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. Paul Willson

    At least there is a verdict. We had a case here in Victoria BC of a killing of a teenager by 4 other teens .seperate trials and 3 were convicted & have served their time as juveniles . The last 1 had 3 trials 1 hung, 1 miatrial & then a conviction, by then she was past the age of 21 well she got jail but as if she were still a juvenile. In the Anthony case ther is an end to it. I do not pity the young lady she will be a pariah anywhere she goes cause of what did/did not happen. Maybe its time to close this books cover & neber reopen it.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. monica

    poor poor little Caylee – regardless of who did it or how – poor little baby girl

    July 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DDSilks

    LISTEN EVERYONE! DO NOT BUY CASEY ANTHONY'S BOOK. BOYCOTT ANYTHING SHE PUTS OUT. Send a message to her and her would-be publishers that this is not something to profit from!

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

      I agree – boycott anything/everything regarding Casey's attempts to benefit financially from this tragedy – including any sponsors who consider buying air time on a TV movie. I would hope that we all forget Casey Anthony as quickly as she forgot the life of her beautiful Cayley.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggtaxman

      Amen... she should not profit one penny from the abuse of her child... boycott everything connected with the Anthony family

      July 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      No problem there.....wished I could read her obituary instead

      July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I will buy her book. She was not convicted. I don't think she was guilty of murder. The charges are ridiculous. We truly live in a totalitarian state! Tyranny by law is still tyranny!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      What abuse? I see evidence of panic about the death of her child ... and maybe a coverup effort. I don't see abuse. Where is the evidence??? Oh yea there is none. The media said she did it so it must be true right??? Sorry to inform you but bad things happen... sometimes children die. You can never watch your child 100% of the time, and anyone that says otherwise is a nut job! A lot of people panic because the are afraid of going to jail .... and apparently that fear is justified!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      @Keith. I would say there was definitely abuse of a corpse

      July 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Yea but not child abuse in the sense most people mean. Terrible tragedy ... but that does not mean we need more lives destroyed to get your pound of flesh. Stupid stupid unreasonable society!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rich.

    Toobin seems to have strong comments on the Judge and what the people feel as to the outcome of the verdict. You need to get a real job instead of hiding behind CNN. Get out in the world of law or the justice system. Many people are convicted of crime on much less then what the state presented on this case. Then I read what jury 2 had to say, thinking the grandfather had more evidence against him, then Casey. I believe the opening statement of Baez was the only words this jury heard.

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

      Many more people have been wrongfully convicted than wrongfully acquitted. 28 people have been released from death row in Florida after being cleared by DNA. No doubt, some innocent people who didn't have DNA evidence were put to death. Where is your concern for them?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Toobin was a law clerk a assistant US attorney in Brooklyn – he had a real career in law before switching to journalism.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Screw you Rich

      Rich, you are a moron. Have fun in life.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keith

    I cant' believe she has the nerve to smile, or show any sign of joy–Her Daughter is gone, and she'll never come back.
    Perhaps she's smiling because she got away with Murder, or covering up an accidental death..who the hell knows..
    The fact that the media has stated she expressed interest in having another child is even more appualing to me–
    I can't believe, in all of this-she gets to walk free in another week. I dotn' believe she's innocent–and i hope karma comes back and bites her right on the ass–she is a pathetic excuse for a human being, and she needs to suffer

    July 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • debi

      how very compassionate of you. i'm sure there will also be a special place in heaven for people that wish harm to others. 🙂 have a nice day!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      It's been 3 years, idiot. She can't be relieved and smile a little bit after finding out she won't spend her life in jail?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lokari

    Right, because going after jury members when we don't like their decision is one of the founding principles of our legal system.

    Sorry sport. The men and women of the jury were there, they heard all the evidence. You heard nothing but sound bytes and the inflated opinions of talking heads, pundits and fools. Our legal system is based upon concepts like presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt. Despite what you might wish, it isn't based on pitchforks and angry mobs.

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

      You had an opportunity, in this case, to watch every single second of the trial. There was nothing that the jury heard that we could not hear. Get over it and hope to God that you never have to sit in their shoes and rule on the laws instead of your ugly heart.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Shut your festering maw.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sherri

      actually, you're wrong. I heard every single word of that case from start to finish, and they got it wrong. There was no REASONABLE explanation for what happened other than murder. and there in lies the problem. you will always have doubt unless you are an eyewitness. you will always speculate w/o hard CSI-syndrome evidence, but you have to have common sense and give a reasaonable explanation for what happend. the prosecution did that. the jurors- they just wanted to go home.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      And thank goodness for that. We've had enough lynch mobs in our history. We don't nee more.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |

      Hey pal – the coroner's results, given by a well known pathologist, concluded the cause of death was HOMICIDE BY UNDETERMINED MEANS. Does that mean NOTHING to you?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Actually, we watched it all. It was streamed live

      July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed

      The jurors did what they were supposed to do!; find her not guilty unless her guilt was proven beyond a reasonable doubt. As a lawyer, I can assure you that, were the proof as "clear" as many seem to think, the jurors would be deliberating for days because 1, 2, or more of them would have vigorously resisted finding her not guilty. The fact that the jurors came back so quickly demonstrates that the prosecution's proof rather clearly fell short. Also, the alternate juror that commented on TV stated that that's the way he would have voted too. That's 13 out of 13,-in less than one day's deliberations. Also, don't you think that, before the jurors decided to find her not guilty, they were keenly aware of the repercussions–on them–that such a verdict was going to have? Don't be mad at the jurors;--if you don't like the verdict, go lobby to have the burden of proof changed to "find her guilty if you don't like her even though the evidence isn't there".

      July 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • g

      Only thing she "got away" with was a preponderance of evidence that left a reasonable doubt. No one on this forum was in the court everyday, and neither were many of those making comments and money off the proceedings: corespondents from CNN, MSNBC, FOX, HLN. The information we got was just ratings boosting snippets.
      Should we go back to trial by ordeal,trail by combat, or impose Sharia Law in this country? Should we restart the witch trials?
      If any of you detractors of this verdict had any sense of how jurisprudence worked in any nation based on English Common Law, you'd shut up. And you'd be glad full you weren't subject to the other options.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cooper49

      Very resonable and accurate post. You must be very educated and I don.t mean college.

      July 9, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Amy

    So now the baby-killer can go on to have more children? Chilling.

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

      Of course there is no evidence that happened ... and 12 people agreed but don't let that stop you from putting people in jail!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hear Ye

    Had Hitler not pulled the trigger and this jury been deliberating in Nuremberg, we'd all be eating bratwurst and struddle today.

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

      You mean there was no direct evidence of Hitler ordering the killing of Jewish people, or the ordering of the bombing of France, England et al?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • spence

      Ah, bratwurst and strudle!!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. palintwit

    She can go live with the Palins. All stinking, filthy, maggot infested white trailer trash like to be with their own kind.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon D Gustafson

      Yeah you are a little unbalanced yourself there bro. LOL-why make yourself into a fool too? You are funny.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TTommy

      You have some serious, serious issues pal. I would set up an appt to go see a psychologist right now.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Why do you spend so much time thinking about Palin? It sounds like a high school girl "I don't like that boy, he's weird!"
      Fast forward a couple of weeks and shes boinkin weirdo in the back seat of his chevy.

      The world doesn't revolve around Palin. The more haters are out there, the longer she'll be around. You my friend, are a Palin Perpetuater. ha ha

      July 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • willliam

      Really? everyone getting excited about this trial? All we are talking about is a LATE term abortion.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice

      You are a NIT-WIT.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLV

      I'm sorry I couldn't hear you over your hate speech.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B Real

    Sue the he11 out of her. Most people in this country believe her to be guilty. She caused countless amounts of investigation time and money, and also threw many people under the bus for a story that she completely fabricated.

    Whether she's guilty of premeditated murder or not, she is a horrible person and deserves many years of horrible debt and distrust. Cabbages and Onions? please...

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      I beat most people under the legal microscope would panic too including you!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shannon

    I can't wait for her to write a book like OJ did: "If I did it"

    July 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nadine

    Just don't buy any books, etc. The case is over, just move on. Protest over innocent victims who are falsely imprison. That little baby life is resting in God hands. Casey won't even last long in society.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tracey

    My only "best case scenario" in all this is that she writes a book and makes 12 million dollars and the next day the Nanny sues and TAKES EVERY DIME of it LOL oh, and then finds out that DEXTER is real 🙂

    July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. golfdoc

    So when does Casey start a foundation to hunt down the real murderer of her child? Maybe she and OJ can work together. They can search all of the amateur hot bod contests and golf courses in the state of FLorida.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kim

    Well if I was accused of a crime and I was found innocent and didn't have to serve a lengthy prison sentence, I'd be smiling too. Anybody would smile. Go ahead, continue to try to pick apart any facial expressions she makes. lol, you people are a joke; you're just mad because there was no evidence to convict and you all thought the jury would not follow the laws and rules of our court, which you all apparantly would not have followed. No evidence, no conviction. Face it, people.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      I think there was clear evidence of aggravated child abuse

      July 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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