The verdict is in: After ten hours of deliberation, the jury has declared Florida mother, Casey Anthony, not guilty in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.
Here are the results of the counts to which Casey Anthony was charged: Murder in the first-degree-not guilty; aggravated manslaughter of a child-not guilty; aggravated child abuse-not guilty; and four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer-guilty.
A controversial trial that has created a veritable media-frenzy, the prosecution claims that Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape. Her defense said that Caylee accidentally drowned.
Is Casey Anthony guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee or is she innocent? We’ve culled together a viewpoint from someone in support of Casey Anthony’s not guilty plea and a viewpoint in opposition. Read their opinions, take our poll and let us know how you feel in the comments section!
For Casey Anthony:
[pullquote quote=”But she’s (Casey Anthony) a liar and a slut…Convict her on that…she made some stupid decisions, but let’s make her pay with her life.” credit=”Jose Baez, sarcastic in his closing defense arguments”]“I’d like to call this next phase, the state’s fantasy of forensics…Phantom stickers, phantom stains…no DNA, no fingerprints, nothing. But she’s [Casey Anthony] a liar and a slut…Convict her on that…she made some stupid decisions, but let’s make her pay with her life.”
“You have seen this checkbook prosecution where they spared no expense, utilized the finest crime labs in the country…used not only established areas of forensic science but created new ones that were never testified before in front of a jury…This is about winning a high profile case and nothing else. This is not about the search for truth.”
“The key question in this case will never be answered…and that is, how did Caylee die?”
-Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, Jose Baez
[Source: ABC News]
Against Casey Anthony:
[pullquote quote=”She is guilty of murder in the first degree, and that murder was premeditated.” credit=”Jeff Ashton”]“She took her child, she took her life and she put her in the trunk and forgot about her. After a couple of days, she couldn’t forget anymore and she disposed of her body in a swamp…She is guilty of murder in the first degree, and that murder was premeditated.”
”The only way Casey’s lies work is if Caylee isn’t talking. Caylee is two and a half, almost 3. She’s starting to become verbal. She’s starting talk. Caylee is not going to cooperate…We can only hope that the chloroform was used before the tape was applied so that Caylee went peacefully without feeling.”
-Prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s closing arguments
What Do You Think? Did Casey Anthony kill her daughter?
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