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
I'm not sure why I got this book in the first place. Like much of the rest of the world, I watched this train-wreck of a true-crime story as it unfolded (derailed?) on live TV, and I was tired of the whole sordid mess by the time the verdict came in. Then I saw this book on Audible, and the true-crime fan in me must have overcome the tired-of-Casey-Anthony-watcher, because I bought it and dropped it into my playlist, where it sat ignored for weeks. When I finally got around to trying it out, I quickly found myself intrigued despite myself, and before I knew it I was sucked right back into it and enjoying every minute of the story. Unlike the case itself, the book flew by in no time.
Although there were some fascinating insights throughout, I can't say that there was a whole lot of new information, particularly if you followed the story in real time. But the author (who also happens to be the prosecutor who lost the trial) does such a good job telling the story and fleshing out the characters and their motivations, I found myself fascinated even by the re-telling of facts I already knew and people I was tired of hearing about. Plus, he's very good at reading his own writing, which isn't surprising given that he's a trial attorney who has to exactly that day in and day out in court.
I was also impressed with how little whining Ashton did about the outcome or unfairness of the trial, which isn't always the case when losing attorneys write their account of a big trial. You sort of expect "How It Wasn't My Fault That a Murderer Went Free," but while this book doesn't shy away from exposing the author's dislike for opposing counsel, it didn't wallow in constant finger-pointing or blame-shifting, which I very much appreciated.
In closing, your honor, I went into both the real-life case and the reading of this book skeptical and unconvinced. Jeff Ashton convinced me at the trial, and many months later he convinced me to keep reading his book even though I wasn't sure I wanted to. If only he had convinced that jury as effectively as he did me, a certain narcissistic baby-killer would be living the "good life" in jail right now where she belongs.
If you didn't live on earth and follow the Casey Anthony matter, this book is for you. If you watched Nancy Grace every night from the day Caylee went missing and all the In Session and HLN courtroom reports and the actual trial, this book is you. Mr. Aston follows the exact timeline from the first day he was assigned the trial. He explains the prosecutions rationale and actions in great detail. His comment on the motivations of the people involved and his perceptions of their actions adds insights that even the most obsessive watcher will be intrigued with. He covers each element of the trial, the attorneys??? actions, body language, strategies, the judge???s actions, etc. It???s all there for you to see and learn what was going on. Those who say there is nothing new in Mr. Ashton???s book are as wrong as Casey is not guilty. His treatment of the infamous Jose Baez is not to be missed. If you are a lay person like me in jurisprudence, your eyes will be opened by the behavior of this smarmy lawyer. Nevertheless, his book is very balanced and he points out his biases clearly ??? especially about ???Baez???. If you thought the jury was lazy, mindless and suffering from get homeitus, this in my opinion confirms it .
Mr. Ashton reads his own book and if he is looking for a new career he has found it. Watch out Simon Vance. While his written word provides us a great look at Mr. Ashton??? personality, his spoken words only made me wish I knew him personally. He is easy to listen to. I felt like we were sitting in a restaurant over lunch discussing the whole Casey Anthony deal. He didn???t leave Caylee out of the book either like the jury left her out of the trial and their minds.
Use your credit and listen to this book. If nothing more it will console you somewhat over this miscarriage of justice.
No excuses by Prosecution for not guilty verdict. It appeared to be the telling a story of a sad event and nobody won. Although he commented on his feelings about Jose Baez, he did not dwell on him. A good read.
Can't think of any.
There are no favorite scenes for me. Just sadness for the family, especially the parents who grew this child. They birthed, raised a monster and the family lives with her actions every day.
Reading the description of the parents of Casey on the stand struggling to help her and yet knowing she was responsible for a death. I know they knew she did it. But they did not want to send her away.
I do believe that the state did not offer the proper charges and do not feel the death penalty was needed. I think the death penalty was the biggest factor in the innocent verdict.
This book was a report of the events as seen through Jeff's eyes.
I believe we always fear and hate events like this where there is NO apparent reason for this behavior except evil and/or narcissim . We do not want people to go unpunished if they commit a horrible crime of any kind.....but especially a helpless baby.
The very fact that this a child can disappear for 31 days and no one is held accountable for this is very, very sad.
I don't see how Casey Anthony can contribute anything to society. She did not do the right thing, nor did her family in the death of this baby.
I don't think we should ever lock up the jury again. I think it creates a small society where people become friends and there are leaders and followers. I believe it creates too close a bond with the other jury members.
I honestly believe that when given such a challenge people can listen to the facts and make a decision. I believe people take justice seriously and will make every effort to judge based on the facts they have to rely upon as stated by the court.
The charges are very important in murder cases. I believe the death penalty should not have been on the table.
Why ever would I do that?
Interesting, thought provoking, intelligent. I usually cringe when books are narrated by the author, but in this case Ashton's is the only voice competent to tell the story. Very well done, indeed.
The narrator, Jeff Ashton was phenomenal.
Well spoken, with just the right amount of emotion.
It got me hooked. I literally drove around in my car for hours after work just listening.
Its different to hear form the guy who lived it. Makes it feel like you are there.
I cant recommend this book enough.
Yes, yes, yes! Great listening!
What an awesome insight into the behind the scenes of what really happened.
The heart wrenching facts of how a mother who murdered her poor baby girl got away with it and how the family allowed her to control them and their destiny and now to walk away from them, leaving them in unbearable pain with memories that can't be erased. How sad especially for George who seems to be the victim in all of this. A loving father and husband who wanted nothing more than to have a happy family. His greatest joy was when his precious Caylee was born. It's so sad that he tried to commit suicide, overwhelmed with pain. I loved hearing it straight from Jeff Ashton who poured his heart and soul into justice for Caylee and lost. Thank you so much for writing this book of your memoirs.
I think it's a perfect title.
Thank you Jeff for pouring your heart into this book and giving us a small window into the lives of this very dysfunctional family and a very evil child that they raised. God bless little Caylee's soul and may her mother be forever haunted by her memory.
Watched the entire trial which left me angry and frustrated. Jeff Ashton's book answered a lot of questions about the murder of this child by her mother, her defense attorneys, her family and lastly the jury and the verdict. Most of which was confirmation of my very own thoughts and opinions. Thank you Jeff Ashton. And I hope we hear much more from you in the future.
Jeff DOES in fact bring out never-before revealed info in this well-written and thoughtful book. He narrates it himself, and I felt strongly that this added a LOT to the effectiveness of the entire manuscript. He is witty, introspective, puts a balanced view to this whole complex case; and, I think, gives credit where it is due to major players in the case, and criticisms, well-deserved in my opinion, to those who did not play fair. It is a VERY entertaining read. I highly recommend this book!!
There was very little information that was new to me in the book, but I really followed the case closely while it was happening. It was news to me that Casey blamed everything on George and that her Attorney's tried to get her to accept a plea.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the case this is a very succinct and detailed retelling of the entire case. It is well told by Jeff Ashton as narrator. I appreciate his candor and his humor in his retelling of the story.
My disappointment in our justice system is in the fact that Jose Baez can get up there and brazenly lie about the facts of the case, then not support his lies AT ALL with any testimony what so ever. But his so doing caused enough confusion for the jury that they felt they could not make a decision. I thought a trial was an effort to find the truth, not an effort to confuse with lies and deceit presented as facts.
This book is essential for all the true-crime junkies out there.
The whole sordid tale is packed with memorable moments.
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.
Yes, but unfortunately I have a real life to tend to...
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.
Binged listened to this. I wasn't familiar with this case, found it captivating from start to finish.
yes I would definately listen to this book again ..and also spread the word to others ..
JEFF ASHTON !
A FANTASTIC PEFORMANCE BY JEFF ASHTON...SUPERB !
There were quite a few moving moments for me...but I won`t divulge them as I think it may spoil things for prospective readers/ listeners...
very well written ...I was confused about this case from what I had read earlier ....this made
everything very clear . Most enlightening , entertaining ,thought provoking ,extremely sad ... and frustrating .....in the final outcome .
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