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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

'The jury failed - just like the OJ case': State prosecutor attacks Casey Anthony verdict comparing it to Simpson trial - 6th July 2011

A former state prosecutor has claimed the jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial 'failed' to reach the right decision - just like in the infamous OJ Simpson case.

Former Michigan Prosecutor Carl Marlinga said tonight the verdict was: 'Like the O.J. Simpson case - a clear failure of the jury system.'

'Just because we say the jury system we have is the best, that doesn’t make it perfect.'

Casey Anthony smiled with delight as she was today sensationally cleared of the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in one of the most controversial verdicts in recent history.

Crowds gasped outside the courtroom as the 25-year-old mother was found not guilty of drugging her young daughter, suffocating her and dumping her body in overgrown woodland after a compelling six-week trial, which has seen a family torn apart by accusations of rape and incest.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Mr Marlinga said he was 'shocked.....stunned and a little bit sickened,' by the jury's decision.

'I’ve probably never seen a better circumstantial case.

'Juries have to find guilt beyond a reason doubt.That doesn’t mean beyond all doubt.

He added the prosecution overplayed Casey Anthony as a party girl.

He said: 'A guilty person would have kept a low-profile, would have immediately reported the supposed kidnapping and immediately disposed of the body.

'They tried to pretend that the weakness was a strength. Sometimes the prosecution tries to whistle past the graveyard.

'They could have painted a more coherent case that the girl died as the result of child abuse.'

Stunned Anthony hugged defence attorney Jose Baez when the jury's verdict was read after only ten hours of deliberation. As the jury left, a relieved Anthony, who had been facing the death penalty burst into tears of delight.

In a verdict that shocked America, the jury accepted Casey's account of events that Caylee drowned in the Anthony's family pool on June 16. Read More