of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Following the verdict, people have been posing the question as to whether Casey was found not guilty due to a good defense, or because of a lack of evidence.

As far as evidence is concerned, here are some of the facts:

- Casey's DNA couldn't be found on duct tape placed on Caylee's mouth

- Uncertainty as to whether the "putrid smell" inside Casey's car was trash or a decomposing body

- Uncertainty as to the importance of chloroform

- Prosecutors had no concrete evidence that put Casey at the scene where Caylee's remains were found

As far as the defense is concerned, here's what Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Richard Rosenbaum had to say about it:

"I don't think it was Baez' great lawyering that won the case. I think it goes back to the prosecution and the weaknesses in their case."

And here's what defense attorney Kendall Coffey had to say about the "not guilty" verdict:

"The biggest questions were the 'how' and the 'why.' Even the state acknowledged they weren't exactly sure of how Caylee was killed. That was a candid acknowledgment, but Baez seized on that."

And here's what Miami attorney Yale Galanter had to say about the verdict:

"The issue is there was absolutely no evidence linking her to the death. None. So what the defense did was brilliant, they brought up the drowning, they brought up the sexual molestation, and it really got the jury to focus away from the bad behavior of the mom."

What do U think about all of this? Was Casey Anthony's "not guilty" verdict due to a good defense? A lack of evidence? A bit of both?

[Image via AP Images.]

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

43 comments to “Was Casey Anthony's 'Not Guilty' Verdict Due To A Good Defense Or A Lack Of Evidence?”



  1. 1

    It was due to the defense confusing the jury.



  2. 2

    This just means that the prosecution did not prove their case.



  3. 3

    Lack of evidence!!!



  4. 4

    The burden of proof is on the prosecutor not the defended, they proved the woman was a pathological sick liar but obviously they couldn’t prove she was a child killer.
    Agree or not, your innocent until proven guilty… The justice system WORKED!!!

    Guilt is decided by the evidence in court and not by what TV personalities think or say. People who are not actually in the jury box can't quite apprehend the profound significance of a burden of proof that amounts to about 99% certainty.



  5. 5

    There really was no evidence that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony murdered her daughter. Do I believe she's guilty? Hell Yes!!! I hope she never has a peaceful day in her rotten life. I hope she's scorned and vilified and makes no $$ from her deed.



  6. 6

    Both. The defense's closing arguments were excellent, but there was also not enough evidence directly linking Casey to the death of her daughter. As a matter of fact, there wasn't any. There was a lot of circumstantial evidence that made Casey look like a very shady character and some real evidence that there was a dead body in her car, but absolutely zero evidence that she actually killed her daughter. The system worked in this one. As much as we may not like Casey and know in our hearts she probably did kill her daughter, the system worked. You can't convict someone of murder or aggravated manslaughter unless you have some pretty hard evidence they actually killed that person.



  7. 7

    Good defense. They threw up enough doubt, and the jury couldn't convict. It's a real shame.



  8. 8

    Im positive it wasn't a good defense, it had to be lack of any physical evidence…IMO she still did it..who else could have?????



  9. 9

    Prosecution reached too far with murder, IMO. Not enough evidence, no "smoking gun". Criminal neglect would be pretty easy to prove. I imagine this is not the end of it.



  10. 10

    Lack Of Evidence…besides I think it was the Grand parents all along.



  11. 11

    i'm agains death penalty in most circumstances, but when and adult kills a defenseless child I think about exceptions. I just hope someone behead her asap… that won't even be revenge, that will be justice!



  12. 12

    Re: TX2768 – thank you! Finally someone who understand the law… Fair or not people, the trial was about Casey killing her daughter. Prosecution failed to prove that. I'm so over these bloggers/talking heads who speak before they have a clear understanding of how our judicial system works. A good defense? Baez = Buffoon. He turned the courtroom into a grand parade of his idiocy by the lack of experience as a litigator.



  13. 13

    All the evidence that was presented could not prove that she did it. How could anybody convict someone if you don't have the facts right in front of you? No doubt in my mind that she and her father had something to do with it but her conscious will get to her…



  14. 14

    The only thing the state proved was that Casey is a manipulating psychopathic liar… Not once did they link her to the death of little Caylee. Everything was theories and fantasies. I would have given the same verdict. Don't blame the jury… They had such a lack of evidence that they HAD to render Casey not guilty just because of the phrase "innocent until PROVEN guilty."



  15. 15

    Lack of evidence. The prosecution put on an amazing case with what they had, but the evidence just wasn't there. The most they could prove was that Casey is a liar and Caylee's body was in her trunk, but you can't get murder beyond a reasonable doubt from just those two things. In my opinion she's guilty but I know the evidence wasn't strong enough to prove it. Unfortunately Casey's lies and wild goose chase after "Zanny" bought her enough time for her daughter's body and any DNA or fingerprint evidence to decompose.



  16. 16

    I guess that is America's system then…. Just because somebody removes the evidence and makes sure there is none, that doesnt mean the person did not do it. but I understand that the legal system with you guys workes differently based on the fact; Is there evidence, yes or no? No = not guilty, yes= guilty. So the system worked but then I have to say the system SUCKS!! Like I said, you can REMOVE evidence. it is a shame that this women can go free after what she did. I

  17. chiro says – reply to this


    17

    It was due to a dumbass jury!!!!!



  18. 18

    As much as I think Casey Anthony is guilty - the jurors did their duty according to the law.
    Unfortunately the U.S.A. has a legal system not a justice system.



  19. 19

    In Belgium, there was a big case with a lot of media attention too a few months ago. It was called the parachute killing. A women who had children and a husband died because someone broke her parachute (cutted it with scisscors).She died while skydiving because the parachute didnt open. The woman had an affair with a man who had beside her, other sexual partners. One of them was ELS CLOTTEMANS.There was no hardcore evidence like DNA but there were so many leads into the direction of ELS and a motive (jealousy) , that she was indeed convicted to 30 years of jail time and she was found guilty (so the opposite of what happened here). ELS was in the room with the parachute all night before it happened and there was proof she had used scissors (dna) and the leads go on and on. But ELS is a psychopath, acting like she was a normal human being in the media, making everybody believe she was innocent. She was the victim. And what did a lot of people in Belgium do? The believed her!!(there was so much controversy on wheter she did it, even the lawyer of the real victim who died recieved death threats, there were people who walked the streets to support her). It seems like America would be super happy if Casey was convicted (because she did also showed weird behavior in public, ELS behaved herself like an angel and she fooled a lot of people but not the legal system of Belgium).



  20. 20

    Almost all of the evidence was circumstantial. It wasn't that she had a good defense, it's that the prosecution really had no way of proving their case. They proved that she was a bad mother and a liar, not a killer. Sorry, but the jury made the right decision in this matter.



  21. 21

    Jury. Beyond Reasonable Doubt was shown - that does not mean excluding all doubt. Reasonable. Jury was confused and didn't take notes or deliberate long enough to understand.



  22. 22

    …she needs to be tortured into telling the truth…………



  23. 23

    The state did not prove the case. Remember this was a death penalty case. Beyond a shadow of a doubt is VERY important. I think she's as guilty as the day is long but it was up to the state to prove it and they didn't do that. Correct verdict.



  24. 24

    Verdict due to a jury of rednecks, hillbillies and housewives. Uneducated and uninformed. It's Florida for fuck sake!



  25. 25

    Lack of evidence, She will blow eventually. OJ is finally behind bars she will eventually get there. Someone in that house knows the truth and it will come out.



  26. 26

    We live in times where people watch CSI and tons of other shows that peg guilty verdicts on fancy evidence techniques. It's TV, not the real world. How were people convicted of guilty verdicts 100 years ago or 50 years ago? Of course circumstantial evidence is admissible. Juries also misinterpret "beyond a reasonable doubt". Re: supandrea – I agree with you. I also think Nancy Grace polluted the case, at least that's what the Prosecution alluded to.



  27. 27

    Re: sally1 – I agree with you.

  28. Hun says – reply to this


    28

    Both



  29. 29

    This bitch deserves the Dahmer treatment.



  30. 30

    Both. It's actually genius. It's going to set a new trend in the courtroom. Lie your ass off. What it does is create the illusion of doubt based on something that can't be disproved, regardless of credibility. She wasn't a witness and her statements can not be thrown out or disregarded.



  31. 31

    I think former prosecutor Marcia Clark said it best.

    The prosecution proved their case. However, jurors often confuse reasonable doubt with any reason at all to doubt.



  32. 32

    A confused jury. The evidence was there.

    I don't think the parents were involved at all. Except that Cindy became convinced her daughter would get the death penalty for her crime, and decided to provide false tesitmony to save her baby-killing daughter. The same selfish girl who yelled at her mother during a jailhouse visit for worrying about where caylee was and what had happed to her.



  33. 33

    This is nuts my kid is in the tub and quiet for more than a min and I look in on her. This twit doesn't notice her kid is gone…seriously? And how often do the grandparents visit? You mean to tell me nobody called and was like. " how's the little one?" well at least I know how long i can lose my child with out getting busted for neglect…30 days wtf.

    I get it there wasn't proof therefore not guilty but reeeaaally something needs to come of this. I really don't want her getting a job at child-time daycare.

    How does the topic of having kids or not get handled in her next relationship.



  34. 34

    Whoever hasnt smell a dead body before I tell you since Ive done it. Theres a HUGE difference between the putrid smell of garbage and a dead body, a HUGE.



  35. 35

    Just to be sure someone should rip off her ovaries. So she never has a child again. As I said… Just in case.



  36. 36

    Re: youdontknowjacque – You are dead right on all counts. No one seems to understand the law these days, and Baez is an idiot. The jury returned the only verdicts it could, based on the evidence presented and the law.



  37. 37

    You know what,
    I don't give a fuck about what the deffense said and what the prosecution said, when the fuck is COMMON SENSE going to matter in this world….
    And how fucked up is our law that even when someone is obviously GUILTY of killing a child or anyone for that matter that we have to go through bullshit and risk them walking ??????
    When the hell are people gonna realize that it's our FUCKED up laws that has SCREWED this fucking Country up ???
    IT'S A NEW DAY AND AGE,,,,, IT'S TIME TO CHANGE THE LAWS THAT ACTUALLY FIT FOR THIS CENTURY !!!!!



  38. 38

    It was definitly lack of evidencve. Jose Baez can barely string a sentence together. The jury probably can't either hence the verdict!!!



  39. 39

    All the stories i heard.. the evidence that was piled up, stories from her family, her own father sold her out..multiple times! I followed this case from day 1. The pictures of her partying and living it up with not even a single speck of remorse or worry on her face, during the time Caylee was missing. Everyone knew she did it, but it ended up taking 2 years to make a final verdict. Either she killed her daughter or somebody saved her the trouble. Only God knows. But she'll pay.



  40. 40

    All the evidence, none of her "information" adding up, the stories from her family.. her own father even sold her out.. multiple times! + The pictures of her partying and living it up while Caylee was missing, with not even a single speck of remorse or worry on her face. I watched this case from day 1. Everyone knew she was guilty, everyone knew she did it. Either she killed her own daughter or someone saved her the trouble. Only God knows. & she'll pay, she will. R.I.P Caylee Anthony.



  41. 41

    Neither. They arrived the morning of the verdict dressed to be seen, dressed nicely. They took no notes. They did not take their notebooks or pens to the deliberations.
    At least one of the jurors tried very hard to get on the jury, especially juror no. 3, the nursing student.

    She is now scheduling a trip to Disney World at ABC's expense.

    Another was reportedly offered a five figure deal for their story.
    They had their eye on the money trail before the opening statements were finished.

    Justice was not served. It was ductaped, chloroformed, and thrown in Casey's car.



  42. 42

    NOPE. COWARDS FOR JURORS. WE SHOULD VOTE FOR GUILT OR INNOCENCE LIKE VOTING FOR AMERICAN IDOL.



  43. 43

    NOPE. COWARDS FOR JURORS. WE SHOULD VOTE FOR GUILT OR INNOCENCE LIKE VOTING FOR AMERICAN IDOL. THAT BIOTCH WOULD BE UNDER THAT JAIL.