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. DAD101

    That woman makes me want to puke. They should waterboard the whole family until they sing and then roast them at the stake. Disgusting.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CJ

      Actually its comments like yours that are disgusting and make one want to puke. Apparently you dont revere our system of justice which DEMANDS that the facts be considered versus pure emotion.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Michael

      Another fine "freedom loving" patriot I see. You really need to pull your head out of it pal.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Michael

      Another fine "freedom loving" patriot I see. You really need to pull your head out of it pal. You make me want to puke.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc Williams

      I think she's pretty hot, and with all the money she's going to cash in, she looks even hotter. Hey Casey, check out my facebook, I'm "SINGLE"!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belvin Perry

      Marc, just cross your fingers that she doesn't chloroform you and put duct tape over your nose and mouth while you're sleeping because she's bored of you.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc Williams

      I am very attracted to girls that believe it's never too late to have an abortion, so count me in!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WTodd

    For all you "holier than thous" that are clueless about the law...the jury got it right. There's NO evidence, only speculation. Maybe some of you should have contacted the DA since you know exactly what happened to Caley. BTW, I live in Florida.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      By the way ... You are an idiot .

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daveil

      Please stay there unless you want to move to California with the other nuts.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      I bet you do...

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • petsRfun

      I live in Florida too – what the hell has that got do with it?
      If your child winds up in duct tape someday–and the killer walks away- let's see if you think the jury Got it right.
      IDIOT.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamuelTx

      watching too much CSI are you?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenavis

      The evidence was not there. Doesn't mean she's not a disgusting human being.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @zhawk88: Someone can acknowledge that the trial was fair and that the prosecution had no direct evidence, but that does not mean that they are happy about the verdict.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Where'sJackRuby'sRelatives???

      Not reporting your child missing-and then misleading everyone for days afterwards until the body WAS discovered. NOT talking even then....She is guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      The ignorance of these people is scary – there is not one of these punks who would want to be judged on NO evidence and only on emotion. Pathetic!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      No evidence? Isn't a dead body evidence enough? Doesn't a dead two year old suggest at least manslaughter? Even Casey Anthony's defense was "she drowned in a pool". That is the definition of manslaughter. A person under your care dies due to negligence on your part is manslaughter. The jury dismissed the most important evidence and that was Casey Anthony's defense. I knew they couldn't get her on first-degree murder because the evidence disappeared the moment Caylee became just bones, but a manslaughter charge is warranted. Nobody can dispute that. The jury failed and nobody can say they did their job because they did not.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • laura G

      This is not about the law, this is about getting away with murder. People are outraged and rightfully so. It is about the skills of the attorney to put thoughts and feelings into the minds of jurors and Baez certainly did that. He then said in one published report (good morning america or something) that he knew Casey would not want her mom to go to jail or be put to deal.. WHAT? DID I HEAR TAHT RIGHT? She kills her daughter and he has the nerve to say this in public. Is his head up his bum. He may have fooled the jury but has not fooled anyone else, including the judge.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • fleadog

      WTodd – you must not have any children. How could anyone that whose daughter had been missing for a month lie to Police? What is she hiding? Execution would be too good for this animal – she should be suffocated with duct tape over her nose and mouth just as she did to her daughter.
      I am disgusted by the outcome of this trial.
      She murdered her own child- PERIOD!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Info Available to Jury:

      Dead Child with duct-tape over mouth.
      Child last seen with Mom who avoids family for a month, abandoned her own car that reeks of death, and who performed searches for chloroform on her home computer 80+ times.
      Lies about whereabouts of the Dead Child to family and police, for months.
      Calls herself a 'spiteful bit(h'
      Admits she knew the child was dead (by saying it was an accidental drowning), but sat in prison for the better half of a year and lied to everyone, and even pretended to have hope that someday soon they'd see Caylee again.

      I'm sorry, but the jury must have been asleep during the trial to find her not guilty. Such a shame, she really doesn't deserve to be a normal part of society.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carol

    Has anyone noticed that Casey has color on her face now. She's not pale like she was during the trial!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daveil

      She's dropping the innocent, slicked back hair, librarian look now that it's served its purpose.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Yes, could it be that this person has realized she will not be exterminated by the people of Florida. You know how ANY of us would feel.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • petsRfun

      Really? and what brand of shoes is she wearing ? since looks matter so much to you?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beezer

      Yes. I heard they extended her tanning privileges for good behavior.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • worldbelow

      because she knows she'll get some peenis soon.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • elsa

      Yep, she doesn't have to play the jurors anymore.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belvin Perry

      Gee I wonder why!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bingo

      I noticed that she had her hair pulled back very tightly through the whole trial. Maybe that made her look more pale. (Remember the "Mommy, Mommy, my pigtails are too tight" joke from when you were 6 or 7 years old)? I'll bet the lawyers told her to do that so she looked more like a librarian and less like a party girl. After the verdict was anounced, next courtroom visit, her hair was pulled back but loosely.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jodi

    The Judge was pro prosecution throughout the entire trial. This Judge should be investigating how his prosecutors were able to put on false computor evidence regarding 84 computor searches for Chloroform which never happened. These prosecutors attempted to convict this girl on a DP case with nothing but speculation and false evidence......and this judge attempted to help these prosecutors.............someone should at least lose their right to practice law.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kumak

      You are an idiot.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Shut your face.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daveil

      It's really sad that 12 people couldn't use their own logic and common sense to see that she did it even if all the CSI evidence had rotted away in the swamp.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivy

      Learn to spell computer you moron!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daveil

      Are you and "CJ" twin idiots. If not, you should really get together.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      What is so scary is just how stupid these posters are – they dont have a CLUE how our system actually works and just have their panties in a wad that they didn't get the bloody revenge they were seeking.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Belvin Perry

      Because she was molested by her father and brother, she's learned to hide her pain. Didn't you hear Mr. Baez? Hiding her pain includes not asking where her daughter is.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bingo

      DP? I'm hoping your definition is different than mine.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jodi

      It is sad that Nancy Grace has been able to make a living off such under educated people. Note that today she has been starting to back off because if one of you losers attacks Casey once she is freed, Nancy and CNN will be held responsible for inciting violence. Try comprehending the facts rather than concerning yourself with typos or spelling errors. Figure this out folks because your pal Nancy Grace is calling the jury "uneducated fools".....talking about how a couple of the jurors did not grauate high school despite the fact that most of the Nancy Grace followers are under educated, who else would watch a show like that.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • SG

      You are as ignorant as they come!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Florida is BACKWARDS

    Hey- if you're a crook, you can become Governor of Florida. Now we're surprised a child murderer goes free? It's a crazy state.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. J

    Why is every one saying that we don't know how she killed the child. Of course we do. The evidence is there. The jurors didn't want to see it.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • CJ

      Um, even the pundits are slamming the prosecution for no evidence and um EVEN THE JURY said so too. Duh.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • allison

      umm, if the medical examiner cannot give a cause of death, then we don't know exactly how she did

      July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • joesmom

      No one will ever know how she died, but everyone sure the hell knows that child didn't get to the swamp wrapped in trash bags by herself! And no lawyer would allow his client to face a murder one rap if the death was an accident!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    What's sad about this whole thing (besides the obvious), is that she will now be a celebrity. She will be famous and probably rich for the rest of her life. Look for a reality show, book or movie to come out soon. Unless she somehow screws that up too.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Daniel Michael

      No she won't. Like with OJ she is too toxic. No publisher will touch her with all of the public "outrage."

      July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      No chance....this isn't some minor crime she was accused of. She'll be a celebrity for the wrong reasons.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Seth

    Casey's defense of "throw everyone you can find under the bus" and "blame every male in her life of abusing her" worked perfectly for her to gain sympathy from the jury. Heck, they even tried to frame Vasco Thompson who never had even seen George Anthony as the murderer.

    She walked away with the perfect crime.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Daniel Michael

    "Somewhere out there" is a mean vindictive witch who is exploiting a dead child. Her name is Nancy Grace.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seth

      Somewhere out there is a mean witch who killed her little baby and did everything she humanly could to cover it up and throw everyone else under the bus.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WeThePeople

    Can't she still be tried for child abuse/neglect? She was the only person responsible for Caylee...failing to report that she went missing definately seems neglectful to me. Can't they find something else to pin on this pasty wh0re?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seth

      One of the charges was "child neglect" and this st*pid and dumb jury acquitted her even of that.

      CORRUPT JURY!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      No since child abuse where among the charges that the jury found her not guilty of.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel Michael

    If you believe George Anthony is completely innocent here, I have beach front property to sell you in Arizona.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seth

      You have been drinking the defense koolaid. Considering how quickly Casey threw everyone under the bus, she would have thrown George under the bus in the first month. Not after 3 years.

      Common sense is lost on idi*ts

      July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      As the planet slowly heats up over the course of the next hundred thousand years, you might actually have waterfront property in Arizona. That won't be a result of man made global warming, but rather the natural cycle that the planet goes through every few hundred thousand years.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vanessa

      If George was involved, you honestly think Casey would have taken the wrap for him? She would have told the cops on Day 1 her dad was guilty just so she could get away with it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CHUCK

    In the Scott Peterson case there was way less evidense, and Scott Peterson pretened to help look for his pregant wife...There was no eye witness that seen him, he cleaned the truck and everything..The jury used common sense and connected the dots and he is on death row, where Casey belongs...If this jury was on the Scott Peteson case, Scott Peterson would be walking free right now..Thank God we had adifferent jury......The JURY wanted a bunch of evidense like in the movies CSI, and 12 Angey Men...WAKE UP JURORS, this is not tv land, it is real life...Some murder cases have nothing but a finger sometimes..Or some murder cases have little of no evidense..Thats when you Jurors have to do some work and connect the dots..But you jurors were idiots...........I guess somebody else killed Caylee...NO JUSTICE AT ALL FOR CAYLEE..................

    July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beezer

      Thank you Chuck!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SL

      Well said Chuck – everyone is comparing this to the OJ trial but it is much more like the Scott Peterson trial. I have been wondering how she was able to dodge EVERY charge except the lying (including neglect). If absolute forensic evidence and/or a smoking gun is needed in every trial for a guilty verdict and common sense is no longer needed we are in trouble.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • godhelptheusa

      Not that I think for a second that this women didn't kill her child.. but I don't think we want felony cases (much less murder cases) being prosecuted with no evidence at all. What if you were accused of killing someone and you were found guilty based on no real evidence at all? It happens. It happens alot here in the State of Texas. Here we just want to find someone guilty and put them on death row. Just ask some of the people who have recently been let out of prison after serving years because "new" evidence discovered they weren't guilty. Oops.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • joesmom

      I've been saying the same to people too! Scott Peterson lied to police, both families, looked half-heartedly for his wife, was disinterested while partying and carrying on with women. There were bones found – no cause of death, no murder weapon, but THAT jury took 7 days to sift through evidence and put the pieces together. So Scott sits on Death Row while the jury that couldn't wait to get out and make $$$ off interviews let a babykiller go free!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Washingtonian

    Think Florida's bad...Washington state calls prison inmates "clients" and gives drivers licenses to illegal aliens......

    July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Olaf Big

    Jodi, what's a computor? A thing that computs?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bigTODD

      it's something the prosecuter uses

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    So how come if she is innocent has she never explained where she lost Caylee. The truth not that she was with a fantasy babysitter. Also how come she never demanded the police to be out looking for the real killer then. Its like ok my child is dead I didn't do it and I don't care who did.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • KK

      I think she is actually sociopathic.....someone like this will get in further legal trouble down the line. OJ gets away with murder and then gets involved in an armed robbery. He thought he was untouchable and look at what happened to him.

      Casey has a long road ahead of her.....I don't think we have heard the last of her getting into legal trouble.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      did you not pay attn? she said the child drowned in the family pool and her father disposed of the body. sheesh. educate yourself before you comment.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • joesmom

      If Caylee really drowned, do you think Casey's lawyers would really let her be subjected to a murder one/death penalty trial?? NO respectable lawyer would allow that! She would have admitted the drowning and illegal dumping of a body. Case closed, probably little jail time. Poof, its done. But NO. Seriously there was NO accident, it was murder and Jose knows it!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • umm...

      You know if your child drowns in a pool while you were yapping on the phone, you are likely to be charged with neglect and possibly manslaughter, right?

      @joesmom – no ethical defense lawyer will EVER ask their client their guilt. The defense lawyer MUST presume innocence and defend their client that way unless the client instructs them otherwise. That's the law. When defense does not presume innocence, then innocent people go to jail and if we're lucky, later evidence comes out to the contrary.

      I'm not saying Casey's innocent. I'm just tired of "justice" seekers getting so blinded to any fact that mitigates against their point of view that innocent people go to jail or the chair. CNN can unleash Nancy Grace, but then run hour long shows about black men who went to jail on practically no evidence and solely because the community wanted someone locked up ASAP. Justice needs to look at all facts and be blind to the emotions. Otherwise, we're just adding victims.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      kudos 'umm'. i agree with you. i'm not saying she is innocent at all either. i just wish people would think before opening a mouth that shows the ignorance of the brain.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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