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. Kelly

    Were the jurors watching the same trial I was? Since when do you need a cause of death to convict someone of murder? There was enough evidence to convict her.... a horrible stench in the trunk of HER car, she failed to report her child missing, the multiple lies she told, the body was found with duct tape on the mouth. Chloroform searches and how to break a neck found on her home computer. All of that and the added fact of her horrific behavior after her daughter was reported missing is plenty of evidence to convict her in my opinion. They didn't even find her guilty of the lesser charges. It just doesn't add up. I think the jurors are all a bunch of morons and I hope they can sleep at night knowing that they let a baby killer walk free.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      Uhhh, since always.

      If you can't even prove it was a murder how can you convict her of murder?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dieresis

      No kelly they were not watching the same trial as you. You were being feed a bunch of garbage by people like Nancy Grace and others.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    I did 3 days in jail and when all was said and done about a $1,000 in fines for a pot pipe and never had a prior conviction.Florida is strict and maybe slightly corrupt.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Caylee DID get justice

    All you Nancy's got your panties in a knot because the lynch mob didn't get their blood.

    Zero evidence = should equal not guilty every single time.

    Get over yourselves.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Is

    If the state was smart, they would come back with different charges, and or somehow get her on anything else to make
    her serve time and not get to party and profit.
    the state should make her donate any and all profits to a fund for caylee.
    casey is selfish, she will make another mistake and serve time.
    and one day she will have to face caylee again at the gates of heaven and then she falls down into burning swamp
    waters of hell. karma. (R.I.P. little angel caylee.)

    July 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caylee DID get justice

      You are a horrible person and hopefully will never serve on a jury or even vote.

      You want her to be targeted for prosecution for anything and everything because ... I don't know why seeing she's been found NOT GUILTY. And just take her money? On what basis?

      July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cfirestar2


    July 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogman

      A word if I may.... spellcheck.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dld322

      One would assume that there would be a law against not reporting a dead (human) body.... Now that she has admitted, through her defense these past months, that Caylee drowned in the swimming pool, perhaps the entire Anthony family should be held accountable for not reporting the "drowning" and for improper disposal of a corpse.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yorokobi

      This is very disturbing. Though it does seem she got away with this, I know she did not because Gods wrath is more fierce than any punishment handed to her from any other source. She isn't off the hook....till God says. I pitty those who underestimate Him.

      July 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • gameofthrones

      A second word, if I may...all CAPS is SHOUTING. Get a clue before posting...

      July 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • robertfswords3

      A third word, if I may. There is no spell checker in a comment box, and there is quite literally no way to shout through text. Try to pay more attention to the point being made, and less to the petty details. Thanks, boys. It'd make it a far more intelligent conversation.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Why didn't anybody note that this abominable verdict has been contributed by the shirking LAZINESS and IRRESPONSIBILITY of the Florida police ??? The chances of collecting DNA and other direct evidence would have been greater IF the police had responded immediately to Kronk's call about the corpse back in August instead of December. Instead they shirked and like most police anywhere chose to ignore phone calls. And the reason for the tot mom's 31 days of silence and her multiple lies is to BUY TIME SO THE EVIDENCE WOULD COMPLETELY DECOMPOSE and DISSOLVE. Tot Mom IS GUILTY. I wouldn't even dignify her by calling her CA....That's how great the American justice system is. Another proof of the failure of the American justice system.......where justice is left in the hands of 12 less than educated jurors while the judges sit back and drink coffee.... where so-called "justice" can be bought with $$$ like OJ......Wake up, Yankees ! No, you DON'T have the BEST Justice system in the world. If you did, you should have recourse to the judge overruling such a nonsensical STUPID verdict . I'm just OUTRAGED by such INJUSTICE where a murderer is let free to enjoy the "fruits" of her INFAMY !!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yorokobi

      I do agree with you...(even though I am a Yankee) There are so many flaws in the legal system, it makes me sick! The only thing that helps me deal with the foolish "not guilty" verdict is what I said before this, to cfirestar2.
      Fortunately we are not all idiots but that doesn't help this horrible injustice. God knows ALL of our flaws (not just Yankees)and I feel justice will be served some other way, since the jury screwed up. The murderer is in the south, Yankees are North. (in reference to your comment about Yankees)

      July 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patricia

    I don't understand why this jury did not find her guilty on a lesser charge. First degree murder maybe not enough evidence, but please, your child is "missing" you lie like a rug to everyone asking questions, what mother would not be crazy with worry and immediately report her "missing" child to the police? Then to throw your father under the bus! My opinion is that the jury was not happy with the judge because they missed the holiday weekend with their families. They did not want to spend another day listening to lies and decided to just get out of Dodge. Let's see, this morning there was not mail in my mailbox, when I got home from work, I had mail....................hum...a reasonable person would conclude that the mailman/woman dropped the mail in the box. The jurors in the Anthony case would deny there is any mail in the box.........never thought there would be another jury as dumb as the one on the OJ trial. So the moral of this story is if you want to kill someone, make sure you do it in Florida.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIM

      because....the "jurors" had/have the brains of a fly (no offense to flys)

      July 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lieNoMore

      Because there was NO evidence you stupid retards. No one likes Anthony or her idiot family, but the prosecutor, cops, and the rest of the government team had nothing, so they tried the case in the media and got their asses kicked plain and simple. The legal system is about evidence, even the moron judge in this case is not worth dirt since he over sentenced in order to "make up" for what HE thought should be justice and that is even more braindead than the Anthony family.

      July 7, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lww

      Yes, Patricia, but could you convict the mailman when there is no evidence that he/she left the mail in the box.

      July 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JIM

    Did you see (on the cbs news),in orlando there is a group of people that are going to take time off work, stay home and watch old gunsmoke, bonanza and big valley westerns that have a story concerning a lynch mob.........I wonder why?!

    July 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Monster prevention

    One thing (of many things) that is so creepy about this is that many are saying that it is clear and evident that the child drowned in the poor or died as the result of an accident. However, to the best of my knowledge, CA never actually said this. Her attorney speculated this. It is not confirmed. It could all be an illusion of some sort. Part of the big circus of confusion in that courtroom. CA never admitted to anything to anyone. And it makes no sense that she would do all these things for an accidental drowning...something that actually happens (sadly) somewhat often in Fla. Everyone jumped on this band wagon pronto, but couldn't accept all the other weird things going on that definately and clearly led to child abuse. I'll tell ya...what if CA was swimming in the pool after being chloroformed? Well, good mothers don't use choloform and duct tape when caring for their children. I think this woman has never been held accountable for anything she has done in the past and her parents have made sure of it. The parents themselves are not well and I'm sure at least partially helped to create this mess. Perhaps ultimately the prosecutor should have made sure that child abuse charges were an option...but he kind of did that with one of the charges: felony aggravated child abuse. I think this case creates precedent making it a little easier to get away with the perfect murder and it is frightening. I don't think this woman in the end/down the road will get away with it. She is so ill that sooner or later she will mess up and again and in a certain way, justice will be served (think about OJ). However, I do hope that no innocent child is hurt along the way.

    July 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArmyJAG

    While everyone has the right to their opinion, so does a criminal defendant have the right to a trial by a jury of their peers. How many people here that blast the jurors as idiots and other things have actually served on a criminal jury, much less a capital case? It's a thankless and at times a soul crushing job. And being a juror on a capital case is unbelievably stressful, you have the power to end someones life. And i find it scarey that by watching Nancy Grace who is perhaps the most biased of a group oof people with a guilty verdict already decided upon before looking at the dynamics and doubts behind this trial. Do I think she committed murder? I am inclined to believe so, but if that was the burden (mere belief without physical evidence and hence a reasonable doubt) then many people who criticize our jury system might feel different if they were brought before a tribunal where three men or women who had an opinion already formed would quickly convict and execute with little or no appeal process. The jury system is not perfect but the alternatives are immeasurable worse. When emotions run the process we all lose.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • NyteShayde

      You're about the only one making sense.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark

      i appreciate the incredibly hard work of being a juror in a capital case and appreciate that we in the US don't try and convict people in the media, and sentence them to the mob.

      why did the police fail to follow-up on the body early on? why didn't the prosecution consider second degree?

      the state did not convince 12 citizens of her guilt, and she goes free. it's a better system than the mob.


      July 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. K.B. Deffenbaugh

    "Double jeopardy is a procedural defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same, or similar charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction." The double jeopardy argument by the defense in the Casey Anthony had no legal standing. You can't be found in jeopardy for a crime unless you were first acquitted for that crime. While the judge made the right decision in his sentencing judgment, he should have threw out the defense claim of double jeopardy. Obviously, no one in Florida understands the judicial concept of double jeopardy. Look at the Supreme Court case in 1969 that incorporated the 5th amendment protection against double jeopardy to state cases. That clearly illustrated what the concept of double jeopardy is all about. It has nothing to do with charging a person for four different or same crimes committed during the same day. High school government classes teach this concept. Why don't lawyers and judges understand it????

    July 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lynn

    Here is what normal people do when their child goes missing. An adult child, wouldn't you look for a two year old twice as hard?

    From Laci Petersen's case:

    A $25,000 reward was offered, later increased to $250,000, and finally to $500,000 for any information leading to her safe return. Posters, blue on yellow ribbons, fliers circulated, and the LaciPeterson.com website was launched. Friends, family, and volunteers set up a command center at a nearby Red Lion Hotel to record developments and circulate information. Over 1,000 volunteers signed up to distribute information and to help search for Laci.[11] Critics alleged that this was another example of missing white woman syndrome, and that similar cases (primarily that of Evelyn Hernandez) were being ignored by the media and the community.[12][13] However it should be noted that it was the immediate family and friends of Laci and the Rochas that organized the initial search and vigil for Laci: In the first two days up to 900 people were involved in looking for Laci, before community officials or police directly participated in the actual search and prior to significant media coverage.[14]

    July 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TixWoo

    Chief Circus Clown Perry is a big Piece of S#!t if you ask me.


    July 8, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. LASF

    what happened for the 20 years she was sentenced to for check fraud? does she get a pass because she won the murder case or is it some new magic state law ?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Smokey

    She can now shout to the world how she killed little Caylee and there is nothing anyone can do about it. I would love to slap the smirk off that ugly face of hers. Retribution will come.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
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