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. NancyGraceSucks

    I observed the litigation of this trial from beginning to end. To be fair and honest, both sides (Defense & Prosecution) did a good job arguing this case. Each side proved competent in their abilities in direct and cross-examination of witnesses called to the stand during the trial, in conjunction with the evidence presented in the case. I believe Judge Perry Jr. did a fantastic job managing the trial. I also believe the jury certainly fulfilled their duty in observing witness testimony, assessing the evidence presented, and made a just and sound verdict based on the information they took away from the trial. That is all we can ask for as a people. The media is not the end-all. The media need only to report the news, not trials.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jingoistic Drum Banger

    she has gotten really sloppy looking while in jail
    looks bad....
    off to reality show boot camp ~ get in shape

    July 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    What ever happened to her speedy trial? 3 years in Jail? If I were her I would sue...LOL

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

      She waived her right to a speedy trial.

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

      That may be why the judge sentenced her 1 year per count, so that her previous jail time could not be used in a lawsuit claiming "wrongful imprisionment" because of the the not guilty verdict. That along with fines, make her time in jail justifiable perhaps.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JALEN

      Whatever happend to dont kill your kid then lie about it. Dont send the police and everyone else on a wild goose chase. She needs the electric chair!!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Miller

      Really? Why would she get a speedy trial when she lied to people for 31 days making them chase their tails for a girl who was already dead? Do people even think anymore.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Summertime

    The obvious thing is Casey knows the truth. Her parents and brother know the truth too. AND her lawyer knows the truth. And lets say he does know the truth, do you think it would change his plan of action.

    The better a defense lawyer is at distorting the truth, fabricating stories – the more more money they make and hence the american dream.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marie

    Well we know that Fl is the state to be in if you are a child molester. Now if you wish to kill your child, don't report it to anyone, lie, and toss the little soul into a swamp it is also the place to be. This jury had zero common sense and should have nightmare's about turning a child killer free to get rich off her story. Jury............you are a very, very , very , sad bunch.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes847

      Negative. As much as we the people, and they the jury know, they could not convict. The prosecution couldn't prove motive and couldn't prove cause of death. Terrible, but true. That's why the jurors have said they were distraught by the verdict they HAD to reach.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NancyGraceSucks

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=2448050

    Melinda Duckett Suicide After Nancy Grace Interview: 2006

    Duckett's family members disputed any suggestion that she hurt her son. They said that the strain of her son's disappearance pushed her to the brink, and the media sent her over the edge.

    "Nancy Grace and the others, they just bashed her to the end," Duckett's grandfather Bill Eubank told the Associate Press Tuesday.

    Some media analysts agree, saying Grace's interview went too far.

    "How is that questioning doing anything but making a person in a desperate situation feeling even more desperate?" said Hub Brown, a professor at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications.

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

      And your point is? Nobody told her to go and check out permanently.

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

      I would thoroughly enjoy Casey killing herself...

      July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • NancyGraceSucks

      The point is for those of you who cannot figure it out: DO YOUR FREAKING HOMEWORK ON NANCY GRACE BEFORE SINGING HER PRAISES! THIS WOMAN HAS ETHICAL ISSUES, RATHER SHE IS SIMPLY UNETHICAL AND DESTROYS EVERYTHING WITH WHICH SHE GET INVOLVED.

      I see people praising her for the coverage on this trial. It is sickening, and she has done this and other things in the past that have proven her to be an unethical, evil human being.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PC

    PEOPLE SHOULD BOYCOTT ANY MOVIE MADE OR BOOK WRITTEN ON THIS. NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PROFIT FROM THIS AND THAT IS IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sad but true

      Welcome to America where anything can be turned into a reality TV show.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyVa

      Agreed!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      Agreed....however, this is the country obsessed with fat, Italian, retarded chicks living a scripted reality....It'll sell.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kay

    Marie you are right, Florida IS the child murdering, child molesting, child missing state!

    July 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brandi

    The jury had to look at the different facts that were provided. The edvience that showed how Caylee was killed was not able to be presented bc of the decomp. thus making it to where the jury could not accurately decide to provide a guilty verdict. The prosecution was not able to provide the correct information to have the jury reach the undoubtable verdict.

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

      The term is "reasonable doubt" and this jury lacked the ability to understand what "reasonable" means. This wasn't CSI where everything's tied up in a neat little bow and you don't have to use your own mind. Sure hope this jury has some sense of remorse, after they've stopped cashing in on their experience. Sickening is all I have to say to them.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes847

      Brandi is correct. As much as we the people, and they the jury know, they could not convict. The prosecution couldn't prove motive and couldn't prove cause of death. Terrible, but true. That's why the jurors have said they were distraught by the verdict they HAD to reach.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Christina

    WE ALL NEED TO LEARN TO DO LOVE ACCORDING TO THE TRUTH...AND THE TRUTH IS THE WORD! IF SHE HAS IN FACT COMMITTED THIS SIN OF MURDER THEN SURELY HE WILL DEAL WITH HER ACCORDING TO THE HIS WORD!

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

      Yeah and according to "his word" he will judge you the same for a lie you told your mother when you were 12. How about that judicial system???

      July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kathi

    Most peoples misdemeanours do not involve lying to cover up the murder of their 2 1/2 year old child. You are surprised that he was appalled? What, are you hoping for a date with kc?

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

    The most haunting and sinsiter aspect of her killing Caylee is that she let her little body rot for a year.... so it was reduced to nothing but bones. Her grandparents couldn't even give her a descent funeral. Couldn't Casy be convicted of mistreatment of a corpse? If she drown in a pool where her cloths (what was left of them) tested for chlorine? Would traces of chlorine remained in the clothes? Did the defense even think of this angle?

    July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AnyMom

    Here is the problem I have with the verdict. If this Juror-#-whatever says some of them "did not want to give the not guilty" and even cried when they had to hand it down. Then shouldn't they have discussed, go over the points they disagreed on, looked carefully at the evidence and testimony and apply some common sense to the total of it? I thought that was exactly the point of deliberating as a group. It is not conceivable that in only 10 hours, 12 people had this reading on all the evidence, some of them influenced the others, had to be.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Brandi

    why does Casey deserve the right to get out Wed? She should have to serve the remainder of her sentence. "Good behavior" is a crock. If you want acknowledgement of good behavior don't do the things that get you throw in jail in the first place. Caylee does not get any time off for "good behavior", that poor baby is GONE.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lakeda

      Well Brandi according to the law she was only convicted for lying to the police, hardly a 3 year crime.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Texas Gal

    I think the best thing that could happen would be for Judge Perry to have a cooling off period, release the names but put them ALL under a gag order, so that no one can make money off their experience. Too many people stand to make major monitary gains off the death of this poor child... including her mother, mom's attorney's and even her grandparents.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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