Social media users find Casey Anthony guilty

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, and after 11 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury of 12 found 25-year-old Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the case of the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

The jury also declared her not guilty of second-degree or third-degree murder resulting from aggravated child abuse.

The jury did find Anthony guilty of four counts of providing law enforcement with false information throughout the investigation.

Anthony’s sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 at 9 a.m. From what we’ve read, she’ll receive a maximum sentence of four years for her crimes. (Keep in mind, she’s been in jail for the past three years.)

So that’s it. Three years after Caylee’s original disappearance and six weeks after the trial commenced, Casey Anthony will retire from the spotlight, right?

So wrong.

Why? Because Casey Anthony is the biggest murder trial to hit the media since O.J. Simpson, but, this time around, we have social media.

The first mention of Anthony family troubles on social media was by Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother, on Myspace July 3, 2008. There, Cindy said Casey had stolen “lots of money” from her parents.

Tweets, Facebook statuses, blog posts, etc. about the Anthony family and the murder investigation steadily rose throughout the trial, and they absolutely exploded when the verdict was read.

And, boy, were social media users following the trial P.O.’d at the decision. Need proof? Just search #caseyanthonytrial on Twitter.

The vast majority of social media users found Casey Anthony guilty, guilty, guilty, and they’re not afraid to say it.

Their fiery posts will keep this story alive until, as sad as it is, something more scandalous comes along. We predict violent, “Casey Anthony is a murderer!” posts with extra exclamation marks! (!!!!!!!)

And we also predict that Casey Anthony will not be able to fully participate in social media with her own name and identity (probably) for the rest of her life. That should be a tiny bit comforting for those social media enthusiasts out there who are absolutely disgusted with the jury’s decision.

We kept up with this story by reading posts on What’s Trending?, Time U.S., Time NewsFeed and Yahoo! News.


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