Casey Anthony To Be Freed July 17; Deals Await?

Experts Say She Could Make Millions If She Sells Her Story

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State area, like much of the nation, is still gripped by the verdict in the Florida trial of Casey Anthony.

On Thursday, Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Casey Anthony to four years for lying to investigators in death of her daughter Caylee. But because Anthony has already spent nearly three years in jail, Perry said she will get credit for time served and good behavior. Authorities confirmed Thursday night that Anthony will be released from jail on July 17.

Anthony, 26, was acquitted of first-degree murder charges on Tuesday. She had been accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and was convicted on the four misdemeanor charges of lying to police.

At her sentencing, Anthony’s defense attorneys asked the judge to consider treating all four false statement verdicts as one. They argued that since they all pertain to the same time, place and circumstance of the matter, they should be treated as one conviction. Anything else amounted to double jeopardy, defense attorneys argued, since all four convictions are based on statements made during one continuous statement to authorities.

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Prosecutors however argued they are separate acts and do not violate double jeopardy.

After reviewing the four counts for which Anthony was convicted and reviewing previous cases, the judge decided that there was no double jeopardy in the case.

The judge said each count of providing false information was different. In July 2008, she lied to investigators about working at Universal Studios, she lied about leaving her daughter with a non-existent nanny named “Zanny,” she lied about telling friends of Caylee’s disappearance and she lied about talking to her daughter on the phone.

“As a result of those four, separate and distinct lies, law enforcement extended a great deal of time and manpower looking for Caylee Marie Anthony,” he said. “Just as the jury spoke loud and clear on counts one, two and three by their verdict, they also spoke loud and clear as to the remaining counts.”

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Experts say when Anthony walks out of prison she could make millions in a bidding war.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera on Possible Book, Movie & TV Deals

“Whether it’s for the book, whether it’s for her story, people are going to be knocking on her door,” Alyssa Nightingale, president of Nightingale Public Relations, told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Nightingale points out that Anthony’s sentence doesn’t bar her from making book, movie or TV deals. She said while people may hate Anthony they will pay to hear her story.

“Anything that Casey Anthony says at this moment, from her own words, is going to be a hit,” Nightingale said.

She suggests Anthony get a public relations agent, bodyguard and redefine who she is.

“If she makes the wrong move, or she makes the wrong decision, it could affect her financial future,” Nightingale said.

Anthony’s case isn’t the only high-profile one that has been in the news lately. New Yorkers have been closely watching the case of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn with great interest.

The case against Strauss-Kahn is reportedly on the verge of collapse.

CBSNewYork wants to know: what is your reaction to the verdict in the Anthony trial? Between that and the status of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case, what do you make of our justice system? Is your faith in the system restored or shaken?

Sound off in our comments section.

  • TomNJ

    May casey get cancer and die a slow painful death!

    • Rodin

      See, this is Christian expression at its best. You may know TomNJ from his many religious rants defending Catholic clergy and their abuses.

      Casey IS a cancer onto herself. she is her own hell and will bring about her own destruction, NOT god ordained but because that is what clinical history demonstrates. Self destruction is far more punitive than the wrath of any god. We will hear about her again, guaranteed. She is her own cancer and her own hell.

      • TomNJ

        Wrong guy


    God Bless Caley

    • Rodin

      Caley’s dead. She has little use for your god channeling blessings.

      “He’s not with God, he’s f u c k in g dead. He’s not religious. Thanks for your thoughts, but he’s f u c k i n g dead.”

      ~ Richard Tillman
      Youngest brother of Pat Tillman (American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, joined the Army Rangers and died in the mountains of Afghanistan from friendly fire.)

  • New Lamby

    You people don’t get it. All of you love America except when you don’t agree. The justice system spoke. Let it stand. it is called guilty beyond reasonable doubt. There was doubt.

    It is as simple as that

  • Rodin


  • Carlos Liriano

    Divine justice will now take over where human justice failed, her punishiment will be worse from now on, the Good Lord is watching, your day is coming something worse than jail is ready for you

    • Rodin

      Where was your “Good Lord” as Caylee was being murdered and rotting away, watching “Jersey Shore?”

      • Rodin

        It’s the religious freaks that are constantly pushing their agenda. I’m just striking back.

        The constant proselytizing and the unwelcome imposition of dogmas I don’t accept on my life I rightfully resent. My right to be free of religious delusions and bigotry I WILL argue, fight for and defend.

        I got fed up with religious intrusion and respond in kind. Keep your faiths out of my face and you won’t hear from me.

        Dogs are real, loving and loyal. FREAKS are those who believe in wizards in the sky, people with wings, sticks that turn into snakes, snakes that talking snakes, bread that falls from heaven, seas that part on command, women who turn to salt, deluges, reserections, levitations, pearly gates, a fiery place called hell where an “ever-loving” god sends those he created in his own image but then didn’t really come up to snuff, a “Limbo” that is no more, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.

        See “Caninism”

        I’ve answered you because, for once, you’ve asked something of merit. Don’t expect a redux. It won’t happen.

    • C Thomas

      Right, the invisible super being will get her… yeesh!

  • C Thomas

    Barnes and Noble has announced her new book will be on the shelves next weelk titled, “If I Did It…”

  • mj

    she’l cut her hair very short bleach it blonde change her name and go live happily ever after on some island paradise

  • dee

    There was plenty of evidence to convict but the jury didn’t use common sense. Chloroform in her car trunk, caylee’s hair in her car trunk, rare tape found in casey’s home also across caylee’s nose and mouth, the “i don’t care that my baby is missing” attitude afterwards. What more did these stupid juror’s need?

  • Dale Auburn

    People should get it through their thick skulls that “emotions” and “public opinion” ARE NOT the same thing as ACTUAL EVIDENCE. Only ACTUAL EVIDENCE can be presented in court and used as the basis for a verdict.

    • C Thomas

      Exactly !

  • Linda

    now how is her story, whether in a book or movie, going to unfold…the scenario about the drowning and cover up? Her father would sue. Are they going to write or have scenes where she’s partying while her child’s dead body decomposes in her car trunk into an overwhelming stench? Will they show her bagging the baby and throwing her into a swamp? Or will it simply be a movie or book of the most dramatic court room testimony and the quirkiest witnesses which will leave her participation in the death of Caylee to speculation? I would pay for one thing only: A move or book in which she tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In short, I will never buy her “story.”

  • thor's hammer

    remember ladies & gentlemen, we have the power over this. when the talking heads start to preview a story about this sorry excuse for oxygen consumption on the plant, grab the remote and put on anything but the news – weather channel, espn, food network. “edit” your daily newspapers with scissors, and recycle that newspaper (it isn’t worth putting in your cat’s litter box or the bottom of the birdcage – that would be cruelty to animals). if there is justice, she will never be able to have another child, no one will ask her to be godparent to their children. she & the rest of her family should be shunned for the rest of their miserable lives. justice for caylee! rest in peace. there are too many angels in heaven.

  • MJ

    don’t forget that she will be offered a cool mil to pose in playboy then make 100 k per episode when she replaces snooki on jersey shore GOD BLESS AMERICA

    • steve

      How about a NEW MTV REALITY show called; Casey and Snookie baby sit toddlers and tiara’s at the Jersey shore. Did anyone see my duct tape? It was here a minute ago…”Casey!!! You devil”

  • michellefrommadison

    Casey Anthony will own CNN, literally. Quite the predictable-end to a case so mismanaged by the prosecution. Casey Anthony will be a billionaire soon after she has her attorneys sue everyone who has defamed her for all those years. Casey will soon own CNN. Quite the joke. Start updating your resume’s CNN staff and other network employees, your time is about over. Find out now where your local food-banks are, you’ll be needing them soon.

  • mfenimore

    Awesome. A mother who didn’t care about her child and possibly the one who killed her child AND she’s going to make millions through interview, book deals and probably a made-for-TV movies. What an absolutely brilliant woman! She really knows how to take care of herself. Now that my sarcasm is over, what a sad day it is to see our society embrace this behavior and reward those who know how to abuse life for monetary gain.

  • Miss D

    I’d like to smack that smirk righ off her face

  • sk

    we never are really going to know what happened to caley! but you have to stop blaming the jury! they were the ones in the courtroom every single day and heard both sides of the case. we are basing our opinion on just media reports! thats not enough info to convict soemoen. One juoror even said they don’t think casy had nothing to do with it, but there was no actualy proof! that the american justice system! so one can argue he doesn’t agree with our government, but the jurors did their jobs american citizens! I still FEEL AWFUL for what happened to that little girl but again the jury is not to blame!

  • Richie

    She may well be released next week , but she will live in Hell, in society, I have a feeling that being set free will be her death sentence.

  • Bob Fowler

    And the very best part of this media circus is that it has kept our focus from the financial ruination of America that is going on by our elected representatives. The rich will have theirs, an the rest will be told to ‘eat cake’. July 14th nears. The Bastille might need to be stormed again, if we can break ourselves away from the Casey Anthony circus.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. ” 235 years later, it still applies, and should still be our goal. Viva la Independence!!!

    • Rodin

      “Viva la Independence!!!”

      Is this Spanish, French or English? Please learn one properly.

  • General


    • Claude

      Well said. Sadly, though, in this sensationalistic age, I’m sure someone will buy what she peddles.

  • Claude

    The system failed because police didn’t gather evidence promptly. Four months before the body was found, a meter reader reported something suspicious in the area. Apparently the police did a cursory search and missed the body then. Had they been more thorough and found it, the evidence wouldn’t have decayed to the point where a conviction wasn’t possible.

  • M.R.Rilke

    She is already in a prison that is more serious and painful then any jail
    could ever bu,it is the prison of being famous.

  • lina

    look at her picture above, that smirk, that look.. it says ” i got away with it”.. that is the look of a liar and a murderer.

    • Dale Auburn

      Maybe, but that in itself is NOT physical evidence of anything. In a criminal trial, it’s the government’s job to PROVE GUILT, and the government failed (or refused) to do so.

    • Jenn

      I totally agree!!! Awful :(

  • SickofNY

    what about caylee… this woman can never suffer enough the way her daughter did.

  • Rodin

    “Societies have the criminals they deserve.”
    – Alexandre Lacassagne
    French physician and criminologist
    (1843 – 1924)

  • Rodin

    Not long enough. She will eventually self-distruct. GUARANTEED! She’s on the right path.

    “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell” – Oscar Wilde

  • Wilhelm Jaroski

    She needs a spanking, she does, and more.

  • John Frost

    If she is freed, today who murdered the little girl?

  • John Frost

    I believe this woman will murder again. The Court has failed Casey and a murderer is free..

  • Frostie

    Why is anyone concerned about DSK anyway – the spotlight should be on the
    woman who tried to ruin him for her own gain – why is that not in the news ?

    Casey Anthony is a sad case, she had a daughter, left with her and didn’t return
    with her.

  • Mike

    Justice system triumphs even though a murderer gets turned lose. The burden of proof was NOT met by the prosecution for “murder 1”. Bad strategy, bad outcome. A lesser charge would have stuck. Three cheers for USA, country of laws and justice well served even when the outcomes are not satisfactory!.

    • steve

      Your kidding me right? Three cheers for the USA letting a murderer go? This is an insult to the American people!

    • Robert

      I agree totally. It is arrogant for those who think they are better than the jurors who actually heard and saw the case.

      And see Genesis 18:23-32 where God says (paraphrased) “It is better that the wicked go free than to kill a righteous man”

      • Rodin

        I resent the constant intrusion of religion as a legitimizing agent. Quote the Founding Fathers. They gad plenty to say.


        Get it?

      • Robert

        You don’t have a clue, It is nothing about faith.That is merely a reference. Do you know how many wise men have agreed with this principle? Well, the founding fathers for one. You know, the guys who wrote the constitution?

      • Rodin

        Shove your Genesis. KEEP YOUR FAITH OUUT OF MY FACE!

    • who the heck are you?

      “even though a murderer gets turned loose”. how self righteous of you, sir, to say such a thing. did you sit on the jury? were you in the courtroom every day to hear all of the evidence? were you one of the investigators on the case? how could you presume to make such a statement without knowing all the facts? do you know something that all of these other people didn’t know? and if so, please enlighten us all so that we may be as “in the know” as you are. i would have been very happy to see some solid prosecutorial work in this case and i believe the verdict would have been very different but i did not and obviously neither did the jury.

    • Don

      could not have said it better Mike! i wish people could understand you convict people on evidence not what you feel in your heart. NONE of us commenting was there at time of the child’s death so saying “i know she is guilty!!” is just what we feel. The American justice system has a burden of proof which we are all afforded. if you take that away then we might as well let angry mobs mete justice. i am sure there were hundreds of people in Orlando who wished they could have pulled Casey out of the jail and hang her from a tree. But as always…be careful what you wish for…it might just come true.

      • JMS

        Agreed. Put simply, the system worked. One of our constitution and criminal justice system’s underlying principals is that its better to have 10 guilty men go free than to have one innocent man in jail. Under a system that errs on the side of freedomm you are bound to have outcomes like this. Its not a perfect system but i would rather this than the other way.

      • jtorres

        Ditto. How many times have we seen wrongly convicted people freed based on new evidence? Where else do you think that happens? Our system may not be perfect but take a look at other criminal justice systems around the world. I think if you knew what happens to the accused (not convicted) in other countries you might agree that we have the only one that is different. That’s what makes us the best.

  • michellefrommadison

    Baez and Cheney both rule, Nancy Grace remains in the toilet!

    Congratulations Baez and Cheney on achieving true Justice.

    Good for Casey, our hero! :)

    • SickofNY

      “our hero” ?!?!?!?!?!

      please tell me you’re joking.

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