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. Kindasorta

    From all angles it was a perfect storm. The jury did what was requested of them. Maybe lessons will be learned and laws changed. This will haunt that family the rest of their lives and for all the lies told and the coverup of whatever happened it should. Poor unloved baby.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. InNameOnly

    The total stupidity in half of these comments (the ones that say the jury needs their heads examined) proves EXACTLY why the "American people" should have no direct involvement in governing this country. You're all so stupid and easily whipped into a frenzy that you can't think logically (if you could before).
    This is why I laugh when politicians claim they act according to what the "American people" want. That's like saying "The entire group of athletes in the Special Olympics thinks it's a good idea, so let's do it". Herp derp.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      It's the same as it's been since ancient Rome – they have to appease the mob. And yes, these wackos have no business being on a jury or having any say in how the country should be run. Hell, they shouldn't even be allowed to vote but we're stuck with our idiotic system that allows every one of these morons an equal say. Oh well, at least the judge could throw them a pretend bone with the maximum sentence on the four counts of lying. Pure politics and mugging for the favor of the mob.

      July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      Excellent cheap shot at the handicapped. Mind telling us how you feel about baby killers as well?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danielle

    The jury saw and heard the evidence. It is NOT the prosecution's fault that the jury was made of idiots, incapable to understand and analyze and evidence! How many times did they take notes of the evidence during the trial? How many times did they ask to review certain evidence, to make sure their decision was the right one? Remember Scott Peterson trial? The jurors were taking notes and at the deliberations they were asking to review the evidence. And how many jurors are professionals, capable of understanding? Ummm, not many, because smart people have something more important to do, than take off from their jobs and families, and be available for a 6 week trial.
    Ask the jurors how much of the prosecution's evidence they remember from the first 2 weeks of trial and see their answers ... probably nothing. They did NOT do their job! It is so stupid to say that just because they saw Casey playing with Caylee, she's a good mother. Who was taking care of Caylee, when Casey was claiming that she was with her (imaginary) nanny, before her death? Where was she leaving Caylee, when she wasn't at her parents house, but she was out partying or wasting time "at work"? With the nanny? WHAT NANNY?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      What are you babbling about? The prosecution couldn't even prove a murder had been committed.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Birdie

    The jurors know she lied about where Caylee was, but don't try to figure out why she lied? Because the baby was dead–not with a non-existent nanny. She had not talked to Caylee because she had killed her. Casey lied about where she worked, etc. to throw the police off the murder trail. Where do the jurors think Caylee was during the time she was missing? What happens when a school-age child does not show up at school for many days? Aren't the parents punished for a missing child then? Murder conviction in GA of former cop for missing wife without a body. They didn't have to know exactly how it happened. The lady's body was found later. No way around it–jurors were tired of court and wanted to go home.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Astonished

    Pathetically, after the verdict the other day, she said she wanted to get pregnant and have another baby when she gets out. Just another Susan Smith, but this one got away with it. Didn't want that baby, didn't care if it was gone and lied about where it was. The Judge made a statement by saying she wasted time and money of the police by lying about casey's whereabouts and causing the huge search. Doesn't being convicted of lying about this basically say she KNEW she was dead, and was lying about it?.... hmmm

    July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      Shame there charges she received couldn't keep her in until menopause...

      July 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • zeus

      of course she'll have a baby. it will be for PR purposes. if she carries a baby around and has pictures of her with a baby people may not feel the same intense hatred they do now at her sight. she'll probably refrain from partying in public and give a homemaker image. just a guess.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. annie

    It's done! There wasn't even anything that PROOVED her to be an abusive mother. The witnesses say she was amazing, great bond with Caylee, photos and videos. There isn't one ounce of PROOF that she was linked to this in any way. Nancy Grace made you believe that. She had her tried and convicted way before the trial even began. I think the whole family was some how involved but it was a cover up for an accidental death not a murder.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tanyakristine

      Jesus. it's people like you that allowed her to GET AWAY WITH MURDER! YOU explain the rare duct tape over Caylee's mouth then. YOU explain why she didn't report her daughter missing for 31 days (aggravated child abuse). YOU explain how she could party it on up daily while her daughter was (first lie) missing and/or (2nd lie) dead. YOU explain why a cadaver dog "signaled" human decomposition in Casey's trunk. go on! we're waaaiting!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darnkid

      Susan Smith "loved" her children too, we all saw the videos of her with them playing, birthday parties, christmas etc. Yet, she drowned her kids while they were awake and conscious. Being a "good" mother doesn't prove innocence either.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie 2

      Don't watch Nancy Grace, but having seen, read and watching the trial, I am convinced from seeing the evidence, that the pathetic low-life mother is guilty of at least manslaughter by failing to report her daughter missing. It's way too convenient to blame Nancy Grace and no, I don't watch or support Nancy Grace in *any way*.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • T Harris

      Annie, are you really that naive? Or should I just say that your lack of intelligence is obvious. How many accidental deaths have been found to have duct tape on the mouth? How many people sit around and look up ways to kill people on their computer? Nancy Grace did influence people, but intelligent people see right through Nancy Grace. Unlike the jurors, I do believe a motive existed. Behaviors exhibit motive, and this woman's behaviors had nothing to do with an accidental death.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOJO

      I have a hard time believing it was an accident. I could never stuff a dead body into a plastic bag, drag it around and then dump it into the woods. That is beyond a person in panic that sinister and creepy!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rational

      A good mother doesn't drive a car with the smell of human decomposition coming from her trunk. A good mother calls 911 and begs EMTs to revive her drowned child. A good mother reports the drowning death of her child immediately. A good mother reports her 2 year old missing immediately upon not being able to locate her. A good mother doesn't party for 31 days when she knows her child is missing or dead.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously

      Really? Nothing was "prooved?" Just like the jury, you seem to misunderstand manslaughter. Go back and read the law, and then tell us nothing was "prooved."

      July 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trisha

      A good mother? Where was this child every day when her mother was pretending to take her to Zanny's when the babysitter never really existed? Without a job or any income, how was she feeding this child? Who paid for any doctor's visits or medicines the child may need?

      I think she killed this child because the child was getting old enough to talk and pretty soon the house of lies would begin to tumle around Casey as her daughter could actually say she didn't have a babysitter named Zanny and could actually tell where she was and what was happening to her when she was with her mother but away from her grandparents' care.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Casey Anthony should sue Nancy Grace for defamation!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      How many people do you know that take pictures of their kids behaving badly, or fighting with their parents or caretakers? Of course we all take pictures of the good times so that we can remember them! It only makes sense that there wouldn't be any pictures or videos of Caylee behaving badly or Casey screaming at her, so just because "loving" scenes were presented during the trial through photos doesn't mean there was a loving relationship. The pictures of her dancing and partying didn't seem to have any effect either on the jurors' decisions...

      July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie's an A hole

      It's 'proved", and you must be from Florida. There was plenty of evidence that she commited the crime. Most people would go insane if their child was missing for more than 31 seconds never mind days. How many chloroform searches do you need to have evidence? You are the reason why jurors should be asked to take competency tests.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jane

      Some of us think it is abusive to not report that your child is either missing or in fact, dead for a period of what ultimately turned out to be 5+ months. She admitted via her attorneys that she knew the body had been disposed of improperly. A loving mother does not behave the way she behaved in my neck of the woods, my mother knows where I am right now and I am 44 years old, we bury our dead here with grace and dignity in legal manner...given your spelling or lack thereof...maybe where you come from Casey Anthony's behavior after her child's death is normal...not abusive, not subversive and not deceptive...but where I come from...it is all of those things and we might even suspect her of murder.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony2087

      Yeah, she was an "amazing" mom...As the father of three (one girl, the same age as Caylee Anthony would be), I cannot comprehend Casey Anthony's conduct before/during/after her daughter was reported missing. If she didn't know anything about her disappearance or how she died, I suspect she would've behaved as most parents in that situation would, and spent every waking hour–every resource– trying to find her and what happened to her.

      Perhaps she didn't kill her daughter...But I'd bet my salary she knows what happened to her...Not that we'll ever know the truth. God is the ultimate Judge...She will have no peace.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dorie

    Hope they can attach any earning she makes till this is paid. Keep her broke and at a homeless shelter.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      Thats right Dorie, let the taxpayers take care of her??????!!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JD

    I dont know what the fuss is.. mothers get away with killing their children every day. Where's the outrage there ?

    July 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I agree..it's called abortion.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corpsman

      No MIke, it's called child abuse. A fetus isn't yet a child, especially before 29 weeks (the misconception that a fetus feels pain before 29 weeks has now been totally debunked). Anti-choice laws are one of the biggest government intrusions into our private lives.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense no longer exists.....clearly

      Well clearly, Casey should have chosen abortion herself. That way, an under-developed fetus would have just disappeared and not common sense or the actual life and breath of a fully-functional, loveable and loved toddler. Way to go, you pro-lifers! You had this idiot thinking she could really do it! That is...until she decided, "never mind, I don't wanna do this anymore. 🙁 "

      July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kindasorta

    I do have a question if enough law suits are brought against her for repayment and she is unable to pay, will she go to jail for that? Because who is going to hire her? She is a known liar.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pyot

      OK, so what you are saying is that you lack the most basic, elementary knowledge of the U.S. legal system. No one ever goes to jail because of not being able to a pay a debt. Debtors prisons went out a long time ago.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. My 2 cents

    It's a horrendous situation. I personally don't feel I'm anyone's judge, or jury for that matter, but I do believe that if she committed this crime and got away with it in a court of law in this lifetime, she will still have to stand trial before a different court down the road. Sorry for your luck Casey, but you can't pull one over on THAT judge, and there's no book deals afterwards. I do feel sorry for your soul though, it's a sad and tragic waste.

    July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Oddly enough, Jesus still died for her sins too. He still loves her and she could still accept the free gift of salvation. Doesn't make it right what she did, but it is possible that God has a different outlook than most of us.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. diane manning

    the justice system is broken if one has a dreamteam a pretty white face and come from a middle class or up middle class and up in america one can get off with anything does the jury think we are as all stupid as they are? i think most of the rational public who dis-agree with the verdict feel the jury made up there minds too quick and too fast to come to such a huge conclusion in a high profile case such as this one frankly most of them must have been deaf,not listening to the prosecutions evidence or they were too tired,lazy or wanted out to return to their lives ,,now some of them realize a day late and a dollar short that they were had by casey marie anthony~~~with her hair down,red lipstick on and her sickening smirk ready to party on~~~~~and we do not have to embrace this verdict now all said and done the consequences are now resting upon them~~~God bless them

    July 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    ...I wouldn't sweat the verdict or whether or not the prosecution did their job correctly because, something will ultimately happen to Casey and it won't be in her favor. She will be haunted the rest of her short career as a human, every minute of the day as to what she carried out.

    In prison, she would have survived longer.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Salazar

    Richard Lara....You obviously know nothing of Judicial Discretion and Judicial Brach Sentencing Guidelines or Judges Benchguides. If the paramaters of sentencing for a misdemeanor are a fine of $100- $1,000 or 1-365 days incarceration, then who the heck are you to question the judge....what Judicial College did you go to? Or are you even aware that Judges go to Judicial College. The Judge has discretion and followed the sentencing guidelines, so be quiet and stop embarassing yourself. Thanks

    July 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mickeymusing

    Casey is almost certainly a psychopath and she is reckless. She only got away with this because of the mistakes made by others (officer that refused to search area originally) or obstruction of justice by others (her family). She'll mess up again. It's in her nature–we can only hope she doesn't hurt someone this time–and at the rate this woman burns bridges, next time there probably won't be someone around to cover for her. I seriously doubt she has seen the last of the inside of a jail. It's not over. Her life sentence is having to be Casey Anthony, no matter what assumed name she goes by in the future.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Government Hypocrisy

    The courts across the USA allow cops to LIE to citizens who are being interrogated. Look that up for confirmation. Courts actually allow cops to LIE and its simply considered a questioning tactic.

    So, why do private citizens have to ensure lies from police yet we are threatened with jail time for "lying to police."

    Thats total government hypocrisy. Government is out of control.

    Why didn't they charge the prosecutor to his attempt to interfere with information being presented by the defense to the jury? The prosecutor literally and intentionally snickered openly to the defense attorney yet nothing happens to him. And nothing happens to the cops who lied in court that they "didn't consider Casey a suspect" despite their heavy handed interrogations. They intentionally avoided giving her the Miranda warning and then LIED in court about that.

    So cops get to lie and the courts uphold that.

    So prosecutors get to interfere with information being given to the jury and the courts uphold that.

    Government is so out of control and so corrupt.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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