Casey Anthony Trial: Why the Jurors Refused to Talk to the Media
The 12-person jury who found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter declined to talk to the media about the verdict Tuesday, disappointing reporters who had anxiously been awaiting their chance to question them about their decision.
The seven women and five men had been expected to make an appearance at a press conference Tuesday afternooon where 12 chairs had already been set up in anticipation of their arrival.
But Karen Levey, director of due process services for the Orange County, Fla., circuit court, disappointed many when she came out to reveal the news that the jurors had unanimously decided not to speak to the media.
"We are not releasing their names at this time. They are asking you to respect their privacy," she told reporters. "They are just not interested ... a universal, unequivocal no."
Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the trial, ordered that the jurors' names not be made public until further notice.
"They've asked for their privacy, and they will contact you if they are interested," Levey added.
The five alternate jurors also declined to speak publicly about the case, though Levey said two of the alternates had expressed an interest in speaking with the media at a later date and venue other than the courthouse.
One factor in their decision could have been Casey Anthony overload. Because of the intense media coverage, the jurors were selected from a pool in near Pinellas County and transported to Orlando -- where they had to remain sequestered in a hotel for six weeks, the entire duration of the trial.
The verdict itself may have played another role in their decision: Many who had been following the case closely -- including HLN's Nancy Grace -- were shocked that Anthony had been found not guilty, and the media were sure to grill jurors on their decision.
Meanwhile, it also could be to their financial benefit to keep their mouths shut for now: Networks and tabloid outfits are likely to pursue the jurors with lucrative offers to tell their stories, as in other high-profile cases like the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
The jurors included a high school teacher, a counselor, an information-technology employee, a nursing student, an unemployed log-yard worker, a cell-phone service rep and a part-time cook at a grocery store.
They 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.