MAMARONECK, NY - The final verdict in the Casey Anthony trial sparked rage in some Mamaroneck residents Thursday, while others, like Michelle Miller and Sheridan Denfeld are taking a more measured perspective.
"Perhaps the 'not guilty' verdict isn't saying she's not guilty, but saying there wasn't enought proof to convict her," said Miller, who relaxed at Harbor Island Park with Denfeld, while watching their children in the playground.
Miller questioned jury members' backgrounds, and asked Denfeld, "What do you make of our justice system?"
"I wasn't there, so I can't judge her. I'm just goin on what the media said," said Denfeld, who speculated that the only reason this story has gotten so much attention is because Anthony is an "attractive 25-year-old."
Both Denfeld and Miller believe she should have been convicted on all charges, which include first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter, but questioned why she wasn't charged with neglect.
"She was clearly neglectful, because she didn't now where her child was for a month," Denfeld said. "That's neglect."
One Mamaroneck resident, Wenzhu Li, was livid that Anthony may be released from jail as early as this summer, due to time served and good behavior. "I think it's ridiculous," Li said. "If she can kill her kid, she can kill anybody."
Miller began to consider how the media frenzy surrounding this case would affect Miller's future, but stopped herself.
"At the end of the day, there is a two-year-old who's dead."
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