Imperfect Justice Updated Ed: Prosecuting Casey Anthony
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Imperfect Justice Updated Ed: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

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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...more
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Published August 28th 2012 by William Morrow (first published November 15th 2011)
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Beth Bedee
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...more
Sarah


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...more
Chicken Little
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....more
Stephen
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...more
kari
If you followed the Anthony trial, don't be misled, there aren't any big reveals in this book, irregardless 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....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
Erin
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
Breia
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...more
CD
Jan 10, 2012 CD rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Eden
If you followed the Casey Anthony case from the beginning, there isn't much new information here (so sorry to disappoint). It just deals with Jeff Ashton explaining how he got the case and ended up getting emotionally involved just like the public. Anyone with half a brain cell knows that Casey killed her daughter and the state brought one hell of a case against her, but the jurors...oh, shaking my head...the jurors...I'm about ninety percent certain they came to the verdict that they did becaus...more
Razz
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...more
Laura
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...more
April
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
Jessica
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...more
RNOCEAN
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...more
Debby


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...more
Nicole
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.

Th...more
Shannon
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
Connie Hodges
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
Miz
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...more
Allie
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
Shawna
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...more
J.L. Hardee
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
Kristen
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
Olivia  Bullard
I guess I wanted him to explain how the verdict could have been not guilty. I devoured this book hoping to read about some point that would make me see what the jury saw. The writing was mediocure but the content was well formed showing his talent as an orator and litagator. His thoughts were well organized and the book validated all that anyone who watched the news and trial thought and felt. (Baez was smarmy, Casey was guilty, the parents were co-dependently in over their heads...etc). The boo...more
Katie
I will admit unabashedly that I was as captivated by the Casey Anthony trial as much of America. Last summer, I literally had the case streaming on my computer almost every day. As such, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this first-hand account of the trial by prosecutor Jeff Ashton. I ordered it at the library and it was available in perfect time for the holidays. If you were as intrigued by this bizarre case as I was, you'll find this book totally fascinating. In it, Ashton takes you through...more
Rae
If you're from the Central Florida area and followed this case at all, there's not much new information to be found in this book. However, it's interesting all the same and a surprisingly quick read. I already liked Jeff Ashton from what I had seen of him during the trial coverage and I think his personality translates well in writing. Obviously we're still not getting the "other" side of the story here but, based on what we've already seen from the Anthonys and what we re-learn here, I'm not su...more
Jeannie Walker
I really did like the book and the way Jeff Ashton was open and honest. It did, however, bring up ugly feelings about the injustice I believe was done. I found out that Jeff felt the same disgusted way about Jose Baez as I and many other people. As Jeff said in the book, Jose was one person he could not like no matter how hard he tried. I forget his exact words, but to me it means Jose was a bottom dweller.
For those who weren't glued to their television sets all day, watching the trial - it wil...more
Adrian
The story of the high profile case of Casey Anthony for murder of her daughter Caylee as told by a prosecuting attorney. It's a bit different to have a book from the losing lawyer in a case. Ashton is as evenhanded as you could expect him to be- though you might accuse him of sour grapes in some of his criticism of lead defense lawyer Jose Baez. Whether juries are capable of handling cases with complex forensic material involved is certainly a legitimate question. On balance it appears Anthony g...more
Cassy
This book was so completely enraging. Don't get me wrong -- it was extremely well-written -- but seeing the other side of the trial, what really went on, the mountains of evidence there actually was against Casey Anthony, the apathy of the jury, so on and so forth, left me feeling very disillusioned and angry by the time I finished. I was furious at Casey Anthony, furious at her showboating lawyer, and more than anyone else, furious at the idiots on the jury who were more worried about being abl...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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