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. CLK

    Cannot believe that Nancy Grace is still on the air stiring the pot, after the verdict has been handed down. Casey should sue nancy grace. Mr and Mrs Anthony should be on trial to uncover the real killer. I believe the whole Anthony family conspired against law enforcement for the 31 days when Cindy finally broke down and contaced police. If you listened to the closing arguments (testimonies were all confused and disjointed) I understand why the jury went the way they did. Was surprised how quickily the jury deliberated

    July 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shakil Z

      Oh boy, here we go. A bleeding heart liberal. Why don't you invite her over for dinner, since you think she is so innocent. You bleeding heart liberals make me sick to my stomach. Every member of that Jury will fry in hell for letting this animal get away with murder.

      July 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      @Shakil There is no correlation between someones stance on this case and their political party... Dumb Conservatives always bringing politics up in articles that have nothing to do with politics!

      July 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • VC

      CLK~ The very least you could do is know your facts before you respond. Casey Anthony claimed to be out of the area for those 31 days. On those occasions she spoke with Cindy, Cindy was denied the opportunity of speaking with Caylee; she was asleep, with the babysitter....
      Why should Cindy have contacted the police prior to being told space ali...–oops! I mean Zanny the Nanny had abducted her? You assume that when adult children tell you their kids are asleep, they've actually locked them in the trunk of the car or dropped them off in a swamp?
      I have tremendous sympathy for George and Cindy Anthony. I think their earliest attempts to "protect" Casey were actually efforts made to try and get her to disclose where Caylee might be. Casey was no prize as a daughter, but I don't believe they thought her capable of murder.
      None of us knows what really happened to Caylee except for Casey –and George. He knows if he truly pulled her from a pool, or if he was Casey's convenient excuse for getting away with murder. I know where I'd place my bet.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      our law system is a reck. we got a person that might be guilty of murder walking free. or a person whos innocent with her life ruined. 2 years in prision. record 25 year old fine chick with a record. where shes gonna work.? state should compensate her , for mistrial.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deanna

      Ron – state should compensate her , for mistrial?? You have got to be kidding me?!! Do you know how much money the citizens of Florida have wasted because of the lies of Casey Anthony?!! For over a month we searched for that little girl because CASEY told us she was abducted. It has been one lie out of her mouth after another so that no one could or would ever know the truth about what happened to that innocent little girl! The one person responsible for that child was her mother, CASEY! She is the one who no doubt knows some truth....she has to know at what point her daughter was no longer with her and how that occured. Could she have been left with a babysitter and never seen again, did she drown in the pool, did some boyfriend do something or take her...CASEY has to know who she last saw her child with or left her with and the truth is something only Casey knows and no one knows if she has ever been honest! The person responsible for the state not having evidence to really know beyond doubt what happened is CASEY! If she had told the truth from day one, perhaps evidence would have existed to prove an accidental death or find the real killer if it wasn't her.....but for some reason, CASEY went out of her way to make sure that never happened!

      July 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      get a hearing aid

      July 6, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Justice served

    @gl no I feel horrible that such a young child is dead but would you stake your life that casey murdered little caylee because of meaningless forensics? Would you convict her of murder because she partied and lied or covered up the death of her child solely on your hatred for this person? If so you are a murderer because they had no case they banked on building hatred for casey and not finding real evidence did she do it... I dont know you dont either their is no conclusive evidence that a murder took place let alone that casey commited it.. But her death should serve purposethat more needs to be done to get to the truth people blaming casey or the defense or the jurors should take of the blinders if the detective recovered caylees body earlier they may have recovered evidence of what happened blame kronk for not doing more... Blame the prosecution for slumming the case and not going with irrefudable evidence and opening the door for reasonable doubt is it reasonable that she drowned... Yes is it and thats all the defense needed

    July 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      You are an imbecile if you think she didn't kill and dispose of that sweet baby girl. IMBECILE.

      July 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. katj

    A sad day. Caylee didn't stand a chance in that family. I never thought she would be found guilty of the first degree charge only because there was no real way to tell the exact way she died,but there was enough to find guilt on the manslaughter charge. I honestly feel that if we see her move back in with her family then that was the master plan. Throw eachother the bus and obviously lie under oath to muddy the waters so to speak and voila` jury nullification.Poor Caylee.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice served

      And mame have hit the nail on the head.. This little girl had no chance and if she did live to be an adult she would have had to defy alot of odds to not turn out like her mother

      July 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle Green

    Ok all this proves is that the prosecution could not prove that she did it beyond a reasonable doubt. They did not have any hard evidence linking her to the murder. She is indeed not guilty but she is also not innocent.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liz

    I feel sorry for the real victim here – Caylee. The prosecution had an uphill battle in that they had to deal with a body of basically bones due to the passage of time before finding Caylee. However, if you look at the mass of evidence the state had, there's no way that Casey was not responsible for Caylee's death. And the defense didn't prove the assertions they alleged in opening statements. For me, there was no reasonable doubt that she didn't cause Caylee's death. One thing's for certain – Casey will have to pay the piper sooner or later.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shakil Z

    The Police, Courts and Society in general refuse to protect our Children. I spoke to a Child Advocate friend of mine. She represents chldren in cases of divorce. She said the court system treats children like property, so when a child ends up dead, the court system and society just look the other way. That is why the courts allow child molestors and murderers out on early release. What happened today tells me, that I can never depend on the Police, Courts or Society to protect my child. So for us with children, it boils down to one thing: if you go near our children, we will shoot first and ask questions later. We will show no mercy when it comes to protecting our children (period).

    July 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GRM

    I think the jurors think Aliens did it. That sounds like reasonable doubt.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. K&E

    No. If you were correct, the two choices would be "guilty" or "innocent". They aren't. Therefore, it follows that not guilty does *not* mean innocent.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GRM

    Caseys lies got her a not guilty verdict. Bought her enough time so that the body and all evidence would decompose. State had nothing because of Casey.

    July 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyler

    She should open her own daycare center!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. K&E


    And what did YOU just do?

    July 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sharon

    I'm a liberal and I would have found her guilty on murder 1 and the death penulty.
    Casey is guilty as sin and I watched this whole trial. There is no way any one with a ounce of brain
    could find this evil woman not guilty.
    I am sick over this verdict.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laurie

    Who will ever know the truth about what happened to detail. I dont think casey will write a book or make a movie because it was never proven what really happened and I dont think she would want to have her Dad convicted of covering up a death and go through all the trial etc.. since Casey was found guity of giving the police a false story then her Dad George should be convicted to if he tryed to cover up. The news said the jury believed George was involved. No matter what, Casey and George have to live with it for the rest of their lives.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin McGonigal

    Convicted of having lied to the police? It would seem that the lesson to be learned here is not to answer questions posed by law enforcement in an investigation. If she had invoked her right to remain silent she would have walked out of that courtroom this sfternoon.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sharon

    I do not believe George was involved he was the only one who testified against her.
    Remember he said Casey was the last one I saw Caylee with and then stated 1 plus 1 equals 2.
    The look on Casey's face was ugly and full of hate for her father. Casey acted alone and no
    one else was invloved. She is a sociopath and I believe she will just keep being evil and hurting
    others. Casey is not a good person and she for sure is not a Mother. She threw her darling little girl
    away like a piece of garbage what moms does this? What mom goes partying and sleeping around
    while her daughter is missing or dead for 31 days. No mother!
    The jurors are just stupid people and now they will live with what they did. Wait till they should play some of
    the trial tapes back and see the real Casey the way she acted before they came into the court room and
    after they were in. They will feel like fools and they are.
    Casey is very evil. Florida can have her none of us in the other 49 states want this woman anywhere near
    Florida doesn't want this evilness around in their state either I'm sure.

    July 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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