Casey Anthony trial verdict: Fair or fail?

Jul 5, 2011 at 3:13 p.m. ET

Casey Anthony has had her day in court -- and a jury has pronounced the young mother not guilty of the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. The woman was only found to be guilty of providing false information to investigators who were looking into the disappearance of her daughter. Caylee's body was found in December 2008 -- six months after the girl was reported missing -- and a cause of death has never been determined.

Caylee Anthony & Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony, 25, first made headlines three years ago when her beautiful two-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared. Today, after only 11 hours total of deliberation, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on the murder charge.

Web of lies

Anthony didn't report Caylee's "disappearance" for over 30 days. When she finally did, she began lying…a lot.

Throughout the ordeal, Casey Anthony told so many lies it was hard to keep them all straight. In the end, her defense attorney argued that Anthony had been taught to lie her entire life as a result of being sexually abused by her father, George Anthony. The defense claimed that Caylee accidentally drowned in a swimming pool.

The case

The prosecution's case was anything but airtight. According to the New York Times, "Forensic evidence was tenuous and no witnesses ever tied Ms. Anthony to Caylee's murder. Investigators found no trace of DNA or solid signs of chloroform or decomposition inside the trunk of Ms. Anthony's car, where prosecutors said Ms. Anthony stashed Caylee before disposing of her body."

Caylee's body was found six months after she disappeared, but it was too badly decomposed for medical examiners to determine a cause of death.

Moms react: The evidence wasn't there

Some moms maintain that the evidence to convict Anthony wasn't there. Gretchen Weston, a mom of two, said, "A part of me is shocked, but, as a lawyer, I have to believe that the state failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt."

"I agree that the prosecution left room for reasonable doubt -- and as distasteful as I find the woman, it's possible that she didn't kill her daughter," said mom of one Julie Carroll. "I think people are so upset because nobody will ever pay for Caylee's death. So it's over. No justice. And that's just hard to take."

Mom Christine Lane agrees: "While it disturbs me on several levels, I believe it was the right decision given the case presented. I think too many people are forgetting that it's innocent until proven guilty... Not the other way around."

Moms: It hits too close to home

Twitter streams and Facebook status updates convey the anger many moms feel over the not guilty verdict.

A mother's worst fear is losing her child, and the idea of a mom killing her own child is too much to fathom. Sentiments such as "Injustice has been served" and "Where is the justice?" abound.

The sheer volume of lies is overwhelming to many. Meredith Groenevelt asks simply, "So where do we go from here? Lying is wrong, but it totally gets the job done?"

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