Casey Anthony vs. O.J. Simpson: Which Not Guilty Verdict Was More Shocking?

07/05/2011 at 03:15 PM EDT

Casey Anthony Verdict, Not Guilty, Innocent Poll
O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony
Myung J. Chun/AP; Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT/AP
For the past three years, the public has not been on Casey Anthony's side.

During the 35-day trial, concluding with 10-plus hours of deliberations, rampant speculation mounted that the Florida mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee would indeed be convicted of first-degree murder – and perhaps even to face the death penalty.

But on Tuesday afternoon, the jury delivered a not guilty verdict as millions watched on TV and online.

The surprising decision was reminiscent of another acquittal in a high-profile murder case: that of O.J. Simpson.

In 1995, jurors deliberated for about four hours before returning a famously surprising not guilty verdict in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Another quick return on a murder trial verdict also came in 1995 in the Susan Smith case. Smith was accused of drowning her two young sons, and after two-and-a-half of deliberation, that jury delivered a guilty verdict.

Tell us:

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners

Watch It

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters