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Casey Anthony Faces Sentencing On Thursday

ORLANDO (CBS4) – Casey Anthony, who was acquitted Tuesday of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee three years ago, will go before Chief Judge Belvin Perry on Thursday to find out how much time she will spend behind bars, if any, for lying to investigators.

Anthony was only convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators. Judge Perry could sentence her to time already served for those crimes. The four counts of lying to sheriff’s deputies each carry a maximum sentence of one year.  Anthony has been in jail since her October 2008 arrest on first-degree murder charges.

The jury of seven women and five men took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.  Judge Perry announced their verdict at 2:15 Tuesday afternoon.  As his clerk read the verdict, Anthony first looked down, heeding the Judge’s warning against emotional outbursts. She began to cry after the most serious charges produced not-guilty verdicts, including a not-guilty verdict on a count of aggravated child abuse.

When they had all been read, Anthony began to sob and hugged lead defense attorney Jose Baez as the prosecutor Jeff Ashton shook his head in disbelief.

Many people across South Florida were also shocked at the verdict.

“I’m devastated as to this verdict,” Debra Bunker said. “I cannot believe that the verdict has come true to pass. This is another OJ. There is nobody to protect the little voices to say anything. I don’t understand. I don’t.”

One patron at a restaurant told CBS4’s Gio Benitez that justice was not served.

“Someone should go to jail for that,” he said. “That child had to go through all of that. I’m just totally shocked. I can’t believe it.”

CBS4’s Gio Benitez got reaction from South Floridians about the shocking verdict.

After the verdict was read and a smiling Anthony was led away by bailiffs her attorneys faced reporters. They took no questions, but they blasted the media legal pundits for the way Anthony’s case was handled.

“I hope that this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in a media assassination for three years, biased, prejudice, and incompetent talking heads saying what would be and what ought to be,” said attorney Cheney Mason.

Lead defense attorney Jose Baez also echoed Mason’s sentiment in that cases like this should not be tried in the media by ‘talking heads’.

“This case has brought on new challenges for all of us.  Challenges in the criminal justice system, challenges in the media, and I think we should all take this as an opportunity to learn and to realize that you cannot convict someone until they’ve had their day in court,” he said.

During month long trial prosecutors argued  that Anthony killed Caylee because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life.

Anthony’s attorneys countered that the girl drowned in the family’s pool. They said Anthony panicked and that her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over the child’s mouth and dumping the body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.

“While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives,” said attorney Mark Lippman, speaking for Anthony’s estranged family, who were blamed during trial for sexually abusing Casey, sexual affairs, lies and covering up Caylee’s true demise.

The verdict means that officially Caylee Anthony’s killer is still at large. Prosecutors made no statement about what, if anything, will be done to pursue any other leads in that case. Orange County prosecutor Lawson Lamar did say police and prosecutors will go back to work on the thousands of other cases they have, including other cases involving dead children.

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  1. milton says:

    I believe that she (Casey Anthony) is guilty, unfortunely the State did not have enough evidence. The body of the little girl was too decomposed to know how see was killed. All possible evidence was distroyed and the State had limited evidence. The State should have gone for a lesser charge and then the jury might have come back with a different vertict.
    There have been other cases with less evidence where the jury has convicted.I think they were affaid of the Death Penalty. Well that’s I think anyway.

  2. Cathy says:

    Milton,

    I agree with you. I also think that the jury was not very sophisticated or logical in its thinking, and became confused. I think you are right that they may have given her a lesser sentence. She is definitely guilty and I hope her life becomes a living hell. Anyone that profits by giving her book, movie or any kind of deals is complicit in aiding a murderer and should be boycotted!

  3. phantom says:

    The jury should all burn in Hell to a crisp. Bunch of illiterate, ignorant, stupid people, who couldnt understand half of what was going on. They were scared of being sequestered and probably in a rush to go on with their lame little lives. I know of a case that the jury found a guilty man innocent just because they wanted to be home on the weekend. They actually admitted it. There is no justice in this life but she will get her True Justice from God

  4. Jackie says:

    I as a parent believe justice wasnt serve they let a MURDER go free now if she is free deep in her head I knw she is thinkin she got away w MURDERING her little daughter.. I think tha jury didnt reach the vertict that was suppose to be made toward her She deserve the DEATH PENALTY, people gets life for shooting a person and she killed n hided her daughter n get nothing.. Justice was not SERVE…..

  5. Chloe says:

    Why should the media and public be reprimanded by saying hope this is a lesson to you. Wha-at? The public and media are probably the only logical entities in this whole sordid affair. Why can’t people make up their own minds. Perhaps the people out there are thinking more clearly outside a stuffy courtroom. This reprimanding of the public at large is so very offensive.

  6. YOURMAMA says:

    SOME OF U WRITE DUMB RESPONDS LOL…REASONABLE DOUBT!!!!! ENOUGH SAID…WE ALL ARE SAD THAT THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS MURDERED AND THIS FOR SURE IS A HORRIBLE SITUATION….BUT THE EVIDENCE WAS NOT THERE THEREFORE SHE IS NOT GUILTY…I HOPE SOME OF OF YOU NEVER BECOME JURORS BECAUSE YOU GUYS WOULD BE THE REASON AN INNOCENT PERSON ENDS UP IN JAIL. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM DID NOT FAIL IT HONESTLY WORKED PERFECTLY. THERE WAS REASONABLE DOUBT THEREFORE YOU CANNOT CONVICT. IF SHE DID DO IT LET GOD HANDLE IT WHEN HER TIME COMES BUT TILL THEN THE LADY IS INNOCENT SO GET OVER IT.

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