Before the Jodi Arias verdict was revealed, TV commentators Wednesday afternoon kept citing the Casey Anthony verdict.
The outcome was quite different: Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.
On MSNBC, legal analyst Rikki Klieman said justice was served: "I do think the difference with Casey Anthony, as I will say over and over again, even to criticism. The difference in Casey Anthony’s was we did not know how that child died, where that child died, when that child died. All that goes right out the window in this case. We know precisely how Travis Alexander died, and it was hideous."
On MSNBC, Diana Alvear recalled how disappointed people were at the Anthony verdict.
Outside the courthouse, the reaction to Arias' fate was far different. HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell said cheers erupted at the verdict. One woman said she was "elated" by the outcome. CNN's Ted Rowlands described "a huge eruption" when the verdict was announced.
In the time before the Arias verdict was read, MSNBC noted that the jury took 15 hours over four days. The Anthony jury deliberated for 10 hours 40 minutes.
Karen Desoto, a defense attorney, told MSNBC that no conclusions can be drawn from the length of deliberations.
A lot of predicting followed.
"From a common-sense standpoint, jurors don't like victims that have been stabbed, slashed and shot with additional evidence of premeditation," Desoto said.
"The verdict probably should be first-degree murder, but as we all know from Casey Anthony and other cases, that all you need is one juror who bonds with the defendant," Desoto said.
Moderator Toure cut her off: "Casey Anthony was more than one juror. The jury said there's not enough evidence to convict. The state did not make their case."
Criminal defense attorney Klieman cited logic. "Most people would say in this case, as opposed to Casey Anthony, in this case, there are all these forensics that would prove the guilt of this woman," Klieman told MSNBC.
Klieman said it's harder to send women to death and cited statistics from death row. Of Arias said, "She's young even if she's evil."
On CNN, Ashleigh Banfield said most death-penalty cases don't gain a lot of attention because they're "bad guys with drug histories or robberies."
She added: "They never really seem to be the Jodi Arias type. When you have a mysterious set of circumstances and facts, it does bring about this national interest. I think Casey Anthony wasn't different. That was a death penalty case as well. A young and beautiful girl who you just otherwise couldn't imagine could perpetrate the kinds of crimes she was accused of."
There was more Anthony talk on CNN. Noted attorney Mark Geragos said there was a night and day difference in the Anthony and Arias prosecutions because of the quality of evidence. "I don't think there's any comparison," Geragos said.
Banfield recalled that Anthony jurors told her they were asked to make "a massive leap" over missing evidence to convict her of murder. Banfield described the jurors as "very astute" and "very bright" in explaining why they acquitted Anthony.
Over on HLN, Nancy Grace turned apoplectic at the idea that Arias might be found not guilty. "God forbid," Grace said.
A viewer wanted to know if Arias could walk out if she's found not guilty, and that was another chance to bring up Anthony and her exit from jail.
After the Arias verdict, Grace seemed exhilarated. But she later explained her reaction. "It's relief, it's relief," she said almost tearfully. "We can't do anything to bring Travis back. We can't. But we can help bring him justice. It's relief."
Was the Arias news making you think of Casey Anthony?