Saturday 23 September 2017

Caylee trial leaves shocked and angry nation in search of answers

Anthony's acquittal has left the public reeling and the media vying for her story, writes Donal Lynch

It was just after midnight on a sweltering Florida night when Casey Anthony, the most notorious woman in America, slipped out of the Orange County jail which had been her home for the past few years. Wearing a bright pink top and jeans, Anthony, 25, displayed no emotion as she strode past reporters.

Prison authorities had given her $537 (€376) -- the balance in her inmate account -- and an armed escort to spirit her away. Still, her exit did not go unnoticed: police on horseback struggled to contain the 300-strong baying mob who screamed the words "child killer" and "monster" into the night air after her cavalcade left.

They were protesting the highly unpopular 'not guilty' verdict handed down to Anthony after the long trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee, who had gone missing while in her mother's care in 2008. The long and expensive trial transfixed America and the verdict shocked legal observers and the public alike -- one juror on the case has already left her job and fled her home amid fears that she may be held personally accountable for the verdict.

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