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Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthonyby Jeff Ashton
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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 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.
"Of the 300-plus cases Veteran Florida prosecutor Ashton has tried during his career, 70 were homicides and all but two ended with a guilty verdict. Now, following his most famous — and last — hearing, Ashton recounts the Casey Anthony murder trial — wherein she was accused of killing her daughter, Caylee — , a case characterized by circuitous twists and turns, and reviews the series of Anthony's purported lies, including those regarding the mysterious Nanny, where Anthony worked, and the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of her father. Ashton discusses the Anthony family's strange dynamics, the uneven relationship between Anthony and her parents, and her 'transformation' and 'performances' during the trial. While the book is meticulously detailed, it occasionally suffers from Ashton's (or perhaps from former New York Times correspondent Pulitzer's) overwrought language, as evidenced by lines like, 'Caylee was officially discharged to the care of angels.' Ashton reveals that he 'genuinely dislike' defense attorney Jose Baez, a 'smarmy...underhanded' man, and can't resist the urge to share anecdotes that make Baez appear foolish — he even describes the defense's arguments as 'borderline ridiculous.' Understandably, Ashton was convinced that the jury would find Anthony guilty and he would be able to retire 'on a high note,' but the shocking verdict proved otherwise. For readers who haven't reached their fill on information about this highly publicized trial, this is a must read. Photos. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Jeff Ashton was part of the prosecution team in the Florida homicide trial of Casey Anthony, the single mother accused of murdering her little girl, Caylee. The most sensational courtroom drama since the infamous O.J. Simpson affair, the Casey Anthony trial had people coast-to-coast riveted. In his stunning true crime masterwork, Imperfect Justice, Ashton gives a fascinating and impassioned insiders account of the investigation, the trial, and the acquittal that shocked the nation, and makes a powerful case as to why allowing Anthony to walk free was a devastating travesty of justice.
About the Author
Jeff Ashton recently retired from a thirty-year career as a prosecutor in Orlando, Florida. He is the most experienced homicide prosecutor in the history of Orange County and a veteran of more than seventy successful homicide prosecutions. He lives in Florida.
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