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. Suerte

    Can she sue anyone for false imprisionment? They had her in jail for murder, not lying. How are prisioners compensated when they spend years in jail and are found not guilty through DNA or other means? How are the lawyers going to get paid?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Public

      I'd venture to say her time in jail did get compensated back to her considering she was convicted of lying and was sentenced to 4 years in prison....

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Public

      And is getting out of jail in less than a week.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      She was not jailed for murder, she was charged with multiple crimes, one of which was lying to authorities. She is getting credited with time served which is why she is getting out next week.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Actually she wasn't in jail only for murder – she was in jail for the lying and child abuse charges also. And no, she cannpot sure for false imprisonment since she was convicted of crimes where she was sentenced.
      And the state of Florida is paying her defense. Not widely reported but they are. She filed paperwork stsating that she could no longer pay for her legal representation AFTER the case as assigned. She is a smart and sneaky girl.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      who cares why she was locked up? she need to serve 4 years, time already served is less than 4. letting her out is giving her a break for good behavior. Stupid American wants to sue whenever they think they got a case..... she needs to just stay under the radar considering she just got 2nd chance in life after killing her daughter

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Are u kidding me? Prisoners never get recompensated n she's getting credit for her jailtime. She killed her daughter n ur worried about her being imprisoned? She deserves to be in the chair n is free

      July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • masshacks

      Stop watching CSI. theres not gonna be DNA when a body is in a swamp for 6 months. Use your brain and some common sense. Geez, and people wonder why USA is so poor in academics.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suerte

      HELLO – read my posting....it didn't say anything about DNA in her case. I was talking about people who are falsely imprisioned and then found innocent 20 years later. How are they compensated or is it just a big "oops, sorry, we were wrong now try to get your life back together?" Does anyone help them rehabilitate them? And, I hate CSI...Criminal Minds is a lot better.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roe Hogan

      Most of them do not get compensated and no she cannot sue for false imprisonment.

      July 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. luckylou

    Sorry

    July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. flxlvr

    "SURPRISE! SURPRISE!" that's what I thought of when the verdict was read. A not guilty verdict followed by a release date of 7/13/2011! Along with providing false infomation to law enforcement in my book she is still guilty of child neglect, child endangerment, and obstruction of justice. Go have your"Bella Vita!" Casey which is going to be anything but because the world hates you.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      She might as well have a BK tattooed in scarlet on her forehead – BABY KILLER

      July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Michael

      I just love all you "Christians" here. All of you right wing holier than thou types., Didn't Jesus sayo something about "Loving your enemies?"

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      she will probably end up with some sort STD before turning 30 anyway. Regardless of what the jury thought, she will be serving a life sentence in another way

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Daniel – where does it say anywhere that everyone on here are Christians? Do you assume that only Christians are outraged by the outcome of this case? If so, you couldn't be more wrong. If you're looking for a religious fight, go to another post.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I Love Casey Anthony

    I think Casey should be on the next Bachelorette!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • fay

      You're just as sick and disgusting and she is.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      YES I LOVE IT. I WOULD ACTUALLY WATCH IT THEN.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously..

      your so discusting. try saying that to all of the americans out there, or even caylee's grandparents. you wouldnt have the balls because you know how people feel about this verdict, and you will be attacked the very least. have fun sitting behind your computer writing stupid, anonomous comments you homely moraless mpig.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously..

      your so discusting. try saying that to all of the americans out there, or even caylee's grandparents. you wouldnt have the balls because you know how people feel about this verdict, and you will be attacked the very least. have fun sitting behind your computer writing stupid, anonomous comments you homely moraless pig.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew

    I heard an interview with the alternate juror and he was not an idiot. He agrees with the verdict and so do I. I find it sickening to hear all of you act like you were in the courtroom listening to all of the testimony, reading all of the body language all the while not being influenced by the media that was showing you what you think you know. Casey will not work another day in her life. She is a celebrity now and all of you people sensationalizing this can thank yourselves for that.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Sargent

      Not sure if you're aware of this or not, but CNN aired the entire trial. We were able to look at Casey Anthony, the judge, and the attorneys in this case. We were also able to see most of the evidence that wasn't of the child's body. And some of us actually followed the case for many years. So who are you to tell us how we should feel... and who are you to tell us we don't have a right to be angry. If you had even watched this trial at all, you'd know she was guilty. There's a reason why 90% of the population thinks she's guilty.... because we've watched and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out she's guilty. The prosecution laid it out for us but it was easy enough to figure out without that. She was guilty. She murdered her child and got away with it because of people like yhou who have a lower IQ.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • law mom

      Your comments are just as idiotic as the jury in this case.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • alzf

      Andrew..... Thank you thank you... i finally see some one with some SENSE!! We were not in the courtroom; had ANY ONE listened to the forsenic evidence - you would have known that the DA COULD NOT for sure state that Case Anthony killed Caylee; no motive, no weapon, no nothing... You cant put people in jail because they are bad parents!!! That said, we will never know what happened to Caylee; however, If I dont hear from my 9 grand children within 2 weeks.... I'm callling, and if need be I'm flying... especially when you KNOW that your daugther is a liar! HELLO,,,,,

      July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Sargent

      @alzf Duct tape was the murder weapon. it was there on the dead child. it came from the anthony's garage. The laundry bag the child was found it was part of a set from the anthony's home. Where are you people getting your information?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      You must feel pretty proud of yourself. That you, and a handful of others, claim that you agree with the verdict and that justice was rendered. Have you asked yourself even once, "Why are soooo many other people outraged by this outcome?" No. Because, if you did, you'd have to arrive at the conclusion that, the OVERWHELMING PLURALITY of good, decent and commonsense-equipped citizens realize that THE JURY RELEASED A BABY KILLER. Period. So, go ahead and deal with that fact by acting sanctimonious and above it all. The fact of the matter is not that the OVERWHELMING PLURALITY of citizens if reacting from an emotional standpoint, but that a little girl is dead by Casey Anthony's hand and she will never, ever pay for that crime in our legal system. Will she be tried throughout the rest of her life? You'd better believe it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Maybe no one mentioned this to you, but this trial was actually televised. So yes, we were there.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyTheGameInventor

      Unless you watched CNN gavel-to-gavel *and* turned off the TV whenever there were arguments outside the presence of the jury, you shouldn't judge the jury's decision.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      @Bill Sargent – If you saw the whole entire case, then maybe you should of told the jury when Caylee was killed, what the murder weapon was, how the murder was committed, which of the 2 forensics experts were more expert when discussing the decomposition in the car, and all numerous other VERY important things that the Prosecution failed to address...cause THAT is why she was acquitted. Not b/c she "looked" guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Bill Sargent – I love you. You are EXACTLY, 1000% correct!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      D – hey, if YOU are so smart, why don't you talk to Scott Peterson's jury and ask them how they arrived at their verdict.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Televised on CNN!? The media are the ones who convicted her before her trial and your response is "It was on CNN!"? You just proved the truth of 90% of my comment. And the jurors are idiots. Right. Anyone have anything to say that doesn't sound like it's coming from the mouth of a 3rd grader?

      July 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      @Bill Sargent, apparently the duct tape was how George buried the family pets. That was testified to in the case. I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume Casey wasn't the Anthony family's pet undertaker.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      @dgkdgk, I am GLAD you are putting all of your strongest arguments in all CAPS as I read uppercase louder in my head than lowercase. It IS helping your CASE

      July 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Russ

    I don't think the judge was appalled. This was a setup that the Defense already knew would happen. The Judge can "throw the book" at Casey because he is bound by the FL laws regarding time served and good-behavior and whatever else they use to calculate the length of the sentence. He gave her 4 years because he knew that it meant sending he back to the slammer just long enough for her to pack and say goodbye to her jailhouse friends. No surprises....just more food for the talking heads.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyTheGameInventor

      I do think Judge Perry was making a statement. It's very unusual in a case like this for such sentences to be served consecutively. Up to this point he seemed to be very by-the-book. I think he did the math and realized that it would make virtually no difference to the actual jail time, and chose to give her the maximum-maximum (full 1 year, consecutive terms) to either express his disapproval at the verdict or possibly to try to soften public anger a little (he had almost nothing to work with given the law) by keeping Casey in jail for the few extra few days that the law allowed.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Russ

      Yup –that's what I meant. The judge can go with the public sentiment and give her the max knowing that the difference between the max and a commuted sentence is a couple of lunches and a movie in the convicts recreation room.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Otto

    Was justice served? No. is she innocent? Probably not. Was the law applied correctly? Yes. The jurors hated it but murder just wasn't proven beyond reasonable doubt (hown wherem when, why). The prosecutors botched it by going for 1st degree and death penalty (and thus a jury of 12 instead of 6). Had they gone for a lesser charge like 2nd degree or involuntary manslaughter they might have gotten a conviction. But I doubt Casey will get very rich. She still faces some civil lawsuits. I am also pretty sure Baez made her sign over any book or movie rights over to him to cover his fee and expenses (hiring all these experts). Or did you think he and his team worked day and night for 3 years for nothing?

    July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beka13

      I have been a juror in Florida a couple times, Ive never served on anything but "smallish" Felony criminal cases and it was always 12 jurors. I do agree they made a big mistake going big with no real evidence. The "world's hate" should be focused on that cop who was too afraid of snakes or whatever to check on the skull siting made by Cronk. That was before TS Fay that flooded the area and then they could have found some sort of evidence on the body. The state of Florida's ENTIRE criminal system is a farce...too understaffed compounded with incompetent staff. Too many innocent people are in jail and too many guilty get away with it.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      We need to sell Florida to Mexico.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joesmom

    Casey made hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV appearances before she was arrested. It was stated that Jose Baez and team were paid from the $200,000 she got from Good Morning America = the same dough the IRS is after because she never paid any taxes on it.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PatG.

    Sorry folks, but the jury was right. No one knows how Caylee died. If anyone knows, call 911. And, I sure agree with Daniel Michael. Nancy Grace sure knows how to exploit a horrific situation. Also, isn't it funny that the losing prosecutor, Ashton, is on every TV show. Shouldn't he be hiding his head in shame (somewhere next to Marcia Clark, who appears to be everywhere lately.)

    July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • joesmom

      The state didn't have to prove cause of death. It was bones. Does that mean any case with just bones gets thrown out because of no cause of death? NO! Scott Peterson was given death for a bag of bones! It was obviously a murder and hidden body. Who was the last person with Caylee? CASEY!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • law mom

      The jury did not have to have a cause of death, neither did they have to have motive or direct evidence. The jury just got it wrong and now a murderer is walking free and is free to do the same to more children.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • proof reader

      Cause of death does not have to be shown. look at the lacey peterson case. If it were required all a killer has to do is destroy the body and he can't be touched.
      In any case the duct tape and the chlorofoam speak for themselves as to the manner of her death.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dgkdgk

      Scott Peterson.

      July 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J

    The story that she was molested by her dad and brother is why she didn't report her child missing is a bunch of crap. If you love your child it doesn't matter what anyone did to you, you will do everything to protect your child.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CHUCK

    All roads lead to Crazy Casey..Casey said the she gave Caylee to Zanny the Nanny at her Apartment, and also, gave Caylee to Zanny the Nanny in Blanchard Park....DUHHHHHHHHH JURORS, Casey was the last person with Caylee, and then Caylee is found dead in the woods rapped in duct tape with a little heart on her mouth.....Duhhhhhhhhh JURORS.......i GUESS SOMEBODY ELSE KILLED CAYLEE............

    July 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brightside

      Duh, Chuck doesn't understand the legal system

      July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel Michael

    Thecase was lost when the states medical expert said under oath. "We ruled it a homicide but we do not know the cause of death."

    If the red necks here want to be angry they should be angry with the incompetent and overreaching prosecution.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      It was based on "manner of death". Read the law. "Manner of death" also determines if it was a homicide or not.

      Just goes to show defense did an exceptional job throwing everyone else under the bus and creating confusion.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seth

      You never really understood that a body thrown in the woods chewed by animals with duct tape on the mouth could not be explained by any other reason than homicide.

      Accidents 100% of the time are reported because they are not prosecuted and there is never any criminal conviction for an accident.

      "Accidental chloroform death" is still homicide because a child should never be chloroformed and is actually first degree felony murder.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sherry

    The one thing that scares me, other than the verdict, is - how can the defense bring up all kinds of accusations in opening statements and then never prove them? Very scary.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    Regardless of the fact that she is truly innocent or guilty - she was chosen NOT GUILTY by a jury of her peers. Let the damn thing rest already.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Seth

    A murderer is a murderer is a murderer

    I never watch or buy the media propaganda. Studying cases for 12 years, the prosecution presented one of the strongest cases ever with more evidence than most cases, yet the jury bought the defense koolaid of confusion and throwing everyone else under the bus.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Really? Like the time of death, the murder weapon, how the murder was committed, proof of premeditation? What about a REAL and CONCRETE motive other than the "opinion" that she wanted to party? You mean all those things that were missing and it was STILL a strong case? I think you forget that juries decide cases, not public opinion, lynch mobs and hearsay. Btw, I think she is guilty as sin, but the prosecution over-charged her with basically zero evidence to garner their claims of murder in the 1st.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
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