Casey Anthony Trial: Nancy Grace Reacts to Not-Guilty Verdict (Video)
HLN's Nancy Grace has arguably played a bigger role than anyone in making the Casey Anthony trial a nationwide media sensation -- and she was visibly stunned when the not-guilty verdict was read Tuesday.
Grace, a trained lawyer, has been covering the story on her primetime show since mid-2008, before Caylee's remains were discovered in December of that year. She referred to the defendant derisively as "tot mom" and acted as a crusader for Anthony's 2-year-old Caylee.
One Tuesday, after the jury revealed its verdict that they had found Anthony not guilty of murdering her daughter, Grace was in disbelief.
"There's no way this is a verdict that speaks the truth," she said on HLN moments after the verdict was read. "But this is our jury system."
She also went on to criticize the defense's celebrations but added that "the devil is dancing" because of the verdict.
The jury deliberated for nearly 11 hours, finding Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of daughter Caylee. But they did find her guilty of four counts of providing false information to law information, which are misdemeanors.
"[Caylee's] death has gone unavenged," Grace said, adding that "tot mom's lies seem to have worked."
HLN's intense coverage of the trial gave the network its most-watched month ever in June, surpassing cable news leader Fox News during some daytime hours.
HLN executive vp Scot Safon told THR that the newtork's attentions will now turn to stories including the ongoing manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray as well as the trial of polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, which is scheduled to begin later this month in Texas.