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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 comingIt 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 tFilled with explosive new information, this is the definitive inside story of the case that captivated the nation and the verdict that no one saw comingIt 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....

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  • Beth Bedee
    2019-03-20 22:18

    This book outlines the crime and case from beginning to end. I followed the trial religiously and was glued to my TV awaiting the verdict while on vacation. I felt so disgusted. This book brought back a lot of those feelings. The only solace I have is that Casey Anthony will never be able to live the "bella vita" again because she is now so vilified. Her shot girl days are over.I was fairly informed about the case in its early stages. This book shed a lot of insight on the grand jury indictment and pre-trial hearings. It was also helpful to have a chronological outline of events. It even helped me to better understand the prosecution's strategy. It's sometimes difficult to follow the story in the question and answer format of a trial. It was nice to have a narrative form in the book to review.The first half of the book or so was a recap. I liked the bits about law procedure and the trial the best. I was very interested to read about Jeff Ashton's thoughts of Jose Baez. What a smarmy snake. The shenanigans we saw him pull on TruTV were only the tip of the iceberg. He'd been pulling that stuff for years. I also found it interesting that what we as viewers saw as bombshells were known to the prosecution ahead of time.I respect Jeff Ashton as an attorney and a professional. How taxing physically and mentally that trial must have been. His voice and personality come through in the pages of this book. Now, Linda Drane Burdick, please write your book.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-07 01:13

    Ok,so now I've read the prosecution's side. There are things in this book that were not brought to light in Baez's, for obvious reasons. And some details from the trial that I had forgotten about. Like,the fact that Casey had said to a friend on several occasions that her car smelled like death and that she thought she might have run over a squirrel. Also, the fact that when she abandoned her car, she conveniently parked it next to a dumpster, and put a bag of garbage in the trunk. And it just does not make sense that her child died accidentally. The medical examiner testified that in 100% of accidental drownings in children, 911 is called no matter how stiff the body. Why would she allow herself to be tried for murder and potentially be put to death for it if it was an accident? She only came up with the accidental drowning scenario when she was out of all other options, aka they found the remains and several items linking to Casey's house. This girl most definitely killed her child and for reasons I do not know,luck was on her side as far as how long it took for Caylee's remains to be found. There is so much evidence pointing @ Casey, but the defense managed to put reasonable doubt in all of it. She got away with murder.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-25 22:31

    Jeff does a very good job of presenting the case in a chronological order which was nice to see. I felt he was very fair to both sides however he did have an intense dislike for Baez which I can understand given the defense's in-court and out-of-court antics.I'll never understand for the life of me how a jury could have come back with that verdict. I understand that the Prosecution has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt but it doesn't exclude the jury from using basic common sense in their evaluation. I'm a 52 year old man with a daughter who is 20. If she were missing for 1-2 days I would be a total basket case. Why would a mother wait 31 days, put lie on top of lie to mis-direct everyone, and show such a lack of compassion and concern? We all know the answer excluding 12 people. Think Susan Smith when you think Casey Anthony. They both wanted out of their current life situation and determined that they were where they are due to their children so that obstacle had to be removed so they could change their life for what they thought would be better.This is not the last book on this case but Jeff kudos on a job well done.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-02 20:23

    In 2011, Casey Anthony was tried for murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Veteran prosecutor Jeff Ashton was part of the prosecution team and - along with most people following the case - expected Casey to be convicted. Instead the jury declared Casey not guilty of all major charges.....murder, manslaughter, and child neglect. In this book Ashton relates the events surrounding Casey's arrest and the details of her trial. Little Caylee was first reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony. The toddler hadn't been seen for 31 days and grandma Cindy was frantic. When police questioned Casey about her daughter's whereabouts, the stories changed from hour to hour.....and none were true. It turns out Casey is a pathological liar - perhaps even a sociopath - and it's fascinating to see how quickly she pivoted from one lie to another when her untruths were exposed. To add to their suspicions the police discovered that - while Caylee was missing - Casey hung out with her boyfriend, went clubbing, got a tattoo, and used a stolen check for a shopping spree at Target (where she bought lots of stuff for herself but nothing for a toddler). Eventually Caylee's decomposed body was found, but no cause of death could be determined. Still, Casey was put on trial.....with the death penalty attached. Ashton is very thorough in his description of the trial: the opening statements; Cindy Anthony lying to protect her daughter (in Ashton's opinion); Casey blaming her father for Caylee's death; problematic testimony from the man who found Caylee's body; twisty hijinks by Jose Baez (Casey's lawyer); conflicting testimony from expert witnesses; closing statements, etc. Through it all Casey's demeanor seemed odd and inappropriate, and she seemed clearly guilty.Thus Ashton was dumbfounded and bewildered when Casey was acquitted. He admits he couldn't stop talking about the case.....and wrote this book. I followed the Casey Anthony case in the media and didn't find much new here. Still, it was interesting to read Ashton's comprehensive account of the case - along with his speculations about why the jury didn't convict. My opinion (for what it's worth): Caylee's death might have been due to some bizarre accident.I'd recommend the book to fans who enjoy true crime stories, especially those who like accounts of trials. You can follow my reviews at http://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com/

  • Lucille
    2019-03-21 23:20

    I find I am ultimately disappointed by this book, though not through any fault of the author. Don't get me wrong, this is a very good inside account of the travesty of justice that is Casey Anthony. I had a particular interest in reading this book because I was hoping Jeff Ashton could give some insight, with hindsight, as to what brought the jury to deliver a complete acquittal of Casey Anthony of criminal complicity in her daughter's death. That they managed to minimally convict her of lying to police is more a testament to the State's having hours of Anthony on videotape and audiotaape lying her ass off to EVERYONE than it was to jury competence. One wonders if had there not been that much irrefutable evidence on tape directly out of the defendant's mouth, this same jury might have skated her on that too. (More on 'tape' later).Let me confess, I am a complete trial junkie, and I was UP in Casey's case 24/7. I thought the verdict was a shocking miscarriage of justice. Now, my past trial obsessions do not always have me arriving at the same verdict as the jury, but usually I can see the reasoning behind the verdict. I can understand how the jury applied the law as they understood it to arrive at their verdict. I understood how the jury made it a righteous verdict, if not in my estimation, a right one. Didn't agree with the OJ acquittal, but I understood it. Didn't agree with the George Zimmerman verdict, but I understood it. In this case, however, short of outright calling the jurors morons (that's me calling them morons, not Ashton), it still seems an implausible verdict, and a disgrace. I read this book hoping for some explanation, some revelation as to how they applied the law, that would explain the acquittal. Maybe through some post-verdict interviews with the jury, or even some off the record comments heard by courtwatchers as the jury skulked off, something that would provide a window into the acquittal. I was disappointed in this. However, ttthe person who may continue to be most mystified by the jury verdict is Jeff Ashton. Only one juror went on record and indicated the acquittal had to do with CAUSE of death. I guess we are meant to conclude that the jury felt the since the state did not definitively prove CAUSE, the jury could dismiss/abnegate MANNER of death as well. This is reasoning that to me indicates brain-death. Of the jury.Not if you have a functioning brain should it automatically follow that a lack of a clear irrefutable cause of death lead one to dismiss manner of death, especially in light of strong evidence indicating MURDER (manner of death). Proof: no one puts duct tape over the breathing passages of a child (mouth & nose) under any circumstance, EVER. Not if that child is already dead (as in accidental drowning for instance). And certainly not if one wants that still breathing child to continue to breathe. Just doesn't happen. Duct tape is not an impromptu homemade sort of oxygen mask. It is not an aid to respiration/expiration when placed over the mouth and nose. Nor is duct tape a natural, biological phenomena or byproduct of diseaase or accident. It doesnt fall from the sky and adhere itelf to a little girl's mouth & nose as she just happens to be doubled-bagged amidst a shitload of other garbage in a mucky, snake-infested swamp. Okay, rant over, back to the book:There were some really interesting disclosures by Ashton of his recollection of the two psychiatric evaluations ordered by the court to determine Anthony's competence for trial. These two evaluations, successfully objected to by the defense and therefore not put into evidence at trial, have now become available to the public through the freedom of information act. What both evaluations reveal is a woman who appeared implausibly UN-traumatized by her daughter's death, with one doctor describing her as strangely happy. Mind you, both of these evaluations occurred AFTER Caylee's body had been uncovered and Casey's latest version was no longer "kidnapped by Zanny the Nanny." Interestingly, now her version as told to the doctors was far more shocking. Casey was now alleging that her father, George, intentionally drowned Caylee as the result of molestation, and subsequently disposed of the child's body. According to Casey, her father George had molested her too till the age of 12 (told to one doctor), or 13 (told to another doctor). Never mind that she had previously told others that she hadn't been sure at the time of her conception of Caylee at 17 whether or not her father George was the actual baby-daddy. Either she forgot that she claimed the molestation stopped at age 12, 13, or she believed semen had a 4 or 5 year efficacy for fertilization. Even her own defense wasn't willing to rubber stamp this final version from Anthony retrofitted as needed by the Queen of the Pathological Liars, so they edited down the "murder" by drowning to "accidental" drowning. We will never know if the defense had grabbed the bullshit by the bullhorns and went full-tilt-Casey with that murder accusation, the jury might have been shocked out of their intellectual torpor and got a good deep whiff enough to identify the horseshit being served up for their consumption as caviar.Then again, and more likely, maybe not.

  • Erin
    2019-02-26 18:17

    Reading this book really begs one to ask, why was this jury so unintelligent that they rejected all the scientific information in this case and took only 90 minutes to deliver an insane verdict that no one really thought possible? Casey Anthony is a liar and a thief and most importantly, a child murderer. I wanted to read this book because I really wanted to understand how this jury ruled as they did, what made them decide they had reasonable doubt and what mistakes the prosecution possibly could have made. My only conclusion is that the jurors were of below average intelligence, had no care or understanding of the case and were only concerned with getting done as quickly as possible. They were more concerned with what movies they got to watch during the evenings (even requesting children's movies....what were the IQ levels here?) and what food they ate than justice for a murdered child. sadly, this case shows a real need for the idea of professional jurors..people who understand the law and not just any idiot off the streets. Most people have no desire to serve jury duty and do it under compulsion, many of the jurors eventually picked lack intelligence. Casey Anthony is white trash and her mother's willingness to believe years of lies clearly contributed to Caylee's death. I believe Casey killed Caylee more to spite her mother than for any other reason. Had she truly just wanted to be rid of the girl, she could have left her with Cindy, but no, she wanted to make sure Cindy didn't get her. Sad story all around.

  • kari
    2019-02-23 22:26

    If you followed the Anthony trial, don't be misled, there aren't any big reveals in this book, regardless of what is stated on the cover. Not that it's a bad thing, but there isn't really any new information presented.So, as far as that goes, this it very readable for being mostly about a crime and the ensuing trial. Yes, it's written by a lawyer, but it is certainly aimed at those of us without law degrees or legal expertise. The writing is clear and concise and the pace moves along quickly. There is a good look at the legal personalities and maneuverings that were mostly unseen by the general public.What I hoped to get from the book was an understanding of what happened in the courtroom and why this ended as it did. That I didn't get from the book. What I also hoped to get was more of the defendant's demeanor in the courtroom. I didn't get that from the book either.I was hoping to get some understanding of how twelve people could add two and two and come up with three or five or the square root of eleven or anything except the number four. I still am confused by what happened to common sense and logical reasoning. Moving on.If you're hoping for answers, you won't find them here. I don't think they can be found, except in the head and imagination of a woman who doesn't seem to have even a passing acquaintance with the truth, whether you believe in her guilt of not. If you are unfamiliar with the trial, this would be a good place to start to understand the people involved and what happened.

  • Chicken Little
    2019-02-23 21:14

    I followed the trial on and off on the computer last summer and was shocked, together with everybody else, at Casey's acquittal. It was a hard thing to swallow. The jury was a joke. I liked this book and was glad JA decided to write about his experience as one of Casey Anthony's prosecutors. I think the prosecuting team and the police detectives did very well. At the very least, Caylee had someone fighting for her justice, when even her grandmother gave her the shoulders and sided up with Casey.I know Casey is now scot free and that there won't be any justice for Caylee, ever. However, together with the majority of people who still have a few brain cells left, I agree with JA and the prosecution: she murdered Caylee to live her idiotic Bella Vita. So, now she has it, the Bella Vita. And good luck to her.

  • Laura
    2019-03-20 22:11

    As I am 97% complete on this novel (thank you to my KOBO for such accurate confirmation of my timeline) I am confident giving my review now knowing that it won’t change based on the last twenty or so pages. I already knew the outcome of the Casey Anthony trial before beginning this tale, however, I did not know any of the “gritty details” of the case and, when I started this novel, I was looking for the Prosecution to convince me beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony committed the crime in question. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me. I was disappointed with Jeff Ashton’s anger directed at the Jury – it was quite evident that he completely blames the 12 men and women of the jury for the outcome of the trial; yes the verdict of NOT GUILTY is decided by the jury, but I feel that the outcome of a trial by jury is based on evidence presented, witness testimony and opening and closing arguments (in this case I should state circumstantial evidence presented). Obviously the jury did not believe that Casey Anthony was guilty; perhaps with more concrete evidence and witness testimony they would have reached a guilty verdict. It is a lot to ask of anyone to sentence someone to death based on a story-land version of events which may or may not have taken place the way described by the State.That being said and for what my opinion is worth, I do believe Casey Anthony played a role in the death of her daughter. What that role was will never be known and it is so sad that this beautiful little girl was only with us for a short two years while her mother and any other person who knows the truth move on with their lives.I believe Jeff Ashton said it best when he mentioned early on in his book that everyone involved in this case lost sight of the life of little Caylee and focused too much on that of her mother, Casey.Happy Reading :)

  • FabulousRaye
    2019-03-07 02:23

    Everyone in Casey Anthony's family is awful. I thought the brother was okay, til he was on the stand. His testimony was over the top.Jose Baez is also awful. The jury was awful.Two things I will probably never understand:Why Casey Anthony thought murdering her child was a good idea. According to this book, she either did it as a way to get back at her mother-Cindy Anthony, she thought Caylee would be better off dead or she just didn't want a child anymore.How the hell did the jury find her not guilty?!I did otherwise enjoy the book. Jeff Ashton was surprisingly pretty gossipy about everyone involved. He talked A LOT of smack about Jose Baez, which I found amusing.

  • Tiffany Delahunt
    2019-02-27 23:04

    Although parts of this book were fairly well-written, I could not get over what a preening, strutting, pompous ass this attorney is! From his description of his 'signature Jerry Garcia ties' and his '2002 Chrysler Sebring' to his self-congratulatory tone regarding a case he not only lost, but lost OVERWHELMINGLY, I was rolling my eyes more than I was reading.I'm glad he retired, it could not have happened too soon.I did not follow the case during the trial- normally I am sort of a pro-prosecution type unless I see some really strong evidence of bias or prejudice; but Nancy Grace's voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me so I skipped the media coverage until now.I originally thought Casey Anthony got away with murder, but reading this book side-by-side with Baez's, I found myself relieved that our jury system worked correctly this time. This SHOULD have taken Ashton down a notch. I shudder to think what a wanker he was before this humbling case!!

  • CD
    2019-03-10 23:06

    Disclaimer: This is a library book. Thus other than a few penny's from tax dollars no money was expended by this reviewer. This reviewer does not wish to again advance their theory, opinion, or other personal position on this story. That was done at another time in a blog. Herein follows commentary on the book.Books of this kind perhaps are those best not read nor written. It is not a perfect world either. Secret pleasure or vicious vicarious pursuit, this and similar works border on being a waste. However . . . Arrogance, denial, prevarication, blame shifting and more undesirable human interactions are important topics of this book. And that is just for the prosecutor who penned this work with the able assistance of writer Lisa Pulitzer. Jeff Ashton is very gracious to her and rightly so as without her this could have made a plunging descent towards invective.So many things that the prosecution was 'falsely accused of doing by the defense' were then detailed pages later or paragraphs later that were reasonable as charged. There was a rush to judgement by Ashton's own description of the investigation and demonstrated by not enough initial searching, except by private individuals. The case that revolved around definitive evidence of very bad things having happened became a public spectacle. The Prosecution was the too dismissive of the outside world. An impression can easily be garnered from the first quarter of the book of their low opinion of all the players other than themselves and that tainted the case from the start. By ignoring or minimizing the role of crazy after crazy and making unwarranted assumption as to who was such, important information lay dormant for months. Author Ashton misses no opportunity to belittle and vilify the defense in this book. He openly admits his intense dislike and in doing so unintentionally opens a window in to his own personality and resulting conduct. The continuing arrogance led to very unprofessional behavior whose result can not be dismissed or easily left out of the calculation as to the final trial outcome. No matter how much he would like it go away, the author's eventual backhanded mea culpa doesn't do any good after the fact.There are facts included in this book about the case that all but the most devoted watchers of this spectacle may have missed. Unfortunately the importance of items that played the largest role in this case seem to get pushed to the side or are obfuscated in ways that become terribly self-serving to the prosecution. Professional writing minimizes this in places and the readier can see the style and pacing of the prose altering as heavy pre-publication editing 'kicks in'. This would easily fall into the 1-star category if it were not well constructed and obviously factual where needed. The facts however still are being used to support some far reaching if not incredulous conclusion that were not needed for the prosecution to be successful. Three years and other than some bad check charges that seeming were never really in question by anyone resulted in nothing. A reader should be somewhat angered by this book regardless of their view on the outcome of the trial. When the prosecution is handled in the way it was, by people who wind up behaving and more importantly thinking the way they did, it is cause for concern. Still one cannot help feeling a little bit sorry for all the players, some far more than others with one exception perhaps(???), after reading this book.If you read this and are not just ready after being reminded of the circus to ignore most of this type of story in the future, you need to read it, alas!, again to get the point of what a waste it all was.

  • Jackie Thalman
    2019-02-26 23:04

    I enjoyed this book a lot, even after I would consider myself very knowledgeable with the trial & the book, to me, offered very little new information. I enjoyed Jeff Ashton as a person & as a prosecutor, and I enjoyed his, at most times, almost humorous perspective of the goings-on during the trial. I also felt he was candid & sincere throughout most of the book, minus a small part when he discussed warning the Anthonys about the defense's new strategy in accusing George of sexual molestation of Casey. I thought that was the only part where Ashton wasn't showing his true cards & intentions. His opinions of Baez & the defense's shotty strategy amused me greatly. It did read very casually, but I enjoy that in a nonfiction book. I, like some other reviews, did read the book rather quickly in hopes that towards the end (the book details the events of the case chronologically from the time of caylee's disappearance to the verdict of the trial) Ashton would reveal a little more of why he thought the jury did not convict Casey. While he did give some thought to this, it was vague. In retrospect, maybe he thought only the jury could really explain it, which is now why I'm waiting for a jury member to write a book! I thought he was humble & offered good perspective at the end for everyone, I found his opinions refreshing for someone so investing in the case; he wasn't expressing bitterness. I think this is a great read for someone who has interest in true crime novels, followed the case, & wants to hear some of the inside scope from a candid prosecutor.

  •  (shan) Littlebookcove
    2019-03-16 23:25

    So this book right here, I remember way way way back when myspace was all the rage, back then the Casey Anthony case came out. For some reason I think it sparked a chord in me. At the time I was always out clubbing but she was a mother of a beautiful child and at the time I was like if I had a child as beautiful as her's I would knock clubbing on the head for life. How could someone who has a family like hers and a beautiful child such as caylee, do such a terrible thing? Yes, I really think she did it, to this day I'm still 100% and more she killed Caylee so she could live the "Bella vita life" Back then, this case angered me, she had no...No emotions at all for that little girl. When she was given her first phone call she was more interested in calling her ex at the time than even wondering where her little angel was. Even typing this I get pure rage! I can't believe they let her go free how was it even possible they did that?? Anyway, my emotions aside Jeff Ashton, who was the defence for Caylee, wanted always justice for Caylee and in this book he writes Blow by blow how he tried to get that. How the anythonys Cindy and George foolishly tried to stop that too. If you was like me and engulfed with rage, but didn't get the full story of this case from the News I highly recommend it and Casey Anthony I hope one day you are retrialed in the count for the killing of your innocent daughter and given what you should of had the death sentence.

  • Dorie
    2019-03-12 22:09

    Casey Anthony......I wanted so much throughout this whole trial to find something. ....anything....to make me feel she could not have done this crime....she wasn't involved. That moment never happened. How she threw her friends....family....everyone loosely connected to her....under the bus to make herself look less implicit really was the eye opener for me, of who she was, and why. And mostly, it opened my eyes on one thing she wasnt....innocent. Her litany of lies....two false addresses for Zenaida.... Universal Studios....even where she was at a given moment.....Lying to her then fiancé about being pregnant, and every thing else about her past...."The havoc one person spewing lies could wreck on the normal lives of so many always amazed me"Her pattern of bait and switch, changing key facts just as police arrive EVERY time...I see now why it took so long to find a jury. You would really have to be blind or plain non thinking to not find her guilty. The jurors did not find her guilty if manslaughter, and I can only imagine why. Maybe I do not want to know, seeing the way Casey Anthony treated other people, her family and even those who still supported her.....I just don't want to know. That being said.....This book by Jeff Ashton is just that....an eye opening look into the fabrications and illusions used by Casey to try to manipulate people into believing her game. Ashton clearly does not like Jose Baez....really who does.....and I enjoyed reading about his take on Baez flagrant use of the court and courtroom.I really enjoyed this book. I have alot of respect for Jeff Ashton. If you were into this trial, this is a must read!!

  • Breia
    2019-02-28 21:04

    Since I followed the Casey Anthony case and trial pretty closely, I was excited to read this book. I very much admired Jeff Ashton and the rest of the prosecution during the trial and felt their passion for bringing justice to Caylee. I got the impression the passion Jose Baez exhibited was a career move, not a justice move.I expected this book to be a bit more technical. Instead it was conversational and while that would be great for the lay person, it also felt like the lay person who did not watch the trial would be lost in reading this book. Just one example, Frank (on the prosecution side) was never introduced, he was just there all the sudden. I also felt like the attacks on the jury were extreme. Do not read this book expecting new or insider information, there may be none to give anyway. I am interested in reading a book about this case from an objective point of view. Obviously Ashton could not be objective and neither could Jose Baez. I still want to know what happened in the trial. What did the jury see to support their not guilty verdict? The question haunts me.

  • Mariana
    2019-02-26 00:20

    Oh, to have been a fly in that deliberation room. Jeff Ashton is right when he says that there have been many cases where people have been convicted of murder based on less evidence (however circumstantial), so I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this jury reaching a not guilty verdict. What did they see that the rest of us didn't to come to that conclusion, and so quickly, too? It's baffling and downright sad that that little baby won't get the justice she deserves.

  • Amy
    2019-03-18 20:13

    Writing was so-so, but it was interesting to read the details of investigation and prosecution of Casey Anthony. When it was in the news it dragged on so long there was a lot I'd forgotten. The author, the prosecutor in the case, had a strong case against Anthony and it's still hard for me to believe she wasn't found guilty. I plan to read the book Jose Baez wrote as well, even though I think he is a buffoon.

  • Razz
    2019-02-22 18:32

    Hmmm...I"m not sure I learned anything new except what Casey had planned for her father, originally: that the psychiatrists were going to testify that George very well may have killed Caylee in the outside pool and then tried to pin it on Casey. What utter nonsense. George may very well be a monster but only because he spawned such an evil child.I felt like Ashton glossed over some of the prosecutions missteps. And he severely underestimated Baez. I always thought Baez did an incredible job for Casey. and perhaps part of it was his inexperience. (Baez) And the prosecution's belief that he was a bumbling fool.Another thing I found fascinating was Judge Perry's height. 5'2"!I also wonder why his demeanor changed toward Baez. And I'm glad it did as he was openly hostile to Baez in the beginning. "Mr. Byyyezzzz."The duct tape over the nose and.mouth.....I did think the video produced showing how the tape fit over Caylee,s mouth was grossly unfair. I needed to see that tape on the skull! I needed to see the shape of the tape and how it was fit over the nose and mouth. Was it cut with scissors or did it appear to be ripped? Too many unanswered questions there.And what I felt was some incredible testimony from Lee Anthony that Ashton didn't even touch upon was how the Anthony pets had been buried in the past. And that's when I wondered if the duct tape was somehow inadvertently "placed" on Caylee's skull when the animals ravaged it.This is a case Ashton will never live down. They blew it. I don't care what his record had been before.I'm not sure I recommend the book. Most of it I already knew. This book won't be the last say on thistrial. But Ashton had to have his say (again) and maybe too quickly.

  • April
    2019-03-24 18:03

    If I wasn't 110% percent convinced already of Casey's guilt, reading this book would have pushed me over the edge. It's a shame the jurors didn't get to read this before their verdict as it factually and unquestionably proved her guilt. Jeff Ashton's accounts were detailed, precise, educated, and humorous at times. His portrayal of Jose Bias was as I viewed him throughout the trial. I watched it from beginning to end and this book helped fill in the blanks of what was not made public, such as inadmissible evidence, side bar discussions, and behind the scene antics mostly made by the defense team. I still pray one day justice is served for poor little Caylee and that Karma seeks out Casey and kicks her square in her egocentrical, narcissistic, sociopathic arse!

  • J.L. Hardee
    2019-03-19 01:30

    I followed the Casey Anthony trial very closely and hoped when Jeff Ashton decided to write a book that it would be something worth reading. It wasn't. It didn't add any details that weren't already common knowledge through news media. While I'm not going to comment on my opinion as to Casey Anthony's guilt or innocence, I will say that I think the Jury got it right. That is not saying I believe she is innocent. As the jury showed, the prosecution failed to prove anything. Suspicions and circumstances just aren't enough. At least that jury had the stones to hold the prosecution to their burden of proof. If they didn't have evidence, they should have waited to charge and go to trial. I was very disappointed in this book and hate that I supported Ashton's retirement.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-09 18:27

    The book is boring. Casey Anthony is fucking nuts and her parents are weird. Judging from the first 100 pages and then reviews from others who finished the book, you don't learn anything new about the case when you read, especially if you followed closely while it was unfolding and then watched the Lifetime movie as soon as it came out like I may have done most definitely did. The author is full of himself, which I found odd since he ultimately loses the case. And even though Jeff Ashton really wants you to blame the jury, I kind of don't care who is at fault because I'm too blinded by the fact that a little girl is dead and everyone is trying to make a buck off of it (Ashton included). I couldn't even finish the book.

  • Steph
    2019-03-08 21:23

    I love reading true crime, and because it was written by the prosecutor, I expected it to be like Helter Skelter, one of my all-time favorite books. I was disappointed.Aside from not learning anything new about the trial, the prosecutor was not at all likeable. I understand that the jury might have been a bunch of morons, but did he have to be so condescending? It just read like a book written by a bitter loser trying to yell out to the world that he was brilliant despite losing the case. It was a frustrating case and I completely understand his annoyance with everyone, but it could have been expressed differently. For the tone and lack of new information, I would not recommend. 2.5/5

  • Ruth
    2019-03-23 23:20

    I checked this book out knowing very well that the reading would upset me, and yet I read the entire thing anyway. With only a bit of grandstanding (much less than I was expecting, thank goodness), Ashton lays out the prosecution's case, including evidence that was inadmissible at trial. I understand that all the defense needed to do was to prove reasonable doubt, but I still think the justice system failed in this case. I feel badly for all of the people still suffering collateral damage from association with Casey Anthony.

  • Kim
    2019-03-11 19:12

    got this morning at the dollar general store in town. such a sad story. I believe the mom is guilty as all get out. the only one that has BELLA VITA (A BEAUTIFUL LIFE) is CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY. for she is at gods side as a very beautiful angel. but such a sad way for a 2 1/2 year old baby to die. REST IN PEACE CAYLEE MARIE ANTHONY

  • Pattye Dixon-boner
    2019-03-04 19:17

    I liked the way this book was written. It follows the trial exactly from the prosecutors' perspective and how he felt about different aspects of the case. I also like the fact that not one penny went to support Casey Anthony or her family!!

  • Jill
    2019-03-22 21:14

    so i have officially flopped back to casey anthony being guilty as sin. this book reinforced all my original feelings. how can anyone who is innocent change her story 4 different times? she's a liar and i truly believe she got away with murder!

  • Sophie Hannah
    2019-03-06 23:09

    Completely gripping account of Casey Anthony's trial and surprising acquittal, by the chief prosecutor. Couldn't put it down.

  • Mark Noonan
    2019-03-16 20:24

    I thought this book was great in depth look fro someone who was so involved in this case. I'm going to first say how nauseating this case is to me. It upsets me just as much as the O.J.trial, if not more because there's a dead child involved. In my opinion all the evidence was overwhelming, just like the O.J. case. But due to the parents not wanting to believe their daughter could commit this heinous crime, and basically taking her side and trying to cover up for her, hurt the prosecution tremendously, and led to a "Not Guilty" verdict.

  • Randi Harris
    2019-02-28 01:04

    DNFed