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Local attorney weighs in on Casey Anthony verdict

As we described last week, the outcome of the Casey Anthony murder trial sparked quite a controversy throughout the entire nation. Many people took to social media to express disgust and disappointment in the Florida jury's not guilty verdict immediately after the decision was announced on July 5.

The jury acquitted Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in the first degree. Additionally, Anthony was found not guilty of child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. However, the jury convicted Anthony of lying to police investigators in July of 2008 about Caylee's disappearance.

In southern Colorado, both regular citizens and legal experts were asked to weigh in on the jury's decision in the case.

One Colorado Springs mother told 11 News, "I was completely shocked, completely."

"I do not agree with it," another woman told the local news station. "I don't feel like it's justice for that little girl."

On the other hand, Colorado Springs attorney David Foley told the news station that the case presented to the jury by the lawyers could have been much different than the case presented to the public by the media.

"It's easy for us to sit back in the arm chairs at home, and we can see all the spin that's put on it," said Foley. "It's a very different perspective when you're sitting in the jury box and all you get is the arguments of the attorneys, and the evidence, and the testimony from the witness stand."

Foley said that if there was any doubt created in the jurors' minds, they were required by law to find Anthony not guilty. And with only circumstantial evidence to depend on, it can be hard for a jury to reach a guilty verdict, especially when the death penalty is at issue, he said.

"A jury by and large takes their duties very seriously. They know they have to be very comfortable and very sure of that verdict," Foley told 11 News.

So what happens next in the case? Will anyone be held responsible for young Caylee's death? Foley said that another family member could now stand trial for the murder.

"They could potentially bring charges against the father," said Foley. "I believe he was implicated and the blame was shifted to his direction."

Source: KKTV.com, "Reaction to Not Guilty Verdict for Casey Anthony," Sarah Schwabe, 7/5/2011.

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