The First Big Trial of our Generation: What do you think?

Casey Anthony was found not guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter yesterday.

The Florida jury cleared 25-year-old Anthony for the 2008 murder of her daughter Caylee, causing a Twitter uproar and Nancy Grace to insist that the “devil is dancing” in Florida. However, Anthony was found guilty on four counts of lying to the police.

Needless to say, the verdict shocked most of the public, but some are calling it a victory for the U.S. Justice system.

The trial that has dominated the news over the past six weeks had everyone convinced that Anthony killed her daughter, although Anthony continues to stand by her original line, that a (fictional) nanny, Zenaida, kidnapped Caylee. Prosecutors claimed Anthony killed her daughter by drugging her and then suffocating her with duct tape, while the defense claimed Caylee accidentally drowned and Anthony never reported it.

According to Anthony’s father, Casey left her family’s home in June of 2008 and didn’t return for nearly a month. In July of that year, Anthony’s grandmother reported two-year-old Caylee missing. Anthony soon made a statement to the police, but investigators were suspicious and once they clarified there was no nanny, among other lies, they arrested her.

During the trial, FBI investigators showed evidence to the jury that proved there was once a decomposing body in the trunk of Anthony’s car. Prosecutors also searched the family’s computer and found numerous sites on which someone, presumably Casey, learned how to make chloroform.

So with all this evidence, how is it exactly that Anthony was found not guilty?

Further, why is this being hailed a victory for the U.S. justice system?

Because of reasonable doubt, the clause better known as innocent until proven guilty.

Timesaid it best: “And yet, why would Anthony kill her daughter? When Caylee died in 2008, her mother was young and blithe, 22 going on 16. Anthony lived with her parents, dated lots of guys and wasn’t thrilled about having to care every day for a 2-year-old. And so she chloroformed the girl? Or duct-taped her face? And then, after Caylee died, Anthony stuffed the body in her trunk, let it rot and dumped it in the woods? And the mother did all this just so she could party? Jurors were stuck in the position of convicting Anthony only if they diagnosed her as a psychopath first.”

The Social Media Outrage

An interesting aspect about this trial is that Anthony is a Millennial, making this one of the first big murder trials of our generation. Much of the prosecutors’ case relied on the notion that Anthony was so young, she killed Caylee because she had to chose between “her child and the life she wanted.”

Was the prosecution fishing for a motive? Or are they simply saying, like many people, that Millennials are more concerned with themselves and their own lives than the lives of others? As the case unfolded, Anthony was portrayed as “a promiscuous, self-centered woman who killed her daughter to get back to her carefree life.” The Anthony family has also been accused of lying for their daughter and supported her claim that Caylee drowned in the pool.

Another Time magazine article in last week’s print issue called the trial “the first major murder of the social-media age” and they’re right. The nearly 24/7 coverage from Headline News and the Twitterverse has been overwhelming, becoming a cacophony of anger and disappointment.

As of this moment, the words “Nancy Grace” and “Caylee” are still trending on Twitter, and there are hundreds of Facebook groups devoted to Anthony and the trial.

The public is outraged no matter the supposed functionality of the American justice system. The combined fires of social media, online commenting systems, and even TV news sourcing YouTube videos and commentary from the Internet, the people have spoken, and clearly, many hailing it as a “terrible injustice.” People outside the courthouse last night yelled “fry Casey!” and some went even as far as to call it “another O.J. moment.”

Anthony could be released from jail as early as Thursday for the four counts of lying to the police. Jurors are shocked by the public outrage over the verdict, and maintain the right decision was made.

“The prosecution failed to prove their case and there was reasonable doubt,” said one of the five alternate jurors. “Again, they didn’t show us how Caylee died. They didn’t show us a motive. I’m sorry people feel that way…these were 17 total jurors. They really listened to this case and kept an open mind,” he was quoted by ABC news.

Do you think Anthony is guilty? Let us know in the comments.

Lexis Galloway Recent Suffolk University graduate and current Cambridge resident, I'm an aspiring journalist/novel writer and I can't live without coffee and my macbook. Oh, and I'm also TNGG's Current Events Editor and writer for TNGG Boston. @lexgalloway

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