While the Casey Anthony trial did not have the undercurrents of celebrity and race that the OJ Simpson trial did, its outcome was just as shocking to many who had been following it, from the rapid verdict reached by the jury to lingering questions of whether justice was truly served.
Within moments of Casey Anthony's acquittal on first-degree murder charges, a nation transfixed by the trial began sounding off in cyberspace, spouting outrage and drawing comparisons to the outcome of the OJ Simpson trial more than 15 years ago, with one Twitter poster calling it the "biggest joke" since that case and another calling Casey Anthony "the white female OJ Simpson of the 21st century."
In Casey Anthony's trial, the jury came back with its decision in under 11 hours, while Simpson's jury deliberated for fewer than four.
"When this jury came back within less than 11 hours of deliberations on a case that, I think, most people thought would be a conviction, it was really a surprising verdict," said former homicide prosecutor Paul Callan. "I mean, the most surprising verdict since the OJ Simpson verdict was handed down."
One key difference in the two cases, at least so far, is that Casey Anthony is free to profit from her story, while a civil suit ordered that any money OJ earned through book or movie deals would go to family members of the victims Simpson had been accused of killing.
In both cases, though, many perplexed by the jury's decision then - and now - question whether the prosecution dropped the ball,
from the bloody glove in the Simpson case to the theories involving chloroform and duct tape in the Anthony trial.
"As you looked at each piece of scientific evidence, the defense was able to put reasonable doubt on the board for each piece," Callan said.
Callan also pointed out that because of double jeopardy rules, Casey Anthony can never be prosecuted on criminal charges again in this case.
Casey Anthony was found guilty on four misdemeanors of lying to police. She is scheduled to be sentenced for those counts on Thursday but it's possible she'll be given time served.
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