Dirtbag Casey Anthony Prosecutor Cashing In With Book Deal

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Imperfect JusticeWell, one mystery of the Casey Anthony trial has been solved. We now know why Assistant State Prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton followed up the not guilty verdict with his sudden retirement. He's not hanging his head in shame: he's trying to cash in with a new book.

Now let's heap on the irony, why don't we? Ashton has titled his attempt to pretend he didn't totally screw up in court Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. Well, he got the "imperfect" part right.

Ashton is supposed to be one of the good guys. A prosecutor bypasses the lure of the big money an attorney can make in private practice for the pay of public service. They work for the people. When he suddenly retired, literally hours after the verdict was read, the obvious assumption was that after 30 years on the public payroll and such a public loss, he felt like he wasn't really doing his job. He passed the torch.

Angry as people might have been that prosecutors couldn't craft a rock solid case with someone who seemed so guilty, there was a dignity in that Jeff Ashton story. We could imagine that we still have people who care about fighting for justice. We could assume that he really cared about little Caylee and the job he did -- or didn't do -- for her. But as the old saying goes, when you assume, you really do make an ass out of "u" and me.

Turns out we all could have used a healthy dose of cynicism when Ashton ran off like a shot. With this announcement, it certainly seems a heckuva lot LESS likely that he was upset with the verdict and a heckuva lot MORE like he had this planned all along. He knew the public's fickle nature meant he only had a finite amount of time to sell his story and get a big payday. After 30 years of public service pay, who could resist?

Jeff Ashton's decision doesn't make me sick, but it does make me pretty sad. So sad, in fact, that the only thing that may leave me more depressed today is seeing sales for a book that won't be released until November -- a book written by a guy who is just cashing in on his role in a national horror story -- already skyrocketing. Jeff Ashton may be a bestselling author by day's end, but he still has to look himself in the mirror when he wakes up in the morning. Here's hoping HE likes what he sees.

What do you think? Is this a natural turn of events or a disturbing betrayal by one of the "good guys"?

 

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nonmember avatar Stacey

Who exactly do you think he is betraying? He doesn't owe the general public. The only person that was "owed" anything was Caylee, I don't see why the public would be victims of this book. If I was in his position I can't say I wouldn't do the same. In fact, I know for pretty damn sure I would write a book. It's not like this is akin to O.J.'s "If I did it...".

dirti... dirtiekittie

maybe if they spent as much time in the courtroom making a valid case as he did prepping for writing his little memoir, there'd be a different verdict in this whole situation. why the sudden retirement and then book deal? because being a pulic servant would have limited what he could/couldn't say. how disgusting.

nonmember avatar bj

More power to him. I would buy it. She is a loser and I would do the same as he if it were me. All the time and anguish they put into that case deserves a book.

Taylor Flores

Who cares what you have to say, who are you anyway? Jeff Ashton has every right, just like you or I would, to write a book and with the on-going public's anger Jeff Ashton should. People want answers and who better to give them then the person who fought the hardest for an innocent, voiceless child who died at the hands of her own mother. More power to Jeff Ashton. Maybe you should MYOB and leave Attorney Ashton alone. He probably did more on earth for others in one hour than you will do in a lifetime. You are a no nothing reporter/journalist who contributes nothing but gossiop-sleep with that at night. Oh, and me and my house, and everyone I know will purchase his book too :)

cocob... cocobeannns

I really do think Ashton is a good guy. I don't know what his motives are in writing this book, but I don't agree with you that he had this book planned all along. I don't believe he retired just so he could write a book. I think he really did care about Caylee and he wanted justice to be served. When the verdict came in, he was shocked, along with the rest of us. I don't know, I think he writing the book, may be his way of telling the prosectutions side of the story, what wasn't heard, what we didn't get to see, etc. At least I hope that's what it's about.

jpfsmom jpfsmom

Living in Orlando and knowing about Ashton's previous accomplishments I'm willing to cut him some slack. You know what, he fought the trial of his career, put everything he could into it and he's probably tired so more power to him if he wants to retire and make money off his memoirs.

nonmember avatar Ginger mc Kee

Hope he makes a billion dollars.

Jason Miller

I agree with cocobeannns. I'm shocked that you would make such harsh statements against Ashton. Did you see something that Ashton did during the trial that would show that he wasn't fully acting in the interest of justice? Linda Drane Burdick was the lead prosecutor in the case anyway, this wasn't a one man show.

banan... banana-bear

I stand behind him - he did a damn good job and it's unfortunate that the jury's gift to Casey Anthony is looking like his own personal failure. That being said, I most likely will not read the book. I get sick to my stomach when I see anything to do with that case now.

Camille Kimball

For the life of me I can't understand why writing a book makes someon a "dirtbag." Does losing a case make him a "dirtbag?" In that case, every barrister in the world is a dirtbag. Why is it ok to follow the CA case on TV/newspaper/net, but not read the well considered insights of the prosecutor in book form? When I myself write a true crime book, I have excellent relations with the people closest to the case. They do not consider me a "dirtbag." They are glad to have their loved one remembered. In the CA case, there is a definite public interest in exploring how that jury went off the rails. Ashton put on an excellent case. The jury was the weak link and perhaps a system that allowed a defense atty to make wild claims with no corroboration whatsoever. I want to hear his thoughts on that so we can make a better world. Click here before you diss the true crime genre as "dirtbaggy." I give more weight to the victims' opinions. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1384588817247&set=o.123172101231&type=1&theater

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