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updated 7/5/2011 6:29:12 PM ET 2011-07-05T22:29:12

Inside and outside a Florida courtroom, the jury's verdict in the Casey Anthony trial left many stunned, outraged or relieved Tuesday.

The 25-year-old mother was found not guilty in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of four counts of lying to investigators looking into the girl's disappearance in June 2008.

"I can't believe it. I'm shocked. Oh my God, I can't believe it," Angela Wright, of Elkhart, Ind., told the Orlando Sentinel on Tuesday.

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She joined hundreds of others, like Janine Gonzalez, outside the Orange County Courthouse in Florida.

"Where's justice for Caylee?" Gonzalez told the Sentinel. Gonzalez said she lives a few miles from the Anthony home in east Orange County. "Do you mean to tell me that in Florida you can kill your child, toss her on the side of the road and go free? She (Casey Anthony) better move and move to a faraway place."

Here are more reactions to the verdict:

Lawson Lamar, Florida state attorney
"We're disappointed in the verdict today because we know the facts and we've put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed. ... This is a dry-bones case. Very, very difficult to prove. The delay in recovering little Caylee's remains worked to our considerable disadvantage."

Jose Baez, Casey's defense lawyer
"While we're happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case," Baez said at a news conference afterward. "Caylee has passed on far, far too soon. And what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure that there has been justice for Caylee and Casey, because Casey did not murder Caylee. It's that simple."

Joe Adamson, an Orlando businessman
"I think it is really great that we have science, but we also have common sense," Adamson told the Sentinel. "These guys (jurors) didn't buy into science fiction."

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Ti McLeod, a neighbor of the Anthony family
"The justice system has failed Caylee."

Jodie Ickes, who shares the same hairdresser as Anthony
"I'm comfortable with the outcome."

Doug Berman, a criminal law professor at Ohio State University
"In some sense, it's a sign that the system worked well," Berman said. "The job of the system is not to turn this into a Hollywood ending, but to have all the actors in the system do the job to the best of their ability."

Gregory Jantz, psychologist
"Popular opinion did find her guilty, which is why we have so many people right now in shock," said Jantz, author of "Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear" and founder of counseling and treatment center A Place of Hope. "The next phase is going to be anger, and particularly from people who have suffered from trauma in their own lives."

Chad Ochocinco
The Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver said "Dear @CNN am I hearing things correctly but I believe i heard the words #NotGuilty uttered numerous times.I could be mistaken just asking?"

Justin Stangel
David Letterman's Late Night writer tweeted : "Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder! She screamed "Wow, even I thought I did it!"

Kerry Sanders
Sanders said he received messages from people in Nigeria, Germany and worldwide telling the NBC News correspondent how they had been captivated by the Florida case.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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    >>> good evening. as trials go, the casey anthony case blew up before our very eyes, becoming an ongoing obsession of the summer of 2011 . for whatever reason, millions of people followed the case of this young woman , who waited over a month to report her 2-year-old daughter was missing. later found dead. and who was caught in a number of lies along the way. after a trial that lasted just over a month, when the jury came back with a verdict after just 11 hours of deliberations, a guilty verdict was assumed by the experts. but that is not what happened in the courtroom today because, of course, guilt must be proven. we begin here tonight with nbc kerry sanders in orlando , good evening.

    >> reporter: good evening, brian. it took the 12-member jury just under 11 hours to reach their verdict -- not guilty on all three felony counts.

    >> will the defendant rise, along with council?

    >> reporter: 25 yooerd casey anthony stood in the courtroom, no color in her face as the clerk read the verdict.

    >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count one, we the jury, find the defendant not guilty.

    >> reporter: on the charge of aggravated child abuse .

    >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty.

    >> reporter: and on the charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

    >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty, so say we all.

    >> reporter: casey anthony took a deep breath and then began to cry as the clerk announced the jury's decision on four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer .

    >> we the jury find the defendant guilty.

    >> reporter: she could face four years in prison on those charges but today, casey was celebrating, embracing her legal team.

    >> oh, my god! oh, my god!

    >> reporter: the "not guilty" verdict stunned those watching this case.

    >> this system has failed miserably.

    >> reporter: angry because those who tuned in to all or part of this 36-day trial expected a different outcome.

    >> it's not right. this is wrong. this is bad.

    >> reporter: the trial verdict was watched around the world, and even at 24,000 feet, a verdict won by lead defense attorney , jose baez.

    >> there are no winners in this case.

    >> reporter: who said 2-year-old caylee anthony 's death should not be lost in her mother's acquittal.

    >> caylee has passed on, far, far too soon. casey did not murder kay.

    >> reporter: she could face --

    >> i know i can go home and my daughter will ask me -- what did you do today? and i can say -- i saved a life.

    >> reporter: prosecutors jeff ashton and linda drane berdick.

    >> and their boss --

    >> i never, ever criticize a jury. theirs is the task of decide what can to believe.

    >> reporter: the lead prosecutor in this case, jeff ashton, announced this will be his last case. he is now retiring. the jurors were given an opportunity to comment. they chose not to. they are, tonight, on their way back home to st. petersburg, florida. about 100 miles from here. they've been sequestered in orlando . cindy and george anthony released a statement from their attorney that reads in part -- while the family may never know what happened to caylee marie anthony they now have closure for this chapter of their life. brian?

    >> kerry sanders starting us off in orlando , thanks.

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