Marcia Clark: Casey Anthony Verdict Crazier Than OJ's

Anthony wasn't a celebrity, and there was no Mark Fuhrman
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2011 11:36 AM CDT
Former prosecutor Marcia Clark looks on during a preliminary hearing during OJ Simpson's burglary trial in this file photo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – When she heard the Casey Anthony verdict, Marcia Clark flashed back to how she felt when OJ Simpson was acquitted. “But this case was different. The verdict was far more shocking,” the ex-prosecutor in the Simpson case writes in the Daily Beast. Casey wasn’t a beloved celebrity, nor was there a racial dimension to the case. “There was no racist cop, no questions about evidence collection, and no endless cross-examination on irrelevancies like Colombian necklaces and drug cartels.”

Sure, the case against Anthony was circumstantial. “Most cases are. But the circumstances were compelling. Maybe not enough to prove premeditated murder,” but enough for manslaughter “at the very least.” Likely the jury got hung up on reasonable doubt, believing the prosecution hadn’t proven its case. “I must accept their verdict,” Clark writes, but “I did follow the case, and I have to be honest: If I’d been in that jury room, the vote would’ve been 11 to 1. Forever.” (The founder of CourtTV thinks the Beast's choice of Clark to opine on this is a bit weird, notes Mediaite.)

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