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William Morrow officially announced that Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s account of the trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter Caylee will be published on Nov. 29. News of the book inadvertently leaked over the weekend and sent the book skyrocketing to No. 1 on BarnesandNoble.com’s sales rankings.
William Morrow promises that Imperfect Justice will be packed with “explosive” details unknown to the public. “The book goes where the press and pundits have only speculated — detailing the day to day investigation, examining how the prosecution built their case, and explaining how a woman so shrouded in guilt was proclaimed innocent,” the publisher said in a press release.
Ashton says he will offer a candid assessment of the prosecution’s strengths and weaknesses and his ultimate belief in Casey’s guilt. William Morrow senior vice president and director of creative development, Lisa Sharkey, says Ashton’s “insight into the crime and his hindsight in the wake of the acquittal make this book a must-read for everyone interested in the trial.”
Imperfect Justice will be co-written by Ashton and former New York Times reporter Lisa Pulitzer, who has published true crime books about the Lacey Peterson murder, the Natalee Holloway disappearance and the Warren Jeff’s polygamy case.
In July, 25-year-old Casey Anthony was acquitted for the 2008 murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Casey had originally claimed her daughter had been kidnapped but several months later her body was found buried in the woods near the family home. An autopsy could not establish a definitive cause of death and prosecutors never offered a motive for the crime. After the trail, several jurors said they thought Casey was involved in Caylee’s death but felt the prosecution mishandled the case. Anthony’s acquittal provoked a media outcry and public demonstrations honoring Caylee and condemning Casey.
News of the book has drawn sharply polarized reactions on the web and demonstrated that interest in the case remains white hot. BarnesandNoble.com already offers 32 ratings for a book nobody has read. Most of the comments are supportive.
One anonymous commentator wrote, “I’m sure Caylee is smiling down on you for being her voice. It’s just to sad that the jury didn’t hear her cries.” But a significant minority agreed with VsulEFx who wrote, “Why would anyone want to read how YOU failed Caylee Anthony?”
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