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. Shelia

    Question- Who is paying her defense attorney bills?

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

      The State of Florida

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

      no its not the state of florida..baez is doing it pro bono, baez isnt a public defender, whoever says th fl taxpayers are paying are ignorant

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

      Then who pays the prosecutors? They are state attornies also, right?

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

      Baez was paid with the $200,000 Casey made on TV appearances and interviews before she was arrested. That's what Baez reported anyway.

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

      her M and her V. imo.

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

      i read elsewhere that the defense team worked a deal with ABC to sell some photos/videos of Caylee for 200K so that there would be money to support their activities.

      what i want to know, is that if the defense's story is that caylee drowned in a pool and she helped cover it up, why isn't she being rearrested for THAT crime? isn't it grounds for another trial based on that "confession" of a different (but lesser) crime?

      July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quebecer

    If I had been a juror, I would have liked to have seen her get at least 25 years. Dealth penalty I am against, but she should have gotten something! A good example - forced to work in the prison laundry, now that ladies and gentlemen would be good punishment!

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

      you're a french canadian. your opinions don't mean much.

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

      unlike you fascists to the north, she is innocent until proven guilty in america. if they can't prove how the daughter died, why casey would have done it, or even if she did it, then she isn't guilty.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. predence

    I agree with the comment about Clearwater FLA. Hopefully a hurricane will wipe it off the map. If these 12 losers are the pride of Clearwater then heaven help you all. You must have the dumbest citizens on the planet.

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

      Dislike the verdict, fine, but don't blame the jurors, they were following the law – BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. Had they done anything else, they would have been going on emotion alone. No one even knows how the child died.

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

      Have to agree. Inbred, toothless, white bread eaters.

      July 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Judge Dredd

    She cannot avoid the law!

    I am the law!

    July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    baby killer

    July 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patti

    Mr. Toobin, can you explain how/why Casey Anthony was able to spend only 1,043 days in jail as time served for (a) 6 felony convictions for forgery, grand theft, & ID theft for which she was sentenced to 412 days (time served as of 1/25/2010) + probation once released, AND (b) four misdemeanors of lying to police for which she was sentenced to four consecutive years + $4,000 fine? Judge Perry must have either ignored her felony convictions & the sentence for those (i.e. subtracted 412 days from the 1,043 total before applying his 4 consecutive years) or he believes that the six felony convictions were served concurrently with his 4 consecutive years. Will she be on probation for the felony convictions when she walks out next week?

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

      I was wondering the same thing! Miscarriage of Justice!

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

      Of course Judge Perry ignored ger previous felony convictions... that is the law. She was not in jail for those felonies. She was being held pending trial on the Caylee charges only. He sentenced her to 4 years. She gets a certain amount off by law for good behaviour while in jail, which is not in question. That leaves about 3 3 1/2 years. She's already served almost that full amount waiting for trial and in jail during the trial. She serves the rest, which turns out to be about a week, and she's done. (Had she been out on bail, she would start serving the 4 years now)

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

    This case shows if you kill your baby daughter and lie long enough for the body to decompose, you can, in fact get away with MURDER? You only get convicted for lying.

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

      And you were there to see her kill her? Think pal, there was no DNA, no cause of death, even the prosecution experts conceded this. Funny how you Republicans only believe in the justice system when it works the way you want it to.

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

      Daniel Michael: "how you Republicans", now your bias and comments are easily understood.

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

      Democrat here. Cause of death was homicide. Coroner stated. That's enough for me coupled with months of lies to prevent law enforcement from locating the child, living or dead, claiming on tape that she knows the child is alive when the child is lying dead in garbage bags with duct tape around parts of face that could draw breath, when there is chloroform in car trunk and chloroform was searched on home computer, when the only thing the defense can do is blame everyone but the defendant in what the coroner has ruled HOMICIDE.

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

    I DO

    July 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat in IL

    We can hate all we want, but time spending doing that is time we'll never get back. I do think the "Caylee's Law" is very worthwhile, and should be made into law asap, but spending our time on yelling and screaming is nothing but a waste of time, and could be inciteful in a negative way. It's better to enjoy our own children, grandchildren, neighbors' children, etc., and make the world a better place for them. and get on with our own lives in a positive way. No, I'm not a polyanna....just realistic.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel Michael

    Nancy Grace is a fascist carnival barker, She is making millions off of the death of this child. Her ratings have climbed to huge heights with her "Top mom" crap. She is just as evil as Casey.,

    July 7, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat in IL

      I agree. Hate mongers are dangerous people who have tunnel vision. Not to be trite, but she (and those who follow her every night) would be happier if they would "get a life".

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

      You're right, but it's "Tot Mom", idiot.

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

      'TOT MOM'

      July 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • IT'S HOT MOM!!!!!!!!!!

      IT'S HOT MOM!!!!!!!!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • p thom

      I am with you 100%

      July 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J

    All you who thinks Casey is innocent, Why don't you hire her to babysit your kids. Since she is such a devoted and caring mom.

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

      We don't have a pool so I don't think we would have much to worry about. I would be more concerned having her Dad around then Casey.

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


      July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Daveil

    I didn't see her smiling, loving parents in the courtroom. Oh, that's right, she and her Bozo lawyer threw them under the bus to save her butt. Imagine your child accusing you of child abuse or getting you to lie about computer searches to keep you from getting the death penalty.

    July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    Good luck Casey..The only people that don't hate you are other sociopaths and desperate men........I wish yhou nothing but misery.....

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

      At this moment, I am your best friend. 🙂

      July 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. johnnie

    the defense team admitted in their defense that 1) they lied to police (which the defendant was charged with and convicted of) and 2) tampered with a corpse (which the defendant was not charged with nor convicted of). nevermind that the defendant got away with murder, she should have by her own admission in defense records been charged with and convicted of tampering with a corpse, which is a felony. how can the charge of tampering with a corpse not be added, given full admission in defense??

    July 7, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PennyB

    Wow...what a great reward for killing/abetting the death of your baby girl-money and freedom. AND, no trial should ever be televised again.

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