On Tuesday July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of her daughter Caylee. The trial included 400 pieces of related evidence, 33 days of grueling testimony and more than 90 witnesses. Despite the seeming thoroughness of this case, not only was Casey Anthony found not guilty but after being convicted of four misdemeanors, she'll walk free in a few days. Many non lawyers are not only shaking their head at the verdict but also at how this woman, after being found guilty of four misdemeanors, is soon to be free. The answer to the second question can be found below.
Anthony was arrested in October of 2008 for the murder of her daughter. Each misdemeanor in the state of Florida is punishable by up to a year in a county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.00. The judge would need to decide on a concurrent or consecutive sentence and also factor in the gain time, or the time she's already spent in jail. A consecutive sentence would punish Anthony for each misdemeanor, by up to one year in jail for each count. Or, they could be combined in a concurrent sentence with only one year of jail time. Most cases of misdemeanors are sentenced concurrently, due in part to the overcrowding in jails and the lack of severity of the crime.
On Thursday, July 07, 2011 Anthony sat again in court, this time a sentencing court in Orlando, Florida, awaiting Judge Perry's decision on how much jail time she'd be facing. Judge Perry sentenced Anthony to a consecutive sentence of four years, but factored in the gain time and reduced the time for good behavior. Casey Anthony will walk free of all legal repercussions on Wednesday, July 13 with only a $4,000.00 fine to pay.
Regardless if you agree with the verdict of "not guilty" or not, the fact remains that she has already spent more time in jail for the four misdemeanors than most people would have. While it may irk some to consider that she gets time deducted from her sentence for good behavior, that is the law and the only one that she can be held accountable to in the United States.
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