July 7th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

Toobin: Judge made statement with Anthony sentencing

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin calls the four-year sentence Judge Belvin Perry slapped on Casey Anthony a surprise but says the judge likely was making a statement in giving her the maximum jail time.

Perry on Thursday sentenced Anthony to one year behind bars on each of four counts of lying to police concerning the death of her daughter, Caylee. She also was fined $1,000 for each count.

“Most people convicted of misdemeanors do not get prison time in Florida or anywhere else," Toobin says.

Despite the sentence, Anthony won't spend much more time incarcerated. She got credit for the time spent in custody since her arrest, almost 1,000 days.

Before the court gave Anthony's official release date, Toobin speculated that she could be free in less than two months once credit for good behavior also was considered. But it appears Anthony got a bigger break - she'll be out in a less than a week. A court spokeswoman said her release date would be Wednesday.

Anthony has served about three years already. And it seems, Toobin said, the judge was intent on making sure some kind of punishment had been handed down in the case.

"This judge was clearly appalled at the nature and content of the lies Casey Anthony told to the police," he says. "We are all reminded about just how sinister and awful these comments were."

Authorities said Anthony lied about whether her daughter was missing. Her other lies included claims that Caylee was in a nanny's custody, that she had a job at Universal Studios and that she had received a phone call from Caylee.

Toobin said that while Anthony's criminal law troubles may be over, she could be involved in civil litigation much longer.

Zenaida Gonzalez has filed a defamation lawsuit against Anthony. Authorities questioned Gonzalez in Caylee's disappearance after Anthony said a nanny by that woman's name had kidnapped the child. Gonzalez denied ever meeting Anthony.

Florida officials also are asking that Anthony repay the state for the enormous cost of investigating the case. A private firm that helped in the child's search wants its money back, too.

Lawsuits could linger for years, Toobin says, but he doubts they'll have much effect.

"I will be surprised if Casey Anthony ever ends up paying anyone," he says.

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  1. Philip Porembski

    you tell people not to break the law however you want people to break the law because you put people in jail and prison. the only way to do that is if they break the law. nicht if i can say that and it still doesnt even have to think to get into how its more complicated... i better just say whatever is needed to put it in hell,... user and abuser are terrified of hell is why , cause we examine the sentence... a) they do tell people not to b) if they didnt want people to (opposite of what their saying.not too) they wouldnt put people in jail and prison. and even when u tell the sucker that.. it has nothing to do with anything to it. thats how u know their scared to go to hell by words spoken

    July 8, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. wondering

    For all the people howling after Casey's blood: How do you know it was Casey responsible for Caylee's death? It could have just as easily been George or Cindy. How do we know that they aren't the ones lying about when Caylee went missing? It's possible that Casey thought Caylee was safe at home with her parents the whole time she was partying.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Astounded

      You obviously did not read a single thing about this trial. She constantly lied to her parents, brother, and friends about the location of the child. That is not the behavior of someone who lost their child in a drowning accident. She then partied for 31 DAYS, entering hot body contests, going to clubs, renting videos with her new boyfriend.

      July 8, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. TRACI

    I'm wondering how many of you have little ones running around the house right now, unsupervised while you rant and rave. Now THAT'S the pot calling the kettle black!

    Stop obsessing over something you have no control over. The legal process was initiated and has been completed. GET OVER IT!

    July 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • CuriousG

      I think these Holier-than-Thou people feel that we should live in a country without judges, lawyers, jurors, police, etc. After all, they have it all figured out and they have never been wrong about anything. They are full of hate, I feel sorry for them.

      July 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TRACI

    By the way – for all you Bible thumpers – you forgot that part where the Lord says that if you confess your sins he will forgive you and remember it no more. I just LOVE how people twist Scripture to fit their needs. You must surely all be related to my adopted family. Vicki, is that you?

    July 8, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. MarC

    No evidence, no conviction for first degree. Right... but how does she go about not taking any responsibility for her daughter's death when she neglected to report the "accident" to the police? Oh yeh, because she was harassed and manipulated by her father.... Free to go!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      MarC, you and I are on then same page.
      If they had a jury that was paying attention, she would have been found guilty of #3 Aggravated Manslaughter. You don't need a motive to prove murder because this charge isn't murder. If anyone looks at Florida law (there are at least two statutes that must be referenced), if it is reasonable that Caylee died as a result of Casey's negligence, #3 applies.

      Since items used in the child's disposal were taken from the Anthony home, it is most certain that a member of that family disposed of the body. Lee? No. Cindy or George? The prosecution threw George in as a possibility. All the evidence anyone needs are the videos of George's and Cindy's visits to Casey while in jail. Look at George – there is no way he knew anything about Caylee's whereabouts. Cindy can be ruled out by listening to the 911 calls the night Casey finally was cornered by Cindy.

      Also review the lies told by Casey during the first month to explain Caylee's absence and the lies told to police after she admitted Caylee was "missing".

      Lee, George, Cindy are ruled out – that leaves Casey. At the minimum, whatever happened happened under Casey's watch and she hid the body. Her lies prove it and the evidence I cited above show that no one else knew anything (at least initially).

      The jury botched this because they were overcome by details and the lack of details that did not matter.

      July 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garjons

      The reason the judge gave her the maximum, was to ensure she remains in jail and in a safe place, whilst her lawyers work out the escape plan. Imagine if the judge told her she was released immediately with time served? Her handlers would have had no time to set up her great escape. she would have had to face the public outrage, and would not have had the luxury of planning – judge was onside with Baez all along.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ron

    Ok, it's becoming obvious that we posters (that'd be you and me) are in two camps here. In one camp are those folks who believe that justice was done and there was no reason to think otherwise. Jurors did the right thing. Case closed. Move on. From watching the trial, here are the only three options available to them as to what happened to Caylee:

    A. In a sad and tragic accident, Caylee made her way to a pool and – since Cindy left the ladder there – was able to access the pool and, unfortunately, drown. Upon finding her, George and Casey are distraught. One has lost a daughter; the other a granddaughter. They decide the best option available to them for an obvious accident is to duct tape a dead baby, put it in a laundry bag (along with a blanket – how sweet), then throw said baby in a garbage bag. After this, they dispose of said daughter/granddaughter in a swamp-like area on the side of the road. George tells Casey to go party and he'll take care of everything.
    B. Zanny was actually Caylee's nanny and poor Casey has had to live through three years of hell.
    C. Roy the meter reader broke into the Anthony home, murdered a child in hopes that a reward would be offered one day, hid the child in Casey's car, then eventually disposed of said child.

    In the other camp, we have one belief:
    A (and only A): Casey is a lying sociopath and only a subhiman creature with the intelligence of the average dorito could see that this woman wanted a life free of any burdens or responsibilities. Caylee = burden and responsibility. After ridding herself of said burden and responsibility, Casey goes on to act just like any lying, murdering, waste of air would – gets on with her life.

    So, all of you holier-than-thou people on your soap boxes trying to explain to the rest of us that this is how our system works and the jurors got it right....no. They didn't. We understand the system. If you understood the very system you're defending, then you'd understand that we have the right to dislike anything we want. Disagree with anything we want. And stop telling people they weren't there. Via the media, we actually were privy to MORE info than the jurors. We didn't have to leave the living room when the jurors were dismissed.

    And please get it into your heads that I'm not mad at the verdict because it wasn't what I wanted. I'm mad because I didn't think there'd be a chance that twelve idiots would be picked. What are the odds? And I don't base my guilty verdict on some fictional evidence only I know. I don't base my guilty verdict on a hunch. And I don't base it on Casey not acting how I would. I base it on something missing from this jury – common f'n sense.

    July 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandy

      Amen to that! I too am sick to death of hearing people, jurors/alternates included, that there was no evidence when there was a damned ton of it! I said, before the verdict, that the only way that the jury could find Casey not guilty was if they suspended all reason and common sense. One of the prosecutors even said to them that she was afraid they wouldn't exercise their common sense and fail to take the evidence in as a whole. They obviously didn't understand the defnition of 'reasonable', either. I could tell by the statements made by the alternate juoror that they bought into the defense's bull, that they were as stupid as Baez believed them to be.

      July 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • HBullard

      Well said, I agree with you completely!

      July 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You seriously think you were privy to more info than the jurors? Wow.. thats just.. ignorant. Unless, of course, you watched the entire thing, taking time off work, putting of your normal daily life to follow this case.

      She had her trial, the prosecution didn't seal the deal. Get over it and stop presuming to know more about our justice system or what information you had than the jurors.

      July 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You seriously think you were privy to more info than the jurors? Wow.. thats just.. ignorant. Unless, of course, you watched the entire thing, taking time off work, putting off your normal daily life chores to follow this case, etc.

      She had her trial, the prosecution didn't seal the deal. Get over it and stop presuming to know more about our justice system or what information you had than the jurors.

      July 19, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. weezyomac

    dnt know why people are wasting their time on this. shes free, who cares..stop wasting time on something that has nothing to do with you! she'll get hers.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • It only takes one.

      Stop calling all the 12 jurors idoits, it only takes one to get a not guilty verdict.

      July 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. karan

    she just got away with it.it is truly sad the da office should have been better prepared for the case i understand the jury decesion.my hope is that casey could be brought to trail on the federal level.if charges are dismissed in a state court. then the federal court can pick up the charge.media stop giving her all the attention.paying for her story is really a sad case,

    July 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      And how would bringing this case to the federal level give her less media attention?

      You people are all morons, quit being so emotional about a verdict and get on with your lives.

      July 12, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. keno585

    in all actuality those jurors should still be deliberating. you go through six weeks of sensory deprivation, and a mountain of information to sift thru, it just takes time for it all stew and settle down.

    July 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. keno585

    what happened was, a flying saucer came down and abducted 2 yr olds to conduct experimental tests. Caylee died during the experiment. Because the extraterrestrials were dysfunctional they forgot to bring her back to life and left her in a swamp with duct tape to try and frame Casey.

    July 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Veronica Tubbins

    USA NEED TO LEAVE THAT GIRL ALONE!IGOD SPOKE THROUGHT THE JURORS WHEN THEY FOUND THAT GIRL NOT GUILTY.GOD KNOWS WHO DID IT AND HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT.REMEMBER WHEN THEY FOUND THAT LITTLE GIRL BODY AND THE FATHER TRYED TO KILL HIMSELF.THAT WAS A EYE OPENER AND USA DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT.I REALLY FEEL CASEY ANTHONY PARENTS HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT BABY ALL THE WAY.THEN ALLOW THERE DAUGHTER TO TAKE THE WRAP.I THINK SHE SHOULD ACCEPT ALL THE MONEY THAT'S OFFER TO HER FOR A STORY.USA IS SO MESS UP AND THINK THERE GOD.IN THE BIBLE IT STATES NOT TO JUDGE.GOD DO ALL THE JUDGING.USA IS MESS UP.LEAVE CASEY ANTHONY ALONE AND GET YOUR OWN BUSINESS TOGETHER.NOW THEY WANTS TO PUT MORE CHARGES ON HER.THIS IS BAD AND GOD LOOKING AT U ALL.I TRUTHLLY FEEL EVERYONE THAT'S TALKING BAD AND DOING BAD AGAINST THAT GIRL, BAD THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN TO U ALL BY GOD!WATCH!!!U ALL NEED GOD BADLY!!!

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    July 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth

      You need psychiatric help quickly.

      July 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barsinister

      We already have God badly. Thanks, though.

      July 14, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ellen

    What person, except Casey, would've placed the heart shaped sticker on her dead daughters mouth? Come on folks...let's get real. Casey got away with MURDER!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellen

    What person, other than Casey, would've placed a heart sticker over her daughters mouth. Come on...Casey murdered Cayley. That's all folks!

    July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Garjons

    If you look at a completed puzzle of Santa Claus, but 15 pieces were missing, you would still know its Santa Claus – this jury really missed the boat. The evidence to convict was there – even if some pieces were missing – as they claim.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
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