Jeff Ashton, Lead Prosecutor in the Casey Anthony trial, is to publish a book this November called "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony"
The lead prosecutor in the Casey Anthony trial, Jeff Ashton, will publish a book about the case in November.
On Saturday, the book, called "Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony", appeared on Barnes and Noble's website. According to the listing, the HarperCollins book will have a retail price of $26.99, and will be published at the end of November.
Ashton, who retired a few days after the conclusion of the trial, later confirmed to The Orlando Sentinel that the listing was genuine.
Two days ago, The Orlando Sentinel's website reported that a book by Anthony's former boyfriend Tony Lazzaro had been dropped, while earlier this month, Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, denied to WFTV in Florida that he had a book deal of his own in place.
On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse, and found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, in relation to the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, whose remains were found in Orlando, FL in December 2008.
During the trial, according to AP news, lead prosecutor Ashton gave an impassioned closing argument, saying that Anthony killed Caylee because the little girl interfered with her social and love life. He was criticized by the judge for laughing during defense attorney Jose Baez's closing argument and apologized.
Rob Shuter on the Popeater blog previously cast doubt on Anthony herself getting a lucrative book deal, citing the potential negative publicity that such publication might bring to a publisher.
He dubbed this "the O.J. Effect", after the widespread public criticism that occurred in 2006 in reaction to the forthcoming release of O.J. Simpson's book "If I Did It". The outcry led to the cancellation of the book by its original publisher, a division of HarperCollins, before it was later published by Beaufort Books.
A number of books about the Casey Anthony trial, most of them apparently self-published, are already listed as being on sale via Amazon. However, this will be the first book to emerge from anyone directly involved in the trial.
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