By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c) artharris.com, all rights reserved
It took O. J. Simpson’s jury four hours to reach a verdict in his 1995 double murder case in Los Angeles: Not guilty.
It took the Casey Anthony jury 10 hours to find her NOT guilty to murder one…and all counts, except to lying to a law enforcement officer.
Flanked by her lawyers, Anthony wiped away tears as she stood between two lawyers to hear the verdict, then embraced her lawyer. Her lawyers held her hands and looked relieved and upbeat. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton and Linda Burdick looked shocked and crushed, as the judge thanked the jury and advised they had no obligation to speak to the press.
The Simpson jury heard forensic evidence, saw so called bloody gloves that Simpson dramatics showed didn’t fit, DNA that matched Simpson’s blood at the crime scene, jealousy as a motive, then a verdict that some felt ignored it all as jurors embraced the defense theories of reasonable doubt, arguing police corruption, evidence contamination and more.
Casey Anthony wiped tears away as she stood between her lawyers, as Jose Baez quietly smiled and likely planned to bail her out on the lesser charges.
Simpson’s acquital elicted a smirk, then a smile from Simpson, shock by attorney Robert Kardashian and shockwaves that split the country along racial lines as Simpson declared he was still “looking for the killer.”
Now, the current trial of the century is about to end, with the Casey Anthony jury waiting to deliver their verdict within minutes. Hold your breath and let us know what you think.
At 1:25 p.m., the court spokesman announced a verdict had been reached, and the courtroom began filling back up as lawyers assembled, and Casey Anthony took her place, awaiting her fate.