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Imperfect Justice Updated Ed: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,354 Ratings  ·  389 Reviews
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. 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by William Morrow (first published November 15th 2011)
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Beth Bedee
Nov 22, 2011 Beth Bedee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, law, crime
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
Feb 16, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it

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
Dec 04, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chicken Little
Jan 29, 2014 Chicken Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 09, 2015 kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
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.
Oct 06, 2012 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 coul ...more
 (shan) Littlebookcove
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 sh ...more
Jackie Thalman
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 m ...more
Jan 10, 2012 CD rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Almost no one
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 w
Dec 02, 2011 Breia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 10, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Razz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jul 10, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
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 i
Tiffany Delahunt
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-prosecutio
Dec 06, 2011 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 in ...more
J.L. Hardee
Mar 14, 2013 J.L. Hardee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 circums ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
Feb 20, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it
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!
Pattye Dixon-boner
Jan 21, 2013 Pattye Dixon-boner rated it it was amazing
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!!
Dec 29, 2011 RNOCEAN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 Debby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

For numerous reasons, this is not a book I would normally read. However, a coworker encouraged me to read this book after she had heard the author speak at a Kansas Bar Association meeting.

Having just finished the book, I have to reluctantly admit that was pretty good. Like so many others, I followed this case as it was going on. Along with a number of my coworkers, I watched the pronouncement of the verdict in stunned silence. It was a déjà vu OJ moment.

What I appreciated about this book the m
Dec 21, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I came to the Casey Anthony case late - just as the trial was beginning this summer - and was hooked immediately. I can see why it became such a national sensation. I watched most days of the trial, without really knowing the back story of Casey and Caylee. The first 2/3 of the book did a good job of laying out the timeline of all of Casey's lies, the evidence uncovered, and Casey's ultimate arrest for Caylee's murder that I had gleaned from TV but had never really put into context.

Jan 18, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I found myself consumed with the story, last summer especially I was glued to my TV and/or my internet radio listening to all of the testimony and watching the trial. I think my captivation is in part because of something that one of my favorite authors Gillian Flynn says about why she writes about violent women...I am paraphrasing but she says that it shocks us, we can't believe it. We are socialized to see women (especially mothers) as softer than men, vulnerable and i ...more
Taylor Nicole
Dec 19, 2013 Taylor Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I followed the Casey Anthony trial and, like many others, was saddened and disgusted at the verdict that the jury gave her. Jeff Ashton and the rest of the prosecution team did a phenomenal job in presenting their case (especially the closing arguments!). When I saw that Mr. Ashton had published a book, I immediately purchased it as soon as it was available.

This book is excellent! It gives an in-depth review of the case from the beginning, providing information for those who perhaps hadn't heard
Connie Hodges
Feb 12, 2013 Connie Hodges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written and clear account of how the case went from being about a lost little girl to being a merry-go-round ride with a very disturbed young woman at its center. The case evokes strong feelings in most who are exposed to it, but opinions aside, of one takes the time to ponder the actual story and remove the emotional response to this terrible situation, it provides an interesting study of an extremely dysfunctional family and the terrible consequences of that family situation. Mo ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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And.. done... Interesting book from a storyteller within the prosecution who is highly intelligent but obviously bias towards guilt.

First part of the book was interesting about the investigation, but I ended up skimming through the trail part as that was the least interesting part (for me anyway!).

At first glance I was astonished, along with most of the media, that Casey would "get away with murder" however I am more and more siding with the jury that there just wasn't enough evidence beyond re
Dec 23, 2011 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The evidences clearly implicates that Casey had done the crime and I feel that the jury made a huge mistake in their decision of giving her a free ride. However, the only mistaken that I had detected in this book was that the Judge had became too "passive" with the jury, which gave them a full power over the case instead of putting their personal aside and see the truth. (They became too comfortable with being on the "spot" from the media) The Judge gave away too much favors for the Jury and I w ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Shawna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I have followed this case from the very beginning and really enjoyed getting the inside story from the prosecution.

I give Jeff Ashton and his team credit for trying to bring justice to Caylee even knowing full well that their case was based purely on circumstantial evidence. It's a shame that they did not have anything concrete.

That being said, I also agree that a measure of common sense was needed on the jury's end. In my opinion, it was just too many "coincidences". I'd be lying if I said that
Jun 22, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, disturbing and tragic - an examination of a high profile case that captivated many Americans and Canadians from the perspective of the prosecution. It was unsettling to read this as it drew closer and closer to the end of the novel because I knew what the outcome of the trial would be. I found this novel to be quite fast paced though it was slightly bogged down near the end by the repetition of the arguments from both sides, but as someone fascinated by law, I didn`t mind this as it ...more
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“As I look back on it, I understand that the jury was sequestered and it was a long trial, but they were a rather high-maintenance bunch. There seemed to be a lot of thought and discussion about what entertainment they wanted, which movies they wanted to watch, and which restaurants they wanted to go to. Yet, as we would learn later, when it came time to deliberate, they never asked a single question about the evidence.” 5 likes
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