How Casey Anthony Jail Sentence Was Covered by Networks

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NBC turned Today show coverage to the case, while ABC and CBS stuck to regular programming.

A judge announced Thursday that Casey Anthony will serve four years in jail for four counts of lying to police.

But due to time served and good behavior, she could be released as early this month or early August.

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Anthony's lawyers asked for more time to decide if they should appeal, and the judge gave them 30 days. She will remain in jail in the meantime.

NBC pointed the Today show to complete coverage of the sentencing, with Ann Curry and Meet the President's David Gregory helming coverage, but they switched to Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at 10 a.m. ET. The Today show also featured an interview Thursday morning with Casey's ex fiance, who said he thought she was guilty.

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CBS did not interrupt The Doctors to cover the breaking news story.

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell was live outside the Orange County, Florida courthouse with a gaggle of angry onlookers, mostly women, holding signs and expressing outrage that Anthony could be out of jail in just a few weeks.

In NYC, Fox's Good Day New York covered the sentencing.

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ABC has landed the first interview with a Casey Anthony juror, which aired on Primetime Nightline Wednesday, along with several other programs across the network. Defense attorney Jose Baez will also sit down with Barbara Walters. At 9:35 a.m. ET, ABC did a special report anchored by George Stephanopoulos, who sat down with legal commentator Dan Abrams.

NBC had the first interview with the prosecuting attorney Jeff Ashton.

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