The last thing I want to do is harp on the Casey Anthony trial; more than is necessary to make my point, anyway. I only want to discuss one item; the verdict. Is there an eDiscovery connection? Yes, if you look at cases holistically and not by their parts. I see people get so wrapped up in the minutia of what we do, they forget that ultimately, this thing may go to trial!
Why's this important? Because you can be very successful at the eDiscovery portion – and still lose. If this case proved anything, it's that anyone who thinks they can handicap a jury is smoking crack. That goes for you, too, Nancy Grace!
One thing that always adds a wild-card to the deliberations – and this was clearly cited in one of the juror interviews – when the element of it being a capital case is added to the mix, individuals are reticent to be the ones to sign the death warrant, even if they're absolutely certain of guilt (and they weren't even close, here).
It's still a marathon to the finish line, but always bear in mind, eDiscovery is just a single watering-station.