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Bill O'Reilly: Anthony Verdict 'Astounding'

Thursday, 07 Jul 2011 05:24 AM

By Hiram Reisner

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Wednesday that the fact that Casey Anthony was acquitted was “astounding” and that justice has not been done.
O’Reilly made the statement after playing a clip from an alternate juror who said that the mother did not get away with murder.
“I don’t think the prosecution was able to show how she died, what was the motive — what was the motivation,” Russell Huekler said. “No, she did not get away with murder.”

O’Reilly said “it’s hard to me to criticize that man, I don't know him. But I do know that there was so much evidence in the case, so many bizarre things done by Casey Anthony that to let her walk away from the death of her two-year-old is astounding. It is astounding.”

“The frustrating thought about the Caylee Anthony murder is that justice is not being done,” he said. “Hopefully the little girl is in heaven and her killer will most likely go to hell but here on earth our powerful justice system has failed. Somebody got away with murder.

“There is no solution to the problem because human beings are fallible. It took the jury just 11 hours to acquit the woman, apparently believing the prosecution did not prove its case,” O’Reilly said.

“But in America today is the burden of proof too high? Have we become a nation that does not make judgments any more about behavior? Is there always an excuse for everything? Reasonable doubt was not raised by Ms. Anthony's lawyers,” he said. “They ran around concocting a lot of bull they couldn’t prove. They correctly challenged the state’s evidence but again expert witnesses, FBI people testified there was chloroform in Ms. Anthony’s car, along with a hair that matched those at the death site.

“The jury chose not to believe the experts. Why? That, combined with Casey Anthony's bizarre behavior, actions no innocent person would ever have taken, should have sealed her fate,” O’Reilly said. “The Casey Anthony verdict is a dark, dark day in American history, no question. And that's the memo.”

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