I am still processing yesterday's verdict finding Casey Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and child neglect. After about day five of the trial I didn't think the prosecutors would ever be able to prove first degree murder. I did think they could make a manslaughter charge stick, but also thought it would not mean that much because Casey would be eligible for parole soon.
I also thought from about day 5 that there was a good chance for a hung jury. I figured there would be a few holdouts who thought Casey was not guilty, and then the judge would declare a mistrial and the prosecutors would try again, fix their errors and probably get a conviction.
I watched Nancy Grace last night hoping for a meltdown, but was not in front of a television yesterday afternoon when the verdict was read and apparently her reaction at that point in time was priceless. Last night was just her being dramatic and I think CNN must have told her to reign it in some because she was subdued.
The bottom line is the prosecution had the burden and every juror plus the alternate did not think they had. The alternate said no one believed that a body had been in the trunk because the whole strong smell thing was never noticed by the dozen police that responded to the missing person report and all walked by the car. When they don't believe one piece, they start to not believe other pieces. Do I believe Casey is guilty? Yep. But, if you came up to me and said George helped or covered it up, or knew more than he let on, I could totally see that too.
The problem is the parents were all over the map in everything they said at the time, the aftermath, and during the last three years. I think they lied for their daughter on the stand and Cindy probably wishes she had never called the police at all. Can you imagine how often this happens where no one calls the police?
So does her first interview get more or less than $500K?