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. mcmurdo

    an aquaintance got off with 30 days jail and 200 hrs. community service for a 3rd DIU conviction in Pineallas County, Fl. If you want to commit a crime Florida is the place to be.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Michael

      You may want to check your facts. Florida is very tough on crime. They broiught bac the death penalty in the 70's even before Texas. That court in Orlando has like a 97 percent convinction rate. Please turn Nancy Grace off. SHe is warping your mind

      July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Michael

      You may want to check your facts. Florida is very tough on crime. They broiught bac the death penalty in the 70's even before Texas. That court in Orlando has like a 97 percent convinction rate.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. irishbug

    Someone also should have instructed these idiot jurors that there is something else to consider, other than jury instructions. It is known as "Common Sense". If you wanted to convict her, then convict her. Don't tell me that there was not enough evidence. How much more do you need?

    I for one completely blame these jurors. Caylee's blood is on their hands now as well.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle Davis

      Amen!! Such a pathetic cop out to assert that the evidence didn't support it, when it absolutely did!!

      The jury system is broken.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      You kidding right? We don't convict people in this country without any evidence....Get a grip. The jury did its job here and is not at fault. If you want to blame someone....blame the State Attorney and maybe the media.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • I Love Casey Anthony

      I can't wait to buy her book! I hope she gets a TV show, I know all of America, including myself, would tune in!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Ever heard of the play "12 Angry Men"?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jodi

      Not only was there no proof or evidence that Casey killed Caylee with chloroform or duck tape, there was also no proof of any kind that Caylee did not drown or become victim to another type of accident. You can not convict anyone on a prosectors theories with no evidence. They should have charged manslaughter by negligence only, not as a lessor but as the only charge and then charged her with improper disposal of the body. Because she failed to call police for 31 days she would have been convicted if the prosecutors were not caught telling untrue stories or unprovable stories, she would likely have been found guiltgy of negligent manslaughter. EVERYONE PLEASE TURN NANCY GRACE OFF!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      If you want to live in a society where evidence is not important, why don't you move to Iran, or North Korea, or Myanmar?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan1977

      STOP WATCHING NANCY GRACE!!!!!!!!!! SHE IS A FAILED PROSECUTOR!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trail Runner

      irishbug ... have you ever sat on a jury? Have you ever had the responsibility of determining the fate of another human being? I have. A murder trial and a bank robbery. Believe me, this jury like any other jury, is not stupid. This jury took their responsibility seriously, and they came to a decision. Common sense should tell you that. Do you actually think they would let her go free if they had any solid reason to find her guilty? Tons of evidence in this case. A bit here, a bit there. But they never did PROVE who killed Caylee. That's why you have a trial ... to PROVE beyond any reasonable doubt that someone committed a crime. A jury does does not try the case. A jury simply renders it's decision based upon the facts and how those facts are presented.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suerte

      To I Love Casey Anthony – you are kidding, right? Please tell me you're kidding.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cannon

      totally agree.......if they say they know she's NOT innocent but no one could say how Caylee died then why not hang the jury so she could at least be retried!?!?!?!?!?! moronic jurors will now profit off the death of poor Caylee. I for one, think they started seeing $$$ as well and a NOT guilty verdict would bring in much more $$$ for them.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel Michael

    Going after her for money now is just a sore loser prosecutor. All she woud have to do is declare bankruptcy and she will get around paying.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Not on a court judgement.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      yes...on a court judgement......it can be discharged....

      July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I had heard the IRS was looking at her as well. Bankruptcy is not an option with the IRS and I wonder if the state of Florida is also excluded from bankruptcy declarations.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      What cost are they talking about anyway. Officers could have called Universal to verify her employment. Maybe a 50 cent call. Not to mention I am sure she was getting hammered during the interrogration with treats and did not know what to say. No excuses for lying but place the blame where it belongs. On the State Attorney.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex, Omaha NE

      Sounds just like Nancy Grace. Have you ever served on a jury before? Doesn't sound like it from your comments.
      They did the job they were supposed to do, irregardless of the outcome. If the prosecution didn't try to get her the needle the first time around, maybe they could have had a conviction....

      Go back and retake your basic American Govermnent class again, please.....you fail.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      @Sam...you are wrong. IRS debts are dischargeable under the Bankruptcy code under certain conditions.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not a word

      Phil...."irregardless" is not a word.
      Go back and retake your basic 5th grade English class again, please.....you fail.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. digginestdogg

    Sorry, the proecution is to blame, nto the jury folks:

    "If you're going to charge someone with murder, don't you have to know how they killed someone or why they might have killed someone, or have something where, when, why, how? Those are important questions. They were not answered," she said in the ABC interview.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      Go and read other historical murder cases such as, Scott Peterson. He never was proven the last person to be at the lake when he threw his wife and unborn child in the lake, yet he was convicted.

      There was more than enough evidence to prove she killed Caylee and all paths led only to one person – Casey.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      Actually, I disagree here.....a trial can be determined by just the jury that is selected. Take OJ for instance, they had his DNA at the scene of the crime and the victims' DNA in his vehicle.....and the jury STILL acquitted him. If you end up with a bad jury (as I think was the case here), it can be difficult to convict someone regardless of evidence.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • momof3

      The prosecution does not have to give motivation for the crime, just prove that the crime occured. They did just that! What idiot in their right mind is going to put duct tape over a child's face if they drowned? She also gave her chloroform after death as well? She laughed at the statement her mother made to her in jail that they thought it was an accidental drowning. She continued to say she knew she was close bcause she knew she had thrown her in the woods with her dead pets! It's bad enough to find ONE person that's as stupid as that jury but to have 12 of them on the same jury?! Is that the kind of people that fill that community? I'd never go there....unless there's something aweful I don't want to go to jail for! I sure wouldn't want to live amongst those idiots!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Again...if you don't like the verdict....blame the State Attorney. They had their chance to choose who they wanted. Thank the jurors for taking time out of their life to listen to this mess. Pathetic hearing this threat blame a jury who served. Remember they were not privy to all the media bias during the trial.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gom

      I agree. Everyone wants to blame the jury and give the Prosecutors a pass. The Prosecutors screwed up. The lead prosecutor, Ashton, is retiring and wanted to make this trial his final big win. Also, it did not help that he sat in court and out right laughed at Baez while he was giving his opening and closing arguments.

      The Prosecution did not properly prepare for this trial....maybe they thought it would be an easy win. The evidence they had was not as "stellar" and "compelling" as some people are saying.

      For people to say that the jury should not have relied on the evidence and found Casey Anthony guilty because everyone thinks she killed her daughter is ridiculous.

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

      momof3,

      'The prosecution does not have to give motivation for the crime, just prove that the crime occured.'

      That's not true. They have to prove a crime occured AND that the defendant is the one that commited said crime beyond a reasonable doubt

      July 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Seth

    Nearly every rational and objective thinking human being is appalled at this jury for letting a murder get away with the perfect murder.

    The prosecution was one of the best I have ever seen in 12 years of studying murder cases.

    Ofcourse, the jury had more than enough evidence to convict her. They did not even convict her of "child neglect". Certainly, the evidence was way stronger than in the case of other murder trials such as, Scott Peterson, Susan Smith and Diane Downs etc.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      What country do you live in? The evidence in this case was not even close for convicting someone of capital murder. Your way is how things are handled in a communist country.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jlapro

      Seth,
      There are plenty of rational objective people on this thread. Most of them are saying what I am – the evidence did not support a guilty verdict on the counts specified in the indictment. The prosecution overcharged. And, as an objective person, I don't believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony did kill her daughter.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Decorah

    I have served on a couple of juries, and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The law is so semantics-specific that sometimes you may feel the person is guilty, but it just doesn't hold enough water to vote for the guilty verdict. The law is so word specific.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle Davis

      I call BS – it is NOT so "semantics" specific. It is very, very nebulous – there is not some hard/fast criteria, i.e. she scored a 92 on the guilty meter and the law requires a 95.

      Cop out.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J

    there are people in jail for life for doing nothing. They were just bystanders and then we let someone who killed their child go free. Don't make since to me

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zebulon Pi

    It's called "reasonable doubt", and thank God for it.

    The prosecution screwed up, not the jury. They were presented with enough holes to drive a Jeep through, and they did the right thing, nay, the ONLY thing they could do.

    People with the lynch mob mentality should think about themselves in court, already found guilty in the court of public opinion, sentenced to life in prison, or DEATH, by a jury that says "It's got reasonable doubt... but hey, Nancy Grace says their guilty, so..."

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel Michael

    The Casey haters here show why they should never be on a jury. They are about emotion and hatred that was whipped up in them by Nancy Grace. The evidence demanded this verdict. If you think the fatgher is innocent here you are nuts.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Camp

      If you think ANYONE in the family is innocent, you're nuts. They all had some role. They're not innocent, they're just not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. They did a good job covering it up. That happens sometimes. Life isn't fair. Everyone should just get over it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. quiet

    Can she ever be tried for anything else other then lying to the police. From what I understand they said that that poor little girl drowned. Can they be charged with disposing the body anything? Also I hope no one makes a cent on this sad story.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaif Yirboosch

      Violation of Civil Rights is all but the FEDS would have to charge her.

      But if they do they better charge Bush & Cheney with murdering 1 million people in Iraq.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • le

      Even abuse of a corpse?! Is that not illegal in FL? The prosecution PROVED that her mother was lying about doing searches on Chloroform- they had the legal evidence that her mom was at work, she was signing nursing notes when someone was home searching chloroform. Apparently it was either Cindy or Casey and they proved it wasnt Cindy....sooooooooo......

      July 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnson

    I think Jose Baez, besides being a terrible defense attorney who lucked out on an easy case with no evidence to convict is disgusting the way he is seeking out the media.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suerte

      He's a lawyer, what else do you expect? He's probably not going to get paid, so he's trying to get as much exposure as he can. This "win" will bring him notarity and probably a lot of clients.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel Michael

    Nancy Grace is about vengence. She is not abiout the "justice" she claims to love. She is throwing out encouragment to nuts to kill Casey Anthony. SHe knows exactly what she is doing.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • IBC

      You mentioned Nancy Grace several times. You obviously like watching her show, otherwise you wouldn't know anything about her.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. WeThePeople

    STREET JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      STREET JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED

      You probably wouldn't agree with that sentiment if it were you who had been acquitted of a capital crime by a jury of your peers.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KF

    The jury did what they legally had to do. What they know, and what the prosecution proved, were two different things. The prosecution did not prove their case, and it's likely a guilty person walked free. Let's hope justice somehow prevails – life can work in mysterious ways.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OldGoat

    Casey Anthony will be looking over her shoulder everywhere she goes. It wouldn't surprise me to read of someone assaulting her or worse due to the widespread belief that she did murder her daughter.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      She will need to be under full-time protection, and will be afraid, which is, quite frankly, what she deserves. Have a nice life, Casey!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • teri

      when she gets out she had better dye her hair get a fake id and leave the state !!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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