The names of the jurors in Casey Anthony’s murder trial could be released as early as Tuesday.
Court administration “may release the names only of the fourteen seated jurors who have not already voluntarily released their names in this matter, on or after October 25, 2011,” Judge Belvin Perry ruled on July 26.
Two of the five alternate jurors voluntarily revealed their identities after the not guilty verdict was announced, and one of the twelve who participated in deliberations allowed her name to be released when she did media interviews about the decision. A few others, including the jury foreman, have given interviews but remained anonymous.
Perry authorized the release of the remaining jurors’ names nearly four months after the trial ended because “such a ‘cooling-off’ period fairly balances the public’s access to information and the jurors’ safety.”
In his July order, Perry noted the public outrage over Anthony’s acquittal and pointed to media reports that one of the jurors quit her job and left the state out of fear of being exposed. Many jurors told court staff “that they feel like prisoners in their own homes” and some reported receiving threats, according to Perry.
As a result, he decided their safety was a legitimate concern. He wrote that he hoped the three-month cooling-off period he imposed would “allow those enraged by the verdict and who might instinctively react with violence to compose and restrain themselves. ”
The few jurors who have spoken out have all given similar reasons for finding Anthony not guilty of murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse in her daughter Caylee’s death, and most of their comments reflect a feeling that prosecutors failed to prove the case against Anthony beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury did convict her of four counts of lying to law enforcement.
The jury foreman told Fox News that jurors did not trust George Anthony and that the evidence involving duct tape, chloroform and decomposition in Anthony’s trunk simply was not convincing enough. “You don’t know who put the body in the trunk or how it ended up there,” he said.
Juror #3 told ABC News that she did not think Anthony was innocent, but she did not believe there was enough evidence to convict her. She said jurors were “sick to their stomachs” over the decision.
“Generally, none of us liked Casey Anthony at all,” one male juror told People Magazine in August. “She seems like a horrible person. But the prosecution did not give us enough evidence to convict. They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt. ”
That juror said he lived in fear of being identified, checking the internet daily to see if anybody figured out who he was. He also said that -- knowing the additional information about the case that he learned after the trial but was not presented in court -- he would probably have voted to convict Anthony of manslaughter.
HLN is not releasing the names of the jurors unless they decide to go public.