This is not just my opinion, it is the opinion of every objective piece by legal experts I have read.
What is disturbing is the lynch mob hysteria that has exploded on the Internet and across the nation, much of it fomented by the despicable tabloid TV journalism that televised the trial and turned it into an hysterical circus in the eyes of the American viewing public.
The prosecution simply failed utterly and completely to present any substantial, hard, clear, and irrefutable evidence that murder had been committed.
Here are some quotes via CNN from some of the jurors (not including the one useless member trying to sell their story).
The prosecution’s inability to prove who was Caylee’s caretaker at the time of her death, Casey Anthony or the girl’s grandparents, doomed the manslaughter charge, Juror No. 2 said.
“We truly don’t know what happened. Somebody knows, but we don’t know,” he said in the Times interview.
Ford told ABC that prosecutors left key questions unanswered.
“If you’re going to charge someone with murder, don’t you have to know how they killed someone or why they might have killed someone, or have something where, when, why, how? Those are important questions. They were not answered,” she said in the ABC interview.
An alternate juror, who was present for the trial and sequestered along with the serving jurors, said he would have voted for acquittal, too.
“They didn’t show us how Caylee died. They didn’t show us a motive. I’m sorry people feel that way. … These were 17 total jurors. They really listened to this case and kept an open mind,” ABC News quotes Russell Huekler as saying.
This was not justice failing. This was the system succeeding, and insuring that someone was not convicted unfairly, out of hysteria or prejudice or revenge.
This was way beyond any semblance of a reasonable doubt. The prosecution failed totally to present a case that was ever at best more than mere circumstantial evidence and rumor and innuendo.
The true villains here are Nancy Grace of CNN’s tabloid frenzy driven Headline News, and her cutthroat crew of tabloid monsters and viewers. This woman has no conscience or soul. She sold it years ago in a deal with the Devil for infamy and wealth. She represents the absolute epitome of how low much of the main stream media has fallen.
She, and the others like her, make the Roman days of panem and circenses (bread and circuses) to entertain and distract the plebs ( the common people) look like high class and high moral standards of entertainment.
And the media deserves every bit of the harsh criticism that some have rightly directed at it. It turned this trial into fodder for viewers and advertising dollars, and threw any semblance of caring about justice down the toilet.
Geraldo Rivera’s television life has been full of strange moments, from on-the-air sex-change surgeries to fistfights with Nazis. But even Rivera was dumbstruck for a moment when, during man-on-the-street interviews about the Casey Anthony verdict, a woman excitedly chirped to his cameras: “This is better than ‘Jersey Shore!'”
Anthony is scheduled for sentencing Thursday on four misdemeanor convictions for lying to police, which likely will only feed the growing storm of media criticism.
It came most intensely, and least surprisingly, from Anthony’s defense team.
“I hope this is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years,” defense attorney J. Cheney Mason lectured reporters shortly after the verdict came in Tuesday. A few hours later, he put an exclamation point on his statement by lifting an upraised middle finger to reporters outside the restaurant where he was eating.
But Mason’s critique was echoed, in only slightly less pungent terms, through the legal and journalistic communities. Many there complained that some television news shows built their ratings up by taking an openly prosecutorial stance against Anthony, leading to public expectations that a conviction was a slam-dunk certainty.
Those screaming for the blood of the acquitted defendant Casey Anthony are the real threats to our society.
Nancy Grace already has the blood of one person on her hands, in the Suicide of Melissa Duckett.
Apparently that is not enough, and she would like to add the blood of Casey Anthony to her crimes.
I have to applaud the jurors for being willing to actually act in accordance with the evidence. Or in this case, the lack of evidence. They returned the correct verdict, and their consciences should be clean.