Not Guilty Verdict In Casey Anthony Trial Stirs Emotions In The Tri-State Area

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A shocking not guilty verdict was delivered Tuesday in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

A jury in Florida found the young girl’s mother not guilty of first-degree murder and not guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a child. However, she was convicted of providing false information to law enforcement.

The verdict has caused an uproar across the country and in the Tri-State area. CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey and 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck spoke with residents in New York City and New Jersey about their opinions regarding the case’s outcome.

“That’s it? Just lying to police?” a bewildered Lori Shapiro, of Brooklyn, asked Hennessey.

LINK: More On The Trial From CBS Miami

Social networking sites have also erupted with reaction, including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, who Tweeted: WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!!,” and Ricki Lake who also posted on Twitter: I’m disgusted! #notguilty? Oh come on.

For Shapiro, the verdict also brought back memories of another high-profile case.

“There was so much, all the stack of evidence that was against her — just like OJ got free. This is another OJ that somebody who I feel was guilty went free,” she said.

CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez also spoke with people in Times Square who were closely following the trial.

“I thought she was guilty. I was a 100 percent sure she was guilty,” Ray Clavel said.

“I think her and the father and the mother were all in on it,” LaVera Oberly said.

Other New Yorkers had quite a different opinion on how the trial turned out.

“I think there was more to it than the prosecution showed us,” Marvin Shapiro said, “I thought it might have been just an accident that led to other things, but I don’t think she was guilty of premeditated murder.”

“All the facts weren’t presented in terms of whether she drowned or if it was an accident,” said Joanne Bactowal, of East New York.

“It didn’t sound like to me, from the limited information I had, that they had real forensic evidence that was conclusive enough to really make you think that she had done it,” said Jan Wheeler, of Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Schuck spoke with a crowd at Matthews Diner in Waldwick, N.J. who watched the verdicts as they came down.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck With Reaction From New Jersey

“I’m extremely mad. I know if it was my daughter, I would have an extremely difficult time even thinking about anything happening to her — let alone having something happen to her like this,” Lisa Barthold told Schuck.

Barthold also went on to say that Anthony should have at least been found guilty of neglecting her child.

“It just doesn’t seem logical that a 2-year-old disappears for 30 days and you don’t say anything,” she said.

SOUND-OFF: What’s Your Reaction To The Verdict?  Share Your Opinions In The Comments Section Below…

  • iggy

    i guess the DA didn’t prove casey killed her daughter. the daughter is dead but anyone could have killed her. you can’t send someone to the death chamber without 100% certainty. i think she killed her daughter nad got away with it.

    • doc in NJ

      in the end, the defense closing argument was more plausible than the prosecution. The Anthony’s are weird people with unorthodox behaviors. I believe an accident happened and THEIR primal instincts took over – lie, cover up, distract. PLUS, the judge sequestered the jury, separating them from their families thru 40+ days of holidays, business dealings, even probably illness, birthdays, weddings. Subject humans to enough isolation and they will do extreme things to get to freedom. I wasn’t in jury room, but I’ll wager they quickly weighed the length of time needed to convince the holdouts of murder versus not guilty.

    • TJ

      I agree Iggy. The issue here is that the prosecution did not have a stong enough case. Yes we all sit back and read the paper, watch tv and have a “feeling” of her guilt. But feelings do not work in court especially on a murder charge. It breaks my heart that this little girl isn’t still here today. She could bring so much joy to the lives around her. But……………..unless you can prove 100% without a doubt that she died at the hands of her mother, the verdict is fair. I think they now need to look into the parents and brother because there is still evidence pointing toward the entire family. One of those family members is responsible murder or not.

  • Rockell

    I understand that there was no forensic evidence but c’mon. She wasn’t even distraught over the fact that her daughter was missing…went out partying…having a grand time. She knows what happened to her baby and she’s keeping tight lipped about it. That poor sweet baby. To me, how she behaved and covered things up and made up Zanny the Nanny tells me she did something to her child. Maybe it wasn’t premeditated, but she definitly hurt her child. Even the conversations she had with family and friends while she was in jail…you could tell that she knew something…when her friend asked her if her boyfriend had Caylee …. she immediatly said No, he has nothing to do with it….well how was she so confident about that hmmmm? Because she knows what happened to that baby. And, if it was an accidental drowning, why in the world cover it up…why not call the police and give your daughter the proper burial…how could you throw her body in a swampy area like garbage…heartless devil. Karma will get her. Look at OJ now sitting in prison..she will get her day too.

  • charles

    Now she can write a book, ” If I Did It…”

  • Tom Garett

    What people need to realize is there is a difference between innocent and not guilty. People are comparing this to the O.J. Simpson case. They are correct in that you look and believe they did it, but in both cases the prosecution did not prove it…..@Daniel, I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, PennyTop.c0m

  • lmm

    this has nothing to do with RACE!!! why must things always be racial??? not everything is about black and white!!!

  • alice jacob

    I think Casey’s dad appears to share some guilt for the child’s death. If he really
    did abuse Casey earlier, then there might be a big cover-up here. His behavior
    was unusual.



    • lmml

      lets not make this about race!!! its about evidence not race!!!! not everything is about black and white!!! i sat and watched this trial since day one. i totally ignored what nancy grace said and based it soley on my opinion. i never believed she murdered her daughter. an accident ABSOLUTELY. did she handle it wrong?? YES she did. that makes her STUPID!!! if stupidity is a crime, we would all have been in jail at one time or another.

    • TomNJ

      Then how do you explain Scott Peterson?

    • GENE

      OJ got away with murder because he was black.
      Geronimo got away with murder because he was Indian.

  • Jill

    Absolutely disgustingly out of this world. I haven’t thoroughly watched the trial but what I do know of it is this girl is just as guilty as OJ Simpson. How in the world would her daughter end in dead in afield with duct-tape around her litle mouth if she was not “murdered” ?
    Talk about letting the justice system fail you !
    May her young soul rest in peace.

    • TJ

      The duct tape had no DNA on it from Casey or Cayley. Just one of the facts they revealed. There was no way that tape was over her face.

      • HelloNY

        The duct tape didn’t have dna because it was in the water for a few months. Even the sticky substance was washed away.

  • Amanda G

    #1. Where was her brother when her verdict was handed down! #2. I believe she did it but got off because A. Her dad told someone it was an accident that snowballed B. Her mother lied about what she looked up online where she was when she did it and C. She waited 31 days when CINDY reported Caylee missing D. Casey went and did crazy stuff while that little girl was missing and probably dead! I feel the defense just gave reasonable doubt and that’s the ONLY reason she got off! I did say it would end up like this before closing arguments happened!

  • lmm

    the poster who commented on nancy grace is sooo true. i certainly do not blame all the media but i do blame nancy and her sidekick jane velez mitchell for putting out all the trash that went along with this case. as the trial went on, the lies that those two told were pathetic.. this girl(casey) was convicted by them from the get go. this channel is the National enquirer LIVE!!!! these two may have included some truth in their shows but it was very minimal. now, the sad part here is the death of a baby is sooo sad. however, the people calling the jury stupid is pathetic. they did their job and they should be respected!! it is very possible that this girl(casey) might actually be innocent. she is however going to remain guilty in the eyes of the public. those people threatening her family are hoorible. leave them alone. think about how you would feel!!1 have respect.

  • chaarles

    Not taking the stand, saved casey anthony’s my opinion, no justice was served…

  • Steven

    The jury must of all been democrats.

  • Disgusted

    This jury is the reason America is in such trouble. No common sense. You cannot get from A to C without doing B. The Bit__ is guilty.

    • HelloNY

      so true. i was thinking the jury must be a bunch of idiots… I think instead of using common sense, they were waiting for the magic DNA everyone thinks is so necessary for a conviction. I wonder how people were convicted of crimes before dna, hmm…..

  • TomNJ

    Better 10 guilty people go free than one innocent person go to jail. That is what our justice system is based on. As much as I disagree with the verdict from what I know of the case, if I was ever accused and had to stand trial, I would want the state to have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt also. The system is not perfect, but is is the best we can do.

    • HelloNY

      Tom, I agree. However, the key word is “reasonable” If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and acts like a duck, I don’t need DNA evidence or anything else to tell me its a duck! There might not have been physical evidence, but all roads led back to casey

  • Blue

    Nancy Grace in Disgrace….

    She tried and convicted this woman repeatedly over 3 years… I wonder how many based their opinions on the Media Circus rather than the facts, or lack of them…

    What is disgusting is the role the media has played in this… I wonder how anyone can get a fair trial with the Media pronouncing guilt before the trial….



  • charlie watkins

    She was found not guilty by a jury of her peers, we must accept this verdict weather we agree with or not,.that is the law.

    • TJ

      Thank you Charlie Watkins. People are angry and want to see someone fry. If you want to be the cook, go to law school and become a prosecutioner. This case was not proven with 100% certainty therefore not guilty. Not innocent either, but NOT GUILTY


    you and the tot mom..gas chamber time


    Maybe she did not murder the child, but she and her parents killed her. Prosecutors could not prove “beyond reasonable doubt”. Ok, we can take that, but all of them (the three of them) are as guilty as sin. Why did they have to lie about the girl’s dissapearance? If it was an “accident” as they claim, why did they have to “dispose” of the body this way? Why didn’t they just call 911. I am sure the child must have been left unattended while mommy was parying and grandpa was banking another lady? The defense attorney did a great job. The use facts to establish “reasonable doubt”. BUT JURORS!!!!!! who paid them? This is all wrong, very wrong. In a few years she is going to have a boyfriend and procreate more children, who she will end up killing. You will see.

    • rodelu typing mistake

      Sorry I meant to say “while mommy was partying”…. typo…sorry again
      probably I did more…

  • Rudi

    So many base their guilty verdict on news reports. If the news knew so much why weren’t they called in to testify and submit the evidence to convict? Our system of justice happens as outlined by those who fill the necessary positions to contribute to the procedure for justice inside the courtroom. Anyone else whose presence would compromise such because of an exploitive agenda is denied access. The news will now show interviews with persons who state their shock and revulsion at the jury and their verdict. The list of jurors was not made public. It was left for the jurors to decide to contact the media. I suspect the media will broadcast enough interviews of shock and revulsion that they hope will bring out jurors to defend themselves giving the media what they pretty much want, juror access.

  • Spitfire


    • charles

      ahh, the invisible super being again…

  • Sherri

    I fully believe that it is George Anthony who is responsible……

  • Flabergasted

    From what I have seen and heard, I cannot believe the verdict. Someone killed that child. If not her, then who? and why? Why did she lie to the police? This apparently is now between her and God who will judge her.

    • Flabergasted

      And her father

  • EMC+2

    No proof ,no guilty verdict,good for the jury bad for Nancy Grace.
    Casey has a split personality and can jump from one Casey to the next Casey.
    She still has her imaginary playmates she talks to from childhood, cool!

  • Keith


  • mj

    future prediction …. next year case anthong on dancing with the stars . of course thats AFTER her book signing tour is over but BEFORE she rakes in a cool mil for posing in playboy. then she replaces snooki on jersey shore or her an oj hook up have 8 kids and get their own reality show brought to you by walmart . . americans would eat that up . thats the kind of country we have become

    • Ed Sans

      I don’t know about that….

    • g


    • Michelle

      So sad…so dam true.

  • mj

    i’m NOT talking about THIS case but WHY is it people NEVER feel justice has been served if there is an acqittal. now as far as this case . yes i believe she did it but as far as the prosecution goes i would have had to vote for aquittal they proved NOTHNG.

    • TJ

      I totally agree with you. If Casey was your wife, or daughter, or sister………..did anyone prove SHE murdered that little girl and should now face her own death? Could you live with yourself as a juror knowing that yes a little girl died, yes she may have been in the trunk of the car, yes Casey’s behavior was/is odd. Did anyone see her do it? Anyone PROVE she did it? Or just a lot of clues and finger pointing? Maybe her brother did it? He seems pretty upset about being “left out” of their lives. Maybe the father did. Maybe the neighbor did it? Maybe Casey did but noone proved it. What a waste of a case, and money that after three years the prosecution was too inexperienced and Jorge Baez was able to give the jury enough doubt. Shame on that prosecution.

  • Anders Updale

    The justice system is wrong. Casey Anthony might be found Not Guilty of murdering her 2 year old daughter and be set free soon; but if I were to see Casey in person down in Florida I would shoot her myself.

  • in mute nostral agony


    • car

      I watched the case closely and she should have been found GUILTY. What goes around comes around.

  • sk

    i was shocked that she got away with this! but we were not jury members there veryday and we only hear what the papers/internet tells us! so we don’t really knonw what made the jury comes ot the conclusion. also I wonder if she wouldn’t get the death penalty would ahve the jurors try to prove her guilty? some answers that we will never know! Alos note: even if casey wasn’t convicted and she goes free. she will never have anormal life anuwhere in the US. who ever is going to hire her for ajob or want to live near her?

  • Michael Knight

    Leave Casey alone. She needs a new life, she needs a new guy! Now, I’ll take over!

  • tomtom

    You all just like peasants 1 says one think and all of you yeeeee scream 1. how can you judge this woman with out even knowing complete story there is no 100% proof that she did or she did not do it. What mother can kill her child no 1 can proof she did it … me be she did but u cant judge base on stupid media which grows everything to giant proportions because media lots of ppl lose their privacy and look like dirt in front of others, so be careful you all maybe judge same way…..
    enjoy this is just my opinion on all of you who live by what others say.

  • abc

    If you followed the case, it is obvious she is guilty. My god even the tape she used was a very unusual rare tape and was found in her home. How much more can something point the finger at the murderer. This is total injustice just like the OJ trial.

  • Jim

    People need to accept what the Jury did and move on……the prosecutors failed at their job and the defense raise alot of reasonable doubt……if she was found guilty everyone would be saying “oh look at our system working and did justice”……….now everyone is saying “look how the system failed”……get over it people…..the system worked….both sides presented their case and the Jury has spoken………next case

    • mj

      WHAT are YOU doin here ? you actally make sense

    • billy

      the system sucks. with this system if its not caught on video tape you get away with it, sometimes thats not enough. what a joke.

  • anne

    I believe she got away with it, but her family will never rest, they will always hear that little girl’s voice asking “why?”

  • Glenn Erdmann

    We can all take solace in that the jurors will have to live with their consciences the rest of their lives. I would not want to be in their shoes, the court of public opinion, their friends and neighbors will do them in. What goes around comes around.

    • elchiablo

      Why do you say that? The jurors did their civic duty and made a decision based on facts that were clearly articulated by the defense and prosecution. You and the general public are crying about their decision based on what the media is reporting, while they made their decision based on actually hearing the entire case. Fortunately we live in America, where you are innocent until proven guilty by a jury of your peers, not “immediately guilty based on media frenzy”

  • tigereyes

    I honestly don’t know what to say! I was so totally shocked at the “Not Guilty” verdict. What kind of mother has a missing child for about a month and does nothing about it? She never really looked that upset about the disappearance of her beautiful daughter. And what about the odor of a rotting corpse in the car, the chloroform, etc? If I was on that jury I would have voted “Guilty” because I would have wanted her to do life or be executed. I believe she took the life of her daughter because the child cramped her lifestyle. Why didn’t she just ask her parents to raise Caylee? And what about the B.S. that she drowned in a pool? If you find your child or anyone for that matter at the bottom of a pool, what’s the first thing you do? Jump in and bring them to the surface, try to save them and call 911, not put them in a bag and bury them! Casey Anthony will have to answer to God someday. Caylee was a precious gift that was given to her and she abused that gift. There are so many loving people that want children and for some reason or other, they can’t have them. Casey Anthony should have been barren because she didn’t deserve a beautiful child like Caylee. My heart breaks every time I see a photo of that child. Only God knows what happened, and in time, Casey will pay for what she did; this will haunt her the rest of her miserable life.

  • Kevin

    Were these the same jurors as the OJ Simpson trial?

    2 wacky states…Florida and California.

    She will end up in jail or dead eventually.

  • Otto H.Petersen sen.

    Casey’s lies were obvious, but she walked anyway. She was a nobody and had no money. The poor black girl in the Strauss-Kahn affaire is also a nobody and has no money, and she obviously lied about something that has nothing to do with her case. But the DA now dropped the whole case because of her “terrible” lies. Something I do not get here that has nothing to do with justice.

  • Lynn Agreda

    this is just another example how lying to the cops is a worse crime than killing a child or anyone for that matter.
    Lets see how many more people or should nuts try to kill their children and try to get away with it. The system failed this little girl and made it look like she was nothing and it was okay for her mother to get away with it.

  • debbie

    How will the jurors feel if she has another child? Unbelievable!

  • Becze

    No proof of who killed the poor baby and the jury was correct to vote Not Guilty…Casey most likely was involved and she is a dirt bag but the D.A could not prove Casey did anything so the jury was 100% correct and found her Not Guilty…This is why we have our court system…Morons like Nancy Grace and other idiots want everything to go as they say…WRONG…They are idiots as was the D.A….Provbe your case4 and then say something…..

  • Wills

    Good times good times I hope she makes millions c

  • Artie

    I notice when Casey’s atty made his post-trial statement, he said Casey didn’t “murder” Caylee instead of saying she didn’t kill her. Perhaps because he knows she did kill her but was acquitted of murder, so his statement could be technically true.

    • Larry

      What people need to realize is there is a difference between innocent and not guilty. People are comparing this to the O.J. Simpson case. They are correct in that you look and believe they did it, but in both cases the prosecution did not prove it.

  • Nick S.

    She going to go party with O.J. about our court system.

  • cocomo73

    Great job jurors!!! So basically their verdict is sending the message that it’s ok to kill your own child and walk away free and clear. You don’t have to be a member of MENSA to know that Casey killed her daughter… She will have to answer to God someday though, but in the meantime she can whoop it up like the buffoons on The Jersey Shore….. Gotta love this country

    • Nick

      Thank You!

      • Nick

        LOL. How nice. Airheads who knows they are always 100% wrong so they constantly post under other people’s name (i.e. Nick). Must suck to know for a fact that you’re a useless waste of time. Have you considered abortion? Never too late to abort yourself you know.

  • Jimmy

    Cant wait until she does porn ! :-)

  • Kathie

    What a tragedy for that little girl. If the prosecutors proved theiir case, she would not have been found innocent. I can’t believe that this evil person could kill her own baby and then go out and party like the child never existed.
    The court system failed that baby.

  • Nick

    Good for her. Hopefully she does this to all her spawns so that the gene pool stays cleaner.

  • Up and coming Defense Attorney

    It doesnt matter whether she did it or not….what matters is if the prosecuting team can prove anything. Clearly they didn’t. Good win for the defense and the State of Florida.

    • paul

      That’s it in a “nut shell”. To many people talking out of their A-holes. If you were not at the trial EVERY DAY you are entitled to only an un-informed opinion. And you know how much weight that carries.

    • Ed

      This comment is an example of what is wrong with our legal system; i.e., a defense attorney says that it doesn’t matter if she did it or not. Sir, with respect, it does matter.

      • elchiablo

        Defense atty is right. It doesn’t matter. Prosecution needs to PROVE that one committed a crime by providing evidence. Our system isn’t perfect but it’s the best in the world. If Defense Atty’s point is what is “wrong” with our legal system? What is you suggestion to fix it?

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