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. Grrrrrrrrr

    Justice is retarded in this country. Time for an overhaul...at least Florida got Bundy right.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Caylee

    Thanks, Florida.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sue

    Isn't there some violation of a law regarding the desecration of remains that she could be charged with? Why not go after her with anything and everything they can think of?

    July 5, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 13thJurer

      There was NO evidence that she disposed of the body - the duct tape suggests that her FATHER put her in those bags, NOT Casey. You must put your need for revenge and anger away when you are responsible for deciding what the LAW states, and make your decision on the evidence. No EVIDENCE that Casey did any harm to Caylee. NOTHING. For all we know, someone was with the child, and it's so upsetting that Casey cannot begin to understand emotionally.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ann

    Cindy Anthony should feel almost as guilty as her daughter. She lied on the stand and both parents tried to testify in a manner that would bolster an innocent decision. And why Casey Anthony would not be convicted on disposal of a body (at the least) is a puzzle.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Because she wasn't charged with that.

      July 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue

      Well, her attorney says she died in a pool accident, and the body wasn't turned over to the proper authorities, so someone broke a law. Casey's lied so much now, she doesn't even know the truth anymore. Who would ever hire the girl, and I for one, will not watch, read, or listen to anything she gets paid to discuss. She's disgusting in every sense of the word.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IMHO

    RIP Casey

    July 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gl

    Justice served – You seem to be forgetting that a little girl is dead. Where was fairness to her? What is fair about someone getting away with murder? How can any intelligent human being think "justice is served" in this case? I for one am ashamed to live in a country that is supposed to lead the world that has with this result basically taken the stand that unless 100 people watch someone commit the act, the perpetrator is going to walk away scott free. You are probably the same person who is up in arms about human rights in other parts of the world. This verdict and comments from people like you prove we're no better – we just wear nicer clothes. The fact is, we're worse because we know better!!!

    July 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 13thJurer

      You must remember there is NO EVIDENCE that Casey harm her child!! No evidence of killing, no evidence of moving a body, NOTHING!! NO DNA, NO Fingerprints, No witness, Nothing. The LAW is at work here, not the "Justice" system. We cannot send anyone to prison who was not proven guilty! They did not charge with the right actions, making the charges not provable. This is how our legal system MUST work.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      Well, while I agree with the verdict of the jury based on the evidence presented in the context of the charges brought by the prosecution I do not think justice was served here. If this case is over (meaning trying to go back and try to find more evidence or looking at the evidence again) then the state will have failed Kaylee Anthony completely.

      By the same token if she would have been found guilty of first degree murder and had received the death penalty I wouldn't have agreed that justice had been served either. I do not support capital punishment for ANY crime. (yes, even if that crime is committed on my loved ones) I do not believe in a system of justice where killing someone is a crime by anyone but the state. To me that is the ultimate hypocrisy.

      Either way...I hope they can still find a way to connect SOMEONE to this poor child's murder and make them accountable for it.

      I for one have a niggling feeling this isn't over........

      July 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linda Thompson

    Justice has been served. The State of Florida was Unable to prove "anything" – "zip" – If you are a real attorney you know exactly why she was not guilty. As for Jose Baez and his team – I do not find it abnormal to celebrate. They were in a private establishment – which they used as a central location. It became un-private when cnn stood outside and had people take pictures, etc. You are over-stretching on almost everything that you are saying – and why – to sell air time and stir up everyone – you need to tone it down and move onto another story. You have become un-entertaining.

    July 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Couldn't agree with you more. The WHAT, WHERE, WHO, WHEN, HOW just weren't shown and proven here beyond a reasonable doubt. Innuendo, debatable science and lifestyle behavior do not equal guilt. End of story.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 13thJurer

      Well Said!! I don't understand why all the "talking heads" were SURE she was guilty of the legal charges. She may no be innocent, but she is NOT guilty of the charges against her.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prometheus

      I found that distasteful on the part of CNN also. I was even a little angry when just after the police official had made an announcement for everyone to be 'respectful and peaceful' in their opinions regarding the verdict in the case, there was Velez-Mitchel doing a female version of Howard Beale from the 1977? movie "Network" inciting a growing crowd just outside the courthouse to basically chant "WE'RE MAD AS HELL, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!"

      That was PURE class and is fast becoming the caliber of professionalism in journalism CNN is known for.

      /sarcasm_off

      July 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremiah

    If my kid drowned in a pool I'd duct tape her mouth and nose and toss her in the woods too... who wouldn't? My Dad molested me. Makes sense right? Plus, funerals are expensive.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EricV

    Wonder if people will start shunning her, demanding she move out of their neighborhoods and eventually she will be setup on some other charges that gives the public some satisfaction ?
    Wait....that was O.J.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ashley

    The justice system in this country works. And I pity those who cannot see it, but it works with people. 12 people came to that decision, unanimously. And for those of you who have put her on trial in this forum, regarding the disposal of the body, etc., I say go to law school. Go to law school and then feel free to criticize.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sue

      I didn't judge her on What she was doing, it was what she Didn't do.: 1. report her child missing 2. Help police try to find her 3. search for her daughter (that would have cut into her party time though) All of this at least equals neglect. My cat was missing for 20 minutes one day and I went nuts looking for him, I can't imagine if my child was missing for 31 days.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      you obviously have no children. that's a very good thing

      July 6, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Manderson Cooper

    where does Casey think she is gonna go? how much will her protection cost and who will pay? No more charges to the taxpayers please!

    July 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thomas mc

    Hopefully the Feds will charge and try her now.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike B.

    So, how long before a book is out to capitalize on the verdict ? And what kind of schmuck will buy it, and put you-know-who on the gravy train ? This is one sick, twilight-zone culture we exist in ! When it comes, Armageddon will be a welcome purge ! ! !

    July 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linda Thompson

    Sue - the 12 juriors were all in attention during the entire trial – they say those witnesses faces and could see a lot more than we could. One alternate jurior said that it was unclear – they suspected George has something to do with it. They did not trust George at all.

    Manderson -- I do not know what is in store Casey – I only pray that she has matured enough thru this process and will try and accomplish something wonderful in her life. I wish her my best.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      she'll do more monstrous and stupid things...Karma or God will deal with her

      July 6, 2011 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Neocon13

    Casey will be inundated with offers for books, interviews. The good life for her is just starting.

    We know Casey can live with herself but what about Cindy? She perjured herself to keep Casey from death row. And what is she left with? A dead granddaughter, a cheating husband, and an uncaring and ungratelful murderer for a daughter. Sweet dreams, Cindy.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
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