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
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.
Jeff Aston does a wonderful job of diving into every detail, regardless of how awful they are. I have so much respect for him since I read this book. A man with a true soul retired while the woman with no soul walks free.
Mr Ashton has written a very interesting account of his frustrations with the Casey Anthony case. He spent nearly three years involved in the prosecution of Anthony, a woman whose pathological lying and insolent behavior made her guilt obvious to nearly everyone. Her grandstanding attorney Jose Baez (a piece of work himself) and Anthony's mother behaved bizarrely and badly. It isn't clear to me that the jury system works anymore. People now seem to think that "beyond a reasonable doubt" means "beyond a shadow of a doubt."
Ashton reads the book himself, which was a great decision. He has a very good voice and read with conviction.
Found the book to be a quick read that was factually accurate and objective. I think Mr. Ashton held back on his criticism of the jury, which I respect him for. it is difficult to believe the verdict in light of the evidence that the prosecution presented. I thought Mr. Ashton took the high road in explaining the system and why it failed in this case. Not that it makes a difference but at least it explains the miscarriage in justice.
I was not one of the people who watched every second of the trial, but I saw enough to feel very strongly at the time that the jurors did not do their job. This book provided much more information and insight into why the jurors came to the conclusion they did. In the end though, a young child is still dead. As a mom, I don't understand how Casey and her family can continue to move forward like nothing happened. Cayley's life should have mattered more.
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I thought that Jeff Ashton did a great job narrating his own work. I felt that this book lost a star because he spent so much time focused on Jose Baez and their personal conflict. I think it would have been enough to mention their disconnect and state their personality differences and leave it there. Instead he kept bringing up Jose Baez and their poor responses to each other in the courtroom. I was much more interested in learning more about the case then learning about the personal drama between lawyers. That being said, I only took one star off (instead of two) because I'm aware that Jose Baez also wrote a book and spoke poorly of Jeff Ashton. So, I can understand that Jeff wanted a chance to defend himself. Just be aware that their relationship is a big focus of this book if you decide to listen.
Relaxing my body and calming my mind while listening my way through a stress free day!
I love this story and the way that it was narrated even though I did not agree on some of the things that happened during the case which is one that I followed very closely I do think that this book was a great one!
Looking for any great read!
Whether you believed Casey to be innocent or guilty, Jeff Ashton's narrative of the events through her trial are very interesting. He had a position during the investigation where he was involved in the minute details of the case and in this book he reveals quite a lot of them to the reader. While he adamantly believes Casey is guilty, he does play a devil's advocate during parts of his telling of the trial where he concedes the defense made some good calls. I think that for anyone who had or has questions about what happened in this case and enjoys a true crime documentarian perspective will find Imperfect Justice hard to put down.
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