The Casey Anthony verdict was the top story on national evening newscasts.
"There was a gasp across the country in front of millions of televisions this afternoon," ABC anchor Diane Sawyer said in describing Anthony's acquittal.
"A guilty verdict was assumed by the experts," NBC's Brian Williams said. "But that is not what happened in the courtroom today because, of course, guilt must be proven."
So what did one of those experts have to say?
ABC's legal analyst Dan Abrams said most commentators "got a lot of this wrong -- a lot of people expected she'd be convicted of something." He said that jurors probably focused on cause of death and decided that the prosecution couldn't demonstrate that Caylee died at another person's hands.
"Our legal system has very specific rules in place that are not just 'do I think the person did it,' but proof beyond a reasonable doubt is something that I think a lot of people are going to be thinking a whole lot about these next few days," Abrams said.
What do you think?
ABC also interviewed criminal defense lawyer Kathleen Zellner, who said she didn't know how the Anthony family would recover. "She's lost everything," Zellner said of Casey. "She is going to live in a prison the rest of her life."
HLN's Nancy Grace predicted, however, that Anthony will be on easy street and will collect big money for a movie and a book deal.
Casey Anthony: 'There was a gasp across the country'
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