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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty

CNN reports that after less than 11 hours of deliberation, a jury has found Casey Anthony not guilty of first degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2 year old daughter. The jury did, however, find Anthony guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to the police. Sentencing could be as early as 9 A.M. on Thursday morning. Anthony could face up to one year in jail for each count.

The Defense attorney concedes, “There are no winners in this case.” Adding, “Today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction." The prosecution also offered their thoughts, "We're disappointed with the verdict today and surprised, because we know the facts," Lawson Lamar, state attorney for the 9th District, told reporters.

The trial of Casey Anthony in the death of her daughter Caylee had last for more than six weeks while the defense and prosecution offered various theories about what had happened to Caylee. Casey Anthony was facing a potential death penalty if found guilty of first-degree murder, and other lesser penalties if found guilty of aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

The media and America have been captivated for months with the story of Caylee who was last seen June 16, 2008. The family did not report her missing until a month later when Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony’s mother, demanded answers about her granddaughter’s whereabouts.

The prosecutor failed to prove their case which alleged Caylee Anthony was suffocated by her mother. The prosecution also alleged that Casey Anthony stored Caylee’s body in her car for several days then disposed of it. Caylee’s body was later found by former Orange County meter reader Roy Kronk in December of 2008.

The defense offered an alternative theory that Caylee accidently drowned in the family pool and Casey desperately attempted a cover-up of the death. It was suggested that Casey’s father, who was a former police officer, was part of the cover-up, although he disputed this in his testimony at the trial.

This trial offers interesting insight into potential civil litigation after a criminal trial. Although this trial will not result in a civil case, if the death of Caylee was potentially caused by another person, not her mother, who had been found innocent of the crime, it might be possible for the family of the victim to file a civil claim against the defendant to win damages.

Remember O.J. Simpson? Although he was found not guilty of killing Ron Goldman, the family of Ron Goldman filed a civil claim against him and was able to win damages for their loss. Keep in mind that a civil trial often requires a lower burden of proof than a criminal trial, and the Goldman’s were able to convince a jury that Simpson’s actions had caused them loss.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim

If you have been injured by the negligence or criminal actions of another person or if someone you loved has been killed, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your loss. Compensation for personal injury claims or wrongful death can vary by state so it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.

Personal injury lawyers can review evidence of the crime or accident, hire expert witnesses and gather witness testimony. There is a statute of limitations for filing all personal injury claims. Do not wait too long or you may lose your right to compensation.

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