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. Jeepers

    I think a good job would be taking care of Jose's little girl. She OBVIOUSLY loves little girls. What do you think, Jose?

    July 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen Carris

      She's damn sure too stupid to do anything else! Well-except for 1 thing-make that 2 things-scr-w and kill

      July 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Todd E.

    A civil suit? For what? The only person who would have standing to sue her in civil court (presuming your referring to a wrongful death tort) is the father. No one (save for Casey Anthony and probably her counsel) knows who he is.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen Carris

      The guy they believe to be the father was killed in a motorcycle wreck a few years ago. Even his mother
      believes he's Caylee's father.

      July 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Confusion

    ....so wait, let me get this straight: A murderer of a CHILD walks with facing a maximum of 4 years in state prison (for lying to police) but a minimum stay in a Florida prison for having 2oz of Marijuana is 5 years....? Seems fair, no? Good Job Florida....Good Job....

    July 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Not state prison county jail. In fl you can only go to prison for a felony

      July 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • readb4talk

      You're right except for one significant detail. She was acquitted by the jury and whether you agree or not, the jury in this case has the final word. So, under the law, she is not a murderer. Doesn't matter what you think or how you classify her. So, yes, she may walk free.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. katj

    I know..Casey can live with Cheney Mason since he thinks of her as a 'granddaughter' and she can steal the acct number off of his checks and steal from him,like she did her own grandmother!! Did you all forget that little tidbit?? Her friend Amy wasn't her first victim. While she's living with grandpa mason she can be a 'nanny'to Jose's kids. Perfect! Or better yet all you folks who feel sorry for her and think the jury got it right You can have her move in with you and watch your kids! I personally do not want her any where near me or mine. Common sense obviously was not this jury's strong point. Didn't help that Casey's parents don't get the concept of telling the truth either. Poor baby caylee didn't stand a chance.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MaggieAnn

    I hope that her parents throw all of her belongings out on the front lawn and put the house up for sale, leaving her no where to go but to a woman's shelter. Society has given Casey a pass. Let's see what she does with her life and what she does to repay society ... I'm betting, she does nothing and continues to live a self-centered and selfish lifestyle.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • readb4talk

      Why waste your time and energy wishing ill will on her or other people .. instead, do something good to help others where you can actually make a difference.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Whatever

    Did anything ever come of those check fraud charges? I'm sure Casey will be in trouble with the law sooner or later. She is a sociopath.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cheryl

    I can only think had she had a jury of her true peers citizens of Orange not Pinellas Co perhaps there would have been true justice of Caylee in this case; these jurors were right to keep their heads down and not talk to anyone because noone wants to talk to an idiot. Searches for how to make chloroform, traces of chloroform and smell of death in car, partying hardy for 31 days and not telling anyone daughter is missing, lying to all the public, police and family when confronted with it, only one with access to all incriminating evidence in the case and this is reasonable doubt? Any talk of book or movie deals should be met with total boycott so this family does not profit from this tragic death. I can only believe that karma will come into play and Casey be met with it head on. By the way, shouldn't the next trial involving this family be the one for perjury for Cindy? A good mother raises the children to take responsibility for their actions not facillitate the bad ones. I can tell you if my child harmed any of their children I would see them answer for it not protect them from it.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      I agree with most here. We all know that Caylee Marie Anthony was killed. Whether it was an accident or intentional we don't know. I agree that Casey Anthony deserves to be punished severly if not for murder then for not protecting that child. We all know that this family knows something. The unfortunate part of this whole thing is that the defence was very successful at planting that "resonable doubt" in the jury's minds. They did mine as well. I think that she's guilty but I couldn't in all honesty say that she was guilty of 1st degree murder. The evidence was thin. The prosecution didn't do an awsome job and in this case it should have been an awsome job. Good just wasn't good enough. I feel deeply for that poor child. She still cannot rest and she deserves to be with her heavenly father. To be truly at peace

      July 6, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. poorlit'lgirl

    GOD is a wise GOD...I think real justice will be better served in the real world and not behind bars.

    July 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • polkcounty

      I agree with this statement.

      July 6, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. david

    as much upsetting the verdict is...it is the juror's decision....It don't matter if the fact's are otherwise. In the end..it is her child, why bother so much.....

    July 6, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Margie

    Please don't buy her book or see her movie or Jose's for that matter. It makes me sick that she will get rich and lead a life of luxury and never have to tell the truth of how that beautiful little girl died or be punished for whatever she did to her. Poor little Caylee.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. HNLute

    Oops we lose! Now she can go "party" at last. Sad day for the justice system and little Caylee.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Thomas F

    Do you really believe that she had the knowledge to make chloroform? She could barely make a milkshake! I do believe that the truth is probaly so good as to make your hair fall out.

    July 6, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. shortyellowbus


    July 6, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. AntiObama

    She will end up being rich after this... as far as anyone calling this closure is crazy..theres no such thing as closure

    July 6, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. victor.askew

    I am glad that this trial has ended and that a jury of her peers has spoken. Not guility is the verdict. End of story. Accept this as a fact and move on The state had an endless amount of reaources and lawyers on their side, all of the science that could be brought to into the courtroom,endless streams of so called experts to explain this science to the jury and they still lost the case. They were greedy and went for the home run , the death penatly in a case where they could not even come up with a cause if death, or a time of death for her baby. Her lawyers did their jobs better that the state and remember the state had to prove that she was guilty, her team only had to cast ??? marks on the state case which they were able to do at every jubcition in this trial. Maybe now Nancy Grace , the bubble headed bleach blond on HLN whom has milked this case for the last 2 yrs for her own personnal gain can uncurl her upper lip, shut the hell up and go find a real job somewhere.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lani

      Amen !!!!! the last case that Nancy Grace went after, the girl committed suicide. You would think the woman would learn to keep her mouth shut.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
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