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Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story | [Peter Golenbock, Jose Baez]

Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Tracy 02-06-13
    Tracy 02-06-13 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Blah, blah, blah"

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    heather Pleasantville 11-28-13
    heather Pleasantville 11-28-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Baez or bias?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Presumed Guilty to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would have had a hard time reading it over listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Presumed Guilty?

    When a man found the alleged corpse months before it was formally acknowledged.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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;)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That Casey's parents were hiding something and to ths day I wonder why they were not more scrutinized.


    Any additional comments?

    Justice is not for the faint of heart, I am glad I have not had to play God in any such trial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13
    Mary Manitowoc, WI, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Provides a different outlook."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Presumed Guilty to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version, but the performance was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer BLOOMINGTON, IN, US 01-19-13
    jennifer BLOOMINGTON, IN, US 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Never thought I would have doubt!"
    What made the experience of listening to Presumed Guilty the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Presumed Guilty to and why?

    Other true crime books because your going to hear a lot of testimony, theories, and legal jargan.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could give Presumed Guilty a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "Beyond Reasonable Doubt"


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Verena 01-25-13
    Verena 01-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "liked the book could not put it down"
    Where does Presumed Guilty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheney Mason too bad he was not mentioned more often.


    Any additional comments?

    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?........

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 01-10-13
    Kelley CA, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Loved the book"

    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.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Arnold MD 05-19-15
    Sarah Arnold MD 05-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "The Other Side- Interesting"
    If you could sum up Presumed Guilty in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, well written, easy listening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Presumed Guilty?

    The book was very good, and hard to put down. I started this book after reading Jeff Ashton's book on the case. At the time of trial, I shared the thought with many of my friends that she was guilty. After hearing this book, I understand why the jury found her not guilty.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice reminded me of the Author's voice. Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It absolutely was-I listened at work, in my car and at home.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend the book if you watched the trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KRS Indianapolis, IN 04-08-15
    KRS Indianapolis, IN 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Baez is a very good writer"
    Would you listen to Presumed Guilty again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It's an easy read and I really liked the synthesis.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grace 12-30-14
    Grace 12-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "So detailed!"

    I thought this was great! I previously listened to Ashton's book and thought that This book was so much more detailed than Ashton's and actually makes me question what I thought about this case.

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    Heather 04-23-14
    Heather 04-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Presumed Guilty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's my favorite and I would listen to it again.


    What other book might you compare Presumed Guilty to and why?

    I'm not sure, I haven't found one as good.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    Perfect narration!


    If you could give Presumed Guilty a new subtitle, what would it be?

    You think you know, but you have no idea!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book because it wasn't one sided. Even though it was written by Casey's attorney it made everything more clear for me. I've always been on her side and never thought she was guilty. I do believe she knew more than she told but I don't think she killed her own daughter. I don't think anyone killed her on purpose. This book will change the opinion of even the most closed-minded person who thinks they know 100% for a fact that Casey is guilty... ok maybe not the most closed-minded person ... there are a lot of fools in this world that refuse to believe anything that makes any kind of sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "fascinating story"

    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

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