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The "not guilty" verdict of Casey Anthony shook the nation, but the most mixed feelings should be stirring her parents' hearts.
George and Cindy Anthony left court early without approaching their daughter, who was found not guilty of first-degree murder of their granddaughter Caylee Marie Anthony.
Following the verdict, Mark Lippman, the attorney of Cindy and George Anthony, issued a statement saying, "While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives," reported the Orlando Sentinel. "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."
During the trial, both George and Cindy were brought on the testimony stand time and time again, and emotionally shed tears as they were reminded of their loss of a two-year-old granddaughter. The defense claimed Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool, and George Anthony covered it up.
Watching a video of Caylee playing in the family pool, Cindy Anthony said that the toddler was so eager to play in the pool that she would try to get in without adults.
Cindy wept as she testified.
Asked of his suicide attempt in January 2009, George Anthony broke down as he described his emotional turmoil after learning that Caylee had died.
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.
The murder trial has torn their hearts, and concluded without a clear answer to Caylee's death.
I know Patty I feel the same way. I have always said that if the Anthony's were throwing stone after stone at their daughter then everyone would be cutting them down for not standing up for her. No matter what they did or what they said they were damned if they did and damned if they didn't. No one should ever have to be in the Anthony's shoes and go through their beloved granddaughter missing and then found deceased and their daughter facing a death sentence. Who of us could handle that? And not one of us should ever nor do we have the right to ever say how the Anthony's should act or should have acted through this horrible tragedy.
The prosecution blew it. No motive presented, no "cause of death" clearly explained.
Reasonable doubt pushed common sense aside. But in this country, in this judicial system, "beyond a reasonable doubt" is a tall hurdle.
The prosecution blew it, plain and simple.
I feel so badly for George & Cindy and Lee. They are the 2nd & 3rd victims in this crime. Lee is the 4th . . .
I am a grandmother. Jim and I love our grandchildren almost like we have never loved before. They are the most precious little things in our lives.
We love our daughters and we raised them as best as we could. I am sure if we were put on trial there would be many who would call our family dysfunctional. I would be the first one to say we are far from perfect!
My hubby Jim and I have discussed this case many, many times. And as parents (mom & stepdad) with a missing daughter, we thought long and hard over this. This is what we both said . . . if this happened in our family, we would NOT side with or lie for our daughter. However, we also believe that we would still love her (family is unconditional love) and we would be there for her as much as possible. BUT, if it were turned on us, if we ended up being blamed for the crime, we really do not know how we would have acted. FOR SURE, I would not have admitted to doing those chloroform searches in order to try to help my daughter!
Their statement was good. It does not say much but implies a lot.
Caylee is with God and her Great-Grandpa, safe in heaven - of that I am sure.
My prayers are for those hurt by all the lies and everything done by the "liar of the century".
And my knowledge is that Casey will never meet Caylee in heaven - she will be in hell where she belongs.