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. Ed Peterson

    numerology for Casey Anthony sentencing and her Wednesday July 13th, 2011 release:


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

    so if we are believing the child drowned in the pool and she help expose of the body. Then why can't she be charged for that. We have her confession that she exposed the body. Couldn't she be charged for neglect of a corpse.

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


      July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gennygirl

      Good point. The only problem is that Baez said it, not her. She never went on the stand to testify that this is what really happened.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jesse

    For all you Nancy Grace clone heads, go and read a paper, there have been hundreds of mothers killing their babies over the past 3 years. You only know about this one case because it kept you glued to the TV for marketing dollars. When you worry as much about every kid as you do the one Nancy calls your attention too, then your opinion will be valid, until then, just blow in the wind of Nancy Grace said it's so, so it must be!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • armyvet66

      Well said!!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • st

      Nancy Grace propheted from little Caylee.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eila

      Why aren't you reading a newpaper?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mortamus

    One of the three know who did it and how it happened.

    My house keeper Luppe say this was caused by Obama........

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

      Luppe is an idiot!!! Obama rocks!

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

      thats how she got the job in the first place?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dutspup

    Hey its the laws fault, if they didnt have the eveidence to convict they should not have pursued it. If this chik were black, mexican, puerto rican or poor white you would not have seen anything. How many cases do you hear about that are actually worse than this. Any of you hear about the cop here in Orlando that pushed the pregnant lady down the stairs on purpose, on video and ONLY lost his job? NOOOOOOO so stop your whining, the case was weak and they won thats how it works. Anyone see george Bush in jail for making false claims about WMD and us US citzens fitting the bill to destroy an entire country NOOOOOOOO, shut your pie holes.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jroll1

    Somebody tell toobin the judge should be appalled! As should everyone else! She got away with MURDER people! But, as with OJ, karma will return to get this baby killer!

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

    The blame for this verdict can be put partly on the doorstep of TV series such as CSI, CSI New York, CSI Miami etc. (which, don't get me wrong, I love). Everyone (especially jurors with no sense) now seem to think that every case can be wrapped up neatly with DNA and clues that box a person in inexorably, and real-life isn't always like that, but that doesn't mean you dismiss the evidence that is there.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dutspup

      It does if it cannot be tied to a defendant duhhhhhhhrrrrrrr

      July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. flxlvr

    Do you think that prosecutors have learned something from this case? The next time someone calls to report a child missing law enforcemnt will most likely think of Caylee Anthony and how her case was handled.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ben Dover

    This is the most hilarious board ever. Why are people still analyzing the case on here? its freaking over! you can't go rationalize with the court system or other people and get the verdict changed lol. Stop whining already it is soooooo annoying. This was a murder trial, big freaking deal. Something tells me it had nothing to do with you or your family. Life goes on folks. Murder trials happen every day. Nancy Grace just doesn't drool over them all so you don't care about any of the other ones. Heck I have a murder trial going on in my hometown for a little girl in a worse death than this and noone gives a hoot in the media lol.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • by the way

      it's called freedom of speech – if you don't like what we have tosay , don't read it

      July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kay

    Sterilize her now before she has another kid to kill.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      My kids pet hampster ate all of its litter Guess what God allowed it to have more kids

      July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      funny how God works like that isn't it

      July 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yoda

    Heard OJ's looking for a date!!!

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

      With casey or Baez?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eli

    She'll go free, write a book and make millions. Didn't we learn anything from OJ?

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

    To Kay and BillyBob and others: This was not the jury's fault. Juries are given EXPLICIT instructions when deliberating and reaching their verdicts. If you wish to lay blame, it should be with the prosecution. They never should have presented this case to a grand jury or brought her up on charges UNTIL they had more FACTS. They had nothing more than speculation, hypotheses and conjecture. They rushed this case without doing due diligence of ANY kind. There was NO REAL PROOF. Yes, you had a body, but little else. There was a lot of finger pointing but again, there was NO EVIDENCE which conclusively proved the prosecutions case. Based on the EVIDENCE that the prosecution presented (which was sorely lacking), the jurors had an obligation to hand down a verdict based on the instructions they are given for each count, the guidelines they are given on deciding one's innocence or guilt. If you have been reading anything the last two days, you will note even the jurors were not happy AT ALL. Even the charge of child abuse, no one had POSITIVE PROOF. It was all conjecture, thoughts, theories and ideas. Sadly, this is our justice system (definitely not at its best) and even worse, her daughter is the one who paid the ultimate price. As for book deals, movie deals (Hollywood should be truly ashamed), my hope is with the lawsuits she will be facing, not to mention the State of FL's bill for their investigation, the private investigators, etc., she will not see much, if any, of any "profits" from these deals. Attorneys' fees alone should help eat up the profits from any book or movie deal. Her actions have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt how little she cared for her own child. However, they are not enough to prove her "guilt". What we believe and feel in our hearts just isn't enough. Sadly, this is ONE case where it should have been more than enough.

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

    She is being let go next Wednesday because she was given credit for 1043 days in jail. But wait...what about the time she was sentenced to a little over a year ago for check fraud???? They need to deduct that from the 1043 days!!!!

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

    Man, I have a real baaaaad feeling about Casey's future. I don't mean in terms of vigilante justice or being ostracized by society. Nobody brings this much bad mojo on themselves and destroys the lives of so many without paying the price. You can't outrun the Devil forever. She's going to self-destruct. You just watch.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • StaticCling

      I think you're right!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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