Angry Posts Flood Facebook After Anthony Verdict
Jury won't talk about the surprise decision
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2011 4:53 PM CDT
In this image made from video, Casey Anthony smiles as she returns to the defense table after being acquitted of murder charges.   (AP Photo/Pool)

(Newser) – Casey Anthony's surprise acquittal today on all the big charges did wonders for the nation's web traffic this afternoon. News site page views surged from 2 million to 3.3 million per minute around the time of the verdict, reports Mashable. Facebook posts from people enraged at the verdict came too fast for All Facebook to count, meaning at least 10 per second. Maybe it's no wonder, then, that jurors issued an "unequivocal no" when asked whether they wanted to speak to the media, notes ABC News.

Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin offers some guesses at their thinking for CNN: "The absence of a cause or time of death must have been very important to the jury," he says. And prosecutors might have gotten too greedy: "I think the prosecution overcharged this case. This was not a first-degree murder case. They should have charged her with more modest crimes and would have had a better chance."

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Jul 6, 2011 9:27 AM CDT
I think she'll be the next OJ. The media will follow her around, making her life miserable, some restaurants will refuse to serve her, people will send her hate mail. Unlike OJ she doesn't have the money or connections to shield herself from this kind of thing. Her beautiful life will still be out of reach.
Jul 6, 2011 8:13 AM CDT
Angry posts? Casey is obviously an innocent victim of prosecutorial misconduct and a lynch-mob media mentality droven by ratings-hungry vultures. Justice finally prevailed.
Jul 6, 2011 4:43 AM CDT
If Casey Anthony is guilty of the abuse and or murder of her daughter Caylee, then may the spirit of Caylee rise up to never give Casey another day's peaceful rest. May the Gods of Justice see Justice done to Casey according to the truth.