Presumed Guilty exposes shocking, never-before-revealed, exclusive information from the trial of the century and the verdict that shocked the nation.
When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.
In this tell-all, Baez shares secrets the defense knew but has not disclosed to anyone until now, and frankly reveals his experiences throughout the entire case - discovering the evidence, meeting Casey Anthony for the first time, being with George and Cindy Anthony day after day, leading defense strategy meetings, and spending weeks in the judge’s chambers.
Presumed Guilty shows how Baez, a struggling, high school dropout, became one of the nation’s most high-profile defense attorneys through his tireless efforts to seek justice for one of the country’s most vilified murder suspects.
©2012 Jose Baez (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This author wants things both ways. One example, Casey pretended to go to work for two years taking Caylee to a pretend nanny keeping Caylee safe from possible molestation by Caylee's grandfather. Yet on the day Caylee was murdered Casey was on the computer leaving Caylee to be looked after by her (possible molesting) grandfather?!? Huh? So many incidents like this in the novel, frustrating to listen to these and the constant conspiracy theories. More to this story but this novel is much too biased. Would not recommend this one.
Absolutely. He really presents the information well. It's a quick read and tough to put down.
The major strength of this book: it fills in all the gaps. You hear basically the rest of the story that you didn't hear in the media or in Ashton's book. There were very good reasons why Casey was acquitted, but the media is really only interested in telling one side of it. Baez does a great job in filling in the rest of it.
I don't have a favorite "character", but my favorite part of the book is where he describes his questioning of witnesses regarding the chloroform evidence.
If you didn't see the trial, you likely missed this. It was a pretty pivotal part of the case and Baez fills in the details. Basically, the majority of the media reported that the defense's contention was that Cindy did the chloroform searches. That's not what happened. She testified to it, but the defense wasn't actually contending that that's what happened. Casey did the (one) search. They said it flat out in closing arguments. Getting Cindy to testify to that was a trick by the defense to get the prosecution to impeach their own witness. They couldn't do it themselves because it would come across badly to the jury, so they compelled her to lie so the prosecution would do it on their own. It also got the prosecution to talk at length about the 84 chloroform searches. This was another thing the media didn't report on: There were no 84 chloroform searches. It was fraudulent evidence--and the prosecution knew it was fraudulent. The defense thoroughly proved that the prosecution knowingly put on false evidence and it made the jury lose trust in them.
These are the things that are covered in this book, but conspicuously lacking in other reports of the case.
Absolutely. It's an easy read and I really liked the synthesis.
I'm not convinced that Baez's version of events is 100% accurate either (the evidence points to something in the afternoon between 2:20 and 2:50 instead of the morning, as he contends), but his description of the case seems to be much closer to reality than Ashton's. Reading Imperfect Justice, Ashton seems to have no earthly clue as to why she was acquitted (and there were some very obvious reasons), while Baez seems to really understand the strengths and limitations of the evidence against her and gives a good depiction of the trial.
Ask me no questions I will tell you no lies❤️
Yes, I would have had a hard time reading it over listening.
When a man found the alleged corpse months before it was formally acknowledged.
I don't have a favorite scene, I think Jose did a great job of showing his side of the case. I suppose this is why he was hired;)
That Casey's parents were hiding something and to ths day I wonder why they were not more scrutinized.
Justice is not for the faint of heart, I am glad I have not had to play God in any such trial.
I didn't read the printed version, but the performance was excellent.
I didn't have one
Her attorney, who wrote the book, brought out some incidents that sounded believable. You got a better understanding why the jurors found her not guilty.
I had already listened to the prosecution side of the story and decided I wanted to hear the defense to what seemed like such an open and shut case.
Other true crime books because your going to hear a lot of testimony, theories, and legal jargan.
He seems to have a familiarity with not only the book but also the case. I honestly felt like it was Baez telling me his side.
"Beyond Reasonable Doubt"
I thought there was no way in the world anyone would convince me this girl was innocent of plain murder! However had I been on the jury for this case I would have had to say unequivocally NOT GUILTY! There are just too many unanswered questions and suspicious behaviors! If you love true crime or this case interest you I encourage you to listen to both of the stories (the prosecution side and the defense).
because this is a true story and describes very well what Beaz' motivations and thoughts were behind his defending. This side of the story needed to be told and deserved to be told. It was a shame to see how the media had decided to declare CA guilty before the trial and went out of its way to prove this. Media coverage during this trial was very manipulative and unilateral therefore I greatly welcomed to hear another side of the story but there is still a part of me wondering whether it was ethically correct for a lawyer to write this book.
Cheney Mason too bad he was not mentioned more often.
The Casey Anthony story has taught me a lot,we never will know for sure what really happened. It might be possible that she is innocent. It was a shame to see how many people, influenced by the media, were and are willing to display so much hatred and call themselves Christian in the same sentence.
This shows to me how we all are being influenced by the mass media, maybe we should give some thought to that..... How far are we willing to go as a result of this?........
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I loved the book, but I also loved the verdict. If your mind is made up against Casey, I can't imagine you'd enjoy this book very much. If you're open to the defense, I think you'll find the book thought provoking and enjoyable. Even, dare I say, persuasive.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Having just read 'Imperfect Justice' by one of the prosecuting team, Jeff Ashton, I just HAD to read something from the defense team. Have to say that this was so interesting. I think that in order to enjoy the content you have to try not to have a stroke in the process at the total injustice and try to listen how on earth a young woman literally got away with murder.
This book is filled with a lot of passive aggressive statements as it is more than obvious that the author has a huge inferiority complex and a badly hidden agenda. He had something to prove and THAT was why he put everything on the line in order to win. I do not think that even for one minute that he believed that his client was innocent.
Even with this in mind I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A really interesting read.
I read the prosecutor's side of the story before reading this book, it's only fair that one hears both sides before making an educated assumption. I also watched the trial live when it was happening, and didn't think she was the monster the media tried to portrait. Sure she was guilty of something, but of what.
I'd recommend this book to everyone even if you are convinced she killed her daughter.
The details in this book of things we didn't hear or see will pose the question of "what if" even if you are convinced of her guilt.
brilliantly read and gave me a new found respect for defense lawyers.I highly recommend this audiobook as it was well worth the money and time
"interesting when compared with Jeff Ashton s book."
having first listened to imperfect justice I decided I wanted to at least hear the other side of the story. interesting they discuss many of the same events and incidents but from opposing sides.
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