It’s been over six years since Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee, but the case still makes people’s blood boil. A lot of true crime fans have since asked: Can Casey Anthony be retried? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
Double jeopardy prevents a person from being tried again for the same crime “following a valid acquittal or conviction.” Because the young mother was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and child abuse, she will never face jail time for the charges related to Caylee’s death. The now-31-year-old was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, but was given credit for the nearly three years she served in prison while awaiting the murder trial.
Casey and Caylee shortly before her death.
The nation was so furious over the verdict that many of the jurors are still in hiding today due to the intense backlash they received. Alternate juror Russ Huekler is the only one to speak out, and he continues to stand by their decision. “I’m not saying that Casey was innocent. The prosecution just didn’t prove their case. They couldn’t say how she died. They couldn’t connect Casey to the murder. It was all circumstantial evidence, the whole case,” he told Investigation Discovery last year.
After the jurors’ names were revealed in October 2011, Huekler said they all received death threats. “I probably got a thousand emails telling me that I didn’t deserve to breathe. How could I be so stupid, how could I be so wrong? Shame on me,” he recalled.
Given that 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of Caylee’s death, interest in the case has once again peaked, and people are hoping that new evidence will be found. But even if it all points to Casey, she’ll never be made to pay.
In a 2017 interview with the Associated Press, Casey admitted, “I don’t give a s–t about what anyone thinks about me, I never will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.” Not many people who’ve lost a child can say the same.
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