Why Casey Anthony Will Be Free In A Week
“I sentence you to one year in Orange County jail, imposing $1,000 fine on each count, all four counts to run consecutive to each other, giving you credit for the time you have previously served.”
I took on for Technorati the task of covering this murder trial these last 40+ days, listening to each day’s testimony while writing notes, with the help of many live bloggers coloring in each and every detail of the case. On Saturday mornings at 6:00 a.m., you could find me sipping my coffee, blurry-eyed, as Judge Belvin Perry pushed through trial proceedings on the weekends as well. I’m not complaining, though; this trial has held my fascination through its many strange twists and turns.
Based on comments under my articles, I know many of you are not altogether surprised by the not guilty verdict handed down Tuesday. For some of you, this was based on a lack of faith in our justice system, and for others a perceived lack of tangible evidence against Casey Anthony herself. The Anthony trial was an emotional roller-coaster ride for many readers, with the verdict just one more skull-jarring turn leading into what must have felt like a complete let-down.
Today, after defense mitigation expert Ann Finnell stated a concern of double-jeopardy for separate obstruction charges, Casey Anthony was sentenced by Judge Perry to a total of four years in jail, and a $4,000 fine, as quoted at the beginning of this article. This is the maximum sentence Anthony could have received for the four meager charges of lying to law enforcement handed down by the Orlando, Florida jury of seven women and five men.
After time already served (and good behavior added) was calculated by Judge Perry, it was determined that Casey Anthony would be released from protective custody on July 13. Just one more week.
When the trial was winding down, I wondered how I would cover the verdict, with the required all-caps GUILTY or NOT GUILTY headline. How would I feel to finally move on from covering the whole sordid affair? I wound up receiving word of the verdict on a text message while hiking with my family on a remote trail in Monterey, California, without a computer or my notes from the previous 40 days in sight.
An email from my editors rolled in soon after, asking me if I could quickly wrap up the most important part of the trial. I had to sadly ask the editors to offer this important job to others; I just could not type out a whole article on a cell phone while my family stood on a trail overlooking Monterey Bay.Continued on the next page