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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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    Tonya FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 03-31-15
    Tonya FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 03-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book"

    Good insights to the true story still a disappointment to the outcome. I learned a lot more about this case though that the media didn't tell you.

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    Fog 03-13-15
    Fog 03-13-15

    Don't like bad narrators ruining good writing. To be fair, liking someone's voice is subjective but good narration has sensitivity, nuance, power and a rich understanding of the text. Minor pet peeve: narrators who've not researched foreign pronunciation or elevated English. Lazy!

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    "Book end with the Defence story"

    Listened to Jose Baez' book too. Trial interesting but the story is really this battle of egos. Generously displaying their flaws. This one better written but not more entertaining. At least this one is in the writer's own voice (give or take a little Pulitzer).

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    Jennifer 03-13-15
    Jennifer 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Book."

    I loved this book. Jeff Ashton is as wonderful a narrator as he is a prosecutor. This is a wonderful story, easy to follow. After finishing this book I am even more so shocked and disappointed in those jurors. The evidence was there. I am baffled am truly believe the jurors on this case are without a doubt the dumbest and most idiotic 12 people on the face of the earth. Casey herself could have confessed and those 12 morons still would have let her walk. They are heartless. In this book it is evident that Jeff Ashton cared for Caylee and fought passionately to bring her murdering no good mother to justice.

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    Wanda Indiana 03-09-15
    Wanda Indiana 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent!!!"

    I am so glad that Jeff narrated this himself. What a dramatic read! I definitely recommend this.

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    Michele 02-10-15
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    "The honest truth is always a good read."

    It's nice to hear the real truth and not a suger coated version, I think Kaylee deserves that much, she deserves to have her story told and Jeff Ashton tells it wonderfully.
    R.I.P. Kaylee fly with the angels little baby.

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    Ingibjörg Kolbeins 02-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "one excuse after another"

    this book goes directly back, had to use the fast forward button to get through it. if baez is such an awful lawyer how come ashton lost the case? he tells us that the jury was awful too, total waste of credit.

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    Mrs Mesa 11-14-12
    Mrs Mesa 11-14-12

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    A great listen! I attended the Casey Anthony trial in Orlando and was able to listen to Jeff Ashton in person. This book is excellent and I highly recommend it. I hope to buy a copy and have him sign it. Only way to really understand the trial and verdict is to have been in the courtroom - he takes you there and then some! Great job Jeff!

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    Barbara United States 09-03-12
    Barbara United States 09-03-12

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    "It all fits together!!!!"

    This book makes all the evidence so clear! It leaves no doubt about Casey
    Anthony's guilt! This book will certainly have anyone on that jury knowing they made a really big mistake!

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    Larry United States 06-12-12
    Larry United States 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An Up Hill Court Case"
    Would you listen to Imperfect Justice again? Why?

    Yes. Jeff and his Defence team Did a good job getting all the facts together for the court case. It was alot I learn about from his book about getting evidence. Casey's many time being caught in a lie or many of Casey's many versions,as Jeff Ashton put it, Casey 1.0,or 2.0,3.0 and so on.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The on going Drama with Casey running the police around to Casey's many fights with her Mom, and much more.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Ashton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope,this is the first.


    Any additional comments?

    Its tell why in the book they found Casey Anthony Not guity. Any why it was and up hill fight or court case as I put it in my review.

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    Linda 04-12-12
    Linda 04-12-12 Member Since 2008

    :)

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    "As unsatisfying as the results of the trial!"

    Disappointing. I expected some new insight into the case. There really wasn't anything new.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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