Casey Anthony Not Guilty of Murder. Social-Media Trial of Century. Like many other popular attractions in Orlando, the Casey Anthony trial requires tickets.
Hundreds of people show up each day to watch the murder case unfold. But only those who arrive well before 8 a.m. and wait in June swelter can get a pass allowing them into the soaring, chilly top-floor courtroom where Anthony is trying to avoid the death penalty. Anthony is accused of murdering her 2-year-old, Caylee, in 2008. In December of that year, investigators found parts of the girl's duct-taped corpse near Anthony's parents' home.
Bugs and vegetation had colonized the remains, which had been dumped roughly six months earlier. And yet they are relative latecomers to what is the first major murder trial of the social-media age. Today, the latest and most reliable news of the trial comes from a Twitter account, NinthCircuitFL. Casey Anthony saga called 'social media trial of century' Casey Anthony trial: Cable TV, social media spur Casey Anthony spectacle. The media circus came to town, this time not in Los Angeles but in Orlando, Fla.
In a case compared to the courtroom dramas of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers, the trial of Casey Anthony -- if there were any doubts before -- became a full-fledged national legal spectacle Tuesday after outrage erupted over the jury's decision to acquit the young mother on charges she killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, with chloroform and duct tape. Twitter blazed with righteous anger over what was largely viewed as a surprise verdict and anchors for a host of cable news outlets, which had trumpeted their extensive courtroom coverage particularly as the trial picked up momentum with viewers, could barely conceal their shock -- and sometimes did not even try.
"The devil is dancing," said HLN's Nancy Grace, whose vigorous and unabashed pro-prosecution coverage helped lift the central Florida case to national prominence. "There's no way this verdict speaks to the truth. " Casey Anthony Trial Provides Hot Topic for Social Media. Thanks to seemingly constant coverage on channels like HLN, the Casey Anthony murder trial was this summer’s hot "reality TV" ticket—and Tuesday’s verdict has become the hot topic of online conversation.
The not-guilty verdict came as a surprise to many observers and has naturally led to frequent comparisons to the O.J. Simpson murder trial. But O.J.' S 1995 acquittal came before the explosion of the social web. “The O.J. trial may have had broader media attention,” Brent Idarola, a Frost & Sullivan analyst, told The New York Times, “however, social media platforms were not in place at that time, so the collective echo chamber has been unprecedented.” Facebook posts reacting to the verdict came in “faster than we can even count, meaning at least 10 of them per second,” said All Facebook, and according to social media analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, there were 325,283 Twitter posts on Tuesday about the Casey Anthony trial—most from around the time of the verdict. Public Irate, Social Media Explodes with Opinion. ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- "She can kill her child and get away with it ... but I can't get married to my partner and adopt a child," Mark Walker wrote on his Facebook wall Tuesday mere seconds after Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, manslaughter and child abuse.
"This is O.J. Number 2," one woman said outside the courtroom, where hundreds of people gathered to protest the jury's decision. In New York's Times Square, a woman reacted tearfully to the trial's verdict: "She killed a little girl. So she gets off and, you know, and she goes home and maybe has another baby that she can abuse and hurt. " Even celebrities joined in the discussion, airing their own opinions of the verdict. The Internet’s response to the Casey Anthony ‘not guilty’ verdict. Trial by Social Media: #caseyanthonyverdict. Casey Anthony Accused baby killer Casey Anthony was found not guilty.
According to a jury of her peers, Casey was not responsible for Caylee Anthony’s death. This fact was Tweeted and Retweeted, Facebooked and Refacebooked, blogged and commented on by literally millions of people yesterday. The sheer volume of broadband traffic dedicated to #caseyanthonyverdict was astonishing. Which begs for the questions: 1) Should we redefine “jury of our peers?” The Tweets were so overwhelmingly against Casey Anthony that reading them made me uncomfortable. Most reasonable pundits (not the screaming ones Nancy Grace put on her show) felt that the jury did its job, and that the idea of trial by jury of your peers is still the best.
Tens of millions of social networkers disagreed: @thepaolosaurus “OJ’s jurors are glad their 16yr record of being the 12 dumbest people in America is over.” @goldhammy_ “When did everyone with a Twitter account become an expert in criminal law?”
Social media sites keep Anthony case alive. By Natalie DiBlasio and Luke Kerr-Dineen, USA TODAY Updated 7/12/2011 12:30 PM | Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her daughter, but scores of Facebook posts still hound her. facebook.com facebook.com Thousands of members of the social networking site have set up Casey Anthony pages to criticize her, curse at her and even follow her when she is released Sunday.
Some pages are memorials to Caylee Anthony, 2, who disappeared in June 2008. By late Monday afternoon, 16,265 people had pledged to "Wear Purple for Caylee Anthony's Birthday" on Aug. 9. STORY: Anthony verdict doesn't sit well with most At change.org, more than 1.1 million people have signed a petition calling for passage of "Caylee's Law," which would make it a felony to fail to report a child's disappearance within 24 hours. The System Worked. 'This case [is] about seeking justice for Caylee . . .
" So argued the prosecutor in the Casey Anthony murder case. He was wrong, and the jury understood that. A criminal trial is never about seeking justice for the victim. If it were, there could be only one verdict: guilty. Casey Anthony trial demonstrates that U.S. Constitution still matters in the Social Media Age.