July 7th, 2011
11:58 PM ET

Crime & Punishment: Marcia Clark, ex-Anthony atty face off

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks with a former attorney for Casey Anthony and Marcia Clark, a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case.

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July 7th, 2011
11:54 PM ET

KTH: Anthony atty had commented on case

Editor's note: Cheney Mason, a defense atty for Casey Anthony, has slammed the media but he had previously commented on the case for TV.

Earlier: Anthony lawyers decry media coverage

July 7th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Casey Anthony Getting Out of Jail Next Week: Join the Live Chat

Casey Anthony will be released from prison on Wednesday. And for the first time since she learned her sentence for lying to police, we're hearing from her defense attorney Cheney Mason. He blasted some in the media for a rush to judgment in the case. Wait to you see his on take on the case before he joined the legal team. We're keeping them honest. And we have new information on just what happened when the jury deliberated - at one point they were split on a guilty verdict. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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Beat 360° 7/7/11
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama as they leave a press conference following meetings at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on July 7, 2011. (Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
July 7th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Beat 360° 7/7/11

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July 7th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Casey Anthony to be released from jail next week

Orlando (CNN) - Casey Anthony only has to stay in jail six more days to fulfill the sentence a judge gave her Thursday on convictions for lying to authorities.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions of lying to police - but with credit for the approximately three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for next Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said Thursday.

Denying a defense motion to reduce the four counts to a single conviction, Perry gave Anthony the maximum jail time he could by ruling that the four years be served consecutively.

He also fined her $1,000 for each count. Court papers show she is also ordered to pay court costs and fees totalling just over $600.

"I don't know how free she's going to be (but) she's going to be out a cage," defense attorney Cheney Mason told InSession soon after sentencing. "I doubt there's any place in this country that she could walk the streets freely."

Mason said that he fears for Anthony's safety, and that measures are being taken to protect her. She will undoubtedly get counseling going forward, he said, adding that offers to help have poured in from across the country.

"I think she wants to get away from all this and try to find some way to start a life," said Mason.

A jury acquitted Anthony Tuesday on the most serious charges against her, including murder, in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but convicted her on the four misdemeanor counts of lying to police.

When Anthony arrived in the courtroom Thursday, she smiled often as she chatted with her attorneys.

CNN legal expert Jeffrey Toobin said Perry's decision came as a surprise. "Most people convicted of misdemeanors do not get prison time," he said.

The four lies at issue include Anthony lying about whether her daughter was missing; about 2-year-old Caylee being in the custody of a nanny; about having a job at Universal Studios and about having received a phone call from Caylee.

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Liberals warn Obama against cutting entitlement benefits
One progressive critic said any support for benefit cuts by Obama "will be a defining moment of presidential weakness."
July 7th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Liberals warn Obama against cutting entitlement benefits

Washington (CNN) - Sensing a shift away from their priorities, progressive Democrats and advocacy groups warned Thursday they could turn on President Barack Obama if a deficit-reduction deal reduces benefits in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

"Depending on what they decide to recommend, they may not have Democrats," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, of whether his Democratic colleagues would support a compromise. "I think it is a risky thing for the White House to basically take the bet that we can be presented with something at the last minute and we will go for it."

Others were more blunt.

"If President Obama supports cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits, that will be a defining moment of presidential weakness - and put all Democrats facing re-election in 2012 at risk," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political advocacy group.

Such threatening language is common any time politicians discuss possible changes to the popular entitlement programs that comprise a big part of the Democratic political legacy.

For now, the warnings are considered more of an opening salvo for Democrats to protect their turf in what are expected to be a tough new round of bipartisan negotiations that began Thursday and will continue on Sunday involving Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and congressional leaders from both parties.

In particular, liberal Democrats tied eliminating tax breaks for wealthy Americans to any possible entitlement reforms that would reduce benefits to senior citizens, the disabled or the indigent.

"At a time when each millionaire is getting (a) $138,700 tax break a year from the government, there is no reason our seniors and the neediest amongst us need to struggle to pay their hospital bills," said Rep. Judy Chu, D-California, who is vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. "The debt must be addressed, but it should be done in a way that is fair to all. We should not balance the back of this budget on our nation's seniors."

Caucus members told reporters they were willing to discuss entitlement reforms, such as raising the payroll tax cap, but would oppose a deficit if it restructures Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid through cuts to benefits.

July 7th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #899 'Twitter-palooza!'

Reporter's Note: President Obama participated in a Twitter town hall. I once participated in a sack race, so…well, no I guess they are not that similar. Here is today’s letter.

Dear Mr. President,

I had high hopes for your Twitter town hall. I expected to see you plop down in front of a big-screen feed of the Twitter stream, facing a torrent of questions from America’s Joes and Josephines, but alas…it was not to be.

There was a screen alright, but there was also a moderator, and people to sift through the questions, and in the end I have to say it looked a lot like every other staged town hall. The questions were not unusually edgy or interesting. The follow-ups were pretty much non-existent. So…“Had a nice melody, Chuck, but I couldn’t really dance to it. Going to give it a 6.”

You’re a smart man. You could have just told the Twitter kids, “Look, give me a laptop, turn the cameras on, and let’s just take whichever question comes up at the moment I am ready to answer one.”

July 7th, 2011
12:37 AM ET

Video: Dr. Drew on Casey Anthony's future

Editor's note: HLN's Dr. Drew Pinsky weighs in on what might be next for Casey Anthony as she begins the next phase of her life.

Related: Analysts say freedom, book deals next for Casey Anthony

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July 7th, 2011
12:34 AM ET

Video: Simpson prosecutor on Anthony verdict

Editor's note: Marcia Clark, one of the prosecutors who tried O.J. Simpson, discusses the Anthony case with CNN's Jeff Toobin.

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July 7th, 2011
12:18 AM ET

Crime & Punishment: What's next for Casey Anthony?

Editor's note: Casey Anthony could be released from jail Thursday. Martin Savidge reports on what might be next for Anthony.

Related: Analysts say freedom, book deals next for Casey Anthony

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