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. GOLDIE

    RE PAY PUBLIC FUNDS USED IN SEARCH FOR HER LIES

    July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    This is so much non sence. She was found not guilty. Wrongly put in jail. 4 yrs for a lousy misdamenor.

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

      What are you, a 7 year old? Didn't anyone teach you how to spell in school?

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

      nice grammar and spelling

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

    Why is it soooo impossible to believe and understand that some morally bankrupt womans kid died in an accident and she covered it up? Casey Anthony didn't have child service cases open on her, there was never any proof of any kind of neglect or harm to the child........find me a picture of where she is looking at that little girl with anything but love in her eyes. She didn't do the right thing when it happened. It is not for us to judge, there can be only one judge. I chose to pray for that family vs. wishing hate and bad things for them. All the people with the horrible comments who think Casey Anthony is sick should look in the mirror when they make comments like the ones being made.

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

      Well said! I think Casey should be sterilized to prevent future children. I think she was extremely guilty of being stupid and negligent, but based on the evidence, I do not think she pre-meditated the murder of her child. But some people put too much emotion into this case...

      Not to sound crass, but Caylee was not and is not the most important child in the world. The same goes for this case in general, and in the grand scheme of this thing we call life, we all have more important things to worry about than a family none of us would have known about had it not been for the media and Nancy DisGrace shoving this down our throats for three years.

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

      Would you let her watch your kid?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tamars

    it wouldn't surprise me if casey-the-liar got her passport in hand and headed over the border to mexico or canada as soon as she can or research countries that don't have an extradition treaty with the US and flee there. i am surprised no one is talking about charging her with the crime of helping her father to hide the body. she admitted she knew how caylee died and helped bury her!

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

      When was this? I watched the trial and don't remember seeing any part about anyone burying the body. What trial were you watching?

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

      She'll probably go to England

      July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer1

      On behalf of Canada – we don't want her. Plain and simple. Thank you.

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

      Not welcomed in Canada. If I see her, be sure I'll give her a piece of my mind.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • OU812IC

      She does not need to run or hide. She will make a ton of money on this and so will all the people involved jury members, lawyers, prosecution, all the people who testified and you destroyed by Biaz. They will not try her for anything, they can never try her again. The law of Double Jeopardy

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      She deserves to have any money she makes (job wise, off of book deals, movies, etc) taken until it pays all the cost associate with the search, prosecution,jail time-you name it-paid back.

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

      so what happened to the check fraud time? Plus one year maximum per each of the 4 lies to the police...isn't that more than four years???

      July 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Duude

    How come no mention on this website of the NAACP's call for more black anchors at CNN?

    July 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • smuzer02

      good one. could we please have more caucasians, hispanics and asians in the NFL and college football?

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      That's just stupid!

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

      Maybe because this forum is about Casey Anthony......Amazing that people don't read. And don't start with the race card stuff (I too am African American) so save the drama.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chiclette

      Casey is kinda a hottie...

      July 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetaLife

      Do you wake up each day thinking about something that you can inject race into. It amazes me of how many people there are that cannot carry on a simple conversation and NOT inject race into it! Get yourself a LIFE idiot!!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Duude: But *you* just mentioned it, so there *is*. There was none before because it has nothing to do with the topic of the Anthony case. Most people who post here like to stay on topic.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon D Gustafson

    I wanna date her though

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

      She's all yours. Have fun together.

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

      so hott

      July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmy Dean

    I wish they would get off her back she has been though so much after losing her child and being in jail for a crime
    she was found not guilty of.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • OU812IC

      Hey Jimmy Dean
      Go choke on your own Sausage

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

      Jimmy:

      Give me a break. Are you serious. I beat I could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge too.

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

      If you are so hard up on criminalswhy don't you go live by the womens prison and date them all as they get released.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.J.

      Jimmie Dean:
      I hate to admit this, but I agree with you. Regardless of what we think, she was found NOT guilty. Assume for a second that this is correct. She lost a daughter, spent nearly 3 years in a jail cell 23 hours per day, and, now that's she found not guilty, has the entire world hating/threatening her.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Jimmy Dean: she was in jail for multiple charges, four of which she was found guilty of. She was found guilty of lying repeatedly to the police about her daughter's whereabouts. The fact that she was found guilty of making up stories about where her daughter was, and the fact that her story kept changing, really does tells us a lot about her guilt or innocence. The pro-Casey comments are just plain bizarre.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • just me

      Yeah...um...they couldn't show how SHE DID IT. so she got off...The point is SHE DID IT. Reasonable dobut remains. Um if you're baby is missing, and you're out partying. I'm thinking the party is over. If your baby drowned, and you gotta call someone, it's probably gonna be 911 then the family. but not her. She knows her baby "drowned" didn't have a funeral, and never thought to ask, um Dad, where's Caylee? Sounds like someone who aided in murder, if she didn't do it herself. OK so we don't know if it was her hand that killed the child. What we do no is that she allowed her daughter to remain in an abusive situation and being as she was missing over a month that makes her an extremely negligent mother. She's STILL GUILTY.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lin

    Casey Anthony's lawyer admitted the child drowned while in Casey Anthony's care. She then did not report it for 31 days – and only because her mother called the police. She then lied about it repeatedly and for months and defamed another woman while she continued to party on. If that's not criminal, what is? As a mother, if I ever found my child dead in my backyard, the entire neighborhood would be calling the police at the sound of my hysterical screams.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • smuzer02

      Amen. I know some of the jurors feel horrible about the decision.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Amy D

    Why isn't anyone griping about the prosecution? If she's so guilty then people should look at the prosecutors and ask them why they dropped the ball. I bet some people making comments on here didn't even watch the majority of the trial. Most people convicted her 3 years ago when Nancy Grace got a hold of it. Of course if Nancy said someone was a killer it had to be true. I hope she gets sued for it!

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

      Amy:
      What more do you need a video tape of the murder. Her actions are disgusting. Let's see if you would feel the same way if it was someone close to you. The jury dropped the ball - plain and simple.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      AMEN! The prosecution didn't do their job. But everyone wants to throw stones at the jurors? Come on...

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Cheryl, so you were there for the entire 31 days?

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

      Exactly. They overshot with the charges based upon the evidence they had. It seems like the prosecution thought everyone was so appalled that she would be convicted no matter what the evidence.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      Yes, I agree her actions after her childs death were absolutely disgusting and not in line with how most people grieve their childs death. However, there is no law that says you have to act or grieve any certain way in the event of a death. If morally bankrupt was illegal there wouldn't be enough jails or prisons in the world. Putting emotions aside the state did not fufill it's obligation.

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

      @Amy D: the prosecutors did the best they could with what they had. By the time the body ws found, it was too decomposed for a clear determination of cause of death, and nobody actually saw Casey Anthony murder her daughter. All the prosecutors really had was the series of lies that Casey Anthony had told the police and her bizarre behavior after her daughter's disappearance. A Grand Jury found that there was enough evidence to charge her. The police found there was enough evidence to arrest her. The prosecutor found there was enough evidence to try the case. The trial jury found her guilty of lying about what had happened to Caylee. She was lying because she was the murderer, but there was no way to prove that she was the murderer. Even if she had confessed, that would not be proof, since, after alll, she's a known liar.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Becky

    Looks like the OJ jury moved to Florida!

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

      Agreed and they're still stuck on stupid. They expected to get to see an instant replay video or they were not going to be convinced. You would think that duct tape covering the mouth and nose would be a clue as to cause of death.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      that wasn't funny when Jay Leno said it a few nights ago.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OU812IC

    Sorry to all the people on this site saying boycott anything to do with her, just being on here blogging is contributing to her cause. The more hits this story gets the longer it stays hot, the more hits this site gets the more the despised Nancy Grace gets
    CNN=
    CRAP NOT NEWS

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

      @OU812C: we *want* the story to stay hot. This child's murder should not be forgotten any time soon, just because the murderer got away with it. The O.J. Simpson murder case was last *century* and we still talk about it. The Casey Anthony murder case deserves no less.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    She got away with murder. The prosecution bungled the case and the defense capitalized on it. Her life is ruined as it should be. I agree with boycotting anything that she could possibly make money from. While she can't be recharged with murder I hope the state of Florida prosecutes her for the rest of her life for anything they can find. Even if her daughter died accidentally from falling in the pool (which I doubt) somebody disposed of the body, covered it up and lied about it, wasted an incredible sums of money in a false search and wasted taxpayer dollars in investigating and prosecuting Casey. If she did die accidentally by drowning in the pool a call to 911 would have put this to rest. I hope Casey Anthony's life is a living hell for the rest of her days on this planet for what she did to an innocent child.

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

      Thank you, that's the best response on here.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hear Ye

    The operable term is REASONABLE doubt – obviously a dictionary wasn't present in that deliberation room.

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

    Curious, can anyone in her family file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Casey? Similar to what the Goldman's did to OJ? They kept OJ from making alot of money. Just wonderin....

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

    I was at the dermatologist's office this morning when the sentencing was carried out. There were five adults in the waiting room. I thought they were going to stroke out right there.

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

      Ummm.. you use the term "adults" loosely. None of the hate mongers caring about this trial is behaving like an adult.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • true

      @guest – seriously, I mean they were getting into fist fights over getting seats, camping out, showing off their tickets and bragging about how many they had, selling uses stubs on ebay, putting on a circus

      July 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
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