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.
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.
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.
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