Casey Anthony: Phoenix lawyer discusses not-guilty verdictPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- People all over the country were stunned and angry when an Orlando jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago.
The trial went on for six weeks and captured the attention of the entire country. Jurors deliberated for less than 11 hours before returning their verdict. While they did convict her on four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators, they found the 25-year-old single mother not guilty of killing her daughter, Caylee.
Phoenix trial attorney Monica Lindstrom discussed the verdict with Kaley O'Kelley Wednesday morning
"I was as surprised as the majority of people out there," Lindstrom said, , going on to explain that the jury, which was sequestered throughout the trial, did not get much of the information that was available to the rest of the public.
"They don't get to hear everything thing that you and I get to hear on TV and on the radio," she said. "They're presented with certain evidence, and we get the rest of the story."
An alternate juror, the only juror who has spoken to the media at this point, said the state simply did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
"He said that there just wasn't enough evidence there," Lindstrom said. "We need to stop and remember that the jury doesn't get the emotional background story that we often get from the media.
"I'm guilty of adding to that story, as well, but that's just how the system works."
Lindstrom said that while she, like many other experts and analysts, did not agree with many of the strategies of defense lawyer Jose Baez, what he did at the end was smart.
Basically, Baez told the jury flat-out that Anthony was not a likeable person and not a good mother, but then asked if she deserved to die for those failings.
"That was brilliant," Lindstrom said.
Baez pointed out that the jury could hate Anthony if they wanted to, but in the end the only thing that mattered was the evidence and whether the state proved its case.
"That really made me stop, because I realized that as a young mom ... that I was looking at the emotion, also," Lindstrom said. "I'm even an attorney."
Lindstrom also pointed out one important distinction in the Anthony verdict.
"The jury, they didn't find her innocent; they just found her not guilty because the state didn't prove its case," she said. "There was no direct evidence linking her directly to the death.
"The jury did their job, whether you like it or not."
Anthony, who has been in jail since October 2008, will be sentenced on the misdemeanor counts of lying to authorities Thursday morning. The maximum sentence for those charges is one year each. It's possible that the judge could sentence her to time already served.
Lindstrom predicted that's exactly what will happen.
"I think that she'll walk free," she said.
When she does go free, Anthony could be presented with a variety of opportunities, including book deals, a movie deal and TV deals, among other things.