Casey Anthony Trial: "Camp Casey" is chaos; spectators everywhere

7:42 PM, Jul 4, 2011   |    comments
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Orlando, Florida - "Verdict Watch" in the Casey Anthony murder trial is in full swing, and the crowds are lined up outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando.

Some sit on the sidewalk, talking with nearby fellow spectators. Others have a bag lunch and were seen on park benches.

It looks more like a festival atmosphere than a first degree murder trial.

People laugh and talk about the case, while craning their necks to see if they can catch a glimpse of personalities like Geraldo or Nancy Grace. One man drove his SUV in front of the courthouse with a message written in shoe-polish on his doors.  It had a personal message to prosecutor Jeff Ashton, "NOT GUILTY - SORRY JEFF."

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Even the lawyers walking in and out of court are celebrities, reaching a star status as spectators chase and film them going to lunch.

The crowds are so big now that bailiffs are posted outside to keep the peace.

It's clear that this case has piqued the interest of trial-watchers, almost to a frenzied, rabid pace.

One woman said, "I just want to see justice for Caylee."

Another man told 10 News, "I can't stop watching. I feel like I have to be here."

Some mothers on vacation are said to be dropping their children off at nearby Disney, while they race to court in order to get a "good seat," they claim. The crowds are seen taking pictures of on-air television talent as reporters and anchors go in and out of the courthouse as they, too, wait on a verdict.

Each day at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando during the Casey Anthony murder trial, crowds of people begin lining up early in the morning to get a good seat. There were 50 seats available each day during the trial for the public. The demand for the coveted seats became so fierce at one point that a fight broke out and a woman had to be taken to the hospital when she was trampled as the doors opened.

The cops were called on another morning when a fist-fight broke out and punches were thrown. After that point, members of the public had to submit a request the day before court proceedings and pick up a pass for the next day.

Now, they all wait for a verdict.

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