It’s been more than one year since Casey Anthony was acquitted on charges of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee. The verdict rendered on July 5, 2011 sparked outrage nationwide with protesters shouting outside the Orange County courthouse demanding justice for Caylee. Bills were enacted in states nationwide prompting legislators to enact “Caylee’s Law,” a regulation that would make failing to report your child missing a federal crime. On April 6, 2012, in Anthony’s home state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 37, making “Caylee’s Law” official. Though Anthony was acquitted, the vitriol surrounding the case, and the belief many hold that she murdered her daughter despite a jury’s decision, continues. Anthony is facing several civil suits and is scheduled for another trial in January 2013. However, it doesn’t take long for one to realize that that animosity directed towards Anthony is just as strong today as it was throughout the murder trial.
Those searching through the social media-networking site “Twitter” in real time will find numerous references to Anthony and other most hated celebrities and criminals. Popular tweets include references to the noun turned verb phrase “Casey Anthony your kid” or choosing a babysitter or nanny named “Casey Anthony.” Some refer to their feelings of anger towards the jurors in the case, as well as the fact that Anthony is no longer on probation and is technically, a free woman. Anthony’s attorney, Charles M. Greene, along with her criminal defense attorney, J. Cheney Mason continue to insist that Anthony’s life is in danger from a public that is incensed that Anthony is free and no one has ever been punished for the death of two-year-old Caylee.
The Facebook group “People Against “We Support Casey Anthony” continues their boycott and mission that Anthony never profit from the death of Caylee Anthony. On September 16, 2012, the group added Piers Morgan to their boycott list as a response to a June telephone interview where Anthony told the CNN host that she did not kill her daughter.
Anthony spent one year on probation for her conviction of lying to police during the initial investigation into her daughter’s disappearance. During that time, public information pertaining to Anthony, information that is normally accessible for other Florida citizens in trouble with the law, was kept private. Anthony’s address has remained a secret since her release from jail and she has kept a low profile. It is unclear whether Anthony will continue to receive special treatment due to the perceived threats against her as she faces three civil suits in Orange County, Florida.
Though Anthony proclaimed her innocence, the public sentiment surrounding her shows that not many believe she is innocent of Caylee’s death in 2008.
Polls continue to show that Casey Anthony is the most hated person in the United States. In June 2012, the New York Post polled more than 9,000 people and Anthony’s name topped the list. The poll was conducted nearly one year following her acquittal.
During Anthony’s extremely publicized trial, many comparisons were made to O.J. Simpson who was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Though acquitted in criminal court, Simpson was found guilty of their deaths in a civil trial. Simpson came in at number seven on the Post’s poll and is currently incarcerated on other charges. As Anthony faces civil suits, it will be interesting to see if she will continue to share similarities with Simpson. Zenaida Gonzales is suing Anthony for defamation in a suit stemming from statements given by Anthony that she left Caylee with a nanny by the same name. Anthony’s attorneys filed a motion requesting information from the criminal trial be barred in the civil trial. A hearing is scheduled in the matter for September 26, 2012.
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