Casey Anthony verdict disappointing, but understandable

It may be disappointing to many of the millions who followed the case, but even they should be able to see why a Florida jury wouldn’t convict Casey Anthony of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

There was not enough evidence to reach that conclusion.

The jury did agree that the 25-year-old woman didn’t tell the truth, convicting of her on four misdemeanor counts of lying to law enforcement. But the panel refused to make a connection between the lies and a murder conviction. Nor would it convict Anthony of manslaughter.

That likely means that no one but Casey Anthony and her dead child will ever know exactly what happened to the little girl. That hardly seems like justice, but it’s what the jury ordained.

It’s surprising that the jury didn’t take more time to reach its decision. After 33 days of testimony, it only deliberated a little more than 10 hours over two days. But after being sequestered for more than a month, perhaps the jurors were ready to go home.

In the end, they refused to send Anthony to death row without being certain that she actually killed her little girl. Circumstantial evidence just wasn’t enough.

Perhaps the child died accidentally. Maybe, as the defense said, she drowned in the family pool. But how could her mother try to hide that fact for so many weeks? How could she party while police looked for a murderer?

The jury never got the answers to those questions. Casey Anthony never took the stand. It’s only her conscience now that may one day compel her to tell the whole truth.