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. BigTrev34

    I am horrified at the comments about the Jury. This is not American Idol, you do not get to call in your vote. These people are not stupid, ignorant or any of that nonsense, 12 iindividuals came to one conclusion. They did the best job they could do given the situation. Of course I think she is GUILTY, but all of us were not sitting in the Jury room. Justice is not determined by what the popular opinion is. The system is the system and its the best in the world. I would rather have her go free, then put somebody innocent behind bars. In this life or the next, she will pay for what she has done!

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

    who cares

    July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ART

    I would like to put her in the middle of afganistan with a bullseye on her back

    July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carl4


    July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mitchell Seale

    The last time I heard you did 85 per cent of your time in Florida. She was sentenced to approx. 1460 days. Eighty five per cent is 1241 days, so why is she only doing 1049, about 72 per cent. This should make a lot of inmates happy.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BillyBob2010

    It's simple: Gulity person found not guilty of murdering daughter. Jury failed to act even though there was tons of evidence. Guilty person makes millions for telling her version of story. End of story.

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

    People have been convicted on less evidence than was presented in this case. The jury really "screwed" up!!

    July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joefrombuffalo

      You are probably right. A lot of (mainly black male) defendants have been convicted on less evidence than was presented oin this case. Which says a lot about our skewed system of criminal justice.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nepawoods

    Too bad trials and verdicts like this one don't mean that other people won't be convicted and executed, for crimes they didn't commit, on far less evidence.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NORMA

    There has got to be some way Casey Anthony can be brought to justice for murdering her child. I agree with the
    individual in an earlier comment: I believe that Casey Anthony used Chloroform to knock her daughter out, and the duct tape to keep her quiet if she woke up alone in the car. Either Casey was stoned and put duct tape over her nose as well and Caylee died as a result, or Casey got tired of having to bother with the child at all, and decided to end it with
    the 3rd piece of duct tape. What she deserves will come to her in this life or the next.

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

    You are all insane. It's a case that has nothing to do with you. Guilty? Maybe, but to obsess over something that has no personal meaning to you like this country has done is pathetic. The fact that more people have watched this case, than the meetings in our National Government about our debt crisis is pathetic. The prosecution obviously did a poor job of proving that the defendant was guilty, and as sad as it is to say, "that's the way it goes". That is our system, and that is the system that our country is built on. If she is guilty, karma will catch up with her, but for all of you people to be literally OBSESSING over this when our entire country is heading down the $hi++er is absolutely pathetic.

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

      Very well said DILLIGAF. If they want to know what really happened, produce a case against her dad (he is probably just as guilty anyway), then subpoena her to testify. She will have to tell the story or lie and face perjury. Her dad knows a lot more than they asked him, especially with his comments to his "friend" and attempted suicide

      July 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • wantsumsleep

      Looks like you spent a lot of time obsessing with reading the e-mails and a long message. Who's obsessing?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 666

    Right, we expect 12 morons that are SO Dumb they can’t get out of jury duty to make rational, intelligent, informed decisions.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kay

    ART is right; send her to Afghanistan with a bullseye on her back. She may not need to go that far though.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DontRecall

    Do we have a judge who is "making a statement" instead of being fair, balanced, and impartial. Typical. And they expect us to respect the legal system?

    July 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. johnny

    I'd hit it. With a 2×4 upside the head.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert

    I wonder if anyone of the Anthony Family members will seek a civil rights violation in the death of Caylee? There is also the woman in New Hampshire who believes her son is the father of Caylee. Her son died tragically in an auto accident. If DNA evidence proves him to be the father, perhaps this woman, who will never have the joy of knowing her granddaughter, will insure that there is some simblance of Justice for Caylee. Casey Anthony should never be allowed to profit from the untimely death of her daughter. In all civil proceeding case are decided by "a preponderous of the evidence" and not by "beyond a reasonable doubt".

    July 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
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