The Real Reason Casey Anthony Was Found NOT Guilty: Top Attorneys Mark Geragos & Raoul Felder Speak Out!

Tue, July 5, 2011 5:15pm EDT by 18 Comments
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After six weeks of testimony and the nation’s obsession with this case for the past three years Casey was acquitted on July 5 but attorneys now reveal how the mom who never reported her daughter missing, escaped conviction.

Casey Anthony was found not guilty and she’s almost a free woman. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, HollywoodLife.com has learned why this verdict isn’t that shocking. Casey, 25, was found guilty of four counts of “providing false information to law enforcement officers” but acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.

“I wasn’t surprised with the verdict at all,” legendary criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos tells us. “I just think you’re hard pressed to convict someone when you don’t know the cause or manner of death. From the beginning I thought the motive on the prosecution’s side was silly …  to be free? That argument made no sense and the fact that the jury was sequestered allowed them to focus on the lack of evidence.”

New York attorney Raoul Felder agrees and believes that the case should never have even been tried.

“They should never have prosecuted the case because there was nothing specifically tying her to the crime,” Raoul says. “There were too many theories. Her attorney José Baez did a good job and the judge was very tough. It’s very tough to convince a jury that a mother murdered her own child.”

What were some of the prosecutions theories that both Raoul and Mark believe only damaged their case?

“They had an expert at one point bottle the air … it was absurd. Then they said that the ‘dog knows.’ You can’t cross examine a dog,” Raoul says.

Mark agrees: “That was the first time something like the bottled air was allowed in a courtroom … it was nonsense. The dog was nonsense. It reeked of desperation on the part of the prosecution.”

Both attorneys also point out that it’s very tough to prove to a jury that a mother killed her child.

“I never thought Casey would get first degree murder,” Mark says. “First of all it’s a mother and a daughter. Jurors are low to give death in these kinds of cases and number two you had her family members supporting her. Normally in a murder case you have the victims family screaming for blood and you didn’t have that in this case and that makes a difference.”

Raoul adds: “The defense showed photographs of a very loving mother. The more time a case is in court the more time the jury has to observe the defendant. They observed Casey and she came across as pathetic. You don’t send someone to jail or to death that you bond with.”

What does Mark, who has defended Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder and politician Gary Condit believe?

“I don’t think anyone knows what happened … it’s a very difficult question,” Mark tells us. “It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if George Anthony came forward one day and revealed that in fact it was an accident. I think someone in that family knows what happened. It’s a safe bet that someone knows what happened to Caylee.”

Although you may always believe that Casey is guilty … it doesn’t matter.

“I’ve learned in all my years to abide by the verdict of the jury,” Raoul says. “The defense felt that this was going to be an acquittal. The people in the jury didn’t think that she murdered her daughter. She may have been convicted int he court of public opinion but not in court.”

What’s next for Casey now that she’s awaiting her sentencing on July 7 for lying to authorities?

“Everybody lies to the FBI … but she may be convicted there,” he says. “Look at Scooter Libby … the only thing they got him on was lying. She’ll probably get three years and time served.”

— Chloe Melas

Complete Coverage of the Casey Anthony Trial

  1. Casey Anthony Found NOT Guilty
  2. Casey Anthony Will NOT Spend Time Behind Bars
  3. Do YOU think Casey Anthony is Guilty?
  4. Kim Kardashian Weighs In On The Casey Anthony Trial
  5. Caylee Could Have Climbed Into The Pool Herself?
  6. Casey Anthony’s Parents Don’t Think She’s Innocent

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Amanda

Posted at 9:21 PM on July 16, 2011  

I think the prosecution messed up big time by asking for the death penalty and murder. They should have asked for something smaller such as child neglect. They didnt have enough evidence. Dont get me wrong. She DEFFINELTY had SOMETHING to do with this. Whether it was neglect, an accident, or murder. It was her fault. And I just dont buy the drowning thing. If I found my baby drowned in a pool, you better believe that the whole damn neighborhood will hear me screaming and crying. Obviously there was some disfunction going on in that family, so atleast baby Caylee is at rest now. Also, I do feel bad for Caseys mother. Could you imagine that situation? Poor lady.

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Muffy

Posted at 4:13 AM on July 12, 2011  

I understand she got off, but if people don’t believe mothers kill their children, then they need to get out more.

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Georgina

Posted at 12:58 AM on July 8, 2011  

Justice will be served. It may not happen in this life time but it will happen!

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LOBO

Posted at 2:20 PM on July 6, 2011  

The defense confessed that she was involved. She knew her child died, she knew her dad disposed of the body. She didn’t report it, she partied. She doesn’t have to pay for even that? SHE CONFESSED. Doesn’t matter aoubt anyother evidence. SHE CONFESSED. The alternate said he didn’t buy the sexual abuse charges, they weren’t proven. He blamed her partying on “dysfunction”!? Common sense flew out that courtroom. Casey once again is not held accountable. That baby was thrown on the side of the road in the trash, once again.

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ferrny

Posted at 7:00 PM on January 23, 2012  

She DID NOT confess to murder. So they all knew Caylee was dead and tried to find a way out to avoid jail time for child neglect. Whatever happened, I do believe Casey on what she says about her father. Why did the father disappear for a week after Caylee’s death and why did he try to commit suicide??? I don’t believe the reason he gave saying he wanted to be with Caylee, I think it was more out of guilt that he tried to commit suicide. If Casey was actually sexually abused she should have done a better job of protecting her daughter only it seems Casey was caught up on after math from the sexual abuse and the sick Psychological dynamic she had with her parents, she was caught in this cycle. She learned early age to act as if nothing was wrong and probably couldn’t find a way out. She was given everything by her parents and also controlled. Her erratic behavior and partying was more of a rebellion towards her parents sick dynamic from which she found no way out and her partying was not due to wanting to be free from responsibility for Caylee. I think Casey is a victim and could not help herself or Caylee.

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james scruggs

Posted at 8:24 PM on January 30, 2012  

and no she was not repeat she was not sexully abused and yes she did muder her own daughter and yes she needs to have her probation revoked because her probation officer has been false a fieing probation reports that go back to the judge and that will not be put up with she has been going to bars and drinking and smokeing pot and not looking for a job and not in rolling in school and that was a part of her probation and that is violation automaticly so that is what should put her back in jail and not have any thing to do with felons and lieing to the police again so that is it and i have writen a letter to the us atty generals office and the governor of florida rick scott and us atty general robert oneal and demaned that her probation be revoked and that she be put back in jail were she belongs she is a child killer and should have been to death for her actions sincelery mr james scruggs

 
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susan williams

Posted at 2:13 PM on July 6, 2011  

jen i agree with you . they didn’t prove thier case. my heart out to the family .there is more to it than we know. i think that maybe it was someone else that was the reason the child die. also casy don’t come off as smart enought to cover it up without leaving something behind for the cops to find.

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faye

Posted at 12:06 PM on July 6, 2011  

it was grandpa case closed

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Huh?

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 6, 2011  

She ADMITTED the child died while under her care by “drowning” yet she couldn’t get on stand and tell what happened? The child ends up in a garbage bag with duct tape on her mouth and there’s reasonable doubt? Jurors couldn’t take ONE note or look at ONE piece of evidence? DISGUSTING!

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Giseine

Posted at 5:44 AM on July 6, 2011  

Having the death penalty looming was also probably a big factor. If I had any questions regarding the evidence, even the slightest, I certainly would not be able to send someone to death row. Casey Anthony is not a likeable person and she seems to be an obvious sociopath but apparently that and bottled air aren’t enough to convict her.

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rty

Posted at 11:46 AM on July 6, 2011  

And the looking up how to make chloroform/how to break a neck, and finding traces of chloroform in her car and the dog finding remains of a dead body in her trunk and traces of chloroform on the dead body and the fact that she was in a hot body contest just days after her daughter died and all the lies. And the fact that a dad would for some reason cover up the death for his daughter and then days later completely turn on his daughter and tell the police he knows she had something to do with it. Why did he cover it up? Why did he not call the ambulance and try to revive her? Since when does an accident happen to a baby and you have to cover it up?

I am sure I missed something, but I only watched the last few days, I am sure I missed stuff. Just cuz the dad had an affair doesn’t mean he covered up the death of his granddaughter. I admit something is fishy about him but that has nothing to do with it.

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Rebecca

Posted at 10:48 PM on July 5, 2011  

She did not intentionally kill her daughter. I think her dad is hiding something and even the one juror thought that after his behavior on the stand with Baez. Im kinda glad that she was not found guilty. It was an accident and she panicked and tried to cover it up.

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ddv

Posted at 11:37 AM on July 6, 2011  

If it was an accident and she loved her daughter and she is about to be sentenced to death, why not take the stand and tell everyone everything that happened and say how much you love ur child and how sorry you are it happened.

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say what?

Posted at 12:04 AM on August 18, 2011  

It wasn’t no intentionally. She killed her child on purpose! Why is it so hard for you to see that?! I don’t care whether she panicked or not….she is responsible for her child’s death! Just because she was pleaded not guilty, doesn’t mean she’s innocent. Helloooo????

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Hazelgrl

Posted at 9:24 PM on October 3, 2011  

That is a an absurd comment to make.. I would think if her dad was hiding something being an ex cop he would have done better to cover up the crime.. and make it look like a accident by coming out sooner to say it was a pool drowning since usually people get away with accidental pool drownings..you are just believing what her sneaky defense attorneys want you and others to think..thats how they were also able to free her.

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Susie

Posted at 6:47 PM on July 5, 2011  

The important thing for moms who kill their kids is to let the body rot enough so if it’s found, no one can prove the cause of death. Apparently that is enough, though I suspect if this was a dad, instead of a mom, he would have been convicted. Sexism is alive! Yeah, finally women get a break!

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Janna

Posted at 6:28 PM on July 5, 2011  

Jen said everything I was going to say. Doesn’t matter if we THINK she did it, they didn’t PROVE she did it. What a shame.

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Jen

Posted at 5:24 PM on July 5, 2011  

I can understand why everyone is upset about this. What I don’t understand is why everyone thinks the justice system has failed (based on comments on other stories regarding the case/verdict). Weather she is innocent or guilty was not up to the jury to determine, the burden of proof falls on the prosecution. The jury got it right because there was no proof, only speculation, there was just too many theories floating around. Nobody won in this case.

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