Casey Anthony Found NOT GUILY of Murdering Daughter


I found this article at :http://www.msnbc.msn.com/

I can’t believe my eyes.

ORLANDO, Fla.
 — After a trial that riveted the nation with its twists and turns, Casey Anthony was found not guilty on Tuesday of Casey Anythony Found NOT GUILY of murdering her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Anthony, 25, cried and then hugged her chief lawyer, Jose Baez, once all counts were read.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, meanwhile, shook his head in disbelief.

Anthony was also found not guilty of child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.

Anthony’s parents left the courtroom without speaking to her as the judge thanked the jury.

The only counts Anthony was guilty of were for providing false information to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter. The child’s body was found in the woods six months later and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.

Judge Belvin Perry said he would sentence Anthony on those four counts Thursday morning.

Each count carries a maximum of one year in prison. If convicted of all four counts, Anthony could receive a sentence of four years if the sentence for each count is run consecutively. She could also get credit for time served.

 Video: Watch verdict being read in court (on this page)

The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over the last two days — and after hearing 33 days of testimony.

Afterwards, Baez and his team criticized some reporters and TV commentators who they said had portrayed Anthony as a killer. “You cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court,” he said.

The 12 jurors on Monday spent about six hours dissecting the case following a rebuttal summation by the prosecution. Perry separated the main jury of seven women and five men from five alternates and sent them into the deliberation room just after noon.

Prosecutors argued Monday morning that Anthony killed her daughter in June 2008 because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life.

The jury received the more than 400 pieces of evidence in the jury room that have been by both sides in the case since the trial began in late May.

In their rebuttal closing argument, the prosecution said the defense’s assertion that Caylee’s death was an accident made no sense.

Anthony’s attorneys say the girl drowned in the family’s pool. They have said Anthony panicked and that her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over the child’s mouth and dumping the body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.

‘That’s absurd’
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the jurors no one makes an innocent accident look like murder.

Image: Defense attorney Jose Baez with Casey Anthony

Red Huber  /  AP

Defense attorney Jose Baez consults with his client Casey Anthony on the last day of her murder trial on Monday.

“That’s absurd. Nothing has been presented to you to make that any less absurd,” Ashton said.

He also spent significant time reminding jurors about forensic evidence that he said links Anthony to her daughter’s death, including the smell and chemical signature of decomposition in her car.

The jury was chosen from the Tampa Bay area because of pretrial media coverage and have been sequestered in an Orlando hotel. They listened to 33 days of testimony and another two days of closing arguments.

Lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick followed Ashton, telling the jurors that prosecutors presented every piece of evidence they promised in May during opening statements.

Without saying it, she was pointing out that defense attorneys never presented direct evidence backing up their contentions that the child drowned.

 Video: Legal expert: Prosecution’s rebuttal a ‘flop’ in Anthony case

She then hammered on the lies Anthony, then 22, told from June 16, 2008, when her daughter was last seen, and a month later when sheriff’s investigators were notified.

Those include the single mother telling her parents she couldn’t produce Caylee because the girl was with a nanny named Zanny — a woman who doesn’t exist; that she and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville, Fla., with a rich boyfriend who doesn’t exist; and that Zanny had been hospitalized after an out-of-town traffic crash and that they were spending time with her.

 Video: Sanders: Anthony jury full of ‘poker faces’

“Responses to grief are as varied as the day is long, but responses to guilt are oh, so predictable,” Drane Burdick said.

“What do guilty people do? They lie. They avoid. They run. They mislead, not just to their family, but the police. They divert attention away from themselves and they act like nothing is wrong. That’s why you heard

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