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Analyst: Casey Anthony Verdicts 'Historic Rejection' of Prosecution's Case

2:23 PM, Jul 5, 2011   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tuesday's verdicts in the Casey Anthony case - she was acquitted of felonies including murder, and found guilty of four misdemeanor counts - were a "historic rejection of the prosecution's case," CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

"They sought the death penalty against this woman, and she got convicted of four misdemeanors (of providing false information to a law enforcement officer). This is a historic rejection of the prosecution's case and an enormous victory - for better or worse - for Casey Anthony," Toobin said on CNN minutes after the verdicts were read.

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"She won and the government lost. ... In most courtrooms in the United States, if you're convicted of misdemeanors, you do not get a prison sentence. So, the fact that the sentencing is just coming on Thursday - two days from now - suggest that there will not be much to this sentencing."

Toobin said he believes Anthony may be released soon.

If she were convicted of four misdemeanors in New York state, she would never get any jail time. She would get probation. There are almost no prisoners in New York state - which is the state I know best - who are in prison for misdemeanors."

"Misdemeanors are not prison cases in my experience in New York and most other states, and I would expect that she not get any jail time. ... I don't know why her awyers didn't make a motion to get her out today."



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