Mixed reactions were seen inside and outside the courtroom, upon the announcement of Casey Anthony found not guilty of first-degree murder of her daughter Caylee.
Casey burst into tears, hugged her lawyers, and could not hide her smile after being released from the stressful trial. The peaked nationwide attention, however, may not cease to swirl around Anthony.
Cindy and George Anthony, Casey's parents, did not approach their daughter as they left the courtroom. According to ABC News, they later released a statement saying, Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony, the family believes that the Jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented, the testimony presented, the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them by the Honorable Judge Perry to guide them.
The Anthony family believes that the jury made a fair decision based on the evidence, the scientific information and the testimony presented. The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately, reported the Orlando Sentinel.
The family also wanted the public to know that if anyone wanted to honor Caylee by leaving stuffed animals or other toys at any area near their home, that they would prefer those items be donated in Caylee' s name to families in need, religious centers, or any other entity where the toys would be appreciated, said the newspaper.
Outside the courtroom, spectators were all shocked by the jury's verdict. She killed her baby! Cathy Cooper screamed in tears.
At the Times Square, New York, passengers stopped to watch the verdict on a screen.
Celebrities reacted to the verdict on Twitter.
WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!! - Kim Kardashian
Casey Anthony. You go girl! You have three years of partying to make up for! - Kevin Nealon
Wow. #CaseyAnthony is not guilty! This woman is being shown some amazing grace. We all know guilt plays it's own punishment.Wow wow. - Tenley Molzahn
Anyone else hoping Casey Anthony is stupid enough to sue herself for millions in a civil court? - Mindy Kaling
I'm from orlando and have been hooked on the trial the last few weeks. the defense team was abysmal! this is shocking! poor, poor caylee. - Mandy Moore
All over the Internet, emotional and upset comments flooded on Twitter and media coverage.
I won't support anything Casey Anthony is profiting from or putting her in the spotlight to tell any more lies. Tired of glorified killers - @heidiseibert
July 4th we're proud of our country's freedom. July 5th we're embarrassed by our country's justice system. - @LifeAsLaur
WHAT ???? Not Guilty ??????????? So they couldn't prove she killed her but, what about disposing of the corpse??????? So, the way kids today are having babies at a young age. they now have witnessed the perfect way to commet a crime and get away with it. But, DON'T YOU DARE TELL AN OFFICER A LIE !!!!!
I was molested by a family member when i was 12 and i was scared every day i seen him. even at the age of 40. But, she claimed her dad and brother messed with her. and, yet in her 20's she still lived with him. and worse yet was raising a daughter in the same house. (BULL) She has managed to lie to the system and it worked. While poor Caylee had no choice. tossed out worse then a dog in a bag to rot. CAYLEE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN !!!!!! - A reader's comment to an earlier IBTimes post Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty - Where is Justice for Caylee?