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
Well written and read. As an avid fan of true crime cases I have been baffled by the Casey Anthony case for years. How a mother could be so cold concerning the death of her child and a jury could find her innocent with a mountain of evidence (even circumstantial) blows my mind. This book is the closure I think Caylee deserved. Because the book was written by Jeff Ashton his biased opinion is clear, but fair (under the circumstances) to the defence team and Casey herself. Parts of the book made my anger flare towards Casey, my tears slide for Caylee, and my jaw drop at the shocking decision of the jury. Jeff Ashton left no question unanswered and no stone unturned. I have no doubt in my mind that Casey is guilty and unfortunately the justice system and the Anthony family failed Caylee despite the best effort of the prosecution team, investigators, and everyone who fought for that precious girl.
The person narrating didn't seem genuine and it was from a prosecutor's point of view and comes off as if he is the bad guy or jerk
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I followed the trial closely and joined the world in stunned horror when Casey was found not guilty. Hearing Mr. Ashton's account of the case from the prosecution's perspective was really interesting and kept my attention from beginning to end.
Kira D. Foltz
although I was already familiar with this case by watching the trial on video this book offers you a glimpse into the police activity with Casey Anthony that you didn't get to see prior to the trial
Jeff's rational and intelligent approach to the whole story. Insights to behind the scenes during the case and the evidence that was not presented.
I liked how comprehensive it was. There was not much that was left out.
I liked hearing his story even if he does come across a bit pompous at times.
was the jury paying attention
Since a good deal of this story was revealed to me through Nancy Grace's obsessive coverage, jail house videos and 911 recordings, it was good to get a prosecutor's lay of events and people involved. I was impressed by Jeff's competence and intelligence. He stays clear of emotion which might diminish what the poor little girl suffered but helps to be more measured when exploring the sociopathic mother and her crooked lawyer. It is a more clinical and reserved examination of all the facts in the case. What continues to elude me and is not really explored by Jeff is the case of the grandmother. She continues to baffle me and maybe someone with more of a psychological background will need to cover that. Jeff basically says she chose her daughter over her granddaughter. I cannot fathom that degree of denial. The biggest mystery to me is the jury. After O.J. and now this case the jury system is deeply flawed and in need of a major overhaul. Maybe if it is as Jeff says the system works overall, special circumstances need to apply when such high profile cases are tried. The jury has so many different motives coming into play from those that just don't want to be there to those looking to benefit in some way. I guess that is also for another book.
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
Ever told your friends "I never read The National Enquirer" with a superior air but you secretly take a peak when waiting in line at the grocery store while wearing your designer sun glasses? Well I will confess......that's me! That was the mood I was in when I was browsing for an earthy read about this case.
Of course anyone with an ounce of humanity will still be vexed about what happened in the jury room and if you read between the lines I feel that we get a pretty good idea after reading this book. This was a humungous travesty. A miscarriage of justice to the max. However for this review I would like to put that aside.
Jeff Ashton certainly does not present himself as your average Attorney. This also falls in line with the man that I observed during the case that I watched on TV. At times I thought that he was too passive but after reading this excellent book I see that he was like the proverbial 'duck on the water', all calm and serene above yet frantic activity below.
I was so impressed as Jeff Ashton became totally invested in this heart rendering case although it was the 'swan song' of his active legal career. How hard it must have been for this Father of six children.
How Jeff Ashton did not have a stroke I will never know when the non guilty verdict was read.
Beautifully written, never boring and narrated with compassion.
A 'must read' for the genre.
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Jeff Ashton delivers a fascinating and educational look into a drama that had my interest at the time. After the verdict I have barely been able to think about this case until now. He blends heart, empathy and scientific detail with a bit of humor. He never loses sight of Caylee and the despicable behavior of her mother. His closing line hits you hard.
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