It is sickening that someone who most likely killed her own daughter, and then lied over and over so that she could be free to party without the hassle of caring for a toddler, will be given a huge payday, and make millions of dollars off the death of her daughter.
I agree that the evidence to convict her really wasn’t there, but we all know what really happened…. OJ all over again! Sickening!!
Casey Anthony has become the most vilified woman in America, condemned as a compulsive liar and heartless mother who murdered her own daughter so she could spend her life shopping and partying.
But with today’s sensational not-guilty verdict, the 25-year-old could be free as early as Thursday morning to begin the slow process of rebuilding her life – and cash in on her new-found celebrity status.
There is already speculation the compelling case could be turned into a movie, and she is likely to be inundated with lucrative television and book deals worth millions of dollars.
Despite the acquittal of capital murder charges, the Casey family lawyer said it was too early to say if they would welcome Casey back.
Speaking after the verdict he said: ‘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.’
Although Casey smiled and broke into tears of delight as she learned she had escaped the death penalty, she is also likely to face the fear of attack from an angry public who were stunned by the jury’s decision.
She will also have to confront her family, which was torn apart after her defence team dramatically accused both her father and brother of sexually abusing her.
Only one thing will be certain when she walks out of the Florida courtroom: Anthony will never again live an anonymous life.
Anthony’s trial, for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008, has captivated the nation.
Countless chat shows will give her the opportunity of telling her story for the first time – an offer she seems likely to take up, after her defence team had to dissuade her from giving testimony at the trial.
And because she has been found not guilty, there is nothing to stop Anthony selling her story to the highest bidder.
After her release, it is not clear where she will live, or how she will be reintegrated into society.
She will face constant security fears, and it seems unlikely police will continue to provide protection after her release from jail.
Anthony found herself abandoned by many of her friends during her trial, who gave evidence saying she was proud of being a ‘good liar’, and even entered a ‘hot body’ competition at a night club just days
It seems impossible that Anthony could return to her parents’ Florida home, after the trial ripped the family apart with allegations of rape and incest.
In a statement after the verdict, Cindy and George Anthony described their daughter’s defence as ‘baseless’, but said they had achieved ‘closure for this chapter of their life.
Anthony appears to have become close to her legal team, and she may stay with defence attorneys Jose Baez or Dorothy Sims, who wept after the not-guilty verdict was read out.
Her freedom means she could also resume the party-loving life for which the prosecution claimed she murdered her daughter.
Despite the not-guilty verdict, Anthony will face an upward struggle to clear her name.
Her trial attracted intense media attention, and there were even fights in the courtroom as angry members of the public attempted to catch a glimpse of the woman portrayed as a cold-hearted murderess.
She was condemned by her own defence team in court as a liar, and the jury convicted her on four counts of deceiving police as she wove a web of lies following her daughter’s disappearance.
Although each of those misdemeanour counts carries up to a year in prison, she is likely to walk free at sentencing on Thursday after having already spent three years in jail.
Anthony will struggle to rebuild her relationship with her parents. Cindy and George Anthony stood by their daughter throughout the investigation and trial, risking foreclosure on their home by paying her legal bills.
Mrs Anthony even tried to protect her daughter by apparently lying to the court, claiming she, rather than Casey, carried out searches for chloroform on the home computer.
But Anthony’s own lawyers dropped a bombshell which rocked the entire trial when they accused her father of sexually abusing her since the age of eight.
They alleged Caylee drowned in a swimming pool, and at her father’s insistence Anthony tried to cover up the death.
During testimony, the defence also questioned whether tests had been conducted to determine if Casey Anthony’s brother Lee was the father of her daughter Caylee.
The judge ordered her legal team not to mention the incest allegations in their closing arguments, but the shocking claims will make it impossible for the Anthonys to return to anything resembling a normal family life.
Mr and Mrs Anthony were expressionless as the verdict was read out, and left the court as their daughter was still being embraced by her jubilant legal team.
If she is released as expected on Thursday, it is likely she will be looked after by her lawyers in the short-term.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that she had just $94.49 in her bank account last Wednesday, and she has largely been supported by her parents.
But even before today’s verdict, Anthony had received donations from wellwishers across the nation, allowing her to buy personal items while she was on trial, including shampoo, black mascara, nachos and BBQ chips.
She seems to have spent much of her time writing, ordering two boxes of 20 pens to be delivered to her prison cell during her trial.
Those wellwishers may come to her aid now, as she prepares herself for life outside prison for the first time in three years.
Pictures of Casey Anthony out partying in the days after her daughter was murdered.
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