Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony Hardcover – Nov 15 2011
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From the Back Cover
Filled with explosive new information, this is the definitive inside story of the case that captivated the nation and the verdict that no one saw coming
It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?
In Imperfect Justice, prosecutor Jeff Ashton, one of the principal players in the case's drama, sheds light on those questions and much more, telling the behind-the-scenes story of the investigation, the trial, and the now-infamous verdict. Providing an inside account of the case, Ashton, a career prosecutor for the state of Florida, goes where the press and pundits have only speculated, detailing what really happened during the investigation, showing how the prosecution built their case, and explaining how a woman so shrouded in suspicion was proclaimed innocent.
Moving beyond the simple explanations, Ashton offers an in-depth look at the complex figure of Casey Anthony, a woman whose lies he spent three years trying to understand. And yet this focus on Casey came with its own risks; here he details how this widespread fixation on Casey—both in the media and in the trial—may have undermined the case itself. As everyone got caught up in the quest to understand the supposed villain, somehow the victim, Caylee, was all but forgotten—not just to the public, but more important, to the jury.
Complete with never-before-revealed information about the case and the accused, Ashton examines what the prosecution got right, what they got wrong, and why he remains completely convinced of Casey Anthony's guilt.
About the Author
Jeff Ashton recently retired from a thirty-year career as a prosecutor in Orlando, Florida. He is the most experienced homicide prosecutor in the history of Orange County and a veteran of more than seventy successful homicide prosecutions. He lives in Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
The last third is lots and lots of whining about losing the case. Never a good look on anybody. The author spends his time -and ours- explaining how everybody else was wrong-the jury and the inept defense-who won the case. Hmmm. Give them enough rope.
Maybe everybody else was wrong. We only get garbled thoughts from the author on what happened and why. I hope his thought process was a whole lot clearer in court.
Free advice to the author: Nesx time let someone else read for the audiobook. Unless you do a hell of a lot more public speaking . Talk about damaging your credibility.
Not quite three-years-old, little Caylee Marie Anthony was last seen on Monday, June 16, 2008. Her mother, Casey, did not report Caylee's disappearance for (let's say) thirty-one days. During this time, Casey told numerous people various lies as to where her daughter was. All the while, Casey partied as if there were no tomorrow. She was eventually accused of killing her daughter. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free. It was the trial and verdict that shocked America.
Linda Drane Burdick, the chief of the sexcrimes/child abuse unit, had the Caylee Anthony case since the beginning. Frank George, a ten-year veteran of the State Attorney's Office, was already on board with her, but as this shaped up to be a homicide, Linda wanted Jeff Ashton on her prosecuting team. She got him too.
In this book, prosecutor Jeff Ashton explains how Casey Anthony was (finally) forced by her mother, Cindy, to admit the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee. Ashton then begins to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the investigation, the trial, and the stunning verdict.
**** FOUR STARS! If you are looking for a neutral book about the case, go elsewhere. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton's version is very biased. Though (personally) I totally agree with Ashton, there are sections in the book that I feel turned into lectures and got off topic. These areas happened too often for me, but I eventually managed to consider these sections as static or filler. However, when it comes to stating facts, showing how conclusions are reached, and explaining the science used in research, Ashton did wonderfully.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I thought I had read everything there was to read about this case, and even though I didn't learn that many things new, I still learned a lot, and it was very interesting to see... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2013 by K. Morin
I got about halfway and just kind of lost interest. I watched the entire trial but the book could have been written better in my opinion. I got bored of it.Published on June 4 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book is extremely well written. It moves along fast and there were no boring sections to the book, at all~!! Read morePublished on April 19 2013 by Weezie From Dartmouth
Imperfect Justice was a great read....not too drawn out and boring with details difficult to understand. I would recommend this to anyone.Published on Jan. 27 2013 by Cindy
I received this book as an Xmas gift and still haven't finished it. I have skipped numerous pages in my attempt to finish it. I find it very boring and difficult to read. Read morePublished on April 1 2012 by spydougy