Casey Anthony's attorney: Caylee got justice
Jose Baez, lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony, answers questions after the jury found his client not guilty.
July 6th, 2011
08:32 PM ET

Casey Anthony's attorney: Caylee got justice

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's lawyer said Wednesday that her acquittal signified justice for little Caylee Anthony, who prosecutors unsuccessfully argued died at the hands of her mother.

"Caylee would never have wanted her mother to suffer this way," defense attorney Jose Baez told Barbara Walters of ABC News. "Caylee certainly never wanted her mother to die."

Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton separately spoke publicly and with the media Wednesday about their reactions to the verdict.

Confident the state had presented everything it could to prove Casey Anthony killed her daughter, Ashton recalled his shock when Florida jurors decided otherwise.

"When I heard the 'not guilty' on the child abuse, I knew that was it," said the assistant state prosecutor. "I remember mouthing 'wow' four or five times to myself."

Ashton, speaking with InSession's Beth Karas, said he is convinced there was no evidence that Caylee, 2, died accidentally in 2008.

After less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges. But the jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers. She will be sentenced Thursday.

Juror Jennifer Ford told ABC News that she and the other jurors cried and were "sick to our stomachs" after voting to acquit Anthony.

"I did not say she was innocent," said Ford, who had previously only been identified as juror number 3. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be."

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  1. karen Rowe

    NO justic for Caylee in the verdictNo justic.Casey will get whats coming to her.Giving birth to a child does not make mother.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:57 am |
  2. Myra

    She didnt pay with jail but she will pay just by the people that dont believe she inocent, we think she is a baby killer

    July 7, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  3. Martina

    Caylee is dead. Murdered. How did she get justice? Is that why the blonde woman was jumping up and down like a teenager meeting her idol in the bar? Was she celebrating justice for Caylee by pumping her arm like she just won a set at Wimbeldon?

    July 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Connie

    Americans please honor Caylee by sending emails to ABC, NBC, CBS, FoxNews, CNN, MSN...Tell them if they give/spend one single penny paying Casey Anthony or any Anthony for an interview or anything we will no longer watch their channel. That if anyone pays her/them to write a book or make a movie. They will not have one person buy a book or a ticket or a video. We Americans can at least give this justice to Caylee.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm |