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. barbra k.

    This case is reminiscent of the OJ Simpson trial. Too sharp lawyers,loop holes. He got off, but, his life was not all that great. He was shunned,asked to leave establishments, etc. Eventually committed another crime and is now back in prison. I think Casey may expect all of the same. She doesn't appear to be too bright. She'll return to her lifestyle someday and she'll end up like OJ.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Heather

    Like OJ? NO this is like Jean Beanett Ramsey! I don't know how the jurors, her attorney Baez, or even her and her family will sleep tonight but may they all rot in hell The jurors were obviously walking around, judging things with their heads shoved up their butts because it is so blatantly obvious. No GOOD mother would walk around, partying, sleeping around, carrying on her life like that while her daughter was missing. Not even if their daughter was only gone two days, much less a whole month. She knows she did it and the family does too. How dare they pick a grown, lying woman's side than to take an innocent little girl's side and realize her mother's actions were wrong and sickening.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • hrg3

      So, being a bad parent means she killed her child? That is the only thing you are judging here? The jury weighed all aspects of the case and the DA simply failed to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Is it a sad thing that she god off? Nope. The jury weighed in on the facts presented to them and came back with what they believed to be a fair judgment. Now there are many arm chair quarterback telling us how the judicial system is broken or the jury was made up of idiots or how the defense team should bow there heads in shame. You all know that none of this is true and you only judge a person by what Nancy Grace or who the heck ever told you want was fact. They system is not perfect yet it works. So dose karma. I am sure she will hate her life from this point forward. People like you, on the other hand will soon move on the the next "Missing White Girl" case and forget all about the Anthony case. Nancy Grace and other "if it bleeds it leads" personalities will be right there to tell you who is guilty and who is innocent regardless of the facts. Who the heck needs facts or even a solid understanding of the law when CNN will tell you all that you need to know! The idea of innocent until proven guilty evades you people. Perhaps you would be more at home in the USSR that Stalin built.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Hrg3 is absolutely dead on. Heather–with all due respect–you and Nancy Grace belong in The Crucible. Any objective look at the facts reveal an incomplete case. Just because you're a mother doesn't grant you omniscience. Just because Nancy Grace and her boyfriend Glen Beck spout venom to increase their ratings share doesn't mean you have to surrender judgement and accept it as truth. This was a great day for our legal system–as tragic as this story may be–it was a great day for those of us that still cling to a sane America to go to bed knowing the crazies haven't yet gotten complete control of the asylum.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. jon

    Good luck to her. Nothing was proved regarding guilt.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • S Travis

      I agree, Jon. The truth of the matter is 12 people who heard the ENTIRE case, not just what was on tv, decided unanimously (and rather quickly, too) that she was innocent. Let's give her a break and let her go on with her life.

      July 6, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jack Anderson

    Things do not add up. Dysfunctional family yes. But there are millions more in this God forsaken world like them. Many more evil people that live in this day and age. It all starts with family and their up bringing. You try to show your children the difference from whats right and what is wrong but, there is always going to be bad influences out there that are tempting . Communication with your children is the key. Life is hard if you make the wrong decisions. You can't keep people locked up from bad influences most of their life and not expect them to act wild once they are free!

    July 6, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Vilvos

    "Innocent until proven guilty", last time I checked; public opinion doesn't matter.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. beth

    who is goin 2 pick up casey anthony when they release her?? i know her imarganier friend!!

    July 6, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      You go girl! Tell it

      July 6, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • AnnSD

      LOL... Maybe it will be her rich suitor. Or Zanny? Oh yeah... Casey still has to go through a defamation trial from the real Zanaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. Casey will have to sell more pictures of Caylee to get that defense paid for.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ancient Brit

    What's happening next? Casey Anthony will face a civil suit from the woman she allegedly defamed: the so-called Nanny. Apparently Anthony will allegedly exercise her rights under the 5th Amendment so she will not answer any questions.

    The question I have is this: why did all the jurors allegedly turn up in more formal dress on the day they delivered their verdict? How did they know they would be delivering it on that day? Did they make their decisions on the prior day – in which case they didn't deliberate anywhere near as long as we were led to believe (perhaps not even long enough for the judge to accept their verdict), and the hours supposedly spent in deliberation on the second day were spent doing...what?

    Hopefully one of them will break ranks and reveal what really happened in the deliberation room.

    And since the defense began by stating that Casey knew her child was dead and chose to cover it up, surely that admission should be enough for her to be prosecuted for failing to report a dead body?

    July 6, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • AnnSD

      I think the state realizes that Casey can lie her way through anything at this point. The Anthony family isn't worth the time anymore and justice will just have to come another way.

      July 6, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Petey

    For all you clowns who think the verdict was wrong: you weren't in court

    The case against her doesn't add up. There was never a report of her bring anything but living to caylee. Why would she suddenly kill her? If she wanted to party her parents would have watched her!

    No I think the grandparents left the ladder to the pool in and the poor little girl drowned. They would have went to jail, so George covered it up best way he knew how.

    A distraut Casey went out and got wasted and partied night after night because if your little girl was dead, and you couldn't mourn her because your father forbid it do he didn't go to jail for neglect, what would you do? I know I'd try to drink myself into oblivion. You?

    I think the defenses story is a lit more logical than: she killed her so she can party and not have the responsibility

    Also the reports that the mother was at work during the "searches" are BS. If her computer at work was locked, or left logged on unlocked, as long as she wasn't logged off, the audit report would show she was at her desk.

    Also the search records the forensic team pieced together are very interpretable. Sorry, but a record of every comand and search on a pc isnt saved on the disk with timestamps, etc. It's fantasy. believe me, i know.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • AnnSD

      There was massive tension between Cindy and Casey on father's day 2008. There are independent reports from both Lee and Jesse Grund that Casey and Cindy got into a physical altercation regarding Casey's ongoing habit of stealing from her grandmother. The Anthony's set up Casey to walk out of that court room. The jury got played like fiddles today.

      July 6, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • mcbunn

      How do you "know" Petey??? Were you there?? Were you not listening and watching the same court proceedings as I was? This girl killed her child. Be it an "accidental" killing, she still killed her. She covered it up with her lies and deceit. No loving mother would leave her baby in a swamp. No loving mother would participate in "hot body" contests. The most tears Casey Anthony shed for her murdered daughter was when she was found not guilty of murder. Listen again to the jail house phone calls. "Everybody's concerned about Caylee. Not me." These are not the words and actions of a loving mother. These are the words and actions of a murderer. I would hate to answer for these actions on Judgement Day to a higher power than in a court room in Orlando,FL.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Petey, you are 100% correct. There was not even evidence on HOW the child died. It could have been murder or it could have been accidental (drowning or otherwise). It could have been an asthma attack for all anyone knows b/c the body was all bones and there was no way to tell. Both murder and accident were equally plausible reasons. The standard of proof is not 50% likelihood but BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. The jury instructions even said that if there are 2 equally plausible/believable reasons for something the jury would have to give the benefit of the doubt to the accused.

      July 6, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Petey

    And before anyone comments, my Numerous spelling mistakes are courtesy of my iPhone

    July 6, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Susan Stern

    Convincing emotionally-wrenching arguments by the prosecution, but there were NO facts Casey did anything other than LIE. Mad science isn't factual. As for the prosecution, they did well – with no evidence.JURY: I have faith in our legal system when juries make a decision based on law rather than emotion. They followed the Court's instructionns. Whether Casey is guilty does NOT matter now, at least our justice system declined to convict and saw the obvious – reasonable doubt.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jonathan Witerski

    This case was sad all the way around – a beautiful little girl is dead, the family is obviously bifurcated after all of this drama, and it is unlikely that justice will ever be had for this little girl. Nevertheless, if Casey Anthony is innocent, then justice was served despite the media "smear campaign" and then I wholeheartedly agree with one of her lawyer's scathing comments regarding the biased news media. I don't care about some talking head's opinion – tell me the facts and the facts only and move on to the next story. I'm a big boy, I can draw my own conclusions and so can the mostly educated populace who is interested in what is going on in the world. – Jonathan Witerski

    July 6, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. blackhole

    My only wish is that everyone in America boycotts anything Casey Anthony does for money. Why help her in her in "beautiful life".

    July 6, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      I agree 100%. I will not support her in anyway!!! PERIOD!!!

      July 6, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • gingus2000

      Wake up America - let's not make her a celebrity - accidental or no, this is a grave injustice to Caylee, there is no explaining this away now, she did have her chance in court...-

      July 6, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. joy charland

    The sad thing is that Calee is dead, why couldn't they charge her for not reporting her child missing for 31 days?

    July 6, 2011 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    So that's it? A little girl is murdered and no one will be punished. Everyone look out for the Casey reality show. This girl is going to make millions with all kinds of offers and Caylee will slowly fade into the background. I hope the P.O.S rots in hell and may anyone who benefits from this little girls death join her.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    "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."

    What kind of idiot said that? Who is going to sue her? The victim was her own daughter so the only person who can sue Casey is Casey. Nobody else has standing to sue her.

    July 6, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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