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. Dinae

    Children die at the hands of their father every day in this country. Silly couch potatoes who get wrapped up in the drama of this high profile case should give some of their attention to potential victims in their own communities before it's too late.

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

    Evidence people that is what is needed for a murder verdict. I do not believe 12 jurors turned a killer lose unless there was not enough evidence to prove she did kill her own daughter. First of all what is her motive to begin with. Why would she kill her own child. I do not see the reason.. No motive no cause of death no smoking gun. Maybe she really didnt kill her daughter and really did have problems. If you are charged will killing someone and it wasnt true you will be thankful for a jury that does not find you guilty when there is not enough evidence to back it up.

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

      Wow you have no facts from this case. The jurors said they were sick from giving this verdict. Nobody thinks they prosecuted the wrong person. They just didnt prove it according to these jurors opinion. You must be extremelty naieve to think this woman wouldnt kill her child she is a narccisistic sociopath who only cares for herself. Yoyr lack of knowledge on this case shows you didnt watch any of it.
      She killed herr daughter to be free of her as a burden juts like Susan Smith.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Input Please

    There was an alleged physical confrontation on evening of June 15th between Casey and Cindy where Cindy told her that she was going to take custody of Caylee after confronting Casey about the stolen money. She allegedly put her hands around Casey's neck and then Casey took off with Caylee and THAT was the last time they saw her.
    Does anyone here know why that testimony was inadmissible in this case?????? Lee(brother) said he witnessed this as well. I have been trying to find the answer on this one.

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

      I agree with you completely on this. I lived in Orlando for 8 years and I had to get out of that state just because I was abused by a family member that was very close to me, but when I tried to report the abuse, I was called crazy and the abuse was allowed to continue. The police are biased!!!!

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

      This is a moot point. Casey Anthony already told the court that her daughter was drowned accidentally and she buried her with the help of her father. Either way this woman has told so many lies that it really doesn't matter what she's going to say any more.

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

      @Stevie, It is not a moot point because the family testified to Casey and Caylee being at the house the next morning and everything was great and hunkey dorey and the next thing we know Casey has left with her daughter. THIS would establish MOTIVE because the grandmother was threatening to take custody!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sigmund

      this whole case just shows how to get away with the perfect murder..how can michael vick go to prison for telling lies about dog fights and casey anthony tells lies about where her murdered daughter is at and goes free...go figure

      July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason B.

    Who is the dweeb wearing an Under Amour shirt tucked into his slacks? Really? Are you that studly!?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Liam

    she owes the IRS 68k for 2008 Income...How much did she rob? amd from whom? I hope the IRS goes after her like a rabid animal and they may..

    July 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Susan

    Vick = prison; Casey Anthony = freedom. Doesn't make sense.

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

      The Vick jusry got it right...

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

      Technically she was in custody for almost 3 years so even though she didn't really go to jail she did lose her freedom for a good amount of time. I do agree that Vick has served much harder time than she did.

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

    It is obvious this is a family of great dysfunction. My personal opinion, which is worth nothing, is that she drugged Caylee with chloroform as usual, went to pary, passed out, forgot her, loaned the car, whatever. Caylee died as a result of drugging and heat stroke in the Fla. climate. It may have been 2 or 3 days before she even knew Caylee and her car were missing. The duct tape was to keep fluids from leaking out of her mouth, as she probably had a diaper or pull up on already. The reason they are missing is they were already full of fluids and soiled. Also, as gross as it is, the animals would be drawn to this first. Due to weather, Caylee was underwater for several weeks, fish, animals, even a gator could have been there. I think this is probably what she was counting on, that the animals would dispose of EVERYTHING, but the swamp drained. Lets just pray she never has another child!!!!

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

      Your theory actually makes a lot more sense than what the prosecution used. Maybe if they had charged her differenlty the jury would have brought back a guilty verdict. Although I personally beleive she is responsible for Caylee's death, the jury did their job. The state did not prove their case. Unfortunately it is that simple. I still believe in our judicial system and the jurors should not be slandered.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BillyBob2010

    A mother gets angry that her daughter won't tell her where her grandaughter is for months. Gets worried and calls police saying child is missing and that daughters her car smells like a dead body. Turns out the daughter knew her child was "missing" for over a month and didn't tell anyone. Numerous people (including the daughters own father) agree her car smells like human decomposition. Daughter blames an innocent person who later sues her. In prison daughter only complains about herself and not her child. People, this isn't rocket science. Let me ask you this – what if Caylee was your daughter and Casey was babysitting her and this happened? Would you still agree with the jury's decision?

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

    Not guilty on the felony counts? Unanimous by the entire jury in eight or so hours? I don't buy it! I could understand a hung jury, but what's the possibility they let her off as opposed to dealing with an extended jury deliberation. One juror is scheduled for a cruise starting yesterday or today (Thursday), others clearly said they didn't want to serve jury duty during the selection process! Did they all agree to side with the first majority vote taken just to get it over with?

    The sad reality is Caylee's death goes unanswered and unaccounted for! It just goes to prove anyone can get away with murder! We as a society have become so accustom to accepting lies and deceit as everyday behavior and that personal accountability means nothing.

    I've read the comments stating it had to be "beyond a reasonable doubt".... I think "reasonable" is the key word here. It was proven the defendant lied to cover-up her daughters death, her body was found with items clearly from the family house, and only blocks away. Plus, it was clear Caylees' body was transported in Casey's car, and that Casey was the last one seen with Caylee alive. Not to mention borrowing a shovel from the neighbor. Those facts alone should have had at least one jury member convinced Casey is responsible!

    Personally I wasn't convinced she planned out her daughters demise until Mr. Ashton pointed out Caylee would soon be talking clearly and able to communicate just what lies "mom" was forcing her to live within. Who knows, Poor Caylee may have even told her mom she was going to tell grandma and grandpa the truth!

    I sure felt that the prosecution met the burden of proof based on the fact there was no plausible reason to believe otherwise. And the defense surely didn't offer an "air of reality" in opening or closing statement to convince me there was reasonable doubt based on the evidence.

    I guess I won't be too surprised if Casey ends up back in the criminal system some day!

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

      Could not have said it any better Mike.

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

      I just wish someone would take the time and read and/or watch the trial instead of listening to the TV. Nancy Grace (who has egg on her face again) has some of you going nuts. They never found any significant piece of physical evidence that the daughter was in the truck. Two hairs. That's not enough. I probably have two cars from my head in the trunk of my car that could have gotten there in a number of ways. No DNA on the duct tape. The state couldn't even prove that the duct tape was found with the body and not tampered with. If Caylee's DNA was found on the duct tape - that's even better. The prosecution's own experts, FBI and otherwise could not say with certainty that Caylee or a dead body was in the trunk. Chloroform - the defense acurately had experts (and the state's experts agreed also) that the chemical is found in certain household cleaners, etc. So any one of you could have chlorform in your trunk as well. It's not CSI folks (America has not been turned into zombies by watching Law and Order or anything else) - the state's own experts weren't confident. They could speculate. Casey also was never charged with child neglect - she probably could have been found guilty if this had been the case. She was charged with first degree murder, manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse. Again, did any eye witness see her strike the child, etc. The answer is: No. Did she probably do it? Yes. Can you prove it? No. The outrage is dumb. Do you really want people to go to jail and disband a jury system because one got away? so what you're gonna imprision a whole slew of innocent people just in case one is guilty. And why is Caylee such an outrage. You have children dying everyday but because someone decided to hype and publicize it. It's a national out cry. The prosecution understands the verdict. Like they said, it was a 'dry bones' case. They knew they were reaching but they said if they would have charged her with anything less that they would have not appeared confident in their case. They gambled and lost. At least a lesser charge would have kept her there for sometime. The state gambled and she's free. And as per out system, she has every right to profit and do as she damn well pleases. Suck it up. Caylee is fine. Shes gone on ... now let time take its course. If Casey is meant to suffer, she will eventually. Just get over it already.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rich

    Being that the body had rotted and only a few bones were left to test. What did the jury expect, a video of the murder. Many people are convicted on much less evidence then this jury had. There was tape on the skull, smells in the trunk, yet the jury did not believe it was a murder.
    What they did believe was the opening statement by Baez. That is what they remembers and did believe, Baez was not a witness nor should they have factored any of his opening statement into their decisions. With all the DNA evidence and witnesses by the state, the jury just did not believe them. The jury could have came back with a sentence that did not include the death sentence, they did not. No jury case provides a clear, visual picture of a crime, the jury has to use common sense.

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

      the jury did believe it was murder, the just couldn't prove Casey was the one who did it

      July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michael

    If the Jury felt there wasn't enough evidence, why didn't they come back as a Hung Jury so she could be retried? Or, find her guilty and let her appeal to prove she is innocent? Now there is no recourse due to double jeopardy.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Anthony is responsible for the daughters death, this we all know, but is she guilty of premeditated murder? The state of Florida, in my opinion, should have charged Anthony with murder in the second degree, rather than the first. I dont think there was enough evidence to PROVE premeditation, if the state of Florida pursued murder in the 2nd degree, I think they would have won their case and Casey Anthony would be behind bars for a solid 25-35 years where she belongs.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    I can understand them by not finding her guilty because of a lack of evidence ( i think she did it) but PLEASE NOT GUILTY of Child neglect?? 31 days missing before you say anything? Lying about who has her? That isn't neglect??

    July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gloria

    I, too, will be interested to see if she "attempts" to find the "real killer" of Caylee; of course, if she did that it would prove the drowning excuse was just another blatant lie!! Her life isn't going to be worth much to anyone interested in vigilante justice; I only hope that little girl is resting in peace.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    @Axlerod. Was does she not owe anyone an explanation. Are you saying we can do what ever with our children and never have to explain. She neglected her child. She allowed her to be missing. Never tried to find her. Was she never concern if her child was getting something to eat. Can we just let our children (toddler that is) wonder off and let them me gone for days and not be concern where they are. Trying to give Casey benefit of the doubt but can't understand why she never was concern that she doesn't know where her child is.
    (maybe because she knew where she was cause she killed her) Can anyone give a better explanation.

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