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. Damian

    SHE SHOULD BE STERILIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    Be great if every penny she makes gets taken away on the other side via lawsuits. She may not have killed the kdi but she knows exactly who did.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy D

      ummm no we don't know she was murdered. Only that she was thrown away like garbage.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scott

    honestly, why did the jury need to know HOW the child was murdered? they keep going back to this. why does that even matter? we know she was murdered, and it was obvious the mother did it. but they keep saying "well they didn't have evidence as to HOW it happened.

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

      We don't know that she was murdered. There was a theory in the case that it may have been an accidental drowning in the swimming pool and a cover up after the fact. There was enough doubt to make it impossible for the jury, in good conscience, based on the laws of this country, to convict for murder. It's that simple. The evidence wasn't there, and even if they operated on the theory that she was murdered, there were others with motives, and it was reasonable, based on the facts of the case to doubt that she committed the murder. It wasn't "obvious" to those jurors. It was "obvious" to you, an outsider, who didn't sit in court every day listening to the facts of the case without the bias of the outside media. There was reasonable doubt, and that's why they couldn't convict. The jury is not to blame here; blame our founding fathers if you're so angry. They are the ones who believed it was more important to protect the innocent than punish the guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kynchiiin2

    I'm confused – how does 1,043 days = 4 years. Am I missing something with the math here?

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

      Good behavior... rarely is a full sentence served.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      Yes, ass matter of fact you are missing something.

      You're missing the fact that nobody sentenced to four years actually does four years.

      You're also missing the fact that nobody gets a full year on each of those charges unless they happen to be Casey Anthoney and the mob needs to be appeased somehow.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reilleyfam

      Florida has "good time" credit which lower the time to less than the full amount.

      We teach our kids the play by the rules – one of which is you win or lose & accept the result.

      She won, they lost – wrong morally – it's OVER.

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

      Good behaviour displayed suring the time she was in court reduced her sentence...

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

      The math adds up for me. I were home skooled in the gret state of Tennessee. Thank my Lord for no child left behind!

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

      Yeah. It's called "good behavior" during the time served. Get over it.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teshaun

      A prison year is not 365 days its less, look it up, im too lazy to do it

      July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • lou50

      suspect the good behavior reduction.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim in texas

      there are 365 days in a year not, 260

      3x 365 = 1095

      July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • larry

      I believe the rest is for good behavior

      July 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • trish

      I am really confused by your screen name 'caylee did get justice'....how exactly did she get justice...even if you think casey is innocent, (which I don't get)...there still is no one in jail for killing her....how is that justice at all?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • wsj

      Yes, you are. You are missing that in Florida you serve approximately up to 85% of your time assuming you are well behaved. Unfortunately, she behaved herself while in the joint and did not have a criminal past.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Umjioppa

      She served 1000+ days in jail already, the other year is taken off for good behavior.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    I just need to say that Jeffrey Toobin does not know anything at all about criminal law in Florida. Everything I've heard him say in regards to this case has been completely wrong and, at best, misinformed. As for this particular article, she was not sentenced to "prison," she was sentenced to "jail." There is a big difference in Florida between the two (i.e. you can only go to prison for felonies). And people are sentenced to jail for misdemeanors all the time in Florida. There is absolutely nothing shocking about this sentence in the least.

    The fact that CNN pays this tool Toobin and passes him off as an expert is a joke.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      Lets hear your other examples...
      sounds like you've got a stick somewhere and are splitting hairs.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacxro

      I AM sick! There was no justice. I wasn't there, but with so many lies...how can there be innocence??? It doesn't make sense.
      Next injustice...she'll publish some BS book and get tons of $$$ ! My opinion, she should have her tubes tied and never be allowed to have another child! NO, I am not a Republican, just a parent sickened by this whole screw up.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MikeLe

    Is there any way Casey can be charged in federal court? Couldn't she be charged with depriving Caylee or her civil rights involving her death? Heck, she lied to keep police and her parents from making sure she was alive and safe! I hope some federal prosecutor here in Florida takes a look into this before next weeks release date!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Caylee DID get justice

    Yeah, he was making a statement all right – that he was willing to placate and appease the mob who think lynching = justice by pretending to be tough.

    She's a political prisioner for another 6 days to show how tough he is.

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

      Death is justice....hmm. Her first injustice was that she never had a chance with Casey as her mother. Too bad she couldn't choose a mother, first she would choose someone who would keep her alive, living and breathing. Then someone who loved her enough to think of her FIRST before they went out to party every night. Yea, justice alright....

      July 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LuLu

      The Judge gave her the maximum sentence possible. How do you consider that "placating the mob"? I'm sure he would have given her 25 years if he could! You could tell by his body language that he's disgusted with her in every way.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      Go ask her mother that question.She knows only too well!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Massive Mike

    I want to beat her with my man stick! TO DEATH!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Massive Mike

      Hit you with my rhythm stick...hit you hit you hit you!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. How to get Away with Murder......

    Rule 1. Search ways to harm or potentially kill your child.
    Rule 2. Carry out plan according to searches
    Rule3. Keep body in car long enough for decomposition to start
    Rule 4. Borrow Shovel
    Rule 5. Shovel to much work, obtain tape and a canvas bag to dump body
    Rule 6. Find a swamp
    Rule 7. Dump body (hopefully enough time will pass so cause of death can not be determined)
    Rule 8. Lie to everyone about location of child
    Rule 9. Conjur imaginary people
    Rule10. Party for 31 days and get a tatoo
    Rule 11. Report your child missing SEE Rule 9
    Rule 12. Continually make up false statements about what happened (Lie to police)
    Rule 13. Once arrested, stick with original story SEE Rule 9
    Rule 14. Three years after trial starts claim it was an accidental drowning
    Rule15. throw entire family under buss
    Rule 16 and finally, do it all in Florida because apparently they will let you get away with murder down there.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeLe

      That sums it up pretty good!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Mr. how to get away with Murder.
      Which part killed her-the self defense search? or the neck breaking search? I'm sure the coroner missed the fact her neck was broken.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RGSTX

    i am not going to get into the innocence or guilt of this girl,. but just thought i would put this out about the jury selection process. i am sure each state is different so i am going to use texas as my example, since thats where i live. we use to use voters registration to get jurors from. but the state changed to using the texas drivers license list to get a bigger pool to pick frpom. alot of people would choose not to register to vote so they wouldnt get called for jury duty, sad but true. once you get your jury summons, unless you are over 65 and a couple other excused reasons you should report. once there you are given futher instructions on what will take place. if you get to a certain point you will fill out a questionare, which covers some questions about you. so i assume something like this took place in florida. then both the defense and prosecution get to question each juror, and by there answer they can approve or strike that person. so as i see it that this jury was picked by those who we believe are well educated. i also understood there were many in the jury pool who said whatever it took to get out of serving. one of them if they cared could have changed the whole outcome. i would have gladly served if it had been meant to be. i wont find fault with the jury. everyone here has an opinion as it should be, isnt that what the 4th of july is about. the really cool part is you dont even have to be an american citizen to speak out, just being on american soil.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • newmac

      She is guiltyof not taking care of a child, who couldn't take care of herself. That is unforgiveable. A baby that is 2 years old needs her attention 24/7 But Casey let neglected that FACT. Therefor she is throughly guilty as if she killed her with her own hands... and lots of people actually think that is what she did.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ProBill

    The defense never proved that it was accident!!!!! Perhaps the Prosecution didn't have the evidence to prove that it was a murder; but they did have a woman that conspired to cover up the the actual method of the death of her own child. That alone is enough to call for justice......................... "NOT GUILTY" ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mercurycat

      Are you kidding? The defense doesn't have to prove anything–it's up to the prosecution. And you're right–they didn't prove murder. Therefore who in the world would convict her of capital one and sentence her to death? Is it getting any clearer now?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art W

      The Defense does not have to 'prove' anything . . . the burden of proof was solely on the state.

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

      @ProBill – The defense doesn't HAVE to prove diddly squat. The burden of proof lies solely with the Prosecution and the jury can ONLY make a determination based on the specific charges brought by the Prosecution. They overcharged based on the evidence and CSI world we live in.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tal

      The defense does not have to "prove" anything in any criminal case. That is not how justice functions.

      It is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did not do something. Even if you had an airtight alibi those people could have been bribed to give you an alibi. Proving a negative is logically impossible.

      That is why the burden of proof is ALWAYS placed on the prosecution.

      "That it is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer, is a maxim that has been long and generally approved. " – Benjamin Franklin

      July 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonym

      Defense doesn't have to prove anything. Prosecution has burden of proof. Defense doesn't even have to offer a defense.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wil2862

      ProBill...the defense doesn't have to prove anything. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. Do you recall the saying innocent until proven guilty?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ugh

    God will be here last judge.....smh...im so tired of hearing how there wasnt enough evidence....but it is what it is...sadly, she'll be free on wednesday but im really waiting to see what happens to her when she leaves....so many people are outraged at this girl...about this story...beautiful life???? yeah..ok....I'll pray for the chick...shell really need it

    July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lelong

    All the prosecution had in the trunk of the car was the smell which Baez said it was rotten food. Well, he wasn't wrong in a way, because that's what he smelled. I don’t know how death smells like. Baez simply smelled rotten food – period. Did the prosecution take a sample and test it for DNA? All we could hear was a "smell of death" How does death smells like? Since there seems to be experts in every single area in this country, I bet there are experts in "smell of death" I hope they could come forward to strongly support the prosecution.
    2- You said "Casey was the last person who saw her alive" Again, it doesn't prove that she was the killer
    3- You said "Casey did not have a reasonable explanation of what happened to the child..." Again, guess why? Because she did not know, therefore she did not have one. What would you expect her to say if she did not know?
    Baez and Casey admitted to all the lies, but the prosecution was still pounding on them, just like they were still trying to prove to the Jury that Casey was a liar, instead of focusing on the EVIDENCE, on things that could link Casey to the murder. Obviously, they had nothing. No leg to stand on. I think the jury did a fair and fantastic job. It is very tragic that this beautiful child died, but did her mother kill her? I could not tell, so did the Jury and millions other people around the world.
    I just hope Casey Anthony is not stupid enough to put herself in a situation that is going to land her in jail like O.J. Simpson.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    I think the biggest problem here is that she simply has no feelings for the loss of her daughter regardless of how it happened. There is absolutely no remorse or guilt or anything...I mean look at that smug smile! There is a deep evil incarnate here regardless if she is guilty or not, I know of no mother that would not be torn apart for the loss of her child. It's a sickening response.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • newmac

      Very well put Chris.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy d.

      I to had thought exactly that. There is no law that requires a person to to morn a certain way. I was disgusted by it to. As far as the every once in a while smile she gave in court though.....I think what everyone forgot to think about was the fact that her child had been dead for 3 years at that point. I'm not saying her actions in the start of this story weren't sickening.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    So when is someone going to file an unlawful death case, so that can also hang over her head for the rest of her life, like what they did with O.J.?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art W

      Who is going to file it? The grandparents? The father (who is not known and can no longer be proven thru DNA)?

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