Casey Anthony Verdict a Miscarriage of Justice?

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Tuesday's not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony ended one of the most sensational murder trials since the O.J. Simpson case in the 1990s.

Reaction to the Anthony verdict was more personal in the family's neighborhood, where people gathered to pay respect to the little girl who's life ended too soon.

Justice for young Caylee Anthony is one thing on which people can agree.

"I feel for them, but I feel for Caylee more," Priscilla Lizardi said.

Florida defense attorney David Seltzer predicted the not guilty verdict long before Tuesday's declaration.  Click play to watch his explanation following John Waage's report.

Many spectators who had gathered outside the Orlando, Fla., courtroom had followed the case for nearly a thousand days. Most of the crowd were shocked and angered by the outcome.

"Guilty! Guilty! Justice for Caylee!," they chanted.

There was a sense of shock from the media's legal analysts as well.

"She knew her daughter was dead. She knew her daughter was discarded," one CNN analyst said.

However, one alternate juror, who talked to the media by telephone, said the verdict was based on the evidence presented in court.

"From what we understand with the testimony, it was such a horrific accident they didn't know how to deal with it," juror Russell Huekler explained.

"The family appeared to be very dysfunctional, and instead of admitting, 'Look, there was an accident,' they chose to hide it for whatever reason," he said.

"The prosecution did not present the evidence that showed that, you know, that Caylee had been murdered. They did not show a motive," Heukler added.

Prosecutors were stunned by the decision but still credited the jury.

"The task they were asked to complete was difficult, and this community owes them a debt of gratitude," state attorney Lawson Lamar said.

But many in the public were convinced the jurors had failed to deliver a just verdict.

"I don't know what those jurors were thinking," one person in the crowd in front of the courthouse said.

"This is a breakdown of our judicial system," another said.

Huekler said it was a different story inside the courtroom.

"I'm sorry people feel that way. It's actually shocking that they're coming out so against the jury," he said.

After the verdict, Anthony's defense team told reporters there were no winners in this case. They blasted the media for fueling public anger.

"We have the greatest Constitution in the world If the media and the public don't respect it, it will soon be meaningless," said Jose Baez, one of Anthony's attorneys.

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John Waage

John Waage

CBN News Sr. Editor

John Waage has covered politics and analyzed elections for CBN News since 1980, including primaries, conventions, and general elections. 

He also analyzes the convulsive politics of the Middle East.