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.

β€œMost 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. mimi of Toronto

    The prosecutor should have gone for voluntary manslaughter – if they had, she would have been convicted. Reasons: Casey was the last person seen with Caylee.
    Casey never reported Caylee missing for 31 days.
    All the many lies – for what? Of course, to cover up a wrong, killing of her little girl.

    I rest my case.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joel

    It's shocking that the guy who flipped the finger in court got 6 days in jail as a punishment and Casey Anthony will get out in less time than that with 4 misdemeanors.

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

    Please do not allow anyone to exploit this tragedy for profit. Do the right thing. Boycott all books, movies etc that will profit from the death of Caylee.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sparky

    Hmmm... let's see. 7 days or so? Yeah, yeah, I know about the three years. So, um, what they're saying is that I can push my evil mother in law down the stairs and wrap tape around her head and throw her in the compost heap and I'd only get three years. Yowsa! Where's the nearest Home Depot – I need some tape.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • msjm

      Well, you have to claim she was kidnapped. And that the all the people who know about the kidnapping have to be made-up as well.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • os

      Sparky... don't forget, you have to lie about it for about a month. That'll be one of the most important parts. πŸ™‚ Or then again, it won't mean crap during your trial. lol!

      July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • msjm

      Drats! I forgot about the 31 day lag on reporting. Thanks OS!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john p

    was there a empty bleach contanier in the car?

    July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. us1776

    The prosecution didn't help matters by outright laughing and smirking at the defense. That was pretty arrogant.


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

      bozo was pretty funny!!

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


    Houston Relative of Casey Anthony Speaks Out About Case

    This is a podcast from a local Houston radio show that aired from a lady claiming to be a cousin on Cindy Anthony's who says a book is coming out in the next few days that tells the real story of what happened. She basically says Caylee really did drown and that George is responsible and that Casey had a total breakdown. She also says when released from jail Casey may be coming to Houston to stay.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Total nonsense.

      Casey was proven to be out partying without a care in the world.


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

      Yes, blame your parents.....that always seems to work. I think Casey had mental issues long before this....lying about graduating from high school, stealing 100's of checks from her parents, making up Zandy back in 2006, etc. You can not use the death as an excuse that Casey has changed, she's been bad forever.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      I don't know if there is a valid way to tell if that caller was in fact who she states she was......that is very interesting though. That call supports everything my husband has told me his theory was. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out according to this call (if in fact this is a REAL call from who the caller stays they really are) Thanks for sharing that!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sherri

    for all of you saying "there wasn't enough evidence". um wrong. remember scott peterson? he was sentenced on a hell of a lot less evidence.

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

      I dont give a crap about either case...but your statement is wrong. In the Peterson case they could prove that Peterson had reason to kill her (arguments, threats, financial benefit) among other things. In this case they had no evidence showing that they didnt love the kid.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladfjlasdf

      Um..obviously the ENTIRE jury disagrees with you. Casey may have done it, but the prosecution did not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Period. The jury got it right.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Peterson and Laci were the only ones living in their home. Unfortunately, 3 other people lived with little Caylee, so even though we all know it's true, they can't pin it only on her. No justice for that baby.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • os

      What exactly are you saying is "reasonable doubt?" How about a "good reason" there was a death smell in the car, or a good reason she lied about where she was for 31 days, or a good reason the clothes she had on ONLY casey had access to because they were clothes in the diaperbag Casey kept in HER car, or a good reason she duct taped her mouth shut. Reasonable doubt does not mean the jurors needed to be present during the crime, or watch a video of it actually happening. This isn't a CSI episode! They got it WRONG!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tilmeismoney

    I often wonder how these judges ever passed the bar exam, the only bar they pass is the booze bar. Most of them are the dumbest people you ever met.

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

      The judge was great. He couldn't do anything after that stupid jury let a murder go.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • klwr333

      I think the judge did all he could to run a fair trial, and I think that he sentenced as fairly as he was able. I do wonder about the jury, but . . . I guess they had reasonable doubt. It seems naive of them, but I was not in the jury box with them, so maybe they were privy to something I was not. This seems doubtful judging by the comments made by juror #3 and the extra jurors (who were not in the deliberations, but who apparently heard everything the jury heard). They do appear embarrassed of their verdict, which is confusing. The judge, however, is not the one with whom people should be irritated.

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

      The jury doesn't come across as embarrassed by their verdict to me. I can't blame them. Could you imagine the angry mob of people who more then likely would of showed up to their house PO'd about their decision? It seems like the alternate juror (I only seen the one guy) was only out to get his face on tv and to try to make himself feel important as if he contributed to the case. Even if he had come in as an alternate though he said he agreed with the decision. I wonder if he had been part of the decision process if he would of been as eager to get on tv as he was not being on it. ha ha!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sherri

    remember scott peterson? he was convicted on a lot less evidence than what was presented in this case. and yes, i heard every word. say what they want to justfy their decision, they still got it wrong.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Velvetta

    Ah, The Good Life!
    How long before the ho-bag is in the double-wide eating her Velveeta and Brocolli and stealing credit cards?
    Maybe she can spend the rest of her life looking for the killer of her baby like O.J. said he would do for his wife...

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


      July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      Interesting you say velveeta. They both have a lot in common. There an easy spread πŸ˜‰

      July 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MotoJB

    Wow....another travesty of justice. OJ – a new white girl is looking for a boyfriend. You two are perfect for eachother. Great stories for all around the campfire once you get out.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Karl

    Anyone else see the old move "The Star Chamber"? Seemed kinda horrifying at the time, but ...

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

      I LOVE that movie, one can only hope!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Cap'n

    The jury did not screw up, the prosecutor did. Prosecutor wanted a glitzy retirement send-off with a bang (death penalty case) but the evidence he had in hand called for manslaughter at best. If you were on that jury, what you think you knew about the case was not supported by the evidence. The day that the evidence is pushed aside in favor of the opinion Nancy Grace ordered you all to have is the day the justice system has truly failed. I agree that Casey probably had something to do with the child's death, but NOTHING presented amounted to a first degree murder/death penalty case. First degree murder requires the state to prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, 1. Motive, 2. Cause, and 3. Depravity of conscience. The only motive shown is an assumption. No cause can be found. And the last is still just an opinion of loud mouth so-called "journalists." The jury did right. The state failed to prove these simple things beyond all reasonable doubt.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris W

      Thank you. I am sick and tired of Nancy Grace trying to be judge, jury and executioner and trying to sway a decision HER way. Not only her, but the media for trying a case prejudically for months on end with all their talking heads. The U.S.A. has a judicial system, and we may not always agree with an outcome, but if any one of these idiots were on trial for THEIR life, who would THEY want? An impartial jury working within the bounds and laws of this country or Nancy-babe? Jeez! Wake up folks!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Elizabeth

    Casey Anthony lied to the police to cover up the murder of her young child. She disposed her precious liiitle body to the
    swamp and it took 6 months for discovery. What more evidence do you need. I myself am a survivor of abuse and I
    could fight back, as an adult. A little sweet child has no chance. so please people lets all be the voice for caylee and for
    this not to happen again.

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