After a trial that lasted weeks and became a media sensation, it took a jury only 10 hours to find Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The jury of 7 women and 5 men returned with not guilty verdicts for all the most serious charges of first-degree murder, child abuse and manslaughter of a child. The jury did find Anthony guilty of four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Those counts are all misdemeanors.
To say that the verdict is shocking is an understatement. Most would agree that her fate had been sealed by the incredibly short deliberations by the jury. Common knowledge dictates that a quick verdict in a case like this usually means guilty.
But the jury felt that the prosecution failed to prove their case on the most serious charges, and Casey Anthony will presumably go free. Her sentencing will take place Thursday morning, but she isn't expected to serve much more jail time if any for the 4 lesser convictions. Author and lawyer Jeffery Toobin said on CNN earlier that he would be shocked if Casey Anthony is forced to serve any jail time.
As you would expect, Twitter has erupted in a way I haven't personally seen since Michael Jackson died. Almost every trending topic is related to the Casey Anthony decision. I think the funniest trend is "Law Abiding Citizen," which from what I can tell is tending due to a quote from the film - "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove in court." Sure seems to apply here. Check out these trending topic boxes -
This tweet perfectly describes 99.9% of the Twitter reaction so far -
The verdict is in: Twitter is pretty sure Casey Anthony was really guilty.
The Judicial System of America reached an all time low today with the acquittal of a mother who obviously killed her child. Sickening.
A day after we celebrated the birth of this glorious nation, the American legal system failed by letting the insidious Casey Anthony walk.
Some Twitter users are tweeting about the burden of proof, however -
everyone mad at our judicial system, be mad at the prosecution...they had the burden and didn't meet it. They never answered how caylee died
Bottom line on Casey Anthony: she seemed guilty, the media had convicted her, but the jury could only use what the prosecution gave them.
Why are people surprised about Casey Anthony? Prosecution couldn't make their case. It's sad but by the law, this is how it has to happen.
Then, we have the funnies (and man are there a lot of jokes to be made) -
@KimKardashian: WHAT!!??!! CASEY ANTHONY NOT GUILTY!!!! I'm speechless!!!ME TOO!! ITS LIKE WHEN YOUR DAD HELPED GET O.J. OFF!! RT
Casey Anthony not guilty? Dexter Morgan. You know what to do.
Casey Anthony. You go girl! You have three years of partying to make up for!
Maybe Casey Anthony should get OJs help in finding Caylee's "real" killer. Fingers crossed!
Clearly, they weren't sequestering this jury at a Holiday Inn Express.
@CaseyAnthony: Señor Frogs tonight, bitches!!!!RT
Johnny Cochran just ghost high fived Biaz.
Anyone else hoping Casey Anthony is stupid enough to sue herself for millions in a civil court?
I can't believe I live in a world where Casey Anthony will make more money than me.
Of course, amidst all the joking, it's easy to lose sight of one part of this whole circus -
tired of it all being about casey. rest in peace, caylee anthony. you were a beautiful little girl, and deserved better than this.