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. NewAgeWar

    Time to party and look pretty in pink.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    why does she have to pay a penny in trial costs to the state ?

    July 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Harvey

    Somebody should tie her up, duct-tape her mouth, shag her (she does have a hot body), then kill her, bag her, and dump her in a swamp.

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

    Now that Casey has been found not guilty of murdering her precious little girl, please DO NOT purchase anything that will cause her to profit from her daughter's death. This may be a book, website, blog, movie, interviews, etc. Boycott all of this. Do it to honor the life and beautiful Caylee.

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

      I agree. I never want to see that witch's face again!

      July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • p.c.

      I agree 100%. This sicko family should profit not a dime from this little girl's death. JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      Why? Because you ask them not to?

      They'll be lining up to buy it and she'll make millions. I mean really, who wouldn't pay to watch a Casey Anthony vs Nancy Grace wrestling match?

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

    Time for her to freshen up and put on some dancing shoes. Party on Garth!!

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

      Stop her if she heads out into the woods with a garbage bag.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shahoon

    Now that Casey has been found not guilty of murdering her precious little girl, please DO NOT purchase anything that will cause her to profit from her daughter's death. This may be a book, website, blog, movie, interviews, etc. Boycott all of this. Do it to honor the life of beautiful Caylee.

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

    Didn't the psychologist say the psychopath will repeat the same behavior. Who knows maybe in a few more years we may find another skeleton in the swamp.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sorry Caylee, America failed you.

    I guess driving around with your dead kid in the trunk and not calling the police about it for 31 days doesn't mean anything in this country. And for those fools who say there is a lack of evidence, there is a dead toddler's skeleton, a shovel, a horrible stench observed by several witnesses, duct tape, trash bags, chloroform searches on the family computer, and lying about it. If you cannot make the correlation you're and idiot and you need to go kill yourself because there are already too many of you to begin with.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      Nope.

      And thank goodness Caylee did get some measure of justice by having her mother found not guilty despite the mob screaming for her blood.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Death of Common Sense

      I completely agree. Juries these days think they're on an episode of CSI. They want DNA and a blood trail!! The evidence that this sweet angel was murdered is overwhelming. Couldn't possibly happen the way the defense says. If Caylee drowned and was thrown in the swamp, then why abandon a perfectly good working car because of the smell of trash. Lots of proof there was a decomposing body in that car.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. p.c.

    Gonna come a time when you will have to have a live video of the murder being committed before a jury will convict of the obvious crime. This case was a puzzle...you put the pieces together and you come up with murder, You got the duct tape that held the madible to the skull, you got the dead person's hair in the car...you got the smell of death and you have the LIES and more lies. Come on people....see through the darkness. This little girl was disposed of in a swamp by the side of the road. I knew next to nothing of this case when I start watching the trial. I watched it every single day. Casey wasn't smart enough to know that the body would decompose so fast in the water but there is where she got "lucky". That's why there was no DNA. Don't buy the book, don't watch the T.V. show, don't buy the magazine, don't watch the movie, all lies anyway. Don't let this sick family profit anything from little Caylee's death..that's how you show Justice for Caylee.

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

      Get a life. The jury decided they didn't have enough evidence. You weren't on the jury yet you still watched every day? This stuff shouldn't even be on tv...now there are idiots like you who will hunt Casey down and try to hurt her since you feel you are so smart and know exactly what happened.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      i totally agree with you expect for the part that she got lucky. I think george gave her some very useful advice since he was a former cop. George said lie lie lie and no dna and they cannot convict you

      July 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JOJO

    I agree. Never want to see that horrid face again!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EDS

    People, This is our court system. She was tried and found not guilty. Sometimes things don't go the way our TV commentators want. Stop being whiney Americans; outraged when 1 person is found not guilty and millions of children die from hunger and disease every year. Its now time to start obsessing over the next courtroom TV drama.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoopid Iz Az Stoopid Duz

      Well said.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RobbieCanuck

    No wonder no one outside of the USA likes Americans. It is filled with loud, brash, self righteous, hateful, vengeful and revenge seeking morons who cannot accept that their judicial system actually worked (at least in this case). You cannot convict on what you can't prove! And this in a so-called Christian country!

    America is the most violent country of the Western democracies, most celebrity obsessed and most manipulated people by the ignorant media air heads and gas bags Nancy Disgrace, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

    And to those of you who will respond defensively to my comment and say we don't care what people in other countries think – fine. I don't care. And stop visiting my country anyways. You are a bad influence. Stay at home.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • thedirector

      As an American citizen, I have to agree with you! I still think it is a great country and would not want to live anywhere else, but you are correct in your assessment of the people who are making the comments. The jury has spoken, let's get on with life. That is how the system works.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeAmerica

      Someone sounds jealous... We are the most violent country in the West? Mexico ring a bell? Get a clue Robbie. You have watched too much tv if you actually think this poorly of our society. It isn't perfect, but no one is. We have some of the best doctors in the world, colleges in the world, businesses in the world, etc. Go clean up the streets of Vancouver and worry about your own country.

      July 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Clyde

    Aw, c'mon world, get over it! There are only 12 people (plus alternates) on the planet who heard all the evidence not filtered, sensationalized, twisted and thoroughly misrepresented by the media. Remember they, the jury, were sequestered. And they, the jury, found her not guilty. Now, let's all get on with our lives...at least until the next earth-shaking non-issue rivets our collective psyches!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Janice

    what i want to know is.....when did inmates start wearing 4 foot long hair extensions in jail & if not that....does the fear of getting the death penalty make your hair grow a foot & 1/2 every year??? hmmmm, love that science!

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

    I don't hold with victimization after the fact. She has been found not guilty, maturity needs to kick in and the speculation about ways in which she could continue to be persecuted needs to stop.

    As it is, there will be enough disturbed fanatics out there willing to do her harm, media speculators need to step back (as if they ever would, sigh).

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