Melissa Bond | 2/17/2014
" Just like most others who followed the trial, I picked this up to see if it provided any insight to why the jury set Anthony free. If you followed the case closely, few surprises were delivered onto the pages of this book. That is unless you really do believe the jurors had no intention of convicting Anthony even if she admitted her own guilt. All of my curiosities about the legal behind-the-scenes were answered, no more Nancy Grace to fill in the blanks with her crystal ball predictions or assumptions. The prosecution did every single thing they could do with what they had, even dodging the defense's unprofessional tactics every time they wanted a distraction from even the littlest of things. Yes, I am one of those who believe the defense was in it for the money, not the truth or to expose the truth, and the jurors knew a not-guilty verdict would be more sensational. However, in the end, the defense was left with egg on their face. Not a single book offer? Interviews? The front page ran with Cheney flipping the bird at the media and Baez in the background having a champagne toast. The jury tried shopping their story to networks, but one must have forgotten their agreement, and went all out talking to whoever who would listen for free until she most likely watched herself and realized she would be better off going into seclusion. And then we have Casey, who now is the most hated woman in the USA, and by the videos that are coming out of the woodwork now, she has literally nothing going for her.
The book was able to shed light on the many con-jobs that the defense tried pulling to what seems to be witnesses forging documents that would help their case. What became clear, like attracts like, and that is how Casey found her defense team. They were as deluded as she was, and they tried everything in their pour to cloud the entire trial. Unfortunately, it worked on the jury.
Even though our justice system failed miserably in this case, I am reminded of what my great-grandmother once told me. A person is nothing without the honor of a strong name. She did not mean by the meaning, or the sound of it passing one's lips, but by the person behind it and what is left in the minds of those who remember it. By now Casey Anthony, the jury and the defense team can be certain of the value of their name. The world learned that day upon hearing 'not guilty', the life of little Caylee meant as much to her family, the jury, and the defense as she did to her mother.
One thing Jeff Ashton repeated most often in his words was the name, Caylee. We might never know the truth, but at least many tried to find out. While Caylee is not the only child to have gone missing, only to end up murdered, she is an example of just one deep crevice that runs through the American dream. If you step back to look at them all, there are thousands of them, each representing a child.
As for the book, it's well to, with a few minor mistakes. Ashton has a way of infusing his frustration, worries and fear into the reader, and whether you think you know all things Casey Anthony, you should still give it a try. I would suspect there is at least one choice of information included in this book that will be surprising. "
Melissa | 2/12/2014
" Will leave you scratching your head about the juries verdict. "
Loraine | 2/11/2014
" Well written and insightful. I enjoyed the inside take. "
Lily OnTheLam | 2/1/2014
" Read this book non-stop in one sitting - I had only seen part of the Floridian circus that was the Casey Anthony trial, but was of course not happy with the ultimate verdict. (Although perhaps karma will come back as it has with OJ and Joran Van Der Sloot?) I found Jeff Ashton's book to be very interesting, well-written and with solid details versus glossing over the case. I would have appreciated more "in hindsight, I would have done X, Y and Z" because the book is written like the case is a slam dunk - and of course we know it was not. There were a lot of details from the case that I did not know about or had misheard through the media, so it was interesting to see the chronology of the 31 days and the build up to the case. The parts of the trial I watched on TV seemed burdened and tedious. This book definitely is not! "
Kristen Moore | 1/28/2014
" A very good, in-depth and thoughtful read. If anything, the overwhelming details of the case and inner workings of the justice system itself seems to drag on at parts, but I found the author's clarity and compassion honorable and touching. If you're interested in the case you will find some answers in this book, but even more questions "
Erin | 1/23/2014
" 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. "
Shar Hoff | 1/17/2014
" Great book. I loved Jeff Ashton as he prosecuted this case, and his telling of the story of the trial is worth every minute reading about, even after watching it all unfold as it was televised. "
Dee6265 | 1/14/2014
" I had watched Nancy Grace from the first night they reported about this case. Also watched most of the trial so this book really didnt add much to what I already knew. "
Lara | 1/7/2014
" I think if you followed (meaning were slightly obsessed) with the Casey Anthony trial then you will like this book. I felt like Jeff Ashton gave me all the "why's" I was looking for. "
Stacia | 1/1/2014
" Pretty interesting look into the case from the prosecutor's point of view. And here I thought the defense would be the first to break out with a book deal... Nothing new if you followed the case, though. "
Scorpio | 12/24/2013
" Jeff Ashton comes off as kind of bitter in this book about the Casey Anthony case. For people who followed the case, there was some interesting info that they weren't allowed to include in the trial, including Casey's psychological reports and history. Certainly casts a light on a different suspect. "
Dysmonia Kuiper | 12/3/2013
" Yes, I really read this. Surprisingly good. "
Kiley | 11/26/2013
" fascinating and well written book covering a case that still haunts me... "
Lindsay | 11/23/2013
" And in the end, the jury just flat-out got it wrong. "
Venisha Ready | 7/20/2013
" This was a methodical retelling of the events and trial of the death of Caylee Anthony. It's very detailed but almost reads like fiction at times. Though that could be due to the fact that whether you agree with the jury's verdict or not most of the facts are unbelievable. "
Nancy Lephart | 8/1/2012
" Enjoyed this one even though we already knew what the verdict was. Gave some insight into info for this case. I read this before it was revealed that there was info withheld by the defense. "
Erica M | 6/22/2012
" Great read for anyone who followed the case or who still searches for some justice for Caylee. "
Laura Bow | 6/17/2012
" It didn't reveal any especially surprising or new information about the case, but it was a very clear overview and I found it really interesting. Also gives you a good idea of what all is involved in prosecuting a case. "
Dave | 3/23/2012
" I liked this book. Interesting to get the prosecutors perspective. Learned a little more about the case. Found out what happened during all those side bars. "
Kristi, A Book Fanatic | 3/18/2012
" I didn't really learn any new information about the Casey Anthony trial but I enjoyed reading from the prosecution's viewpoint of the crime/trial. What a piece of work Casey Anthony was/is and I am horrified that she was allowed to walk for this brutal crime .. Poor Caylee :( "
Beverley | 2/3/2012
" Read this book for a class project. Normally, I would just skim a book for tidbits to be used in a project - but this case was so unusual that I had to read the whole thing. Jeff Ashton is entertaining while telling this story. "