“This is justice in America,” State Attorney Lawson Lamar said Tuesday after the verdict in Casey Anthony’s trial was announced.
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Lamar praised his “world class” team of prosecutors for their hard work on the case, even though the jury found Anthony not guilty of murder, child abuse and manslaughter in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Anthony was convicted of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. She will be sentenced Thursday morning.
“I never ever criticize a jury,” Lamar, the chief prosecutor for Orange County, said. He was disappointed with the verdict, but he acknowledged that the “mountain of evidence” prosecutors presented may not have eliminated every reasonably doubt in the jurors’ minds.
He said his office will return to work tomorrow to prosecute the 140 other murder cases they are trying. The victims in 11 of those cases are children.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings also spoke at the press conference, urging the community to respect the jury’s decision. He noted that verdicts in other high-profile cases have resulted in civil disobedience and he asked that people maintain their “peaceful resolve” regardless of their feelings on the outcome of the trial.
He also asked that anyone who does not live in the area of Casey Anthony’s parents’ house avoid their neighborhood. Deputies will be patrolling the area to ensure peace and order.
The attorney representing George, Cindy and Lee Anthony issued a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the verdict a “fair decision,” despite a “baseless defense” that accused George Anthony of sexual abuse and blamed him for the cover-up of Caylee’s death.
Attorney Mark Lippman said the family has “closure for this chapter of their life” and will now “begin the long process of rebuilding their lives,” but they may never truly know what happened to Caylee Marie Anthony.
The family is asking anyone who wants to honor Caylee to donate stuffed animals and toys to families in need rather than leaving them in any area near their home.
“The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately,” Lippman said.