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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I have mixed feelings about this book. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I did. BUT, if you followed the trial like I did, which was not missing a second, watching all of the replays, etc on HLN and anywhere else I could find them, then you really didn't learn anything from listening to the book.
I thought it would have more behind the scenes dirt. It had some, but not a whole lot. IF you never payed any attention to what was going on with the trial and never saw anything on the news then you will learn a great deal from this book.
That being said I will tell you what I enjoyed....
I loved Jeff Ashton narrating. I don't think listening to anyone else read it would have done it justice. The emotions that Mr. Ashton felt came across very well. Especially his dislike of Jose Baez! At times that was comical.
I enjoyed the little bit of back story about the other lawyers which showed them as normal people.
Mr. Ashton's honestly was powerful. Though we never had a doubt about his feelings, listening to him tell the story only proved even more how passionate he was about the case.
The insight about the jury selection and the jury itself was interesting. There were some details that I didn't know.
I don't think saying there were things that I didn't like is a fair statement. As I said, I thought it would be more of an eye opener, include never told information, etc. Maybe that is not allowed, maybe there is none! Definitely worth a listen if you have any interest in this case.
Of course knowing it was written by the prosecuting attorney I expected it to lean to one side and it did. I am one of those that believe Casey is guilty but still, I think I would be lying if I didn't say a more objective approach would have given me more of a sense of how and why the verdict was what it was.
Given that, the chronology of interesting facts and details of how the whole mess begins, unfolds and ends is intensely interesting for someone who is intrigued by deviant minds like Casey Anthony's. The story also pays a good deal of attention to poor Kaley's story as well as the lack of attention given by the media at the time who failed to remember it was about the terrible misfortune of a helpless child.
Audio quality was good, pacing and all the technical things were all good.
I found Jeff Ashton a compelling element in this trial. His passion for justice in this case was infectious. I loved his speaking style and voice.
Unfortunately, his narration falls a little flat. Sometimes he really "gets going" and the spark I found so enjoyable to listen to is there. More often, he sounds like he is reading something he is only mildly familiar with.
The review of the case is interesting, the "behind the scenes" is interesting. I was just expecting a little more from this book. Worth listening to but not as great as I had hoped.
A fairly good story but the book repeats itself endlessly.If it had been edited properly this would have been much shorter and more enjoyable.
I learned a lot that I hadn't heard about the case - albeit from a prosecutor's slant.
This book was more factual and we know the outcome, so there wasn't a lot of drama or suspense. I did find the passage about Casey trying to show investigators here imaginary office at Universal very interesting
I thought the author made a bad choice in self-narrating, but all in all, it was fine.
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VERY scary... this guy is totally about WINNING... not seeking the truth. The book provides a powerful picture of the arrogance of some prosecutors and the lengths they will go to get a conviction. Listening to this book starkly illustrates the arrogance of Jeff Ashton who cannot believe that he is not the smartest guy in the room. Very sad.
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