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. Dan Green

    OJ would be proud of Casey

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

    ok really yall what if the dad the whole time was raping the child as he had his own child and it went to the point of her dieing then George being as far as druging his own daughter and brain washing her to the point she wasnt sure what was going on so maybe she wasnt lieing after all.
    god is the only one that can judge so let him do his job...

    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    The question I ask is even if she isn't guilty and the baby did accidently drown, what kind of woman would hide HER CHILDS BODY, go out partying while her child is "missing" like nothing is wrong, and continuely lie to the police about her baby's where abouts from one lie to another??
    This is a child that you carried in your body for 9 months, felt all of her movements and growth, and finally went thru all the hard work of child birth to bring her into this world and you mean to tell me you can cover up what happened to her, hide her little body out in the d@mn woods somewhere, and lie, lie, lie, about things involving her but you're innocent?

    Then trying to make everyone feel sorry for her saying she was abused. WTH does that have to do with what's going on with your own child?? That's basically saying, yes I did it but here's the reason why I did.

    I hope the guilt of what she's done eats her alive!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob2010

      I agree with you. However, she will not feel any guilt. She's over it already. Now she has to think of herself (what bars she'll go to and what she'll do with all the money she'll make from interviews and book/movie deals),

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

      I doubt it will eat her alive unfortunately...she drove around for three days with her deceased baby in the trunk.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Liam

    And by the way letting her out and not getting "off" she will be totally exposed and that will be something to watch..They will not be able to protect her NO WAY..

    And that fat fart Cindy needs to be locked up ASAP for giving false statements. She got off because of this. That can go as high as 15 years. that little freak

    July 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      She did not get off because of Cindy anthony.. she got off due to lack of evidence and the nature of george anthony's combative nature with the defense from the start made the jurors believe he was hiding something and he'd lied several times on the stand and was impeached at least twice. I find it unbelievable that no one seems to remember George Anthony's demeanor and his lying and impeachment on the stand but yet everyone only remembers one lie cindy anthony gave on the stand.. you all must have selective hearing, vision, and memory.. hearing, seeing, and remembering only what you want, forget about the rest.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Byron

    And now William Morris Agency has signed Jose Baez AND Casey Anthony to represent them in future book publishing! Yes, William Morris Agency would like to make money, and help Jose and Casey make money, off of the death of Caylee. If you'd like to let WMA know how you feel about this, please call them at 305-938-2000 (Florida) or 212-586-5100 (New York).

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

    I love hot dogs!

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

    doubt and REASONABLE doubt there is a differance between the two

    July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. vikingslost

    Orlando Sentinel

    Updated: 3:27 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
    Posted: 11:43 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

    Casey Anthony was found guilty this afternoon in several of the 13 check fraud charges she faced.

    The 23-year-old woman entered a plea this afternoon to Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland. The judge found her guilty in six of the charges and withheld adjudication in seven. She was given credit for 412 days of time served in jail and one year of probation.

    Casey Anthony was also ordered to pay $348 in court fees and $5,517.75 in investigative fees.

    Anthony was accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from a friend, Amy Huizenga, in July 2008. Investigators have said Anthony used Huizenga's checks to buy more than $400 worth of clothes and groceries at area Target and Winn-Dixie stores.

    After the sentencing, a tearful Casey Anthony addressed the court and apologized to her friend for stealing the money.

    "I'm sorry for what I did," Casey Anthony said. "I sincerely apologize to Amy, I wish I would have been a better friend."

    Anthony and a slew of lawyers gathered in Orange County Circuit Court for the check fraud charges

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

      Maybe we need to alert the court and the state's attorney that Casey Anthony pled guilty in a plea agreement to six felonies for check fraud. Judge Strickland in the sentencing gave Casey Anthony credit for 412 days of time served in jail and one year of probation.

      Now with the latest sentencing after being found guilty of the four counts of lying to police investigators, Judge Perry sentenced Casey Anthony to four years total. I hope the state and the Judge took into account the 412 days credit Casey Anthony was given of time served in jail for the six felonies for check fraud in which she was previously sentenced. My hope would be that Casey Anthony is not given credit again for those 412 days credit given already in the check fraud sentencing.

      Would appreciate any comments on this.


      July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrisR

    I think she's hot and glad she is out! Maybe I'll take a trip down to Orlando....

    July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. up the tail pipe

    ook people ive got to go..... 1.SHE KNEW HER BABY WAS DEAD. 2. SHE LIED ABOUT IT...... 3. SHE WENT OUT PARTING AND GOT A HAPPY TATTO........ what do they say in baseball strick 3 your out.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Liam

    and she wants to go to "ireland" to adopt a chiild? My god someone call the Irish President now.. Warn them..

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

      Irish President?
      Are you aware of other system of governments?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BillyBob2010

    The jury failed at it's duties – plain and simple. There was overwhelming evidence. The problem is they didn't know what "beyond a reasonable doubt" meant. They wanted "beyond any doubt whatsoever". Casey goes free to enjoy a motherhood-free life like she wanted (until she's ready this time) and will make millions by telling everyone how she was framed – amazing. If she does write a book (I'm sure someone will have to write it for her), it should be called "Lies & More Lies – How I Got Away With Murder".

    July 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Freedom

    She should pay for the investigation expenses because she KNEW Caylee wasn't missing, but DEAD and discarded like so much trash. A loving mother would never be able to just throw out the body of her child. That shows a singular psychopathy.

    If there is any justice in this world, I hope Casey runs smack into it.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oldie in TampaBay

    fortunately a Higher Judge knows what has occurred & when Casey's time comes and she meets Caylee face to face ... another 'judge' will be there for sentencing.....

    July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Vengeance shall be HIS....

      July 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. c-citizen

    If anyone is saying that Anthony is guilty then that just means that more than 75% of today's mothers are just as guilty for that they do just as much parting and socializing then they do spending it with their children. I didn't see no evidence, just a dead body which means that she could have drowned. She was guilty of lie's, which if you ask me we are all guilty of doing that. I haven't met one person in my life yet that tells the truth all the time.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
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