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. Real Champion

    If you believe Casey then her kid died in the pool unsupervised, she didn't report it, granny didn't notice this commotion, she had her Dad ditch the corpse, she lied to the cops to keep hiding it, her Dad went along with Casey's fake stories, her Dad didn't bury Caylee with the respect he gave dead pets. So put her Dad in jail and her Mom in jail for perjury.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. florida1

    I live in Florida. My husband, who is originally from Miami, stopped to fill up his car with gas when he was visiting his Mom. Lo and behold, OJ Simpson, who lived very near her, was getting gas as well. Someone yelled "murderer" at Simpson. This was some time after his trial. People never forget, their gut reaction to Simpson was he got away with murder. The same will be for Casey Anthony. And like Simpson, she will do herself in, just give her time.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOfDumbPeople

      Yeah I could never figure out why a jury who listened to a prosecutors for 9 month to explain a 3 hour event would find someone not guilty. Thank god we don't have people like you on jury's. Cmon tell we something brillant like "duh what about duh bronco chase" The procescution in the OJ trial after while sounded like they made it up as they went along. Thats why it took nine months dumbo. and what does that say about there investigation and law enforcement people when they arrest you before they completly know what happened. Then the next question to ask is if they arrested you before they had they facts, well then your best evedence then becomes. bad husband and dogs barking.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude what?

      Tired of yourself then, huh? The only relevance this has to what florida1 posted was that O.J. was mentioned. They said NOTHING about the jury, merely that the public would most likely still have a low opinion of Casey much later, as was the case with O.J. Simpson. Are you schizophrenic?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • or....

      hopefully someone else will do her in!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zisee

    Just like OJ, no time, no money. I truly believe Casey will screwup again, as the saying goes: "give them enough rope and they will hang themselves." Another sad part of this, is her parents will be making lots of money too. George probably gambling it all away, Cindy spending it on a new grandchild. Remember the letter while casey was in jail, SHE WANTS ANOTHER CHILD, even thinking of adopting one, now that is sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goat

      "Give 'em enough rope....." The Clash

      July 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • GregInAtl

      No adoption agency will even consider letting her adopt.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Anyone that would give her a child would be out of their minds..
      If for no other reason than for the misery of being 'known' as her child would cause them.
      Unfortunately the jury made all this possible.. Because there are enough people out there that are out of their minds.
      And she certainly can have her own.. Another child that she hopes will make her life better? After all in the end this one sure gave her the good life ..After the movie and book deals.. Caylee becomes the most profitable 3 years this girl ever put her time into..
      Just horrendous.. This whole thing is horrendous..
      The way she looked in court today, was a cold slap to all that knew this was the 'real' Casey...
      She isn't a good lier.. She is just fortuanate enough to keep bumping into stupid people..

      July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D

    Death penalty would have been too humane for what the public will end up doing to her.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. stormy81

    In time, she will get what's really coming to her. She could leave the country, change her name and hair color, but someone will recognize the face. Of a KILLER. And she will deserve everything she gets.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas

    To ALL....It does not matter what anyone thinks. None what so ever! The only ones who have and had a saying here are the juror's and they decided she was not guilty of murder. None of us were in the court room, none of us got the judge's instructions, none of us saw the evidence or the possible lack thereof. It's over folks. Don't get your panties in a twist. You were not there and that's it. The truth will come out some day and it may not be what people like to hear. It is better to let her go free than to lynch someone for a crime they did not commit.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ceri

      So, in your opinion, who did do it? Or did you buy that accident in the pool hogwash. If you did, I've got an alien wig I want to sell you.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vish

      They didn't decide she was not guilty of murder. The jurors decided that the prosecution didn not provide enough evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to say that she committed the murder. There's a huge difference. The problem is most people don't understand what "beyond reasonable doubt." They're too used to watching shows like CSI and Law & Order where the smoking gun is always produced.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. proudtobeademocrat

    Hey, move to Florida, Kill your kid, make out like a bandit with interviews and book deals etc. It's OJ all over again. They didn't even convict her of child abuse. Go, Florida. Gangs, murders, robberies, you name it, Florida has it all. And you will get away with it. The jurors statements are mostly moronic. If they think they were ethical, they are WRONG!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • GregInAtl

      Where did O.J. move after he was aquitted of murder, you guessed it, Florida? I used to live there, in fact, I lived in Pinellas County where all the jurors are from. Florida is full if deviates, con artists and other sorts of losers that can't make it anywhere else so they move there. It's basically a ginat Disney World.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    so if my name is something common like john smith, and casey said they baby was with john smith, could I sue her just because my name was implicated? I really don't understand where ms. gonzalez has the right to sue her because the police questioned her as part of an investigation

    July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • GregInAtl

      She is suing because she lost her job, lost her home and can't find another job because Casey Anthony falsley implicated her to save her own skin.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Heather

    I can only hope karma comes in the form of a bus plowing her over as she leaves the jail.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kay

    The alternate juror was such a sad sack and so very stupid. Is this the best they could find in Florida?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Move on with your lives, people. Obviously you have spent WAY too much time thinking and pontificating about this case.

    Nobody cares what you think anymore. Nobody cares what kind of idiotic lawsuits the state of Florida will bring in order to make a person found not guilty of the most serious charges against her pay for the investigation (!! – how asinine – !!).

    The prosecutors lost and the judges and juries in the public sphere lost. Move on with your pathetic lives already. Sheesh.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kdc

    I have always had the feeling that something was somehow "off" on this case. It's not that I believe she isn't guilty, but there was a missing element to it all. Something just never felt right about it. I don't think she is totally innocent, but I also don't think she played the role potrayed by the media, though I think she had SOMETHING to do with it. I think Casey's dad was involved somehow. Body language experts have said before concerning her that she has slightly shook her head yes, then answered no, which means she's lying. When Baez confronted George about molesting Casey, he also gave a slight nod of the head before denying the charges.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Al

    Alternate juror is a loony, lolly pop ,bend over for a pack of gum ,loser too.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. al sullivan

    Justice is based on evidence, not emotion. People keep reacting to the photograph of a child, not to the facts. Most of the outrage I hear sounds like a lynch mob, filled with emotion, but no intelligence. Yes, the child died. It appears that the mother did it. But if justice is going to err, I would rather see a guilty person go free than see someone innocent executed or imprisoned. I don't hear any of these people's outrage over the innocent people convicted. I certainly don't want to be accused by this mob, when my time comes. I want intelligence to ask: did someone prove their case against me? Is it clear that I committed the crime? Otherwise, these people ought to shut up and go home and hug their own kids and stop lighting torches and picking up pitch forks.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |


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