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Jeff Ashton is Taking Caylee Anthony Straight to the Bank

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As the Casey Anthony trial drew to a close and the masses of angry, bitter people who knew nothing of Casey, her parents or the trial except for what the propaganda ridden media told them I couldn’t help but wonder who would sign the first book deal. Would it be Casey, her loving parents or the vilified defense attorney? It took all of six whole weeks for me to find out that the winner was Mr. Protect and Serve himself, prosecutor Jeff Ashton.

The title, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, sets the tone for the entire book by showing that Ashton is planning on portraying himself as the victim in this very public debacle. By placing the blame on our obviously flawed justice system instead of pointing the finger back at himself and his team of prosecutors, he avoids having to answer to the fact that the jury was correct in their verdict because he didn’t have one shred of credible evidence as to what actually happened to Caylee Anthony. This was evident in the charges that were filed against Casey when Ashton couldn’t even decide if she premeditated her child’s death or not!

I’m not jumping on the Casey Anthony bandwagon, but I do choose to reserve judgment about what actually transpired on that hot June day when her child died. Nobody will ever know what happened except Casey and Caylee and possibly George Anthony if you believe her defense. I do, however, believe that after the outrageous amount of media attention this case caused, undoubtedly because of the hysterical 911 phone call made by Cindy Anthony, the prosecutors office jumped the gun and decided to prosecute Casey without a shred of credible evidence. Ashton’s asinine brainchild of the  smoke and mirrors prosecution was a conceited plan to get undue national attention for himself and he foolishly expected that twelve laymen would be stupid enough to fall for it.

So after he fails miserably, Ashton decides to sit back, exploit the death of Caylee even more and write a poor me version of events while twelve citizens who were just doing their civic responsibility, a responsibility that most Americans dread called jury duty, are being harassed and ridiculed across the United States. I just have one question for Mr. Florida prosecutor who coincidentally retired hours after the verdict was read: Mr. Ashton, do you plan to give some of the money you make with this self-indulgent autobiographical account back to the Florida taxpayers whose money you squandered in order to to feed your overzealous ego?

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  • Melissa

    Jeff Ashton and his team were incredible given the evidence they had.
    Everyone blames them. Can they manufacture evidence so they can have a “more solid case”? Everyone forgets that the majority of cases that go to trial are circumstantial with no DNA. Unfortunately, the CSI Effect on juries has causes lay people to expect, rely on and trust forensic evidence alone. This case, I believe, was solid and well presented. The jury misunderstood that “beyond a reasonable doubt” does not mean “NO reasonable doubt”.

  • KAREN

    WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK..YES, YES, YES.
    JEFF DID A GREAT JOB. I HAVE BEEN ON A JURY TWO TIMES. THERE ARE TO MANY PEOPLE ON JURIES. THEY ARE FOLLOWERS. NOT LEADERS. THERE ARE STRONG MINDED PEOPLE ON THE JURY.THEY WANT ALL THE OTHER JURY TO FOLLOW . MOST OF THE TIME A FEW JURIOR’S WILL JUST LISTEN. GO ALONG WITH THE FLOW.
    THESE PEOPLE COULD NEVER BE ON A DEBATE TEAM. I HOPE THESE PEOPLE CAN LIVE WITH THEMSELVES. IT WILL HAUNT THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIRS LIVES. GO JEFF. YOUR BOOK WILL HELP PEOPLE BE AWARE OF HOW MANY SICK PEOPLE THERE ARE OUT THERE.

  • Cindy

    I disagree, there was PLENTY of evidence presented to convict Casey of murder.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    I will not question the jury’s decision. Do I think she was guilty? Almost certainly…BUT “almost certainly” is NOT “beyond a reasonable doubt”. That, and I don’t know the discussions of the jury behind closed doors – none of us do or ever will, regardless of what books or movies come out.

    I learned a long time ago that what goes around, comes around sooner or later. If she did it, she’ll pay a price sooner or later. I am NOT going to say “I hope such-and-such happens to her”.

    Think about it – the jury was well aware of the media circus all along and most of them had almost certainly heard much of the evidence before they ever stepped in the courtroom…yet they STILL found her ‘not guilty’.

    There are TWO possibilities. They either:

    (1) all got together and decided to let a murderer go, or

    (2) they were trying their level best to do their solemn duty as jurors in a death-penalty case and they did not believe the prosecution had proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

    I will not fault the jury…and neither should anyone else.

  • Cannonshop

    #53 There was insufficient evidence to obtain a conviction. The “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” standard was not breached, in spite of a conviction by the press, the Jury (Sequestered from media circuses) was unconvinced.

    Juries are not selected for intellectual curiousity, skepticism, or intelligence. They’re the bottom of the pool of people who couldn’t figure out an excuse not to attend. This is on-purpose; Having been through jury selection, the first set of challenges put forward by lawyers usually involves getting anyone who bothers to ask questions knocked off the jury prior to the start of the trial, so when you sit there going “How-are they idiots?” the answer is probably yes-stupid, or unlucky.

    But, that’s the system. Presumption of Innocence (as opposed to the media’s presumption of guilt), requires all twelve to say “Guilty” (as opposed to civil suits, where a simple majority rules), and requires “Guilty” only in the event of a case that shows the accused IS the perpetrator beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Even with those protections, there have been a number of false convictions over the years. The intent of the system, according to one of the founders, was to avoid false convictions, even at the cost of releasing some guilty persons in order to prevent that.

    So, she gets released, because the Prosecutor failed to convince the Jury that she was, in fact, the guilty party-beyond a reasonable doubt.

    That ends up being the Prosecution’s fault-their failure, not the system’s fault. It did what it was supposed to do, given the tendencies and actions of the people running it.

    Maybe next time, the prosecution won’t be so quick to challenge-out anyone with a greater than room temperature I.Q.

  • Jose’s angel

    I am from the Midwest, so I was not embroiled in the hoopla surrounding the Casey Anthony saga. So, I have a few questions that some of you may be able to entertain.
    1. During the month that the Anthonys were unable to reach Casey and Caylee, why was it only Cindy who seemed upset and alarmed?
    2. If George told the tow yard operator that his daughter and granddaughter had been missing for several weeks and subsequently smelled the undeniable odor of human decomposition in an abandoned vehicle, why did he not call 911 at once?
    3. If Casey was responsible, be it an accident or premeditated murder,
    why would she go to the trouble of changing little Caylee’s clothes, from the outfit George described to a pair of shorts and t shirt that she had long outgrown? It seems to me that this is something that would be done in great haste, by one not used to dressing her on a day-to-day basis.
    4. The Anthony family seem to be consumed with keeping secrets and maintaining appearances. So, it would not be unusual for a young Casey to never confide that she suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
    5. Did George volunteer to take a polygraph test to clear his name?
    6. Is it true that George demanded immunity before agreeing to speak with the prosecution?
    7. Is it true that when questioned about possible molestation, there was a long, uncomfortable pause, but no actual denial?
    As an outsider, who got involved in the trial maybe a week or two after it started, these are the questions I continue to mull over.

  • sam

    Not a shred of evidence? What about motive? What about murder weapons? (duct tape, cloroform, trunk etc.) What about highly suspicious behavior and making a supposed accident look like a murder which NEVER has happened in the history of ever. Good for Ashton! He was the only one who was actually doing his job and performing a civil service to all of us (except you, you big old genius). What a dumbass you are, “Lo Angel” LOL.

  • t-t

    all i have to say is that this blogger did not research jeff ashton enough. jeff did NOT ‘just retire” after the case, he was set to retire before taking on this case but chose to postpone it until it was over. he’s not opportunistic!

  • Donnamarie Boyer

    You’re asking ” Who will buy this book”? MILLIONSSSSSSSS of people. Doesnt matter what 12 IDIOTS of a jury said cause we ALL KNOW she disposed of the body and killed the baby. That will HAUNT her forever. She might be free, if thats what YOU call being FREE but she is a Osama Bin Laden and has to hide out for the rest of her life. No family and friend vacations, walking to a park with friends, shopping in the mall for a party night out with friends or NOTHING. She’ll have to disguise herself ALWAYS and FOREVER and NEVER trust anyone around her. Plus…..Baez and Mason’s life is screwed HAVING to babysit a woman. Thats GOOD enough for me and the millions!!!!

  • KTJ

    I believe 100% that the “drowned in the pool” theory is 100% lie! There may be many children who do die from drowning in FL, but I would be confident in saying that the person who found the child grabbed a phone and not a roll of duct tape and garbage bags!! Panic or not, it makes no sense to make an accident look like a murder- especially when you were the last one seen with the child!

  • Jackie in So Cal

    I will read this book. Jeff Ashton did a great job prosecuting this case, however, I’m sure there are many things that weren’t allowed into evidence. Some of the best books I’ve read were those written by the police and prosecution from the OJ Simpson case. He had a jury who couldn’t spell DNA and Casey had a jury in a big hurry to go on vacation. You cannot fix stupid. Hope Ashton makes millions off the whole thing!!

  • KTJ

    @Jose’s Angel: Thank you for allowing me to ponder on your ?’s. Here are my thoughts; 1. I believe that Cindy’s emotions showed more than others because she runs that show! What Cindy says goes, what Cindy believes, the rest must also believe! I think George was starting to think something but did not want to say anything knowing what Cindy’s reaction would be. He is a former detective and knew something was not right. 2. After taking the car home, George called Cindy to tell her about the smell, then 911 was called. Again, Cindy calls the shots. If George would have done this on his own, Cindy would have been upset. 3. I think that Casey changed Caylee’s clothes and put the old clothes on her because Caylee was going in the ‘garbage’! Casey did not want to throw anything ‘nice’ in the trash! 4. Casey had PLENTY of opportunity to speak out about abuse, she never did because it never happened! It was made up after sitting in jail as a way to get sympathy from the jurors. 5. I am not sure if George took a polygraph, so I cannot comment other than I think I did hear once that he wanted to. 6. I also have never heard anything about immunity until you mentioned it, so again I cannot comment. 7. George did give a pause on the stand before he answered, but did deny the allegation. In my opion the pause was more of the ‘OK here we go’ pause. He had very obvious issues with Mr Baez and I think he had every reason to feel the way he did after Baez’s so called defense tactics! As they also released all of the internet research by the defense team which showed more unsure-ness about George than any other family member and that is why they chose to ‘point fingers’ at him!!

  • Jose’s angel

    KTJ~thank you for your rational, insightful response. But, please bear with me here…I am just playing devil’s advocate. What if an accidental drowning led to the dumping of the body, for fear that some malfeasance, unrelated to the actual death, might be uncovered? If the culprit were George, perhaps evidence of sexual abuse. If Casey was responsible, maybe proof that Caylee had been physically abused or administered some sort of drug, i.e., chloroform or a tranquilizer.

  • Wow

    This MIGHT just be the most ignorant blog I’ve ever read! I have nothing else to say because everyone else did a great job saying what I think.

  • Linny

    I hate to see anyone make money from this poor little girl, but to say it was his over zealous ego that caused tax payers a ton of money.. Are you kidding me?
    There is something seriously wrong with you to even think that, let alone write a JUNK article on it.
    How can you blame Jeff Ashton for this?
    Casey Anthony and her parents are to blame for this?
    Do you honestly believe that Jeff Ashton had some personal vendetta against Casey Anthony?
    She was prosecuted the same as any mother would be if their two year old was reported missing and turned up dead wrapped in garbage bags and duck tape over her face.
    IF this had been a real day care that Casey dropped her daughter off to and she turned up missing and then found dead with duck tape do you think it would have been personal or his ego that went after the person responsible? Heck no!!
    I can guarantee you the person would have been prosecuted the same way, found guilty and sent to prison for the rest of their life.
    the Anthony’s would have been out for blood, as they were against the police if anyone else besides their daughter was responsible for the death of their granddaughter.. and she was responsible, even if you believe the crap the defense fed those idiots on the jury!
    You are keeping this sick girl and her family a victim and it is sickening to read!!
    This article is part of the reason that we live in a society of young folks who cannot take responsibly for their actions and end up with Jury’s who are incapable of holding people accountable when the evidence is staring them in the face.
    They would rather believe the things there is no evidence to support.
    What a joke this whole situation has been.
    You should not write anymore articles until you can think clearly!!!!!
    I will buy this book.

    This country is in desperate need of some guts!!! and this is not a gutsy story .. it is just as crazy as Casey and her entire family!!

  • GT500

    If someone says there was not enough evidence, that means your understand of what constitutes strong evidence in the court of law is completely insufficient and what has convicted in 99% of the other cases, I can post full list of evidence in other cases and the evidence here was one of the strongest I have ever seen where all the roads lead only to one person – Casey Anthony.

    Why did Casey get away with murder?? The simple answer is the jury in their interviews have admitted (unintentionally) to breaches and violations of the instructions given to them by the judge. They violated every guideline that was given to them in the jury instructions.

    To the people buying defense koolaid of “it was an accident”. There is some land property I would like to see your dumba$$es

    Yes, it is impossible it was an accident since 100% of the accidents get reported because under law law enforcement are prohibited from charging the parents since accidental deaths happen all the time and it is not the parent’s fault. The court of law cannot convict parents when the child dies accidently. That is 100% of the accidental deaths result in a 911 call.

    It IS IMPOSSIBLE, it was an accident.

    George being a police office and homicide detective in past fully well knows that. The defense is as dumb as a f’ing gerbil and their solution is to let lose these interns over the internet to spread dumb misinforming “anyone, but Casey” theories.

  • GT500

    A parent is responsible for the well being, safety and protection of his/her child. The legal guardian, parent is the ONLY person accountable and responsible for it.

    If he/she makes cover up stories, throws other people under the bus, misdirects, deceives and makes up bullsht to send people in goosechase, there is absolutely no other reason, but criminal behavior only defines exactly that. Casey ruined so many innocent lives of other people. She is so quick to throw everyone else under the bus and blame everyone else, she would not sit in jail for 3 years and keep throwing other people under the bus, if it was not her.

  • GT500

    The book is number 1 on the best seller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Why?? Because the defense bullsht of “everyone, but Casey” and mountains of lies and insulting people’s intelligence, people want to read the truth and after 30 years of fighting for victims of crime on a piddly salary (he could have made 5 times more, if he had established a law firm and become a defense lawyer, but some people don’t like lying for criminals to get them to walk away with the perfect crime).

    Ask the victims of criminals in the 30 years he helped get closure and helped bring justice for the heinous crimes committed against them and they would tell you. I know it because I have read the testimonials of people praying for him because he helped in getting justice for those victims. That is the testament of how dedicated person he was despite the piddly salary Ashton made as a prosecutor.

  • DiddleySquat

    I found Ashton arrogant and abusive. At the start of the trial, I thought the prosecution had the strongest case in history. I watched in all, every day. I was astounded by the lack of evidence and the grandstanding Ashton did to try to compensate for it.

    At closing arguments, I got a preview of the jury’s verdict. Ashton was pathetic. I cringed at the sight of him telling the jurors that the first thing Anthony did was to put a piece of tape here and after that another piece right exactly here, and finally a third one, etc. That wasn’t a plea to jurors to convict Casey Anthony. they knew that didn’t happen. It was a bid to get a book deal.

    Fiction, obviously.

  • Jose’s angel

    GT500~those of you who feel this was a vast miscarriage of justice, already know the scenario like the back of your hand: Casey snuffed the life out of little Caylee, so that she could pursue a hard partying lifestyle, free and unencumbered from the rigorous demands of a small child and single parenthood. And party she did, for 31 days, until she was backed into a corner and forced to develop an intriguing story of abduction. So, why buy a book that just regurgitates these old, tired allegations, that we can all recite in unison!

  • Leigh

    Umm… Just FYI… It wasn’t Jeff Ashton’s choice to go ahead and charge her and prosecute her etc etc…. he was NOT the lead attorney.. He was not the DA…. so for all those people out there that have a gripe with him for doing his dang job need to get over themselves and realize it was his JOB. He did it with passion and to the best he could. How would you like it if everyone just stopped doing their jobs because someone out their disagreed?

  • Jose’s angel

    Leigh~I agree 100%…substitute the name Jeff Ashton with Jose Baez and, by Jove, I think you’ve got it! HE WAS JUST DOING HIS JOB!!!

  • JALDB

    GT500 – RIGHT ON! Every time this case comes up in a conversation, and it will forever, and someone says “there wasn’t enough CREDIBLE evidence to convict her”, I want to scream and slap the hell out of them. This case will haunt me forever, just like OJ. Two dumb, lazy juries. If you don’t know, ASK. If you’re unsure of the law, ASK. If you don’t know exactly what you’re supposed to be considering, ASK. They gave this child a measly 12 hours of consideration after closing arguments. Makes me sick.

  • JALDB

    There is “just doing your job” and then there is “stooping to a new all-time low to get your guilty client off”. Jose Baez has now claimed that title and will be forever known as the one that helped set Casey free. I’m sure he and his small circle is proud of him. The rest of the world, not so much. What remains to be seen, for me, is how much involvement the Anthonys had in the defense strategy? Did they know all along? Did they agree to it to save her guilty, lying, manipulating, child murdering skin?

  • Tina

    shton for president

  • blastignorance

    The media spoon fed america a biased version of facts. Investigators and procecutors counted on it and it blew up in their face. At the close of this trial, just after the “not guily” verdict, Baez says it best. “You can’t convict someone until they have thier day in court”

    Ashton failed and everyone wants to blame 12 jurors for being stupid? Put the blame where is belongs, on the investigators and procecution.

    The defense fought fire with fire and for that they are hated. I will read their book thank you very much.

  • Angel

    So I heard that Casey wants to watch your children now. So for who ever thinks she did no wrong, let us know how your kids are after a day with her!

  • Tara Dupras

    CASEY IS GUILTY……….The book is phenomenal!!!!!!!!!! So those who DO NOT know what they are talking about should really SHUT THEIR MOUTH!!!!!

  • Justice now

    Jeff Ashton held Caylee up for the world to see as a beautiful, innocent victim. The world saw her mother murdered her…. With the exception of the laziest, dumbest jury since OJ Simpson. I respect Ashton very much.