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. Holly from Gville

    Scott Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in the death of his wife & unborn son with less forensic evidence than the prosecution had in this case & he is on death row in CA. In the Peterson case they didn't have a time or cause of death either. However, the same motive could be said for both of these cases (getting rid of someone who crimps your lifestyle) but Peterson's demeanor after Laci went missing spoke volumes. Sound familiar?

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

    Because they only publicize the ones they control.

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

    No doubt she'll be working on her book and movie deals by next week. Why not profit from murder. She should get to know O.J. – they certainly have a lot in common. Perhaps they could marry across different sides of the jail bars.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john p

    they should ger lindsay lohan to play her in the upcoming movie.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • holtram

      Apparently she's enough of an actress, she could play herself.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gunslinger

    I have lost complete faith in our society...from the judicial system, to politicians, etc. This verdict was the last straw for me. The United States of America is in the beginning stages of demise because of a corrupt legal AND political system, mountains of debt, a weak economy, loosy goosy immigration and a complete lack of respect worldwide. I will now concentrate on giving my family because I have given up hope for the masses. Think about it one fact – in our legal system, defense attorneys can blatantly lie and defending known liars without recourse (such as concocting silly theories). They commit purjury everyday, in effect.

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

      Well said!!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Don't be too down because of this case. It was 12 ordinary people who'd watched too much CSI that ultimately let her go. Our legal system is not perfect but it is far superior to some place like Iran.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToadInAustin

      Over the last several years, a great many false convictions have been overturned, in which people have literally done years, decades even, of serious hard time for crimes it turned out they really, really didn't do.

      But it's a false acquittal that has you losing faith in the judicial system?????

      July 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmace57

      Don't let the door hit you on the way out...

      July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • America

      personally i would take Irans system anyday. America the weak just doesnt cut it.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quickdraw

      Wow, how much Haliburton fumes have you been inhaling. Besides your obvious political bias which just seeped out of your comment like puss from an infected sore, there was nothing to ascertain from your post besides the fact that right wing brainwashing still occurs and they go for the "brightest" ones first (And yes, brightest was meant to be taken facetiously). What happened in the Casey Anthony case was not a failure of the judicial system or any politician. If you want to blame someone, blame the state of Florida or Nancy Grace, or any other COMMENTATOR who brainwashed you to believe that this girl was a murderer BEFORE she was ever a suspect. Blame the state of Florida for falling for the same load of horse crap that you did and trying to build a case out of nothing. No solid evidence, no witnesses, and nobody who could say a single bad thing about Casey's parenting. The facts came out in the trial and the facts showed 12 unbiased men and women that there was not enough evidence to convict one of their peers. Your blood lust for Casey is more of a failure of our society than the Not guilty verdict, after all (And I'm sure you'll appreciate this since you made your political leanings so apparent a few words from founding father John Adams should help to dissolve some of that pointless anger you're holding inside)

      "It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,”...."
      -John Adams.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      What about those that have spent the better part of their lives in prison and now that DNA testing is available they are found not guilty. Are you appauled by this as well? If so, can you have it both ways? I did not see every minute of the case - actually, I only read about is as I could not stomach watching a trial. Why? Because I was put on trial once, for a crime that was never commited by myself or anyone else. I would be getting out of prison about now if I had been convicted. Fortunately, the Jury saw through the lies of the prosecutor and his false witnesses and found me innocent of all charges. If you think this woman being found not guilty means she won - think again. Going through the trial process, being jailed... takes everything out of you. She will never feel free again. Never have a day of peace. Perhaps that is what she deserves - perhaps not. Does not mater for her - her life will never be the same and it will be miserable.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      It was the proper verdict without a cause of death, disgusting though this case may be...Casey Anthony will be a social pariah from now on, one hopes, as was O J Simpson.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kait

    chances are the jury really was too dumb to comprehend what was being fed to them. to be quite honest 75%-80% are really too dumb to handle complex issues. its a shame that a killer will walk free smiling and getting rich because of the pathetic fact that most humans suck..just usually not as much as Casey Anthony.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      "most humans suck"....
      Wow – I'm sure you're a joy to be around however.....

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

      kait. Obviously you're too dumb to know how a jury works. You can only judge what you can PROVE. With a complete lack of evidence proving Casey guilty of 1st degree murder along with manslaughter, you cant just jump up and say "Oh, I think she's guilty." Look up the article written by the juror who spoke out. It's more than just emotion that a jury has to ride on. Maybe you should look into something a little more before you go calling people "dumb"

      July 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • patriot1942

      I'm tired of hearing people bash this jury!!! They did what they were convicted to, whether you agree with their decision or not. You mam, were not there and you do not have any idea what they saw and heard, so unless you can say you were a member of the jury you have no right to bash them, only the right to disagree with thier decision.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Kait, your personal problems are showing. TMI.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kait

      DILLIGAF..this may come as a shock to you but more intelligent people understand..there is doing the 'right' thing and then there is doing the RIGHT thing. the jury did the right thing..they just weren't RIGHT. everyone KNOWS she's guilty even if we don't know it...you feel me or you still struggling? its like grade school all over again eh?

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

    So it's smart to lie your way out of jury duty? Cunning, maybe, but legally and morally wrong. Wait until YOU want to be tried by a jury of your peers.

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

      why would anyone WANT to be tried by a jury of anyone at all?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToadInAustin

      I do agree, but I also don't want jurors with one eye on their watches and the other eye on the Exit sign. Reluctant jurors are impatient jurors, and impatient jurors are bad jurors–which can go either way, of course.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToadInAustin

      Why would anyone want to be tried by a jury? If they're guilty.

      I don't mean this as a joke, it's a literal truth–if you're guilty, trial by jury; if you're innocent, trial by judge.

      If you're guilty, you should plead out. But if you're guilty and you've decided to go to trial, you DEFINITELY want a jury.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    I personally think she recieved to harsh of a sentence. 4 years is way to much time for the petty crime she was convicted of. Stay away from flordia they will throw the book at you for Misdemeanors.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToadInAustin

      Only if the judge is completely fed up after years of dealing with your defense team made up of street fighters, and he chooses to take a cheap shot at you and your attorneys.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lynn

    Obviously in reading more comments, many of you have not sat on a jury. Bruce's comment about CSI and DNA holds no merit in this case, at least. This jury did exactly what it was supposed to do. They found her not guilty based on the LACK of evidence. Juries are given strict instructions, a set of guidelines for each charge that they MUST follow. Granted, not every person does, but in this case, the jurors followed the letter of the law exactly. Again, if you want to lay blame, blame the prosection. They failed miserably and should have waited before charging her. Now, even if they do find proof, double jeopardy applies, and she can never be charged again for her daughter's death. I don't believe its even fair to blame the media (can't even believe I'm saying that as much as I dislike them). The media did not investigate the facts. The media did not analyze the evidence, the lab results, etc. Nor did they make the decision to present a case to the grand jury that was sorely lacking in REAL, PHYSICAL evidence. But I am a firm believer in the end she will get what she deserves. What goes around....comes around. And it's a *itch when it does!

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

      There are dozens of very experienced trial attorneys and judges who have been commenting on the case, and they are stunned by the verdict.

      For you to suggest that this is an obvious acquittal is to say that you understand this case better than they do. Really?

      You think that people who disagree with must not have served on a jury? I've served as foreman on a jury. I disagree with you. But I don't think that makes you stupid, or that my view is obvious. I do think that this jury failed miserably in their task.

      The best minds, not mine of course, I'm a layman and not a smart one, but the best ones...they see both sides, and understand that both sides are genuinely defensible.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lin McKay

    Everyone please contact Judge Belvin Perry and ask him to not release the names and addresses of the jurors. It is wrong to put them in danger. Those that are willing to talk to media and networks know how to make the contact. Protect those that served but did not seek the job or want the attention. Some have young children that also need to be protected. Stop the attorneys pushing the Judge to release the information. Thank you.

    July 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve_PA

    I wonder how many of the people who express love and concern for Caylee would turn their back this afternoon if a young woman approached them on the street and asked for a handout so she could buy food for her daughter.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wmrevs


      July 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kait

      UMMM..people asking for handouts is annoying. you shouldn't have kids if you can't feed them. i'm not sure why you'd compare an incompetent mother who needs handouts to a murdered child..but okay.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexTeacher

      So what is your point? That she killed her baby because she couldn't feed her? You just come out from under a rock?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Apples and oranges, Steve. Apples and oranges. There's no comparison.

      It's not your business which charities I support, or how much time I devote to volunteering. It's more than average and more than 5 hours/week.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gotawaywithit

    Why is she getting credited for the full amount of time? Jan. 25/2010 she pled guilty to check fraud and was sentenced to time served. Shouldn't her time start from there. That would only make it a year and a half.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan


      July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Because we're b@d@$$ here in Florida. You walk on one charge, you'll serve full time on the other one. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Better yet, stay home and behave yourself, that works, too.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. old bull

    Judge was appalled? I didn't see that.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TBeef

    Hurray for Casey Anthony!!! We love you, Casey!

    July 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kay

    Release the names of the jurors. They need their misery level turned up for what they've done. If they're so proud of their verdict then they shouldn't be afraid to have their names released.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jingoistic Drum Banger

      go get 'em b!tch... lemme give you a couple other names ~ could be some cash for u

      July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmptySkull

      So what is your full name and address Kay? You have nothing to be afraid of either.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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