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

(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."

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)
Caylee Anthony, in an undated file photo.   (AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Office, File)
Jenn Keller, right, reacts after the Casey Anthony not guilty verdict was announced outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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