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. Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

    You people and your made up, taught, and practiced disciplines have taken the place of morality and common sense. It's so sad...this world we live in. We are obviously LOST. With your chests poked out all because of a law WE created. Who's to say that what we consider "proof" and what we consider "a hunch" has the right bearing and meaning? You mean to tell me, just because I pass something and say "from now on, all red shirts will be called blue" and I go to doing just that, that I'm right because I followed the law? The shirt is still red, for Pete's sake! You high and mighty "justice system defenders" are KILLING ME! I guarantee you, you weren't defending the justice system when OJ got off. None of us were! What's the difference with Casey's @ss?

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

    NOBODY actually gets a full year sentence for lying to the cops. They did it because it shows how tough they are while actually doing nothing seeing as she gets out in a week anyway.

    It's the judge playing to the crowd and the simpletons screaming for her blood and gobbling it up like the suckers they are.

    She's been found not guilty for good reason – no evidence – but the lynch mob just can't accept that.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wsj

    Caylee DID get justice?????

    Sick sick sick.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PD

    You need a new legal analyst. Mr Toobin is dead wrong as she will pay and pay dearly once eveyone gets their suits and legal actions in order. She will also slip up and the truth will eventually come out. Besides, the OCSO is aready reopening their now, because of the not guilty verdict, open homicide of a child. There are many charges that can be placed against her if they get the right evidence and it will show up sometime. Go get her OCSO......

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

      Unless she incriminates herself, they cannot retry her for the murder of her daughter due to double jeopardy laws.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Lara

      They can re-examine all they want, but there is no way they are going to charge her. Double jeopardy laws come into place and she is basically a free woman after she is out. What are they going to charge her with child endangerment?? I dont think so, the DA failed to prove a murder and misdemeanor charges against her, no way would she be charged with anything else. They had one shot to do it and they failed. If it was a hung jury then yeah they would try her again but with a not guilty verdict she's free. I personally think she is guilty but based on what the prosecution showed, the right verdict was reached, there was reasonable doubt to accquit.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      If only you knew what you are talking about. Your comment, stated as fact, is nothing more than wishful thinking. In all likelihood, she will never be charged with anything.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROCKSANNE

      I bet if you ask that judge if he would have found her guilty and he would say YES. I think he said that in his sentencing today. There was enough evidence to convict, all of north america could see that, hence the outrage.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Lara

      @Rocksanne--just curious what hard fact evidence did you hear that was more than enough to convict for a murder charge?? I dont know what you heard, but I followed everything the prosecution presented and there was nothing there at all. If one thing that I inderstood it was the horrible job the prosection did, especially the lead prosecutor. Why do you think he decided all of a sudden to retire tomorrow??? Reason: He even knows how bad he presented his side. This prosecutor had no hard evidence in this case, the only strong points he had was lies to the officers and thats it. When you want to prosecute someone with murder and hence add the death penalty you better have one strong a$$ case or else this is what happens.....I personally think she was guilty but based on what the prosecution presented i would of found her not guilty as well.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Larry Glick

    The jury's verdict was more of a backlash against the American Police State than it was a decision about Casey Anthony's guilt or innocence. God bless jury nullification!

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

      "American Police State?" You are nuts.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GUILTY

    The fact that she isn't pleading for someone to help find her daughter's murderer tells me she's guilty. But then again, murderers don't plead to be caught.

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

    By seeking the death penalty the prosecution made the hurdle of proving guilt that much more difficult than would be required if they had, perhaps, sought a lesser charge. Maybe second degree homicide by unknown means would have stuck, since the possibility of death would no longer be a barrier for some jurors given Casey a lot of prison time to get her pathological psyche sorted out.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TIRED OF RUSH TO JUDGMENT PPLS

    YALL NEED TO STOP CALLING HER GUILTY,THE NEWS MEDIA LIARS ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE BRAINWASHED AMERICA,.THEIR WAS NO PROOF NO DNA ON DUCT TAPE NO CAUSE OF DEATH.WE ARE NOT LIVING IN ROMAN TIMES.YALL SOUND LIKE A LYNCH MOB,THAT MAKES YALL JUST AS SORRY AS THE 1 WHO KILLEDOR RESPOSIBLE FOR HER DEATH

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

      Stone her! she is a witch!

      Off with her head!

      July 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROCKSANNE

      LOL, SHE WAS GUILTY AS SIN. EVERYONE BUT YOU CAN SEE. OPEN YOUR EYES BOY! 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The fact that you type in all caps and say 'their' when you should say 'there' realy makes for a promising comment.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • grammer

      *There

      July 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Astonished

      I'm sorry but what explains Casey not being a bit upset that her daughter was missing? Why would someone LIE about the whereabouts of her daughter if she loved her and she was missing? She never showed remorse or any berevement during that time according to witnesses, what kind of person would not be upset and want to search from heaven to hell to find their child unless they were involved in their death?
      Not Guilty only means the prosecution didn't prove the FACT that she killed her child. It is not an INNOCENT verdict.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SandraDee

      and you are just as quick to ignore the facts of the case. DNA evidence was DESTROYED. How? By Casey LYING FOR MONTHS to the police, to the investigators, to the people trying to HELP find Caylee, ALL while she apparently KNEW THE LITTLE GIRL WAS DEAD. KNEW IT. No one else did. No one else was PROVEN to know, to turn your little argument back on you. When they found a dead child in a park area, SHE LAUGHED and said "they're not looking in the right place, haha." When they found a child's skeleton in the wooded area off Suburban, she FREAKED out and started hyperventilating, she said, "Oh no." So I'm pretty well sick of people sayign there wasn't enough proof. The turht is there wasn't enough common sense in that jury to see what was right before their eyes. The first thing the jurors do? Send out freakin statements through publicists saying they'll talk for five-figure dollar amounts only. Publicists! I hope they all never have a moment's peace in the rest of their misguided lives.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      What she is clearly guilty of is bad judgment, lying, and being a very irresponsible person. I wouldn't want her for a friend, a neighbor, or an employee. No need to stone her. The shame she will carry will be incredible. Guilty or not – her behavior and actions are repulsive and inexusable.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SandraDee

      Before anyone jumps in with grammatical corrections, yes, my post was full of typos. I'm sorry. I'm still throughly upset at this travesty of justice.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. na

    You are sick

    July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vegassteve

    Casey Anthony should thank her lucky stars for Nancy Grace! Because of her self-righteous “indignation” wailing night after night demanding retribution, her moans convinced not only the uninformed masses, but quite possibly the prosecution. Result? Overcharging the case. Result? Reasonable doubt for the jury! Nancy’s obsession with her ego, her ratings, and her bank account are off the charts. She and her sycophantic pack of yapping hounds who pass themselves off as “journalists” need a history lesson. Joseph Goebbels thought he was a journalist too. Nancy, et al, could do the nation a favor by actually learning how to report the news rather than trying to create and shape it. (What a concept)! As for Casey, I hope she’s minded her manners and written Nancy the “thank you” note she deserves.

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

      I agree. If I were on that jury I'd have voted 'not guilty' just to spite Nancy Grace, even if Casey Anthony had killed and eaten 40 children and wore their skin as hats and gloves.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaycee

      You are absolutely right – 100% on the money! NG has gone over the edge and she really did help Casey Anthony.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfErehwon

      You have an interesting point about Grace's influence, and quite possibly some truth in it.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Lara

    This judge was just trying to keep her in jail as long as possible because he believed she was guilty of killing her daughter. There was no justification in him sentencing her to the maxium time limit for the 4 misdemeanors of lying to the police officers, none what so ever. I understand what all of america is saying and how she should of been found guilty, but the only person or persons to blame is the prosecution. The DA failed horribly in proving their case and what the jury did was return a verdict based on the evidence they showed. Why is it that the lead prosecutor is retiring??? Reason: He failed and did an awfull job in this case, just horrible!!!! How he tried and put this case together is an insult to the victim and everyone in the country. Now back to this judge.......based on the law and case laws regarding sentencing on these 4 misdemeanors.....the defense could easily get this appealed and reduced but they wont do that.....6 more days in jail and she is free is not worth it. This judge will be scrutinized for over sentencing her, he acted upon his own thoughts and feelings of the case when that should of been put aside. As a judge you need to respect the verdict of jury plain and simple.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • educated on law

      gulilty on 4 counts of lying, each up to a year in jail, there is nothing wrong with what the judge did, he handed her the maximum, well within his guidelines for punishment, please understand the law before critiuing it. Maybe he was biased, so am I. She is guilty and got away with it, lying is only more proof. So burn her for the maximum allowed by law, she was not innocent of these charges. Good for him.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Lara

      I dont know where you get your law facts but why do you think there are case laws on sentencing. It not just sentencing guidlines that are in the book. Anytime a judge mandates a sentence that is deemed to be harsh the defense has the option to appeal it plane and simple. Try educating yourself on case laws and how they are used through out the legal system and in court cases. Its simple law 101, but seems to me you dont understand that. Maybe you can google and search how lots of sentences are reduced based on case laws. Just because one judge wants to put his emotions and what he believes to be right in his sentence, it can always be over turned by another who see's it completely different!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thewodm

    S H E- I S- N O T – G U I L T Y !!!

    G E T -O V E R – I T !!!

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

      Only in the opinion of the jury. In the court of public opinion – she is absolutely guilty. Ask O.J. how his life has been since his acquital. There are all kinds of prisons in this world and she is headed to one.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jwb

    Unbelievable. Her child is missing for 31 days. What does she do? Party, lie...party some more.....lie some more. Why lie? Oh....because she killed the kid and needed the time for the body to decompose......and to make up more lies.......and to confuse everyone with lies built on lies stacked on more lies. She's pathetic......the system failed because the jurors failed to see the truth.

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

      There is only one side to blame for this failure and thats the prosecution. They did a horrible job in presenting their case, they had no solid evidence what so ever. The whole " well maybe this and that " and "this and that" is not enough required by law to find someone guilty. Based on the law a not guilty verdict was correct. I personally think she was guilty but the evidence was not there at all. Why do you think the lead prosecutor on this case is retiring all of a sudden???? Reason: He did one poor job on this case and had no evidence what so ever!! Evidence convicts a person not emotions or what you think is right or wrong. I have been on a jury and studied law and emotions are always need to be put aside, the judge instructs you when you deliberate to base everything on the evidence and what was presented, not what you feel.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cooper

      So you really think that based on the evidence presented by the prosecution (not the stories in the media or the jurors own personal feelings) that the jury should have convicted her to death? I don't know if she actually killed her child or not only she, little Caylee and the Lord almighty know that for sure. But I do know that I could not convict her to death based on the case that the prosecution presented. I agree with those who think that if it wasn't a death penalty case the jury may have found her guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. newmac

    Good come back!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Beth

    do any of you have a life other than this case? If not get one, the jury spoke.

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