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[Updated at 2:50 p.m.] Defense Attorney Jose Baez said he had mixed emotions about the case and that he had to work hard against media bias that existed during the search for Caylee and the case against Casey Anthony.

“You cannot convict someone until they have their day in court,” he said.

Baez said he was happy for Casey Anthony and the decision made by the jury. Now he hopes Casey Anthony can move on.

“I want her to grieve and to grow and somehow get her life back together,” he said.

Baez said the case was a true example of a jury doing what they are supposed to – finding their verdict based on evidence and not emotion.

“We have the greatest constitution in the world and if the media and other members of the public don’t respect it, it will become meaningless,” he said. “And today and yesterday on the Fourth of July,  there was a breath of life.”

Baez said he is thrilled that when he goes home today and his daughter asks what he did today he can say – “I saved a life.”

“I think this case is a perfect example for why the death penalty does not work… ” Baez added. “Murder is not right no matter who does it.”

[Updated at 2:45 p.m.] Dorothy Clay Sims speaking first for the defense team addressed the media.

“I am thankful for today’s verdict on behalf of Casey Anthony,” she said.

Defense Attorney Cheney Mason also addressed the media, angrily scolding them for their coverage of the case.

“I hope that this is a lesson to those who have indulged in media assassination for three years,” he said.

Defense Attorney Jose Baez added that “while we’re happy for Casey there are no winners in this case.”

“Caylee has passed on far, far too soon, and what my driving force has been for the past three years is to make sure there has been justice for Caylee and Casey,” he said. “Casey did not murder Caylee, it’s that simple. And today our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.”

[Updated at 2:34 p.m.] A room is being prepared for the jury to take questions from the media about their verdict.

[Updated at 2:31 p.m.] For the first time a wide smile came across Casey Anthony’s face. She began to smile and laugh as her team surrounded her and congratulated her on the verdict.

[Updated at 2:29 p.m.] Casey Anthony took tissues from a court bailiff and wiped her face at the back of the courtroom.

[Updated at 2:26 p.m.] Casey Anthony embraced her attorney Jose Baez and the rest of her legal team before sobbing.

Anthony wiped tears from her eyes as her team of lawyers hugged each other.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m.] Casey Anthony wiped tears from her eyes and clutched her attorneys’ hands as the judge addressed the courtroom.

[Updated at 2:23 p.m.] Casey Anthony returned to the courtroom after briefly leaving with a slight smile on her face.

The judge set sentencing for Thursday at 9 a.m.

[Updated at 2:22 p.m.] Casey Anthony has left the courtroom. Her parents also quickly left the courtroom after the verdict was read.

[Updated at 2:22 p.m.] Judge Belvin Perry confirms the jury’s verdict.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m.] Casey Anthony cried as she hugged her defense attorney Jose Baez before she approached a podium to be addressed by the judge.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m.] A poll of the jurors showed they all agreed on the verdict for every count.

[Updated at 2:20 p.m.] Casey Anthony has been found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement in the case of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, who was slain in 2008.

[Updated at 2:19 p.m.] Casey Anthony is sobbing in court as the verdict is being read.

[Updated at 2:17 p.m.]  Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was also found not guilty of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.

[Updated at 2:16 p.m.] Judge Belvin Perry is reading over the verdict form filled out by the jury.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] The jury has entered the courtroom.

[Updated at 2:15 p.m.] Members inside the courtroom have stood up as Judge Belvin Perry prepares to bring in the jury.

[Updated at 2:11 p.m.] George Anthony is sitting with his eyes closed and his hands clasped next to his wife Cindy inside the courtroom as they await to hear their daughter’s fate.

[Updated at 2:04 p.m.] Casey Anthony, flanked by her lawyers, is sitting silently, biting her lip and taking deep breaths as she awaits the jury’s verdict.

[Updated at 2:02 p.m.] Casey Anthony has just entered the courtroom and was met by two of her lawyers. She is wearing a pink ruffled shirt, her hair was pulled back in a ponytail and she was biting her nails.

[Updated at 1:57 p.m.] Jose Baez, one of Casey Anthony’s lawyers, has just arrived at the courthouse in Orlando, Florida, In Session reports.

[Updated at 1:52 p.m.] The jury deliberated for 10 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds before reaching a verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, which included 33 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments, according to CNN sister network HLN.

[Updated at 1:45 p.m.] The jury has reached a verdict in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial, according to staff at the Orange County, Florida, courthouse.

The verdict, reached by the seven-woman, five-man jury, will cap a trial that stretched to more than six weeks and featured allegations of sexual abuse, questions regarding Casey Anthony’s competence and various theories on what happened to 2-year-old Caylee.

The verdict is scheduled to be read at 2:15 p.m ET.

Casey Anthony, 25, was charged with seven counts – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to a law-enforcement officer in Caylee’s 2008 disappearance and death.

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‘Jackass’ star Ryan Dunn killed in car crash

(CNN)Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of MTV’sJackass” films and TV series, was killed in a fiery car crash on a Pennsylvania highway early Monday, police said.

A passenger in Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 was also killed, but investigators have not positively identified the body, according to the police report sent to CNN.

The red-bearded Dunn, 34, was famous for his pranks and dangerous stunts on the show, which evolved into a successful film franchise.

West Goshen, Pennsylvania, police were called to the wreck scene on State Route 322 at 2:30 a.m., the police report said.

“Upon arrival, police located one vehicle off the road and in the woods that was fully engulfed in flames,” the report said.

“Speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident,” police said, although the investigation is in its preliminary stages.

Dunn was driving the Porsche, which was registered in his name, police said.

MTV issued a short statement through its Twitter account Monday morning: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of a member of the MTV family, Ryan Dunn. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

 

He teamed up “Jackass” co-star Steve-O for an episode of the NBC game show “Minute to Win It” that aired on June 8.

He also hosted “Proving Ground,” which premiered on the G4 channel on June 14.

A photo of Dunn was posted on his Twitter account about two hours before the wreck.

Capone Tunes In To N.O.R.E.’s CNN Breakup Announcement, “It’s My Turn Ya Dig!”

New York rapper Capone has offered his take on N.O.R.E. breaking the news of the split of their rap group CNN this week to the shock of hip-hop fans.

While CNN may be broken up, Capone promised his fans there is no tension between him and N.O.R.E.

“Capone n Nore could never break up.. Brothers b4 music.. It’s my turn ya dig!,” Capone tweeted June 9th.

“RT Listen here: @CaponeQB n @noreaga WILL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER .. JUST NOT AS A RAP DUO ON WAX! WE ARE ALL FAMILY TIL THE END! #MILITAINMENT” (Capone’s Twitter)

This week, N.O.R.E. announced the news of CNN’s break-up after over a decade of releasing music together.

“I’m not making another war report album or another N.O.R.E ALBUM IMMA MAKE THE 1st S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G album cause that what’s good for now…Diddy my homey can’t and would never diss him but he was known for anthems and hits it’s safe to say Khaled has been upholding that area…CNN was a great group…Time has changed I must move on…Doesn’t it hurt to watch a boxer still box when he’s heart isn’t in it that’s what the group feels like right now…Ok I’ve said way too much have no more to say I’ll hit u after the gym salute” [sic] (57th Ave)

He also hopped on Twitter to remind fans Capone remains a close friend.

“We still homeys brothers family just we both need to do something different musically!!!,” N.O.R.E. tweeted June 9th. (N.O.R.E.’s Twitter)

Last year, CNN’s War Report 2 debuted in July 2010 and just missed Top 100 on the sales chart.

Rounding things up in Sales Wrap this week is Capone-N-Nore’s War Report 2 which debuted at No. 104. After seven days in the books, the New York duo’s new album has sold 4,700 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

CNN released their first album, The War Report, in 1997, followed by 2000’s The Reunion, 2009’s Channel 10 and 2010’s The War Report 2.