What do you think of Casey Anthony’s reaction?

Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at ajcmomania@gmail.com.

Casey Anthony looked shocked, relieved and then on the verge of collapse when the verdict was read.

Andy and his son Ty.

Andy and his son Ty.

Anthony was found innocent of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee on Tuesday to end one of the most closely watched trials since O.J. Simpson’s in 1995.

There’s been a ton of reaction to the verdict since the trial was so polarizing. Anthony was found guilty only of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

But there’s also been a lot of blogging, tweeting and talking about Anthony’s reaction after she found out she was innocent of the most serious charges.

After the initial shock wore off, Anthony and her entire defense team were seen smiling and laughing in the courthouse. This is from the Orlando Sentinel:

As soon as the jury left the courtroom, Casey Anthony tightly hugged Baez, and then the rest of her defense team huddled around her, some of them crying. The defense team appeared giddy — all were smiling, including Casey Anthony, while she was being fingerprinted.

Caylee’s death was in 2008, so Casey Anthony, if truly innocent, has had time to mourn.

Was hers a perfectly natural reaction to winning the case?

Was it pure happiness from realizing that she wouldn’t have to face much more time in prison?

Or do you think she knows she was getting away with something?

- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog

233 comments Add your comment


July 6th, 2011
1:02 am

Her reaction was not consistent with normal human behavior. Even if her daughter died in a swimming pool. Why did she go out and party. It makes no sense! Her reaction makes no sense. She is simply disgusting.

Rick Patel

July 6th, 2011
1:03 am

Courageous Casey Anthony displayed commendable dignity & decorum after she was properly acquitted of the specious charges against her. Too bad we can’t say the same about media lynch-mobbers such as Nancy Grace & Bill O’Reilly.


July 6th, 2011
1:05 am

I guess it was appropriate to party after this since she spent 31 days partying after she went missing


July 6th, 2011
1:31 am

I think Casey Anthony has shown dignity the entire time. Sadly the media are still trying to prosecute her. It’s a media eating frenzy. Nancy Gross & Bill O’pig your one reason this country is screwed up. Your lame misguided opinions. This goes to show everyone how influential the media is. It doesn’t matter that she was found innocent, the media found her guilty and are now out to destroy her one way or the other, especially if Casey refuses an exclusive interview with their network. Leave her alone; media go after someone more sinister like Obama and his rogue czars.


July 6th, 2011
1:36 am

There is obviously something seriously wrong with the American jury system. Twenty years ago it was clear that the average juror was too ignorant to understand basic scientific evidence (corrupt DNA does not make it likelier to transform into the main suspect’s DNA). America’s education system has, during my lifetime, been criticised to the point that the NY Times pays writers to laud the virtues of the fascist Chinese system where a population of 1.4 billion has two universities known abroad, and where corruption is so rampant universities abroad refuse to acknowledge the qualifications gained from nearly all. Clearly ignorant people such as Bush and Palin are held up to be the best that a population of 300 million could hope for to represent them in these most challenging times. In the past this intelligence deficit was seen as threatening the country’s future scientists, economists, doctors… now it seems that it is affecting the very idea of justice itself (and the spelling of commentators here). A dystopia if ever there was one.


July 6th, 2011
1:42 am

First, I’m sick (already) of the American public, including Nancy Grace and other members of the media, speaking and acting as though they know for a FACT that Casey Anthony is guilty. I’m not saying she is innocent, and I do agree that the entire case didn’t look great for her and looked a bit suspicious. But those jurors know BETTER than ANYONE in the American public, I don’t care what their background in law consists of… a background in law doesn’t mean you know more about a particular case than 12 members of a jury that studied the case for 8 weeks. The state did not prove a legitimate motive, there was no proof of cause of death, and there was a significant lack of physical evidence. All of that adds up to a great amount of reasonable doubt, regardless of how you spin it. Again, I’m not saying she’s innocent.. I honestly don’t know just like everyone else in America. I could go on and on about different aspects of the case that amount to PLENTY of reasonable doubt including George Anthony’s attempted suicide, suicide note, and so forth. But that would require an outrageous amount of time and text.

Lastly, for all of those saying that her reaction of partying after Caylee’s death makes no sense and that it is disgusting… that simply shows the amount of ignorance in the American public with regards to this case and psychological behavior. EVERYONE responds to tragedy and grievance differently. NO ONE knows exactly what went on in this case and in the minds of the Anthony family (especially Casey). For all we know, if Caylee did drown and George did dispose of the body for whatever reason (humiliation? who knows.. not saying that’s what happened.. just hypothetical)… Casey’s partying could’ve resulted from several days (or however long) of grieving and finally accepting the fact that she couldn’t change what happened. Drugs and alcohol are OFTEN used as a coping mechanism by many individuals, and drinking/partying is NOT proof of guilt. As a forensic psychologist of 20 years said on the news this evening, such behavior is not uncommon.. especially in individuals that have been victims of abuse (if Casey were, in fact, sexually abused by her father as a child).

There are just so many unknowns and so much speculation that it disgusts me to see so many millions of individuals stating that the verdict is an outrage. Again, I am NOT saying she is innocent by any means… I truly have no idea. But for 12 jurors to deliberate for less than 12 hours and ALL agree unanimously that Casey should be found not guilty… that alone speaks volumes. This was NOT a hung jury acquittal… it was a unanimous decision by 12 individuals that studied the evidence and testimony of many witnesses for 8 weeks. For the American public to think that they know better than those 12 individuals is insulting not only to those individuals but especially the judicial system. Human psychology is not a black and white formula… it is a very complicated science.


July 6th, 2011
2:25 am

Her reaction was one that any one of us would have had if we had just found out that we had pulled through after months of effort and tears. Baez and the rest of his defense team reacted just they way we should expect them to act as well. They were “giddy” because they deserved to be. They worked hard to present the facts, and to make sure that an innocent woman would not have to do time for a crime that she did not commit. The media is disgusting. Nancy Grace is a pathetic woman who preys on the weak. Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a world where people could really show some empathy? None of us can even imagine what Casey Anthony has been going through for the past three years. She lost her daughter for Christ’s sake, and let us not forget that she has been in a federal penitentiary for two years waiting to be tried for a crime she did not commit. I agree with the previous blogger, Jim. Casey has every right to refuse an interview with the network, or with anyone for that matter. She has received what she deserves; her freedom. Let the media prey and destroy the lives of those who are committing crimes under their own noses.


July 6th, 2011
3:12 am

Who wouldn’t be relieved after being found not guilty under these circumstances? Casey Anthony’s response was completely appropriate. The state lacked any hard evidence linking her to her daughter’s death, and the jury verdict was also appropriate. As to those people who wonder about the tattoo and partying-do you actually know any 20 something year old who act differently today? At least she wasn’t out doing drugs and the clubs looled decent. The real tragedy was that the state wasted its time pursuing her with thin evidence, rather than gettingg to the bottom of what happened to poor Caylee. There was nothing that proved Casey killed her, and media dislike or lifestyle disapproval should never be the basis for a serious conviction. This verdict proves the system works!

Ruby Brown

July 6th, 2011
4:29 am

The basic problem is the jury system which inherently flawed and the concept of “reasonable doubt”.

The world watched this trial and the overwhelming majority of viewers came to the unequivical conclusion that this woman did, in fact, murder her child. There really is no other logical explanation.

That twelve random people off the street have the ability and common sense to all agree to anything has been shown to be falacious. The average Joe or Jane cannot be expected to objectively analyze complex and abstract circumstances and make logical, unemotional decisions.

Since juries comprise very ordinary people, it is unreasonable to assume that they collectively have the ability to see all the facts clearly without being mesmerized by irrelevant material and nonsensical theories. Most people who attend magic shows cannot explain the slight of hand and illusions that they are shown – some may even believe that magic really exists.

The concept of reasonable doubt is equally falacious since nothing, but nothing, in life is beyond doubting. Do we really know that anything really exists or anything really happened? The standard of reasonable doubt is wrong in that enables a defense to play on the highly improbable and near impossible when the truth is that statistics and mathematics are not the issue.

In short, America has to reevaluate both these givens – the jury system and “reasonable doubt” – in light of the perverted results both concepts have proven problematic and unjust.

Aussie Ingrid

July 6th, 2011
4:55 am

I am so thrilled that Casey has been found Not Guilty. The media was disgusting, especially that aweful bully- boy Bill O’Rielly. It reminded me of how dreadfully Lindy Chamberlain was treated by our own media. She always maintained her innocence and in Australia 50% STILL believe she is guilty. Casey I wish you well.


July 6th, 2011
4:58 am

I agree with Ruby Brown. The idiots who think Casey Guilty Anthony had nothing to do with the death of her daughter are just that, idiots. What we have in this country is a criminal justice system. It is a justice system for criminals. What we need is a victim’s justice system that will serve justice FOR victims, not dish up a heap of bs justice for criminals. WAY too often, we see this kind of travesty: OJ Simpson comes to mind. So, the day after the OJ travesty, he’s on the golf course, jackass that he is. The worst that happened to him, the first time around, was that few would play golf with him. Big deal. The second “mistake” put him in jail, thank God. This Anthony individual should be neutered, at the very least, if they are releasing her out into society. No more kids for that gargoyle. She is a complete waste of DNA and a bad seed. Sure, the family are dysfunctional, but she puts a whole new meaning to the condition of sociopathic psychosis with narcissistic behaviors. She is a dangerous and sick individual. This acquital is so wrong on so many levels, it defies description and makes absolutely no sense. You can villlify Nancy Grace, who reports the egregious behaviors and incidences of criminals, but she gets the news out there and you can agree with her or not. She keeps the fact that we are surrounded by child molesters, drug dealers and in this case, child murderers and they could be living next door or on your block. Watch your back, Casey, you wasted life form who does not deserve to be free. The world is waiting for your next mess-up. Maybe you’ll follow OJ back into jail, but it’s certain that you are already on death row as far as most of the public is concerned. Good luck finding a job or place to live. Oh, that’s right, you don’t work, you steal money from whomever is handy to steal if from. You should have been found guilty on all counts, had your hands and feet duct taped, then 3 strips over your mouth and nose and put in a plastic bag or 3, thrown in a swamp and left until the bag no longer moved. The needle was too kind a way to get rid of trash like you. There is a special hell for monsters like you.


July 6th, 2011
5:09 am

Wow, “Lawyer’s ” comments are scary. You are a Lawyer?? I hope nobody uses you for a trial. What a moronic comment you had. Casey is acting appropriately out at the clubs while her daughter has been missing for a month? What planet are you from? What kind of law do you practice? Oh, maybe you are a defense scum lawyer who sells lies from liars in courtrooms, like that maggot, Baez and the doddering fool, Chaney Mason. The whole C anthony team are a bunch of criminals themselves, lying in court. The jury? All I can say is that wherever they got these clueless, lazy, stupid people needs to pack up and move and/or rename their county/town/city. How could they have scored 12 people who still think the world is flat and believe that a professional liar is telling her “lawyer’ the truth, then sell a truckload of manure information to the court? Well, you’re a lawyer, so it’s not a stretch to say, you are one of the idiots in Baez’s court. Oh, and btw, you have not been keeping up. Casey dumbass Anthony WAS doing drugs and will be right back at it as soon as she walks out of the jail in Orlando. Maybe you should go date this mess, since you think so highly of her behavior and courage. You should be watched, mr. Lawyer. Something is very wrong with you that you find this monster “ok.” Get some help.


July 6th, 2011
5:37 am

Watch movie “Serial MOM” .. it’s based on actual events …. It’s your America .. nothing will ever suprise me again!


July 6th, 2011
6:05 am

Casey Anthony may have been found not guilty by some really twisted individuals,who cannot live in the real world of common sense but God knows and I hope everywhere she goes,everything she does,when she lays down to sleep I hope she remembers what SHE did and NEVER has a day of peace EVER1!!!!


July 6th, 2011
6:38 am

Simply disgusting- how did they get the OJ jury for Casey?


July 6th, 2011
6:42 am

I love how people on here are bashing the jury. Have you ever had to decide someone’s life? With the possibility of sending Casey to her death, one would have to be COMPLETELY certain and it was obvious that none of the 12 were convinced. The jurors said there were only two who thought she was guilty when they started deliberating.


July 6th, 2011
6:47 am

Growing up between Orlando and Miami, I’ve been following this case from the beginning seeing how it was all going down in my backyard (so to speak). Casey was acquitted because the lack of physical evidence left room for reasonable doubt, but make no mistake-Casey killed Caylee, that I am convinced of and no other explanation fits the facts and evidence. Nancy Grace is an idiot, by the way, and I’ve never watched her show; I’ve followed the case via the Sentinel. Casey will now be free to deal with another court, the one of public opinion…and in the end she will answer to the highest authority of all. Poor Caylee will never see justice served…


July 6th, 2011
6:50 am

The prosecution was successful in convicting her in the media but failed to prove her guilt in court, “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

Sorry folks, just because you let the media lead you by the nose, and you regularly watch “Nancy Grace”, “Law and Order”, etc… does not make you a investigative expert. The jury had no choice but to acquit.

Caylee’s death remains an open case. Casey would be wise to change her name, look, and state of residence, as soon as she is released. I am sure some deranged fool will want to exact revenge/justice, and then, that moron just might have their own date with the needle. People are stupid like that.

Logical Dad

July 6th, 2011
6:54 am

What really amazes me is that 300 pound housewives, camped out all day in their barcolounger eating donut holes, think they know Florida criminal procedure better than five attorneys and a judge. These bozos also are sure, SURE, that they (rather than a jury who heard all of the evidence at trial) are the best judges of who is guilty and who is not guilty. I weep for my country when these squat sows open their mouths and sob, “We just want justice for that precious little baby Caylee.”


July 6th, 2011
6:57 am

the system needs be changed. what suprise me was finding her not guilty. the other was her parents did not even go up to her and hug her or anything. they know something and if i read this right her father was a police officer one time. he sure know how to beat the system. get on line or go library etc read about the laws we have and how as regular person can get off like she was if you know how to beat the system. look o j he did it. that little darling girl is gone but she is safe now in arms of jesus. no more harm will come to her nor pain. god above knows the truth about what happen and one day each person involved in it with lies etc will have to stand b4 him and answer for it. there is no avoiding it. oh i know many will not believe but thats your choice. THE SO CALLED SYSTEM OF LAW IS WAY OUT DATED NEEDS BE CHANGED.


July 6th, 2011
7:17 am

I think she reacted perfectly, since she got away with murdering her innocent daughter. I don’t see how any normal person could react that way. Oh wait any normal person would have been searching day and night to find their missing daughter and not be out partying. I know if I had a child and she/he went missing I would be doing everything in my power to find my child. But that POS woman doesn’t care, she was happy to be found not guilty and now she can go back to partying and living her life without having to worry about being a mother. Any sane parent would have been searching 24/7 for their missing child. Casey needs to be neutered, she doesn’t deserve to ever been around another child nor have any more of her own. God will be the true judge &you can’t pull the sheet over his eyes.


July 6th, 2011
7:18 am

Although there wasn’t any direct evidence to link Casey to the death of her child, there was enough circumstantial evidence in which to do so. In either case, I feel most deeply for Caylee because in the end, this was about obtaining justice for her and now, no one will ever be held accountable for the murder of this child. Her mother will in all likelihood go on to get a book/movie deal and will continue to benefit from the death of her child. Hopefully, society has the fortitude to not support either venture.


July 6th, 2011
7:26 am

Truth and Justice are NOT a part of our legal system as evidenced by this case. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt has been replaced by No Doubt and the jurors don’t know the difference.

Hope the defense team’s consciences haunt them for the rest of their lives! But of course, this is just a “game” to them so throw anything at the wall that you don’t have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt and maybe the guilty will escape.

So I guess in the mind of the defense, Caylee committed suicide. Karma will visit them all before this is over!!!

Glenn Sievert

July 6th, 2011
7:27 am

I am holding a seat in HELL for all of those that exploited this unfortunate situation for personal gain. It is naive to assert that our justice system is flawed as a result of the outcome of 1 trial. The trial unlikely took place in your state (it happened in mine) and doesn’t impact your judicial system. You don’t like the verdict, that’s fine, just stop acting like fanatics, like this is the worst thing that could happen to America. Your behavior better fits that description.


July 6th, 2011
7:34 am

She wasn’t cleared. She was found not guilty. OJ was found not guilty.


July 6th, 2011
7:35 am

Innocent? Actually, she was found “not guilty”. There is a difference

not enough proof

July 6th, 2011
7:41 am

you people are the idiots. you bash the justice system that has served this nation so well for decades. you listen to the talking heads on TV who do nothing but sensationalize and hype their point of view all day. sad that she didn’t get convicted, but the job by the DA was poor and the evidence was weak.


July 6th, 2011
7:48 am

She killed her daughter period. Everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie, she’d make a good politician or lawyer because all that comes out of their mouths are lies. Her day will come…one way or the other. Theres a seat in Hell with her name on it. Jose Baez can sit right next to her.


July 6th, 2011
7:50 am

There was no other way than to acquit. It doesn’t matter what people think, assume, believe. If you cannot prove, you loose. Isn’t that what everyone is so proud of, ‘innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt’? Don’t praise your justice system and then trash it when it is working.


July 6th, 2011
7:52 am

In the past this intelligence deficit was seen as threatening the country’s future scientists, economists, doctors… now it seems that it is affecting the very idea of justice itself (and the spelling of commentators here).

Absolutely true. The case depended on circumstantial evidence and the average American simply isn’t up to the task of using their brains. There’s also this idea today that there is always two sides to an argument, and both are equal. Uh, no. I can find a talking head for the “opposing view” that the earth is flat, that does not make it a 50-50 argument.


July 6th, 2011
7:56 am

“Truth and Justice are NOT a part of our legal system as evidenced by this case. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt has been replaced by No Doubt and the jurors don’t know the difference.”

Corretc! The reason she was found Not Guilty is because the defense team made a mockery of Caylee’s death and Casey’s life and it confused the heck out an illiterate jury. She litterally got a jury of her peers, one with a laundry list of brushes with the law. One jury member had a cruise booked that is to depart tomorrow, no doubt other jury members had better things to do as well.

Not Guilty of child abuse is the one charge that I cannot fathom. The prosecution was in a no-win situation because they were pressured into filing charges that should have brought the harshest punishment to Casey. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

Anyone that watched Casey Anthony from the time her daughter was “missing” to well after the verdict was read could see that she had a hand in her daughter’s death. Her reactions have never been normal, only someone with a personality disorder or mental illness would think she has acted normal. Her sinister laughter yesterday was sickening!


July 6th, 2011
7:59 am

This topic will be one of armchair, “because I watch crime dramas and Nancy Grace”, experts that let media dictate how they should feel.
The masses no so little about REAL legal process, or anything civic for that matter, the media has them hook, line, and sinker. This is why we have become such a dumb, consumptive society, one that has no idea what “budget deficit” means, but can name all of the American Idol winners.


July 6th, 2011
8:00 am

Who would not laugh, maybe even hysterically, if they had been saved from the death penalty? Get real, people. We don’t know what happened and therefore cannot judge. There are so many possibilities, in my view more possible suspects or scenarios, I think I would be playing God to claim I know what happened and to claim she deserved death. Can you prove your claims?


July 6th, 2011
8:02 am

Oh, I should say, the “she’s guilty, I just know it”, prosecution method doesn’t really work very well in court.

Bo Doodley

July 6th, 2011
8:02 am

Let me get this straight. She lied to the police in every regard concerning her daughter’s disappearance, YET, had no responsibility in her daughter’s death. Amazing. Apparently the jury was more concerned with getting back home than seeing justice served.


July 6th, 2011
8:05 am

Casey Anthony – the new white female OJ Simpson, LOL. But she won’t garner a 10th of the outrage he got after acquittal even though the evidence against her is far greater. Prove me wrong.


July 6th, 2011
8:08 am

The problem is our nation has turned into a cess pool and this jury is a reflection of what has happened to our country. The same people the media shows fighting to get the few gallery seats in the coutroom are what sits on a jury these days. They want to be part of the trainwreck and sympathize with the accused to the point where they are set free.

Sad but true that an Illegal Alien has more rights in this country than Caylee Anthony ever had.

Bo Doodley

July 6th, 2011
8:11 am

Actually, I hear OJ has offered to help Casey find the real killer.

Karma for Casey

July 6th, 2011
8:12 am

ted & shaggy seem to be supporters. Listen up Casey, there are too fools (men) here in Atlanta that have your back. I am sure they would welcome you into their homes!


July 6th, 2011
8:12 am

That was really sweet of him Bo Doodley, see people you are wrong about both of them.

Maybe I Don't Understand

July 6th, 2011
8:16 am

I’m mostly bothered by the comment from Casey’s parents that they now, finally, have closure. Excuse me[?] How can you have closure? If Casey didn’t kill your granddaughter, then that means that the real killer is still running around out there. That is the exact opposite of closure.


July 6th, 2011
8:17 am

Caylee we love you!!!


July 6th, 2011
8:19 am

They’ll find the door to hell in a few years, as that’s the only corridore they’re in with a door!


July 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Digusting, truly digusting. I refuse to watch the news anymore.

An innocent child is dead. She didn’t deserve that. My heart is broken!!!!


July 6th, 2011
8:22 am

Would it be too much to demand that the State of Florida shall remove her reproductive organs before she leaves prison?


July 6th, 2011
8:25 am

She’ll still have another judge to give her a verdict when she dies. Good luck with that one Casey !


July 6th, 2011
8:26 am

Lastly, for all of those saying that her reaction of partying after Caylee’s death makes no sense and that it is disgusting… that simply shows the amount of ignorance in the American public with regards to this case and psychological behavior. EVERYONE responds to tragedy and grievance differently

Oh that’s soooo true!! Why did you see all those partiers and the hooting and hollering in the streets when Bin Laden was assassinated? Oops, wait, wrong example. O.K. here’s another, remember when JFK was murdered and the whole nation was in mourning? Oh wait…..not a good example. OK here’s one, when your great grandmother died, whom you never liked, and she left you $100K and you went out and partied till dawn? Yep, that’s a good example – like the lady said, EVERYONE responds to tragedy and grievance differently………………. :roll:

Millie M.

July 6th, 2011
8:28 am

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” Her attorneys almost certainly know what actually happened. Note her attorney’s statement after the verdict that Casey did not “murder” her daughter. I credit his words. He didn’t have to make any statement at all. I don’t doubt that she engaged in some wreckless act that contributed to the death of her daughter. But she has been paying for that and will continue to do so for the rest of her life. To experience a moment of joy with people who know you is not inappropriate. It’s a blessing.


July 6th, 2011
8:31 am

Tom: The state did not prove a legitimate motive, there was no proof of cause of death, and there was a significant lack of physical evidence. All of that adds up to a great amount of reasonable doubt, regardless of how you spin it.

True. But I think the State had enough circumstantial evidence, (and I guess they did too); to bring about a solid case. People have been convicted on far less.


July 6th, 2011
8:35 am

Her attorneys almost certainly know what actually happened.

Her attorneys know what she told them. Any ethical attorney does NOT want to hear that their client is guilty of the crime that they are charged with. If they hear that, they will then be put in a position of defending a person that they KNOW did the crime. Most attorneys never even ask if the person did it — they just ask them to tell them their story.