Casey Anthony
Goes Free

Accused child killer Casey Anthony has been found not guilty by a Florida jury. What does the future hold for this social pariah?

In what has turned out to be an extremely controversial decision, a Florida jury has found accused child killer Casey Anthony not guilty on charges of murder and child abuse in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

Casey Anthony

While Casey Anthony was found guilty of the lesser charges of giving false information to police, the jury found that the prosecution had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Tot Mom is guilty.

So what's next for Casey Anthony? Her options are not ones that a large contingent of the public who believes she is guilty is going to like.

First and foremost, Casey Anthony can never be retried for this crime. Even if absolutely indisputable evidence were to turn up or Anthony herself were to confess to the crime, the rule of double jeopardy applies -- a rule designed to make sure the prosecution gets it right the first time.

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Because Anthony was found not guilty, laws that prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes also do not apply. Casey Anthony can give paid interviews, pose for Playboy, even write an OJ Simpson-style If I Did It type book and rake in the dough. Don't be surprised if you see The Casey Anthony Story on Lifetime sometime soon. Casey Anthony could potentially make millions of dollars in book, television and movie deals.

Lost in all the hype: The stolen life of Caylee Anthony.

Watch CNN coverage of the Casey Anthony verdict:

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Comments on "Casey Anthony not guilty: What's next"

gorilla June 13, 2012 | 3:29 PM

common !!!!!!!!!!!! fry her !! we ,us, they ,them .......everyone knows !!!!!!!!!!! fudgggggggggge nothing less than the electric chair ...ask susan smith .........what!!?? is american justice that !! stupid?? concerned canadian

oli July 09, 2011 | 7:37 AM

Death by the public, that's what's next.

JUNE July 09, 2011 | 2:47 AM

I cant believe that those 12 jurors where so blinded and stupid with the verdict they made. I have truly given up on our justice system in this country. These type of people know that when they do these terrible things to others that they have more rights then the victims do. People in America WAKE-UP!!! We have to start giving these people long and hard time in prison, not just a slap on the hand. No more bleeding hearts for those whom do not belong walking among good law abiding citizens.

ellen g July 08, 2011 | 2:53 AM

This was absolute TRAVISTY!!!! This piece of trash should be on death ROW!!!!! If her parents let her move back in with them after what she tried to do to her father then they are as crazy as she is!!!! That poor baby CAYLEE!!!! Also that TRASH JOSE BAEZ should take his nasty ass back to MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edie July 05, 2011 | 7:25 PM

WTH do the Chinese and Obama have to do with this baby killer?

Susan July 05, 2011 | 5:22 PM

Kier...did you not notice that it's Obama that is representing we 300 million in this most challenging time?

Keir July 05, 2011 | 1:19 PM

There is obviously something seriously wrong with the American jury system. Twenty years ago it was clear that the average juror was too ignorant to understand basic scientific evidence (corrupt DNA does not make it likelier to transform into the main suspect's DNA). America's education system has, during my lifetime, been criticised to the point that the NY Times pays writers to laud the virtues of the fascist Chinese system where a population of 1.4 billion has two universities known abroad, and where corruption is so rampant universities abroad refuse to acknowledge the qualifications gained from nearly all. Clearly ignorant people such as Bush and Palin are held up to be the best that a population of 300 million could hope for to represent them in these most challenging times. In the past this intelligence deficit was seen as threatening the country's future scientists, economists, doctors... now it seems that it is affecting the very idea of justice itself. A dystopia if ever there was one. www.tracesofevil

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