Is Casey Anthony guilty of murder? Members of the jury weren't convinced and so declared her not guilty. That's the way our system of justice works, and it's one of the best systems in the world.

A jury of her peers says Casey Anthony, accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in Florida, is not guilty.


One is hard-pressed to find anyone in this country happy with the verdict, but the trial that ran more than 30 days brought up questions with no beyond-a-reasonable-doubt answers in the minds of the jurors.


All we know for sure is that the little girl died, and someone put her body in a trash bag and threw it into the woods to decay –– and that's the rub, the source of the anger.


What happened to little Caylee Anthony? Was she murdered? Or was it an accident, as some speculate? Why did Casey Anthony wait 30 days to report her daughter missing? What was the cause of Caylee's death? No answers. No proof.


Poor little Caylee. We mourn for her.


But the verdict is in, the decision is made. Casey Anthony was found not guilty and will soon be free to go about her life, though it will not be as if nothing had happened.


She will undoubtedly be offered book and movie deals. She already is famous. According to TV commentator Nancy Grace, who has followed the trial from day one, Casey Anthony will become a millionaire, profiting off the death of her daughter and the drama that followed, and much of that is because of us.


Caylee's death and her mother's trial brought out the worst of human traits –– drawn to the bizarre; rubberneckers who slow down, who can't turn away from the bloody mess of a highway accident.


It's something to brag about: "That 30-car-pileup on the highway yesterday? I drove right by it, was held up in traffic two hours. There were bodies everywhere."


Hundreds fought each day for one of the 50 seats available in the courtroom in Orlando, Fla. There were brawls, injuries and arrests. The line for tickets started forming before the sun was up, and those who weren't "lucky" enough to get a ticket into the courtroom made a day of it. They picnicked outside the courthouse, chatted with other spectators and strained their necks to get a glimpse of the attorneys or reporters assigned to the story as they went in and out of the courthouse.


The question has to be asked, why were they there? Why were the rest of us glued to the television, anxious for the latest bit of news on the trial, ready to judge every facial expression, every statement, every tear?


Is Casey Anthony guilty of murder? Members of the jury weren't convinced and so declared her not guilty. That's the way our system of justice works, and it's one of the best systems in the world.


Those spectators and, in fact, most of us, now angry that Casey will go free, forgot what should never be forgotten in this country: One is innocent until proven guilty. We don't have to like the outcome.


-- MetroWest Daily News (Mass.)