For three years, the mystery of Caylee Anthony's disappearance and death captivated people around the country. So it's no wonder, as the verdict came down in the trial of her accused mother, 25-year-old Casey Anthony, many felt strong emotions.
Vinnie Politan, anchor for TruTV's "In Session," said the emotions were "absolutely raw" following the verdict and through the night.
One woman told CBS News on Tuesday, "There's a God up in heaven that's bigger than that judge up there and that stupid jury. She can run but she can't hide. God will get her."
Another said, "That poor little girl doesn't have justice. Somebody murdered that child."
"She deserves to rot in hell," said another.
One man made a comparison to the O.J. Simpson case 1995, in which the football superstar was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
"This is like O.J. all over again," he said.
Politan said impassioned crowds gathered outside the courthouse and where Caylee's remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthony home in east Orange County, Fla.
He said, "You saw families with children, and people all coming by, because they couldn't believe what happened, number one, and number two, they wanted to show their respects for this little girl."
He added, "Remember, this community searched for this girl because this little girl's mother said that she was missing, and that's where the investment began -- it began with a lie, and ended yesterday with this not guilty verdict."
Jennifer Barringer, a defense attorney who was a consultant to the Casey Anthony defense team, said a big question now is what's next for the acquitted mother.
"Where is she going to go? Where is she going to live? The family dynamics are in complete upheaval," Barringer said. "I was thinking about that myself last night. This is a girl who doesn't have a car, or a pair of shoes or anything. Where is she going to go? Everyone hates her so much."
"Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge remarked, "The general consensus is probably, people feel she got away with murder. How do you overcome something like that?"
"I don't know that you do," Barringer said. "She's going to have a
very tough time now. Because, you know, people were very agitated to
Barringer added, "You know, the state really, really did not have an ironclad case. That was the problem. ... It wasn't about whether she did it. It was whether it was done at all. Was it an accident? Was it murder? If you can't go there, this jury really properly applied the law in a dispassionate way, which is very rare for a jury. I know a lot of people say that this is very common, but it's not."
If she were convicted in her daughter's 2008 death, Anthony could have faced a possible death sentence.
Casey Anthony isn't the only person involved in the case facing public hatred. On "The Early Show," "48 Hours Mystery" correspondent Troy Roberts
reported Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony, have received
numerous death threats, according to their attorney.George Anthony, it was alleged by Casey Anthony's defense, helped cover up Caylee's accidental drowning in the family pool. George Anthony has denied these claims.
The Florida prosecution is also the source of condemnation from others.
One man said of the state's case, "They did not prove the case."
Another said, "The state did not connect the dots on reasonable doubt."