Casey Anthony Prosecutor Tells All in New Book
Jeff Ashton's in-depth look into case
- Duration 4:29
- Date Nov 16, 2011
Jeff Ashton's in-depth look into case
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-- Casey Anthony trial captivated the entire nation and now we're hearing the first written account from a very key player.
The lead prosecutor in the case had some harsh words for the defense and Casey Anthony's mother.
It's all in the new book imperfect justice prosecuting Casey Anthony from prosecutor Jeff -- welcome Jeff.
Thank you very much harder for you write this book being that the verdict is is so what distasteful for you.
It it was it was hard but in a way it was sort of cathartic to it was nice to kind of get it all out.
Get all that -- the truth out as much as I could.
And put it on Paper it's kind of a nice way of getting closure for people or so into this case and they're so shocked.
At the verdict so I think that -- like to look at all the details in your book.
If you could change one thing.
About this trial what would be.
If I could change one thing that that would it would be Cindy Anthony what way if there was I wish that would have been a way for us to get her.
Out of her denial about.
About Casey and -- and about her relationship with Casey because the one thing that.
We always felt was that there was a lot more to that relationship.
Then Cindy was willing or able to to to reveal.
You know she painted a very idyllic picture of her relationship with Casey you know.
And I think if if we gotten hurt -- to be as candid as she had been with some of her coworkers and friends that that we talk to.
We would have found -- much different relationship and I think a much.
Clear indication of a motive for the crime itself at what point when you tap this case were you convinced that you that did cheat his game to.
But I think once I looked at the that the details of the 31 days what she did during that period when.
You know initially reporting are saying that Caylee was missing.
And then when you look at the evidence in the -- the the decomposition.
Evidence the owners etc.
The hair from a dead body in in that in the trunk of the car.
To me that was that was very compelling and that of course when we found Caylee and found how she was left the duct tape over her nose and mouth.
It it's sealed the deal even more for me.
So again I go back to the point it's how many people were flabbergasted when the jury came back with not guilty.
And a lot of the pundits who we talked to throughout this case said that they believe that this case may have been lost in jury selection before you even presented any evidence would you agree with that.
I think there's some truth to that one of the things I talk about at great length in in the book is.
Is the effect of the pretrial publicity had on that process because essentially all the jurors.
Who who view the evidence the way we did.
You know had already seen all the evidence through the media and so -- they were excluded because they'd already decided.
So what you're left -- his people that either -- where the case or had seen the evidence and work.
Compelled by it.
So we had a a jury that was sort of -- to that for that side a little bit by that suggest people it's still way -- these have to find out what happened to in your best estimation was this was it was Caylee intentionally.
To me there's only one theory that explains everything.
You know the biggest thing was -- you know no no theory of accident.
Or anything else explains the duct -- And to -- the only theory that explains it duct tape is premeditated murder why else do you put duct tape over the nose and.
Remember our closing argument that was so compelling when you said that what was the line again you said something about I've never seen somebody tried to cover -- that nobody makes an accident look like the murder exactly it's ridiculous that -- still remember that in my mind it obviously didn't -- with the jurors unfortunately fortune let me ask you about Jose Baez and the defense attorney.
Because everyone was so startled when he came -- in his opening argument.
And said that Casey had been abused by her father and they provided no evidence later on -- Well.
If if those statements were made at the time he made them he believed that he had a good faith possibility proving it.
Then it's ethical.
If he said that no -- that Casey was not gonna testify knowing that there was going to be no evidence of it.
Then that wouldn't have been ethical but of course that's between the two of them so we'll never know you know but what he actually thought or knew it at the time he said it.
Lots -- very interesting read and it came out so quickly -- hit an imperfect justice prosecuting Casey Anthony.
It's written by the lead prosecutor Jeff Ashton thanks so much thank you very much -- -- get a lot of stuff written down already I imagine.