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Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony Hardcover – Nov 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006212532X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062125323
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Oh boy. Apparently the editor ran screamng out of the room when this masterpiece showed up. And I don't blame them. Awkwardly-and at times just plain badly- written, this is way too long. The first half moves along. And then we hear all about the author's thought process. Cue a screeching halt .
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.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I watched the trial and followed all the evidence given. I was disgusted with every new version Casey Anthony came out with. I was sickened when Baez claimed that George was molesting his daughter, thinking this woman has no shame whatsoever, throwing her family under a steamroller without any guilt or remorse. Which, is insane knowing that her daughter was dead and she continued on like nothing happened. Watching Baez was almost painful, feeling sorry for him at times, and then being angry for what a sleaze he was. This book gave invaluable insight on the lies and total refusal of Casey Anthony to take ANY responsibility for ANY and ALL of her actions regarding the disappearance, searching of a nation for this child, the pain and anguish she caused anybody that had any contact with her, and the death of Caylee. That Jeff, Linda and Frank endured the lies, false accusations and total incompetence of the Defense team is a huge credit to them. The frustration with a jury that could not even consider the duct tape, the decomposition odor in her car, and even the lies and avoidance for the 31 days which IS EVIDENCE that Casey was hiding her crime is a travesty of justice. All the evidence given over a month of trial with witnesses, video tapes, audio tapes and physical items and they don't ask to review any of it. ANY OF IT! Speaks volumes to me. The passion Mr. Ashton showed at trial comes through loud and clear. This wasn't about fame or money. This was about justice for Caylee Anthony and not allowing her mother, Casey Anthony, from escaping it.
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Format: Hardcover
Jeff Ashton has done a remarkable job on this book - I read it in two nights - just couldn't put it down. He makes some sort of sense out of the verdict that was so incredibly shocking and he shares his own frustration about the defense team's smarmy tactics and the absurd verdict which was reached without one question being asked by the jury. He shows all sides of the situation keeping bias minimal and attempting to be as open minded as possible - he exhibits pity and anger at George and Cindy - so we do get a very balanced view of the entire Shakespearean epic.
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Format: Hardcover
(Set in Florida.)
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Great Read...Jeff Ashton did a great job!!! He took you step by step into the decision making process of the prosecutions side of things. Jeff Ashton is a class act his emotions were a human respond to the passion he displays in his work and this case. As for Jose, he is an embarrassment to the legal community. Bottom feeders obviously stick together.
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