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. A mother

    I'm tired of everyone talking about that tattoo. I do feel she should have them removed. She doesn't deserve the term. Our children make our beautiful life. At least mine do.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jes

    This young lady lied a lot, she is not trusty. I wouldn't buy a cell phone from her. She hiden the disappearance of HER DAUGHTER for weeks, invented stories to cover up her disappearance. Why? She thought people would forget about the daughter ever existed? She is not smart at all, look at her eyes and behavior, you can see a person with some mental problems, she was lucky because forensic could not lift strong evidences, due the long time and boy decomposition. Even so, all the evidences are there, is just a matter to put it together with more strong ones, and perhaps, a GOOD prosecutor would make it useful.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAL

      A good prosecutor "could have" used the evidence to make a case against her, but didn't. She was found not guilty and can never be tried again. If she wanted to, she could say "Ha ha I did it you fools" and still couldn't be tried again. There is a law against double jeopardy that protects a person found not guilty from ever being tried again.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Art W

    "I were home skooled in the gret state of Tennessee."

    No kidding? How's that working out for you . . .

    July 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shamrock6

    I don't think Caylee would have wanted her mommy to get the death penalty....although it is ironic that she was probably saying...Mommy, why are you stuffing me into this bag?

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

      How is that ironic?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      It is a sad fact of life that children almost always love their parents, but parents don't always love their children. Been that way since the beginning of time and is the root of so many issues and behaviors that teens and adults engage in later in life.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      @Joe: LOL

      July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      It is ironic because bananas are made of male monkey juice if you get my drift.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    we all have to remember this chic DUMB!!! She will be out partying some night and and slip up and tell somone the truth!! She might of walked from the court but to anyone with a brain knows She killed her baby girl!!!!! Just remember what goes around comes around

    July 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Altmar

      "Slip up"?

      She could stand up in court tomorrow and confess she murdered her child and there is absolutely nothing that could be done about it...

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

      I agree with you. I wish the state had not been so quick to charge her with murder becuase I too believe she would have talked. All they needed to do was let her go and party. I bet they could have gotten her then boyfriend to cozy up to her and get a confession. If only they would have sat a little longer. And why couldn't the jury see that the murder weapon was the tape on her face? Ugh.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      She can scream her guilt from the rooftops.

      She's been found not guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmh

      You can't be retried for the same charge. She can slip up all she wants as long as she commits no new crime...

      July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • iServe

      What Dave said. Learn a thing or two about American law please.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry

    it is what it is, there have been to many innocent folks locked up and put to death in this country because of our system and yes sometimes those that we all feel are guilty get off, it's the way the system works, sometimes very well and sometimes not but until we find a more perfect one lets just live within the law and do the best we can NOT to pass judgement on those we simply do not know if they are guilty or not. you wouldn't want it done to you

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

      Larry, you are an idiot!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Legal

      Larry – thank you!! The most sensible and logical answer I have heard so far. I feel exactly the way you do.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      I concur with Kim! And I'll add a p_ssy to that for $700, Alex!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tensor

      Kim, you must be lovely at family gatherings.
      I'm guessing that's the only time you're let out of your cage.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Legal

      ...and you are not an idiot, Larry ..a few grammatical errors but you are right on..

      People – here's a news flash for all you people who do not know how the legal justice system works!!! There is no such this as true justice!!! It is what it is....it may work sometimes and other times it will not. Get over it!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jo

    If it was my child that went missing, we would be tearing down doors looking for her, not partying. She obviously knew of the childs demise, in what ever manner it occured, and hid that fact. I am hoping that the state of Florida withheld some charges so that they can arrest her again immediately upon her release, for those charge, i.e improper disposal of a body etc. They usually try to keep something up thier sleeves in case of a dismissal. We shall see .... DONT BUY THE BOOK, PEOPLE!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cmh

      This wasn't a dismissal – she was found not guilty. I doubt they want to pay for a 2nd circus on some lessor charges.

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

    The smart people I know always try to get out of jury duty. The only ones that actually show up are the really dumb ones and that is who is responsible for the verdict. What that says I dont know.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      I served on jury duty recently. I don't think the people that served with me are stupid.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • srm

      You can't be serious. How does showing up for jury duty and wanting to serve dumb? I've served jury duty before and I was glad I was picked because it is my civil duty as a citizen of this country. And I consider myself a rather smart, thoughful, & productive person, not dumb at all really.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shockedinnola

    the jury was instructed by the judge to select a lesser charge if they didn't think 1st degree murder fit. and they didn't. period. they failed. they all say now they feel she did kill caylee. well there is a charge for that. they could have found her guilty on that charge and gotten her off the street, permanently away from any helpless children the future may find in her care(lessness).

    July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alton

    Dear Mr. Toobin:
    As an attorney, you fall short here; however, I suspect you know better. You're right !!!!!! The usual process of most Judges is to combine all four charges and then ordinarily attach a fine and thats IT. People lie to the police every day of the week. The problem here IS that its a CYA situation. She's already served almost three years for a crimes thats been found "not guilty" for. The Judge is hopeing to CYA that with one year per charge plus a fine. In other words, cover the period served as though deserved. OTHERWISE, we have an excellent case for false imprisonment. BUT since no-one usually gets this sort of sentence, the State of Florida may NOT be out of the woods as they hope.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anne

    Most people convicted of misdemeanors do not get prison time in Florida or anywhere else," Toobin says. <– what an ass. NO ONE gets "prison time" for misdemeanors in Florida or anywhere else - a misdemeanor (by definition) is punishable by 1 yr in a county facility (jail) - only convicted felons go to PRISON. Some "legal analyst" ...

    July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoodleHat

      Wanna go play w/ some garden gnomes and then put your head up a cow's rear?

      July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      Hey Anne! You're an idiot. o_O

      July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Well... i guess now its MOST and not NONE

      July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Courtney

    I'm really bothered by a lot of people on here saying that this judicial system is messed up. Not it's not, it worked the way it was supposed to. And to blame the jury and to blame the defense team is extremely ignorant and pathetic.

    Do I believe Casey killed her baby girl? Absolutely. It's obvious she did. But this system isn't by what you know, it's by what you can PROVE. And every single bit of evidence the prosecution had, the defense made a reasonable argument against. You can't put someone in jail because of a bunch of lies she told. You can't put someone in jail because she was the last person seen with her. You just can't. You need more solid evidence than that to go by. Like fingerprints, DNA, a video, and even as unreliable as they can be sometimes, even a witness would have been better than some of the evidence they had. They had all the evidence in the world to prove that Caylee was killed and they had all the evidence in the world pointing towards Casey, but they could not PINPOINT her on it. You CAN'T go by "oh, she more than likely did it."

    Let's just look at it this way. I know A LOT of bad mothers, including one I personally know who's lifestyle is a split image of Casey Anthony's. She's a pathelogical liar, she parties, she has a HORRIBLE reputation with the community, she steals money off of her older kids, she would rather hand the baby she has right now off to the grandparents while she lives her life the way she wants to. How easy would it be for a child molester to set someone up like that? Yeah, this woman is guilty of being a HORRIBLE mother and a HORRIBLE person, but it doesn't make her a killer. And if it was allowed to let a jury to take into consideration of what "more than likely" happened, then a whole lot of innocent people life's would be gone by now.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • moose

      Yep! The system sure works just dandy!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pino

      Courtney I agree with you on all but one thing. The jury has listened to months of depositions etc. and has decided that the State cannot prove she killed her daughter. How come you ABSOLUTELY KNOW she did kill her? If that is what you feel, then that is what people who hanged witches also felt. Basically this is not a failure of the system. this is the reality of life that not everything can be known. In this case what cannot be known, is how this beatiful little girl died. I don't know how she died, the jurys doesn't know and you don't know how she died, no matter what you FEEL.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kmirenkova

    She only got away with it because she is young, white and pretty. If she was black or of another ethnicity, I am sure they would have found her guilty.

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

      Like OJ?

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

      That's right. The same thing happened with O.J. He was acquitted because he's white. No, wait...

      July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rc

      It was only a matter of time before someone brought race into the subject. Go on welfare and be happy

      July 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJohnson

      OJ Simpson was none of those things and look what happened there.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      CincinnatusI you guys always try to bring up OJ. You and I both know, OJ had the money. If it was another POOR black person, we'd ship 'em off. We can try to play fair all we want, but deep down inside, we know it's a reality. The same way I screamed about OJ getting off is the same way I'm screaming about Casey getting off. They both deserve to be jailed. Both the black boy and the white girl.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Many people who post messages on this and other sites often say the "this little girl was murdered". I would like to ask any who believe that she was in fact "murdered" to tell us, how do you know that? Or, how was she murdered? Does ANYONE know how the little girl became deceased? Please tell us, we do not know this answer.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 2 cents from TN

    Don't get me wrong ... I think there needs to be justice for this precious little girl who died way too early! Whoever it was that took this child's life (whether it be Casey, one of her parents, or someone else), God knows who is responsible and they will get their "just reward" when judgement day comes.

    RIP, Caylee ... you will not be forgotten!

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

      I don't get the "God knows who is responsible". Her mother is responsible for her. Nobody else. She didn't give her up for adoption did she? She kept her and SHE is responsible. The buck stops right at Casey's feet.

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