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Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony | [Jeff Ashton]

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Jeff Ashton (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    farmhouselady 12-04-12
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    "The ultimate in true-crime stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is essential for all the true-crime junkies out there.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imperfect Justice?

    The whole sordid tale is packed with memorable moments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the courtroom scenes are what I am after in true-crime books. This one is absolutely exceptional in that regard, being authored (and narrated) by the actual prosecutor. If you dislike getting through actual court transcripts or being subjected to recreations of actual trials, with all the extraneous stuff that goes on, interruptions, objections, etc., then this book might well be too hard to get through. For me, though, that is what I relish the most.


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

    Yes, but unfortunately I have a real life to tend to...


    Any additional comments?

    This book is RED MEAT for the true-crime junkie, don't miss it. Even though everyone knows the outcome while still on the first page, this book holds your interest and never lets up till the very last word.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JoAnn Marcon 01-19-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Memoir from a Prosecutor of the Casey Anthony Case"

    I am going to try to stick to the book itself and not discuss the crime, which of course, was horrific. I found this to be a memoir - he discusses how he and the other prosecutors went about proving their case to the jury. He emphasizes Casey's lying and her lawyer's behavior. He discusses the investigation and how it proceeded. He discusses the forensics in detail - he was the prosecutor who presented the forensic issues and cross-examined the defense's witnesses. If you find forensics interesting, you will find this fascinating, especially how this information can be presented to a jury legally. He emphasizes the differences in Florida law and how this influenced all aspects of the trial Personally, I think he was a very hard on the young man who found the body (what a horrible experience for him; he should be a hero for finding the child's body despite being told more than once that he was wrong) and on the jury who he seemed to feel was not very intelligent, sympathetic or hard working despite giving up weeks of their lives, showing up every day, not dropping out of the trial.

    He does not discuss the controversy that arose out of the computer searches for "Chloform" which has been in the news lately - the prosecution put forth that their were many searches for this term - now the expert who was involved in the searches has a different opionin of the evidence. That fact that the information given the jury may not have been correct doesn't change the fact that she is quilty; I was just wondering his thoughts on the discrepancies especially since it is said that it might have lead to a mistrial if she had been convicted.

    I would have liked to have understood more about the general concept of cases in the public media and prosecuting big trials. I would have liked more information on jury thinking while sequestered and their treatment during this time - how can we help sequestered juries process the information they are presented? What can we learn from the OJ Simpson trial and this trial about juries who are sequestered?

    He also very much disliked the defense legal team without really answering the question - why did they win? How can we change our laws to require defense attornies prove their version of the situation? With this success, will this become more of a technique to defend clients using elaborate scenarios without any proof? How can the judge help the jury understand the law and separate proven information from fiction?

    He states that he has prosecuted other murder trials and I would be interested if he was to write more books about those trials or other ones that are similar.

    One of the questions that Audible asks is what books are similar. Books I have found similar are: "True Story" by Michael Finkel really sticks in my mind (a father who killed his family and fled to Mexico), "Zodiac" by Robert Graysmith, "Green River, Running Red" by Ann Rule, Joe McGinnis's "Never Enough" (Nancy Kissel who killed her husband in Hong Kong) and the classic "Fatal Vision"I (Dr. Jeffrey McDonald), and "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. I would recommend all these books to listeners who like true crime - all are on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Douglasville, GA, United States 11-30-11
    Mary Douglasville, GA, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "IMPERFECT UNCARING JURY COULD BE ALTERNATE TITLE"

    HEARING ONE OF THE BEST PROSECUTING LAWYERS OF OUR TIME TAKE US STEP BY STEP THROUGH THE MOST FASCINATING MURDER TRIAL OF THE DECADE REVEALS JUST HOW IMPERFECT OUR LEGAL SYSTEM CAN BE. NOT ALL CITIZENS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE ON A JURY AND SOME LAWYERS ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO BECAME FASCINATED WITH THE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Clayton 11-30-11
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    "IMPERFECT UNCARING JURY COULD BE ALTERNATE TITLE"

    HEARING ONE OF THE BEST PROSECUTING LAWYERS OF OUR TIME TAKE US STEP BY STEP THROUGH THE MOST FASCINATING MURDER TRIAL OF THE DECADE REVEALS JUST HOW IMPERFECT OUR LEGAL SYSTEM CAN BE. NOT ALL CITIZENS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE ON A JURY AND SOME LAWYERS ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS. THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO BECAME FASCINATED WITH THE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Georgetown, MA, United States 09-21-12
    Michele Georgetown, MA, United States 09-21-12
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you were into the Casey Anthony trial (as I was) this is a must listen! I watched every day of the trial from beginning to end and watched many of the news shows that talked about the trial, both leading up to it and also after it was over. This book reveals things you never knew about and more importantly, discusses evidence that wasn't allowed into trial. Truly fascinating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Casey Anthony, of course. And she truly is a character!


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

    Since Jeff is reading his own words, you cannot interprete them in any other way other than the way they were intended. I like this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Iowa 09-20-12
    Holly Iowa 09-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Touching!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Imperfect Justice to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Ive not only read a hard copy of this book but also listened to it via audio book and you get so much more from it listening to the voice of the actual author. Its like Jeff Ashton is telling you the story of prosecuting Casey Anthony himself.... Because he is! Years with the prosecutors office and countless trials have given Ashton the gift of story telling and effective narration!


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    Donna 05-10-12
    Donna 05-10-12
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    The details of the legal case were interesting and I appreciated the author's insight into the jury and why they might have decided the way they did. I was very sympathetic to the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 04-08-12
    Chris Sydney 04-08-12 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    What made the experience of listening to Imperfect Justice the most enjoyable?

    It was very interesting to get the perspective of one of the main players in this headline making case.


    What other book might you compare Imperfect Justice to and why?

    Probably the OJ Simpson, Helter Skelter, Scott Paterson books about famous trials.


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

    He brings a good deal of background information that I was not aware of before, he is factual without being boring, and had a good self deprecating sense of humour.I enjoyed his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is still astounding to me this individual is not behind bars. The Scott Paterson trial was based on circumstantial evidence but he was convicted.But that is the jury system for you. Sad that this child received no justice.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in one sitting, it is interesting without being sensationalist. Anyone interested in the workings of a criminal case and how a trial and prosecution defence is put together will find this a fascinating listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
    Jennie Kissimmee, FL, United States 02-16-12
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    This gives a systematic blow by blow account of what happened from the very beginning to the very end of the Casey Anthony case. Yes, a lot of the information is already public knowledge. However, there are also a lot of gaps that we didn't get to see as members of the general public. If this case interested you, I would recommend you listen to this book. Jeff Ashton also does a great job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Fry 12-20-11
    S. Fry 12-20-11
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    "A first-rate audiobook."

    Jeff Ashton does a very good job here, not only in producing a very cogent review and analysis of the events, but also as a (presumably) amateur narrator. Unless you had quit your job to follow the Anthony case 24/7, there's quite a lot of new information here, and the likelihood that you will come away with a renewed sense that Casey Anthony is a murderer is overwhelming.

    Given the totality of evidence, both scientific and circumstantial, it is nothing short of stunning that a jury let this truly despicable human being walk free. After listening to this audiobook, I would sooner agree that O.J. is innocent than believe the absurd excuses put forth by Casey and Jose Baez.

    I can only hope that copies of this book were sent to the jury members. As for Casey, my anger is tempered somewhat by the revelation that, as a human being, she is an utter train wreck, and the chances of her steering clear of the judicial system for any meaningful length of time are virtually nil. She has the grown-up proclivities of a full-blown sociopath, coupled with the undisciplined mind of a spoiled, petulant child. And, like O.J., she will mostly likely wind up behind bars again, an eventuality which I await with thinly-veiled enthusiasm.

    Frustrations at the verdict aside, this was a credit very well spent, and I thoroughly recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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