Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter, but guilty of lying and providing false information to the police in one of the biggest high-profile trials in recent years.
Casey did not report her daughter missing to police for about 31 days. But during those 31 days, Casey told her family her daughter was in various places–like in the care of a nanny. The nanny denies ever meeting Casey. The public immediately believed Casey had something to do with her daughter’s disappearance and tragic death.
The prosecution did not meet its burden of proof according to the jury (as this is a murder case the highest standard of proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, must be met), so Casey Anthony was found Not Guilty.
As with most highly publicized court cases, followers of this story had already cast their judgements (overwhelmingly guilty). Needless to say, social networks were on fire with the reactions to Anthony’s acquittal of all but one criminal charge. Here are a few of their Twitter comments:
Tichina Arnold: Watching the Kasey Anthony verdict. “Not Guilty”. OK…so who IS? There is still a dead little girl.
Terry McMillan: Bye bye. I would like to slap Casey hard enough to knock off her ponytail.
Star Jones (she also has a law degree, remember?): While #CaseyAnthony lives ‘Bella Vita’…her “beautiful life”…a dead baby lies in the ground with no one to be held responsible….I believe in the jury system & accept verdict…but I can’t take smiles from #CaseyAnthony right now. She may be NG…but her baby is dead!
Vivica A. Fox: F*ck them all! 2 b proud that u got a killer off! Burn in hell! Not tweeting anymore 2day! Disgusted by our legal system 2day!! A baby killer got off 2day!! I’m just done!! Now her legal team holds a press conference! Like they won a championship!!
Tasha Smith: Casey got off, Not Guilty!! Wow, is any one else shocked about this????
Bow Wow: Watching casey anthony walk out the courthouse…
JaMaal Buster: I would like to know what she is celebrating…let’s not forget your child is dead, and you don’t know who killed her…so you say…SMH!!
Marlon Wayans: Ok white people, we got OJ yall got casey anthony… We even? Wait not til she’s convicted 4 robbery 4 tryin to retrieve caylee baby clothes
Daniel “Boobie” Gibson: I have no issue with the not Guilty verdict. Evidence couldn’t prove it.. but a 3 yr old child is dead & something did happen…Now it’s time if they feel she didn’t do it. They find out what actually happened. #JustMyThoughts What y’all think?
Melyssa Ford, retweed by Ghostface Killah: I pray, when this heartless woman attempts to profit from her child’s murder, NO ONE supports the book/movie/Lifetime Story…
Royce Reed: She’s a pathological liar yes & found guilty of that BUT there were holes I guess… Her parents were emotionless. I’m done.
Gabrielle Union: SO much 2 say, but nada appropriate
Darren Sharper: It’s amazing to me that her actions after the baby was found dead aren’t weighed in on decision.How can plaxico get almost 2yrs. Now this!
La La Anthony: Speechless. Stunned
Malika Haqq: If Casey didn’t kill her baby girl she is guilty of not protecting her PERIOD #Godhelpher
Alesha Renee: I believe n karma Caylee will make sure justice is served 4 her murder. just thought. Like Nicole and Ron did for theirs. 1 way or another
Mia X: Well the baby is @ Peace I hope her death wasn’t painful n full of suffering Jose Baez is the new Go2 guy
Caylee’s skeletal remains were discovered December 11, 2008, six months after she was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony.
According to Casey Anthony’s father, George Anthony, Casey left the family’s home on June 16, 2008, taking Caylee (who was almost 3) with her and did not return for 31 days. Cindy asked repeatedly during the month to see Caylee, but Casey claimed that she was too busy with a work assignment in Tampa. At other times, she said Caylee was with a nanny, later identified by Casey as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, or at theme parks or the beach. It was eventually determined that although Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez does in fact exist, she had never met Casey nor Caylee Anthony, any member of the Anthony family, or any of Casey’s friends.
What are YOUR thoughts?