esterday, in Orlando, Florida after two days of deliberation, jurors found Casey Anthony not guilty of an array of horrifying charges, including first-degree murder of her 2-year old daughter Caylee Anthony, manslaughter and child abuse. Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police, which is likely to get her a prison term of four years (or much less, due to time already spent behind bars) –not so bad, considering she was facing the death penalty.
The shocking verdict is a nod to the power of what might be called "suggestive sympathetic projection." Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez, implying that Casey may have been the victim of family sexual abuse, successfully instilled enough doubt and sympathy into jurors’ minds to apparently lead them away from common sense, arriving at a virtual acquittal.
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