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Analysts: Anthony jury troubled by no cause of death, other factors
Casey Anthony reacts Tuesday after she was found not guilty of first-degree murder in her daughter's 2008 death.
July 5th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Analysts: Anthony jury troubled by no cause of death, other factors

(CNN) - The lack of a cause of death, a lengthy trial and the possibility that Caylee Anthony's 2008 death was accidental were probably factors in the Tuesday acquittal of her mother, Casey, according to attorneys and analysts.

Defense attorney Bruce Poston said he, like many others, was initially surprised by the verdict.

But on reflection, he said, he realized jurors were given a circumstantial case in which there was no proven cause of death. And, Poston said, there was no evidence of premeditation by Casey Anthony.

"She didn't have to kill the child," he said. "Her parents would have raised this child."

The jury found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of Caylee, 2. But it convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Jurors would not immediately comment on their decision.

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  1. Maureen

    She will end up in prison one day just like OJ. She can't help herself.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  2. patricia

    All I know is ... if you asked those jurors if they would let Casey Anthony baby sit for them??? They would have doubts ... reasonable I would imagine.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
  3. jane

    I think a few ethical defense lawyers could have tried to keep the dense rooted in truth. I hope Casey"s lawyers are haunted by their role in creating ample confusion and supposedly reasonable doubt regarding Kaylee's death. I hope they pay for their conduct over the years to come. I also hope Casey does not now show up on dancing with the stars or other equally vapid tv talk shows. I feel the jury was very relieved to hide behind the "beyond a reasonable doubt" excuse. It takes great wisdom and moral courage to stand up for justice. The defense and family hoodwinked us all.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Ron Anderegg

    Another O.J. system of justice? Another killer gets away with murder because some smart attorneys manipulated a jury who believed the proven liars. What happened to logic in all this? A mother says her child drowned in a pool and there is no "normal" family funeral? Now...who did kill the child?

    July 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  5. A Mom

    This is a fair verdict because it is clear that lying, self-deception, falsity, and cover-up are part of a deep dysfunction in the entire Anthony family. Someone in the family likely killed Caylee or was negligent in caring for her in a manner such that she died. They whole family is a group of deceptive people whose very connection to the case raises reasonable doubt about what really happened. Cindy Anthony asserted on the witness stand that she was looking up chlorophyll on the computer to see what was causing her pets to be fatigued. What? No one could ever sort out the truth with this bunch, and the lack of evidence as to the cause of death just makes it impossible to convict anyone of murder in the first degree. They are all guilty, so it is difficult to pin it all on Casey no matter what the truth may be.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm |