The public interest in the case -- and the ensuing anger over the acquittal in July of the young woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee -- had led Florida Superior Court Judge Belvin Perry to keep the jurors' names under wraps for several months. The delay was intended to provide a "cooling-off" period and to offer jurors a measure of protection.
Jurors were either unavailable or didn't want to talk to the media Tuesday when a judge released their names, three months after they found Anthony not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. In the days since the verdict, Anthony and the jurors received death threats and angry messages were posted online. Many people across the nation thought the jurors let a guilty woman go free.
The 17 men and women from Pinellas County, Florida, were chosen by sheer luck of the draw to sit in judgment at one of the country’s most notorious murder trials. And when these jurors rendered their not-guilty verdicts in the first-degree murder case against Casey Anthony, shortly after 2 p.m. on July 5, their lives changed forever. Now they say they feel like prisoners in their own homes.