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Tuesday
Jul122011

Casey Anthony Trial: Jury Had Suspicions of George Anthony

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Casey Anthony jury was so suspicious of the accused's father, George Anthony, that jurors believed he could be covering up a crime or even potentially could be a killer himself, the jury foreman said in a televised interview.

"There was a suspicion of him," the juror said.  "That was a part of our conversation that we had."

The jury foreman, juror number 11, voiced his feelings about George Anthony during an interview on Fox News' On the Record with Greta van Susteren, in which he was photographed from behind and would not reveal his name.  Part one of the interview aired Monday, with the suggestion that more would air in coming days.

As with other jurors who have been interviewed, the foreman said the panel was unconvinced by the evidence that Casey Anthony, 25, murdered her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee -- and was not even certain that a murder was committed.

"We don't know the cause of death," the juror said.  "Everything was speculation."

Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of lying to police four times.  She is scheduled to be released from jail Sunday, July 17.

The foreman told van Susteren that jurors found key prosecution evidence involving duct tape and chloroform to be ambiguous, that they thought it plausible that Caylee could have drowned accidentally, as the defense suggested, and didn't think it was proven that Caylee's decomposing body was in the trunk of the Anthony family car or, if it was, who put it there.

Though jurors were suspicious of George Anthony, they did not put much stock in defense claims that he may have been a molester, the juror said.

"There was no evidence to back that, so I really couldn't take that into consideration," the juror said.  "That was not a discussion of ours when we got into the deliberations, as far as the sexual abuse."

"What was," he added, "was George Anthony's actions and his demeanor and the way that he presented some things up there on the stand."

"I really thought that George had very selective memory in the whole regard," he said.  "I thought that George, at times, could remember some things as vividly as if things happened the day before."

At other times, he said, George Anthony's memory seemed to grow fuzzy.

"It raised questions," he said.  "It really did."

Asked if jurors thought it was possible George Anthony helped cover up a death, was involved in an accidental death or was "a murderer," the juror said, "All three.  We don't know. ...The suspicions were raised" in the jury room.

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Tuesday
Jul052011

Casey Anthony Verdict: Family Gets Death Threats in Wake of Acquittal

Hand Out/ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Members of Casey Anthony's family received death threats Tuesday after the Florida woman was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee.

Mark Lippman, the attorney for George and Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's parents, told ABC News that the family has received death threats. Authorities are reportedly investigating the threats. No additional details were immediately available.

The verdict provoked shock and outrage, and the backlash was swift.

Spectators outside the courtroom comforted each other and cried, and one man remarking that Casey Anthony should leave town because she's not welcome in Orlando.

Law enforcement officials roped off a door where Cindy and George Anthony were expected to make their exit from the court, and bystanders chanted "Appeal! Appeal!" and "justice for Caylee."

One woman said, "[The verdict] is going to make millions of people think they can get away with killing their child. ...That isn't a good depiction of what our justice system is like or should be."

Jurors in the explosive murder trial headed into deliberations with plenty of forensic evidence and expert testimony to pore over. They also had seen a lot of family drama play out on the witness stand, including allegations by the defense team that Casey Anthony's father, George, and brother, Lee, had sexually molested her.

It also appeared that Cindy Anthony perjured herself in testimony about computer searches for the term "chloroform," and it was revealed that Casey Anthony told elaborate lies -- not just about the circumstances surrounding her daughter's disappearance, but about other aspects of her life as well.

A statement released Tuesday by Lippman on behalf of George, Cindy and Lee Anthony seems to demonstrate the family's conflict:

"While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life," the statement reads.  "They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives. Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony, the family believes that the Jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented, the testimony presented, the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them by the Honorable Judge Perry to guide them. The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately."

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Thursday
Jun302011

Analysis: Did Casey Anthony's Lawyers Save Her from Death Penalty?

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony's defense team rested its case Thursday after trying with mixed success to implicate her father and meter reader Roy Kronk in disposing of the body of Caylee Anthony, two men who are at the center of their strategy to save Casey Anthony from a death sentence.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee, and conviction could result in her execution.

The most debated tactic of her defense team was to keep her off the stand.

"The jury will be given very specific instructions, you cannot hold it against her that she's not testifying," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "But I am certain these jurors are going to be thinking, 'Why didn't she testify?'"

In his opening statement, defense lawyer Jose Baez laid out a strategy that began with the bombshell claims that Caylee drowned in the family pool, that her body was found by her grandfather George Anthony, who then helped dispose of the body.

Casey Anthony lied for months about her daughter's death because she was "trained to lie" through years of sexual abuse by her father and brother, Baez stated.

Baez may have succeeded in raising doubts about George Anthony's integrity by having Krystal Holloway testify on the last day of the defense. Holloway claimed to have had a year-long affair with George Anthony and told the court that while people were still searching for Caylee, George Anthony confided to her that "it was an accident that snowballed out of control," indicating that he knew Caylee was already dead.

George Anthony laughed at the suggestion that he had an affair with Holloway or that he hid Caylee's body. While her testimony may have raised doubts about the general truthfulness of George Anthony, it did not address the specific claim that he buried Caylee's body.

The defense also did not succeed in establishing its claim that George Anthony molested his daughter. The issue was barely raised in the trial and when it was, George Anthony sharply denied it.

"There is not an iota of evidence that he took the body or that he abused his daughter," Abrams said.

However, there is no DNA evidence linking Casey Anthony to Caylee's remains, and the cause of death is "homicide by undetermined means." The defense claims that without knowing the exact way in which Caylee died, there's no proof that Caylee was murdered. They claim her death resulted from an accidental drowning.

"The strongest argument is that there's almost no proof that this was a murder as opposed to an accident," Abrams said.

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