July 7th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

Toobin: Judge made statement with Anthony sentencing

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin calls the four-year sentence Judge Belvin Perry slapped on Casey Anthony a surprise but says the judge likely was making a statement in giving her the maximum jail time.

Perry on Thursday sentenced Anthony to one year behind bars on each of four counts of lying to police concerning the death of her daughter, Caylee. She also was fined $1,000 for each count.

“Most people convicted of misdemeanors do not get prison time in Florida or anywhere else," Toobin says.

Despite the sentence, Anthony won't spend much more time incarcerated. She got credit for the time spent in custody since her arrest, almost 1,000 days.

Before the court gave Anthony's official release date, Toobin speculated that she could be free in less than two months once credit for good behavior also was considered. But it appears Anthony got a bigger break - she'll be out in a less than a week. A court spokeswoman said her release date would be Wednesday.

Anthony has served about three years already. And it seems, Toobin said, the judge was intent on making sure some kind of punishment had been handed down in the case.

"This judge was clearly appalled at the nature and content of the lies Casey Anthony told to the police," he says. "We are all reminded about just how sinister and awful these comments were."

Authorities said Anthony lied about whether her daughter was missing. Her other lies included claims that Caylee was in a nanny's custody, that she had a job at Universal Studios and that she had received a phone call from Caylee.

Toobin said that while Anthony's criminal law troubles may be over, she could be involved in civil litigation much longer.

Zenaida Gonzalez has filed a defamation lawsuit against Anthony. Authorities questioned Gonzalez in Caylee's disappearance after Anthony said a nanny by that woman's name had kidnapped the child. Gonzalez denied ever meeting Anthony.

Florida officials also are asking that Anthony repay the state for the enormous cost of investigating the case. A private firm that helped in the child's search wants its money back, too.

Lawsuits could linger for years, Toobin says, but he doubts they'll have much effect.

"I will be surprised if Casey Anthony ever ends up paying anyone," he says.

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  1. rudolf

    The judge is a ok. This shows there is at least one person in florida with some sense. Most will disagree with me though. Floridians are well known to be fools and inbred idiots.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      So true..

      July 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aquallama

      Very mature, Rudolf.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawyer Baez

      Learn the law before you speak

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nell

      RIght. And the fact the jury could convict her on NOTHING but lying shows that the jurors weren't thinking enough to realize the reason she was lying to police was to stall for time, so little Caylee could reveal no forensic evidence. THERFORE, she must have had something to hide, like a homicide.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      @rudolf...yeah we are all disappointed in the verdict. Unfortunately, the jurors did what they likely had to do with the type of "evidence" they were provided. That is how "the system" was designed; to include safeguards so innocent people aren't sent to prison, or worse. Sometimes those safeguards work in favor of the guilty, as likely happened in this case. You'll be damn thankful for those safeguards if you ever find yourself being judged. Your bigoted remarks regarding the people of Florida were unnecessary, however. Just shows how ignorant and intolerant you must be. Anyway, there are very few native Floridians left. Most of the ignorant, inbred people in Florida are from the northeast. That's where you're from, isn't it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disagree

      Nell, speculation is not proof. The jury had NOTHING to convict her with. The prosecution couldn't even prove a murder took place, much less who the murder was.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Tors

    Toobin, when will you learn to shut your yap. Of course judge is appalled. All reasonable people are appalled, as a murderer went free and she'll never be held accountable for the death of her daughter. Jury screwed up. How dumb must you be to not see this?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawyer Baez

      How did the jury screw up? They did their job. Weigh the evidence and make a decision that is not based on your personal emotion. Blame the prosecution for the screw up. I hope you are never selected for jury duty.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Camp

      The jury did the right thing, but she definitely got away with something. The judge and jurors all think something really bad happened, but without any evidence specifically linking her (instead of someone else in her family) and the fact we don't even know what the crime was, and there is no believable motive, she had to go free.

      It's like when one of your four kids breaks the cookie jar. None of them will admit who did it, and some may say they know nothing about it. Are they lying or not? At least one of them is, but you can't tell which one(s). So you just tell them all "I'm keeping an eye on all of you", but you can't punish any of them until one of them confesses.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jackie

    Too bad hurricane season is over. Hopefully one will hit Clearwater Florida soon. The jurors were braindead fools.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • zyklon

      I second that motion.
      -Violent requital.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Hurrican season is not over. It ends at the end of November. Where do you people get your information? Gosh.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grisham

      Hurricane season isn't over until November.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aquallama

      Jackie: As someone who lives in Pinellas county and is equally as appalled as everyone else at this verdict, I'd like to personally thank you for not only wishing harm on the jurors but the rest of us and our children. I'd say you were cut from the same moral cloth as Ms. Anthony. Well done.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gaucho420

    fFrget the jury, blaim the prosecution for putting out a poor case. I also think she's guilty of something, but the prosecution didn't prove its case what-so-ever.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      The prosecution did one of the best jobs in history of proving this case. It was one of the best presented case in history. It is just that you don't have a clue about how the evidence worked especially in context of typical cases.

      Other cases with way less evidence resulted in conviction such as, Scott Peterson, Susan Smith, Diane Downs etc

      July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seth

    Nearly every rational and objective thinking human being is appalled at this jury for letting a murder get away with the perfect murder.

    Ofcourse, the jury had more than enough evidence to convict her. They did not even convict her of "child neglect". Certainly, the evidence was way stronger than in the case of other murder trials such as, Scott Peterson, Susan Smith and Diane Downs etc.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngieS

      As a rational, thinking and objective person I am appalled at your emotional fanaticism. The evidence in this case was nonexistent and, personally, I'm only shocked that she actually got a fair trial. Given the inane vitriol spewed by people like you I was sure that a genuine miscarriage of justice would prevail and that she would be convicted regardless of the lack of credible evidence or clear motive. Her acquittal actually gives me a great deal of hope for the impartiality and effectiveness of what I had considered heretofore to be an utterly insufficient and irretrievably broken judicial system.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      As a parent, I think she should have at least been charged with child neglect. She could have notified someone that her daughter was missing. I don't believe the events leading up to the trial were all acted out by the entire family, but they did an excellent job helping the defense plant reasonable doubt.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Susan Smith confessed. Diane Downs' daughter Christie gave an eyewitness account to the shootings of herself and her siblings. Why in the world would you lie and say that there was less evidence in those cases?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bacos


      'They did not even convict her of "child neglect".'

      Uh... that may be because she wasn't CHARGED with that.

      Aggravated child abuse contains the lesser charge of child abuse, but not neglect.

      Neither does manslaughter.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. D

    When do people found not guilty of crimes like this have to pay back for search parties and things like that? I realize everyone wants to get her somehow, but that will never stick.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apple

      Because liars have to pay for wasting police and emergency resources. She may have gotten off free but she's still a liar and a murderer.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Decorah

    I hope Casey Anthony writes millions of books and accepts millions of movie deals only then will the truth come out......I pity the law enforcement officials whom wasted their lives investigating this case. Had she been truthful in the first place, the time that was spent investigating the case by law officials could have been directed to those really in need.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gasten

      "Only then will the truth come out"?? That's the best joke I've ever heard. How is Casey Anthony capable of ever presenting herself as credible in the eyes of the public after her history of pathological lying?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel Michael

    Nancy Grace is the real MONSTER here. She is as phoney as a 3 dollar bill in how she is exploiting this dead child for TV ratings. As for alll of those "CHristians" out there protesting and demanding blood. Didn't Jesus say something about lovihg your enemies? THe truth is the states case was weak. They used junk science, and did not even know what killed the child.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apple

      So you're saying Nancy Grace murdered a 2 year old? Or that you're please a murderer was set free and that a child was killed, just so Nancy Grace could look bad? Please wear a t-shirt that says "Free Casey" on it, so that you can let more people know how proud and happy you are that a murderer went free.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngieS

      Thank you, Daniel, for providing the only sane comments and rationality that I have seen on this case so far. The woman was acquitted because there simply wasn't any evidence linking her without doubt to a crime. I certainly wish that people would get as up-in-arms about the case of a 13 year old boy who was allowed to starve to death alone imprisoned in a dog crate by his parents while his brothers and sisters played outside and ate healthy meals....where is the moral outrage on that one? It got exactly one – ONE – day of national coverage and now it's gone. But no one wants to talk about that case... Where's Nancy Grace and her entourage of toadies??

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kaillo

    Hurricane season is not over, it just started

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Apple

    The judge is appalled? Then the judge shouldn't have excluded so much evidence in the case. He wanted to be the next Judge Ito? Well congrats; he is.

    The jury was a pack of fools; they're not sure if this woman murdered her child? Then declare a mistrial, so that more competent jurors can convict. You don't declare someone innocent, then cry that you were "confused" by the evidence.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tamm

    Who paid for her defense?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David

    Complete speculation. Why cant the media just let these types of things be handled by the professionals and not commercialize these types of stories. This whole thing (like the OJ case) has been handled like a freakin circus. Only in America I guess.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Love how everyone "thinks" she is guilty, like they know more than the teams of investigators or prosecutors. The only thing you know is what you've seen on TV, which has mostly amounted to speculation.
      This reminds me of the Salem Witch trials or the years of McCarthyism.
      Americans clearly need to pull their heads out of their rear-ends.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aquallama

      Have you seen the Amanda Knox trial?!?! NOT only in America!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CB

    Her hair had been in a ponytail the whole time in court. Didn't she look so conservative? Now it's down and free as she is! Wish I had been on the jury. I would have deadlocked them. She is SO guilty!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      Hi CB, I said the same thing. They would not have left that room in under 12 hours. No way, I would have deadlocked them as well. It's obvious they wanted to go home. If they would have deliberated longer and came out with a not guilty verdict, perhaps I would have a different mindset.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apple

      A deadlock meant another group of jurors would get all the attention; this way this group of jurors gets to write books, get on tv and make money off the trial. They probably spent those 12 hours decided how to best cash in, and a no guilty verdict meant they can now get on Entertainment Tonight.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SPJA

    @rudolf.....Wow!!!!! You had time to ask EVERYONE???????? I think that statement makes YOU the fool and inbred idiot!!!! And you can ask EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!....Lol....Dimwit!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sonchie

    Still smh...

    July 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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