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. Axelrod

    1) Lack of Evidence
    2) Poor Prosecution from DA's office
    3) Jury deliberated only 11 hours to find "not guilty"
    It's over. For the county DA to now try to invoice the acquitted defendant for the investigative work is a sham. Orange County needs to "man up" and just move on to something else.

    "and forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" We must forgive to be forgiven.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JohnnyOh2323

    What is with this rediculous idea that defendants pay back the State? That is a cost of the County/State and they can eat it.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Rotch

      She's being asked to pay because her four counts of lying to the police, charges which were upheld by the evidence and for which she was convicted, cost the taxpayers of Florida major money. If she had told the truth, there would have been no 6-month long hunt for a "missing girl," and the body would have been recovered soon enough to make the investigation quick and decisive.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J

    If I was Casey and am inocent , I would immediately be out there trying to find who killed my child. I would not be wasting my time on a book or movie. My number one priority would be to get justice for my child.

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

      I agree, but she claims her baby drowned in the family pool. So, case closed for her.

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

      wow she says nobody murdered her. She said it was an accident. Also the jury said they didn't say she was innocent. They said the state didn't prove their case...

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

      Agreed!!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Miller

      That's the rub. We already knew who did it and there is no one to look for. Her defense was that it was a drowning and she helped dispose of the body. Most think she killed her. Either way. she was involved and there is no one to look for. Sick.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bitnar

      She said she drowned. Oh, wait, this is an O.J. joke, right?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • kait

      hey J..remember she claimed the kid died accidentally? no killer to chase...the only killer she'll find is in the mirror.

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

      She didn't do it when the childs rotting corpse was in her trunk or discarded in the woods so why would she do it now?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.J. Mitchell

      The child drowned in a pool. How is going to go out find the killer when it was dumped out of the pool.... (WATER)

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

      Did you read the article or follow any of the trial ? She said her child drowned. She did not say her child was murdered.

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

    Stupid, stupid, ignorant jury.

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

      The old pot and the kettle, huh?

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

      @ John: No. It was, in fact, a stupid, stupid, ignorant jury.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.J. Mitchell

      How were they ignorant ??? Because they didn't do what you thought would do ??
      Grow up people....
      Don't question me on the law either...I have J.D. LLM, Master in Public Ploicy and I working on S.J.D ( Docotorate of Laws) ....I think I know a thing or two of about the law, not everything, but when it comes to taking on a kitchen table lawyer....I can hold my own.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      Blame the prosecution. Or do you believe they presented proof of murder, and who did it, adequate to impose the death sentence?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Miller

      Hey KJ, I';m a former prosecutor and they were ignorant. There is a massive difference between "beyong a reasonable doubt" and "reason to doubt." Every defense team gives reasosn to doubt but it is the juries job to put the pieces of the puzzle together. These bozos didn't work through anything. The prosecution laid out plenty of facts. Triple that of what got Scott Peterson and others convicted. Yet they could piece simple facts together. An example....the defense basically admitted she knew the girl was dead from Day 1. They also said the dad knew. Yet there are tapes showing her Dad, Mom, brother and others had called asking where Caylee was. Her answer wasn't "ask Dad" but that she was with a fake nanny. The 31 days alone is enough to convict in a court of law. People need to stop listening to Toobin and talking heads who get paid and start looking at the reality that a rag tag jury screwed up and thought that a smoking gun was needed.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Because smart people use emotion rather that intelligence...

      July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Get over it...

    July 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. up the tail pipe

    Well just like the saying goes.... there is nor free lunch... you will pay one day.

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

      not true kid..not true..what goes around does not come around..thats just a fable we like to use to comfort ourselves.

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

    @J-
    She doesn't owe anyone an explanation.

    Ignore this particular case for a moment-should someone be incarcerated 3 years then acquitted? The county almost owes the defendant......

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

      She wasn't acquitted on all charges. She has been convicted on 4 counts the county doesn't owe her anything!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Miller

      Are you really this ignorant? The state spent funds for months trying to find a missing girl they thought was alive all due to this psychopaths lies. Do people really think out there? The jury was made up of criminals, a woman who said she couldn't judge people and a person with an 11th grade education. Dumb humans who let a bad person go.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    Kay... I wouldn't let you babysit my kids. Apparently you watch to much t.v.....

    July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • up the tail pipe

      Sorry John but you dont watch enough.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • kait

      touche tail pipe..and to be honest John..a guy who can't use the proper 'too' shouldn't be having kids..

      July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Doug Ericson

    The judge has troulble completing a sentance in less than five minutes, ( no pun intented), so of course the jurors fell asleep right from the start. Who can blame them. Doug.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kimmie

    her legal problems are just getting started.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sparknut

    Charge her with perjury. There's plenty of evidence there with her claims that the mysterious nanny kidnapped the child.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deathstalker

      Perjury means that she lied on the stand and they can rpove it.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • up the tail pipe

      she did not testiy

      July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave S.

      Unfortunately when she made the false statements, they were just that. Had she uttered the same lies while on the witness stand (which would have been under oath) she could be charged with perjury.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.J. Mitchell

      Can charge with that she never took the stand.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WeThePeople

    Thanks Mark but I didn't suffocate my own child. She will be the one gasping for air in hell.

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

      this would be comforting if hell actually existed but since it doesn't it our job here on Earth to get justice for the weak and we failed to do that. we fail in that task often.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • WeThePeople

      I appretiate your pessimistic view of the afterlife kate. Hopefully God has mercy on you.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 5

    Jeffrey Toobin's reporting has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise toxic tabloid environment, with CNN's sister station leading the way. Respectfully, I think he missed the point of the judge's sentence. First, court personnel and attorneys knew exactly how much additional time the defendant would serve if the judged handed out four one-year sentences to run consecutively, with credit for time served. As everyone now knows, that amounts to 6 more days - not exactly a "statement." If he wanted to be express disdain, he could have played with the time served credit and made the defendant serve another year or two in jail. Plus, he could have required part of the time to be served on work release or at a a halfway house. He also could have mandated a mental health evaluation. Instead, the judge gave everyone a chance to catch their breath and time for the hideous four on headline news to find another way to hike the network's ratings.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gene Brady

    Let this be a lesson to the dolts out there. Just because the caustic -itch Nancy Grace says you are guilty means nothing. The proof is in the verdict NOT GUILTY. Get over it and get a brain.

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

      Nancy Grace will profit from this verdict too. She'll get a lot of mileage while following Casey Anthony's antics in the free world than in prison, and she can continue to try and convict her on TV.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Biff

    Let me get this straight.. A woman's child is murdered. The state spends three years investigating and prosecuting the wrong killer (according to the jury). The state then wants the person wrongfully accused to pay for their failed investigation? Get real.

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