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Publishers WeeklyOf the 300-plus cases Veteran Florida prosecutor Ashton has tried during his career, 70 were homicides and all but two ended with a guilty verdict. Now, following his most famous-and last-hearing, Ashton recounts the Casey Anthony murder trial-wherein she was accused of killing her daughter, Caylee-, a case characterized by circuitous twists and turns, and reviews the series of Anthony's purported lies, including those regarding the mysterious Nanny, where Anthony worked, and the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of her father. Ashton discusses the Anthony family's strange dynamics, the uneven relationship between Anthony and her parents, and her "transformation" and "performances" during the trial. While the book is meticulously detailed, it occasionally suffers from Ashton's (or perhaps from former New York Times correspondent Pulitzer's) overwrought language, as evidenced by lines like, "Caylee was officially discharged to the care of angels." Ashton reveals that he "genuinely dislikes" defense attorney Jose Baez, a "smarmy...underhanded" man, and can't resist the urge to share anecdotes that make Baez appear foolish-he even describes the defense's arguments as "borderline ridiculous." Understandably, Ashton was convinced that the jury would find Anthony guilty and he would be able to retire "on a high note," but the shocking verdict proved otherwise. For readers who haven't reached their fill on information about this highly publicized trial, this is a must read. Photos.
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