Casey Anthony Jurors to Be Identified This Fall

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The identities of the 14 Pinellas County jurors in the Casey Anthony trial will be revealed on or after Oct. 25.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Judge Belvin Perry made the ruling this week.

Names of jurors are usually public record in Florida, but Judge Perry had decided to seal their names to protect them.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that when he issued the ruling on Tuesday, Perry said, "No one spoke for the jurors and no one provided evidence concerning the jurors' safety or privacy concerns... No one argued the public policy consequences of releasing juror information."

A Pinellas county jury found the Orlando mother in the murder of her daughter Caylee . News of the not-guilty verdict prompted negative responses from the public and even drew some threats to jurors.

Three alternate jurors in the trial released their names, including Russell Huekler of St. Petersburg, who was the first to speak about the case. Huekler said he supported the jury decision.

Palm Harbor resident Dean Eckstadt also served as an alternate juror. Alternate juror Jennifer Ford, who is a nursing student at St. Petersburg College also spoke to the media about her experience. 

In Clearwater, said the attention regarding the Anthony trial makes it difficult to find good jurors.

“Jurors are being criticized for doing their job,” McGrady said. “They are the only ones that heard all of the evidence and only the evidence. The jury made their decision based on the law.”

McGrady added that a does not necessarily mean a person is innocent; it just means the state didn’t have enough evidence to convict. In this case, McGrady said it showed the system works.


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