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. Jim G

    This case gives us thought, what is needed are professional jurors. Juries made up of retired judges, lawyers and law enforcement, business people and blue collar individuals. Their sole job to hear felony cases. They could do no worse than the the so called jury of our peers and perhaps they would judge correctly.

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

      Next thing they will be letting us vote for guilt or innocent with our phones and posting the results on a reality show

      July 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goat

      PERHAPS is the key word here, Jim. I think your plan is a good one. However, I'm sure these 'expert' jurors would eventually become corrupt-payoffs. I was a marginal witness to this trial and even I don't think the prosecution proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt. I saw the ABC interview with Juror #3 and I was impressed. I've heard too many jabs at the intelligence of this jury and how unbelievably stupid they are. Juror #3 was very intelligent and well-spoken. I believe she followed the law.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Who throws a drowned, supposedly dearly loved child like trash in jungle less than 1 mile from home? Who? Who? I know who, MURDERERS!!!! Defence was caught in its own theory, if Casey was such a great mom, who never abused her child, loved her to death, would it be reasonable to assume that she or anyone in her family will wrap up the body in a bag and dump it in jungle and get back to life as nothing ever happened??? is that a reasonable assumption to be made in a murder trial??? Is it really reasonable to assume that a family would try their best to make an accident look like a murder case??? Just what was the standard for "reasonable behavior" for this jury???

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

    Get real people. You con't convict somebody of murder based on logic, common sense and your gut. you convict on EVIDENCE of the crime of which there was none. Was there evidence of a dirtbag mother? Sure, but not murder...Anybody out there that is crying to avenge Cayley...She is dead, there is no vengeance. Nothing is going to make her happy or make her come back. or change what happened. Justice WAS served according to the law. If you don't like it, leave.

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

      So neither a body with the breathing holes taped over and dumped in the swamp, nor multiple lies told by the mother are evidence? Are you from Florida or something?

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

      All evidence doesn't have to be forensic. There was a LOT of evidence, just not the kind you'd see on CSI. Not everything is wrapped up in a pretty bow in under 60 minutes. Sometimes, a journal entry, your car reeking of dead flesh, and not reporting your child missing for 31 days is plenty. It's just sad that those 12 morons couldn't see it.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meeeeeeeeee

      Sooo, duct tape and chloroform is not evidence??? right...thank God we didn't have this jury during the Lacy Peterson trial.....I guess this jury can really feel the impact when Casey murders again. I predict she kills her parents (house fire)....

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

      @Meeeee: AMEN. Exactly. Because if these 12 people had been on the jury in that case, that MONSTER would have walked free, too.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You, sir, are an idiot.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoldenRet

      And the computer searches made on the computer while the mother was at work...They were what?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Bumpkin, you have to have evidence that places someone at the scene of the crime. Tape is evidence, but it's quality was low as from that evidence not much could be gleened. No fingerprints or other very specific matches could determine whose tape it was or who put it there.

      Kechlf gave the sad but true. I agree with Toobin that maybe in this case they should have attempted lesser charges or something else.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Finally, someone who sees this the same way I do. Do I think she did it or had some part in it, of course. But, under the letter of the law, it doesnt matter what I think, what I feel, or what I suspect. Its about what can be proven. None of the evidence points to any specific person. It points to a death, but that's it. that alone, is not enough to convict on. This actually proves to me that in some cases the justice system does work, instead of letting it turn into a lynch mob, which is exactly how people are acting.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumpkin

      Lee, you don't have to have evidence placing her at the scene of the crime if all the other evidence points to her as the murderer. Plenty of murderers have been rightly convicted without eyewitnesses or modern forensic evidence when the preponderance of evidence pointed to the murderer as guilty, such as in this case.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Anthony

    Maybe we can get Casey knocked up again and she can be the next Octomom. Then we'll have money out the wazoo!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dex

    The media continues to fan the flames regarding this great injustice. Those that will pay this misfit a nickle for an interview, book, movie are anything of the kind, will only confirm the dark side of capitalism to world. Remember as Michael Moore stated, do not confuse democracy with capitalism.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Michael Moore is awesome.... Not! You would quote Casey Anthony if you thought it would better your point... Get over it...

      July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I agree. I will refuse to read any article, book, interview, or whatever the media produces to cash in on that poor innocent little girl's death! I'm sure the biggest media sleeze-bags are all adding up the numbers in their head right of how much they can profit from Caylee.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. le

    So amazed how that alt juror is saying the motive was not proven. Huh?! You are kidding me right? Do they not understand that sociopaths do not think or act like the rest of us? Sadly people murder their own family members every day because they don't want to be responsible for them- they want to be "free" or some other ludicrous reason unfathomable to the rest of us civilized persons.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bumpkin

      You are right. There was plenty of motive for her (a sociopath), and her behavior between the murder and the arrest proved that motive was valid. She wanted to party.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • KL

      Funny I don't remember an expert getting on the stand and stating she is a sociopath.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WemissyouCaylee


    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |

      You are a sick piece of trash! Who would post such a thing. You are sickening. You probably killed someone and stuffed them in your trunk. SICKO!

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

    Hey, all you Casey supporters, Would you let her babysit your kids????

    July 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug Ericson

      Of course they would. Doug.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldDawg

      I'm positive they would since birds of a feather flock together.

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

      I'd let her babysit yours 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suzen

    So lets say she left the house that day with the child in a fight with her parents....parents are mad at her and Cindy calls her several times and wants her to bring Caylee back, but she won't. The dad being an ex policeman knows all types of criminal and infromants calls one of these guys and tells them to kidnap the child. The guy folllows her around ans she takes the little girl to a party and puts her in the bedroom with some toys. The guys kidnaps the child but has to keep her quiet when he used the chloroform he over did it and the little girl died. He tells George he has the little girl to get his money. Meanwhile Casey is drunk and realized the little girl is gone but figures she will find her and tells her mother all kinds of stories...that is why the Dad did not report it he knew where the child was all along. The guy in the meantime throws the child into the swamp near the house where he thinks no one will find her and doesn't want it anyway attached to him. Meanwhile they find the child and George is just sick becuase he is indirectly responsible and tries to kill himself.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are you serious

      Are you on some serious drugs or something? That's the most insane scenario I ever heard of and too bizarre even for Casey Anthony. Are you two related?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enmity

      Great theory & like Casey's defense – a fabrication. Former cell mates or are you related?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Or maybe Casey did it.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      The problem with your argument is the rather eccentric duct tape that was no longer for sale. but a roll of which George owned.

      I think Casey either od'd her daughter, or suffocated her out of spite for Cindy choking her.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      You're an idiiot! It's moron's like you that were on the jury panel!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dana

    Wow, this is just amazing. It is like OJ. It seems that the lies she told sound like she was involved, but the evidence wasn't there. Just shocking. Now she will be out next week? Now she can profit from this, just disgusting. That poor little girl, no one will ever know what happened to her so sad. I didn't watch it on TV much, but followed it in the news. Just shows that Casey did a lot to make sure there was no evidence and now she walks. How totally sick!!!!!!! I don't think I could have been a juror on this one.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J

    I'm not accussing the jurors or anyone else. I just trying to understanding why someone would not report their child missing and go out partying as if nothing was wrong. If she was a devoted mom that would not have happened. She would have everthing she could to find her child and make sure she is safe. No I don't think she is innocent.
    Why has she not explain why she never reported the child missing. I would like for her to explain why if she isn't the one who killed her. Why hasn't she made an effort to find out who did.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Doug Ericson

    I didn't think he seemed apalled. A little retahded maybe, but not apalled. Doug.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judge was awesome

      Judge Perry was an intelligent, thoughtful and educated jurist. It was wonderful to watch him navigate this case while being fair to both sides. His rulings on the lesser charges speak volumes regarding his feelings about her guilt, but his respect for the jury system stands. I would want him to preside over any case I was involved in for sure.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dispatch


    July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. itsmehere

    They should have place duct tape over the mouths and noses of the jurors. Then they would grasp the cause of death.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Al

    It's called first degree murder you idiot.

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