July 5th, 2011
07:17 PM ET

What's next for Casey Anthony?

Florida mother Casey Anthony was acquitted of all charges Tuesday in the death of daughter Caylee in 2008. But she still faces sentencing Thursday on four counts of lying to police regarding a missing person. What could be in store for her?

Each misdemeanor count carries a maximum sentence of one year in county jail, for which Judge Belvin Perry has the option of sentencing her consecutively or concurrently.

The defense plans to ask Perry that she be sentenced concurrently because the four counts occurred at the same time, defense lawyer Cheney Mason told In Session's Jean Casarez.

Moreover, Mason said, Anthony should receive credit for time served in jail since her arrest in 2008, which would mean she could walk free Thursday.

Where will she go when she leaves state custody? That remains to be seen, but definitely not her parents' home, Mason said.

Anthony can never again be tried for Caylee's death because of the double jeopardy clause of the U.S. Constitution, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. Nor can prosecutors appeal her acquittal.

What about a civil suit? Anything's possible, but the court declared Anthony indigent in 2009, so she doesn't have much to go after.

As for her parents, George and Cindy Anthony said in a statement issued through their attorney Tuesday that they wished to "move forward privately" and asked the media to respect their privacy.

"While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives."

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  1. MARIE

    If she was guilty, she could apeal, how about the state can they apeal too?

    July 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JakeC

      No Marie! That would be known as "double jeopardy". The State has one shot at presenting their case UNLESS the jury would have been unable to render a verdict which was unanimous, thus creating a mistrial. The State can not appeal or get a 2nd chance.

      July 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEE


      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      I agree with all of you who feel the state should be able to fight it and I also feel the jury knew that if she was found guilty, they would have to stay possibly weeks for and they just didn't want to do that. I wonder what Casey's "life" will be like now..she can't possibly live with the lie forever. Do I understand right when someone said if down the road she admitted to killing Caylee...no one could do anything...she would still be free?

      July 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glen

      Wow. The result would be nearly the same. Except an unbiased judge would probably declare an aquittal after the prosecution finished. At the very least the defense wouldn't bother calling the first witness. The prosecution still can't even prove a crime was committed geniuses! They don't know when, where, how, why or who was present!!! Stop listening to the media. Turn off CNN and have a fricking thought of your own. This is such a no brainer! Why do you think we had a unanamous decision so quick?? TURN OFF CNN!!! HAVE A THOUGHT OF YOUR OWN!!!!!!!

      July 9, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon Lehl

      What's next for casey Anthony? Is it too late to fly her to Norway?

      July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Clay Goldstein

    In the cacophony of noise, especially on HLN and Nancy Grace, thanks for being a measured, respectful, JOURNALIST, offering opinion and fact in appropriate balance. I especially appreciate that you did not allow yourself to be baited into sensational reporting about the defense celebration after the verdict. The founding fathers were so wise, not to allow the majority in the town square or social media or any random group to decide guilt, but to leave the decision to 12 carefully chosen citizens in a fair courtroom. This protects all of us.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JakeC

      Clay, are you being serious or are your comments meant to be satirical? Nancy Grace balanced? Well, I stopped watching her show years ago due to the fact that for nearly 6 months following the disappearance of Kaylee that appeared to be the ONLY story Ms. Grace could focus on. I would say she and many other commentators (I would NOT call her a journalist) are guilty of "sensationalizing" a story and "trying to convict" a defendant before they have their day in court.

      July 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. charles

    The jury simply wanted to go home and this verdict was the easiest and quickest to achieve that goal.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEE


      July 7, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. MrMajestik

    I bet she'll make a bunch of money from our sick media ...then meet another loser to impregnate her and then get a fn reality show... after that she'll spiral into years of addiction and depression and hopefully blow her brains out...hopefully

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      From what I understand pychopaths don't get depressed, nor do they feel anxiety.

      July 9, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. joey v

    The damage has already been done. What we should focus on now is boycotting any network, program, publishing company and movie company who offers her a deal. Casey should not be allowed to gain any monetary gain from the death of her daughter because we all KNOW it's coming. She's a very smart, cunning and conniving person. Lets not forget her appearance at her sentencing. She was all ready to walk out the door. This tells us two things...ONE: it seems to me she put on quite the show coming off as a victim, yet the very next day she's dressed to the hilt. TWO: since she was dressed and prepared to be let go..that tells us she already has some kind of support system in place and she has already planned where she is going to go..but only she and her attorneys know. And for the ones that are saying she can't go back home .....remember this is a VERY dysfunctional family. So it does not surprise me that they will welcome her back with open arms and sweep everything that came out under the rug..just like she did with her daughter. Casey ..you're only salvation from the flames of hell will be your sickness.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SMB

    While the outcome is a tragedy, I would like to point out that, on the hand, the number of innocent people convicted by the system outweighs aqcuittals of truly guilty people. Sure, there is public outcry over this trial, made even more severe by Grace and her ilk, but little or no outcry for those wrongfully convicted. In perspective, nobody really cares much if poor Johnny WhiteTrash goes to jail for something he didn't do, because that's not as newsworthy as this. Something to think about...

    July 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ron Hayes

    Isn't there some irony here? Everyone is up in arms over the killing of beautiful little Caylee Anthony–and rightfully so. Yet in our country if a mother kills the child BEFORE it is born, there aren't any legal problems at all. People even march in the streets to protect her right to do it. Something about this sounds warped to me.

    July 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mpj

    I agree 100% with the folllowing: "in our country if a mother kills the child BEFORE it is born, there aren't any legal problems at all. People even march in the streets to protect her right to do it. Something about this sounds warped to me."

    July 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lana artez

    Once again the powers that be have given this murderer special treatment. She will be getting a new ID,  SS# like the Witness protection Program. You can't have it both ways. Freedom means facing anger from the community. If any of us wanted a new start we would not get this type of help from the government . The average law abiding  person can not buy this type of new ID.  The State is allowing her to avoid lawsuits and hide out from those she's cheated. The state is helping her to hide from the public and the state is allowing an appeal of the charges of lying to the police. She'll win the appeal and have a flawless criminal record. She made the system look like the idiots they are

    July 16, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. lana artez

    release this animal into the community, she fought so hard to be with us. She wanted her freedom and our money, why hide? Swamp Mom's new book "how I cashed in on murdering my daughter" and how you can too...an instructional guide.
    Step 1. Lie until everyone involved gets tired and gives up.
    Step 2. Find a Jury that wants to give a crazy verdict so they can write book too. 
    Step 3.  Collect Blood Money

    July 16, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jon Lehl

    What's next for Casey Anthony??? How 'bout a trip to Norway??

    July 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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