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. Lex

    Just an observation.

    Casey has 6 more days to serve for 4 counts of lying to investigators.
    The Applebee's guy gets sentenced for 6 days for giving the finger in court.

    Again, just an observation.

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

    What's the big deal? Mothers regularly kill their unborn children who are pass the point of viability, and it goes unpunished. A difference between them and Casey is that Casey waited two years before doing it. If a mother chooses to kill her own child two year old child - whose Mammalian brain is hardly developed, isn't that her right of choice?

    July 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dorken Wackenburg

    This whole case has helped me to induce a bowel movement. I was really plugged up but now I'm not. Thanks to this Judge and this jury.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. regnarg

    she needs it bad

    July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joyce

      I hated the verdict along w/ everyone else! She has the free spirit now to walk whatever earth she can find suitable for herself, where eveer that may be...I wished the judge could of placed a court order that any money she could rec'v from any book, tv or any other source from this situation could not and would not be allowed to her. (kinda like th OJ thing) Make all rights to the state of FL and that poor women that has to defend herself to everyone's path she crosses. Maybe set a max to each and then the rest, create and donate to The Caylee Fund to help other families in need for searches !!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      who are you referring to Joyce........Zanny?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john p

    1.Will she get her car back?
    2.Will she complain about the smell?
    3.Will she leave the USA?

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

      1. "Will she get her car back?" Maybe she'll auction it on eBay. That would not surprise me.
      2. "Will she complain about the smell?" She probably got used to it over time.
      3. "Will she leave the USA? If we're lucky, yes.

      I can only hope she NEVER has any more children.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sam Floret

    No one can answer my question: Where is the outrage at the dozens of people in Florida lone who spent years on death row for crimes they didn't commit after being convicted "beyond a reasonable doubt?" Where is the outrage about the 11 child murder cases open in Orange County right now? This outrage was created by this network, particularly mean-spirited and downright evil Nancy Grace.

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

      @Sam – wholeheartedly agree.

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

      Sam Floret is 100% on point. People are melted by the media. Lazy and mindless to those who aren't headlined. I've watched the trial here and there, but the obsession that has swept our nation in this case is pathetic. There are innocent people who die daily due to our justice system. They all go unknown.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Outrage is needed if US is to be serious about dealing with criminals. Until we speak loudly that we have had enough, crimes and injustice will continue..... the weak and young will suffer more than anyone else.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee G

      I don't get why people even watch that shrill woman!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Sam, you're right on. It's amazing so many don't get it. We weren't able to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt. OK. Now let's go after those that we can. I'm personally believe the media made this case BIG. It had the right chemistry, but My God, there are so many other cases out there! What's next? Live court proceedings from around the country, "Live court TV" brought to you by HLN!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Just because there is outrage about this case, does not mean we don't feel outrage about the cases you mentioned too. No matter how you look at it, this is an outrage and the jurors are idiots. There absolutely was enough evidence to convict her of something, especially child neglect and abuse and they were just too lazy to do it. Any jurors that sit in a courtroom with this important of a case and do not take notes and do not come back and ask questions and clarification of facts are not taking their job seriously. 1 juror said there wasn't motive and the motive is extremely clear: she wanted to be free of the responsbility. And the juror said she wanted to know the exact way the death happened: she does not have to know the exact way it happened to find her guilty!!!!! We had stupid lazy jurors on this case and it is an outrage

      July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      It doesn't matter if there was enoough evidence to convict her; what matters is, was there alternative evidence that provides for a reasonable doubt of her guilt? Is there a REASONABLE DOUBT that somebody else could have committed the crime? Perhaps a reasonable doubt that she wasn't murdered at all? They went for the gold, focusing everything on a murder charge, rather than trying to argue hard for a number of lesser crimes, and focusing the case on those crimes, which might have been easier to convict, and they lost big. They didn't have a compelling case to somebody who wasn't brainwashed by the media coverage. If you were in that court room, you probably would've voted the same way, or at best hung the jury.

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

    It's also a sad truth that the entire Anthony family is going to cash in on this tragedy. KA-CHING! They will be PAID for their stories. The child's death, the investigation, trial, the suicide attempt and possible adultery by Casey's father, the lying by Casey's mother – it's going to make a huge Lifetime channel movie! I promise not to watch anything dealing with it.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Angel

    Casey is doomed she will not make a dime off her childs murder people are too outraged. Lifetime nor any other company is not going to touch her they are too affraid of losing customers such as myself. I predict that just like the killer Jeffrey the same thing is going to happen to her eventually. She probably would have been safer in prison than on the streets at least there they would have been able to keep her in solotary to protect her.

    July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      That's what I'm thinking, that she'd be safer in prison. Time will tell.

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

      Don't kid yourself. The networks are drooling in anticipation of a chance to run a story or a movie of the week.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      People may say that now, but I'm more than sure that there will be millions of people who love tabloid news and the lurid who will buy her books, movies, memorabilia, public events or whatever she ends up signing deals for. She's going to be monetarily wealthy.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      @ Michael what public event will Casey be scheduled to speak at? How to murder your child 101 or a million and one ways to lie after you murder your child? Are you serious?

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

    I want to hit on her and knowing how easy she is this could be cool

    July 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Just watch out for the Chloroform buddy!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd

    Dexter...where are you? You are needed ASAP

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


      July 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KarmaSlap

    We cannot know what the jurors saw and heard. I am sure that the 12 jurors are good people who tried to do the right thing. American law states that a defendant can only be conficted if there is no resonable doubt. Apparently there was enough resonable doubt that the jurors could not convict. Can you really think 12 people would all be so mistaken, based upon what they say and heard in the court room? Remember, these people did not have access to the media while they were making their decisions, so they could not know what the rest of us know. Still, this seems to be a gross miscarriage of justice. It would seem that Casey has dodged the death penalty. Karma is a nasty thing, though. It may take some time, but she will pay for what she did in some way. Look at OJ Simpson. He dodged the guilty plea in one case, only to become so arrogant that he wound up in jail anyway. Watch the media for more shenanigans from Caylee's mother. She'll eventually wind up in jail or worse.

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

    You people are losers. Find something better to do then harass others. If she did it and got away let it eat at her. Go out and get a job, make yourself useful and stop eating up the tax dollars that I work so hard for!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      Just because you work at the mall doesn't mean you work hard.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      Sound advice.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    So if someone goes searching for me or one of my family members they can come back and try to get there costs out of me even if I didnt ask for there services? Dang Im going to start a business then I will go around washing peoples cars and mowing their lawns then I will take them to court and sue them to recoup my costs. How stupid is that?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russell

      She is being sued because she was convicted of lying to the police, which provided false information, which caused them to waste time, resources and money searching for her in the wrong places/the wrong way. I will defend the jurors decision; that's how our legal system works, but they definitely have a leg to stand on in suing for that money, because she was convicted of lying to the police.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ed

    No one should profit from this case? What about Nancy Grace? Jane Velez-Mitchell?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      well said!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. angry parent

    No, the alternate juror was not indicative of the best they can find in Florida. The best they can find would never be selected for the jury because the defense would never allow it. I have been part of a jury selection pool before and when vior diered (sic) by the defense counsel I was eliminated because I was "too smart" and would see through the defense tactics. A jury of your peers is a misnomer. The system is such that counsel can stack the jury in favor of the defendant, meaning it takes overwhelming evidence to get most convictions.

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