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And in the statute of limitations thread I get belabored by people who seem to think cold cases are going to get solved for keeping them open. Here is a pretty obvious case of at least neglectful manslaughter, and the killer walks! That is how hard it is to solve a murder case, and that is why every little bit counts.

DNA evidence sure did not seem to do jack squat for this case, and it was no where near 15 years.

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This case in some ways sounds worse than the OJ Simpson travesty. The clear fact that she committed perjury along with the mystery of what really happened to her own daughter should amount to more than a mere four-year slap on the wrist. At least she should show more remorse and come clean about what really happened.

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One has to wonder about her future life. Full of all kinds of contradictions to say the least.

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I agree - she is safer in jail than on the outside.

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I am glad she is free. It proves to the world that the US system works. Innocent until proven guilty. I know a bunch of you will get on my case about this and that is ok, especially if you are American. If she was a Japanese national, she would have joined the other 99.9% conviction stats. If she was in China, she would have been shot in the back of the head before speaking her peace. If she was in Cuba, NK, Korea, AFRIKA nado...she would have been convicted before she had a trial. The American system has flaws, but it is the best in the world. If you live there and do not like it, you are free to leave.

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This is a female version of OJ Simpson trial. I guess a "if it does not fit, then aquit" rule applied. Too bad.

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legs: "I am glad she is free"

So, you think she's innocent? What makes you think she's innocent?

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It's a shame we can't demand the 12 people who are determining "reasonable doubt" also possess "reasonable intelligence." The evidence was there. The DA did a poor job presenting it but the evidence was there nonetheless. This case exhausts my faith in the US judicial system.

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Serrano,

She didn't say that Casey was innocent. Rather, that the outcome serves to show that "beyond a reasonable doubt" is still the standard of proof in more than just name.

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Triumvere - Do you think Anthony is innocent?

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No. But I did not watch the trial, so my opinion is of little value.

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I watched the trial. It was clear that Ms. Anthony murdered her child.

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I am glad she is free.

Legs - what drugs are you on?

I hope the spirit of poor Caylee haunts this evil woman for the rest of her hopefully excruciatingly miserable life.

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@ihavegreatlegs "If you live there and do not like it, you are free to leave." Same to you, if you don't like living in Japan, you are free to leave any time.

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ihavegreatlegs: "If she was a Japanese national, she would have joined the other 99.9% conviction stats."

Ummm... What country besides Japan has such a conviction rate. You have hilariously misdirected the wrongs of your own nation and embarrassment of your nations legal system onto a completely unrelated thread. Way to go!

As to the actual thread, I'm not as ecstatic as Ihavegreatlegs at all when a women perjures herself and gets off on technicalities. Ihavegreatlegs may be happy about a woman who commits infanticide being set free, but I am not. This woman, as said in the article, must indeed 'watch her butt', because I honestly think, wrong as it is, mob justice may find her.

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@Triumvere: Thank you!

@HideSuzuki: I like living in Japan and America. Got both passports covered. I do not understand your logic by the way. Maybe my comment was not clear enough for you. It was directed at Americans. You cannot judge a trial from the sofa of your living room.

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@smithinjapan: America does not run by mob justice. The legal system has lots of checks and balances, although some times things fall through the cracks, but that is usually with inner city minority cases.

This woman was not proven guilty. If a mob lynches her up, then America is going backwards towards the Jim Crow era and that would be very very sad.

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Call in the CSI...

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Thre's no justice...like mob justice. Actually, I don't agree with that, but I couldn't miss an opportunity for a Simpson's quote. This is a done deal. The jury has spoken. I wish the news media would talk about something else..anything else! I don't want to hear about her until I hear about her making first Adult movie or posing for her first Playboy spread which is almost inevitable as she seems to be that type of person. I'm not saying I want to see it, but I'm trying to make the point of that being one of the only things I'll consider newsworthy at this point.

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You cannot judge a trial from the sofa of your living room.

Isn't that exactly what you are doing?

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I am glad she is free. It proves to the world that the US system works. Innocent until proven guilty.

We're all pretty sure she did it.

She got off on a technicality.

How is that justice?

Like OJ.... Was that justice too?

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@Hippo:

First of all I sit on the floor. Keeps you limber and in shape. No bonbons while watching the tube.

I have not made a judgement at all. I do know that the law was followed and they did an excellent job.

If the Jury saw all the commentary and garbage that was being spit out by all the lawyer wanna B people and the lawyers that commented, then the jury would have been disgusted at all the judgements as guilty before proven guilty by people such as you.

If you do not like the American Judicial system and want to lynch because you are emotionally involved due to the banter on the air and the tv commercials in between, then move to a country that you think has a fair system.

NK, Cuba, Venezuela, China....the list goes on.

As I stated before, you cannot judge from your couch as your whole view of the crime was tainted and hearsay and depending on what channel and news you watch...wow. I feel sorry for you and people that think like you.

I believe in the American Judicial system.

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@legs: you couldn't be more correct. People cannot go to jail when they are innocent. Florida, and the south for that matter is as nutty as it gets, and I'm happy that justice prevailed in that environment. I feel bad for the jurors who now have to go into hiding to watch out for the kooks and daytime tv spinsters that want blood.

Rest assured, Anthony is an awful parent. Will she screw up again? Beyond a reasonable doubt.

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"This woman was not proven guilty." Legs, I love 99% of your stuff but, no, she wasn't proven "not guilty." The majority of the jurors have said they felt sick over having to vote not guilty. The DA was a dork who just couldn't do the job. If you watch the trial (not the shows and hoopla surrounding the trial) you will see that the defendant thought a child was an accessory that could be turned on and off at whim. When it turned out that wasn't the case she killed her kid. The same people who have reasonable doubt about this case probably wonder if the sun is going to rise in the east tomorrow. I doubt support mob justice and hope she doesn't face any but, please, let's not be sanctimonious about the value of the US justice system. This case stinks to high heaven...and that's pretty stinky when a atheist like me resorts to referring to a religious cliche'.

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I personally didn't follow the trial closely either so I have no useful oppinion on the particular case; but I can understand Legs oppinion that at least she got a trial here in the US.. I don't think that trials here are necissarily fair all the time however.. I mean, if you've ever served on a jury here, you know that if it's a complicated trial, people don't usually want to stay to hear the case and take the time to make the most educated decision.. they just decide to agree on something arbitrarily in order to get the case over with quickly so they can go home and get on with their lives -even if someone's future is dependant on them...and that's all very unfortunate.

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The jury made their decision and, no matter if the prosecution blew the case or if there wasn't enough evidence or whatever happened, it's over. Too bad some people believe that they have some right to hound the woman. Whatever happened this will haunt Ms. Anthony for the rest of her life.

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If you watch the trial (not the shows and hoopla surrounding the trial) you will see that the defendant thought a child was an accessory that could be turned on and off at whim. When it turned out that wasn't the case she killed her kid. The same people who have reasonable doubt about this case probably wonder if the sun is going to rise in the east tomorrow.

Wow, glad you weren't on the jury. That was the prosecutor's OPINION that was unsubstantiated by fact. There wasn't even a cause of death!

Do I think she was innocent? I have no idea, there are lots of realistic scenarios where she could be innocent or guilty. The prosecutors could not present anything other than conjecture to the jury, so the jury had to find her not guilty. The system worked.

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"Wow, glad you weren't on the jury. That was the prosecutor's OPINION that was unsubstantiated by fact. There wasn't even a cause of death! "

I'm sure her attorney feels the same way. In my opinion I thought there was plenty of evidence. Do I believe I have a right to seek retribution? Of course, not.

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The jurors are sad that they were not given the option to convict her of other serious charges (like negligent manslaughter) other than murder. The prosecutors tried to reach for the sky.......... and came up short. The jurors just didn't feel that there was enough burden of proof to possibly send someone to her death (the death penalty was in play, and all the jurors were selected based on being open to the death penalty) with the circumstantial evidence presented to them.

Now, unless some new significant evidence comes up, she cannot be charged again for the same crime due to double jeopardy. However, it'd be hard for her to continue her life the way it is, in places where people could recognize her. Who would hire her, date her, associate with her, etc.

At the very least, the TV channels should now go back to reporting the many other news happening around.

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