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Ashton says Jose Baez is 'Johnny Cockroach' (Videos)

Casey Anthony trial prosecutor Jeff Ashton got plenty of jabs, zings and one-liners in during his promotional appearance for his book.

Retired state prosecutor for his book, “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony” while at the Selby Library on Wednesday night.

Here are some of the highlights of the St. Petersburg native's lighter and critical sides. Remember to check out our videos of Ashton's comments, too.

On defense attorney Jose Baez:

“He can pretend to be Johnny Cochran if he wants. We call him Johnny Cockroach.”

If Ashton thinks Baez did a good job:

“I do, too. Except for the lying and ethics stuff.”

On the jury:

“The jury is the only ones who didn’t think that Casey did it.” 

“CSI has made us all believe that every crime will be solved by one definitive piece of evidence. It’s made jurors take less responsibility for making tough calls.”

“I think the ‘CSI’ effect has made people to expect that case is going to be easy to solve because I didn’t really decide. It was overwhelming.” 

“What this jury wanted, we simply couldn’t give them. We couldn’t give them this medical proof of what exactly killed Caylee. That’s all they wanted, but we couldn’t do it.”

On the O.J. Simpson Trial Comparisons: 

“We kept saying to ourselves, 'we don’t want to be O.J.'”

On the Anthony family:

“Casey Anthony is the single greatest liar to have ever lived.”

“George [Antony] stinks as a liar. He’s one of the worst liars ever. Cross-examining him is like taking candy from a baby.”

“Sometimes adults become so good at lying to other people, they become good at lying to themselves. And I would imagine at some place, in Casey, there is a potential for filling bad about it.

“But I think she’s probably convince herself in some way — I really believe when she decided to kill Caylee that she convinced herself that it was the best thing for Caylee.

I know that’s how these things happen. It’s not the first time that’s happened and it’s always accompanied by that. You become so good to lying to everyone else, you become good at lying to yourself and you convince yourself of that. 

I don’t know. I hope it haunts her dreams.”

“The only thing I can tell you with absolute certainty is that she will continue to lie. Someday she may lie to someone who doesn’t resort to the law for their justice, but who knows what will happen with that.”

Nancy Lovell December 20, 2011 at 02:04 AM
I agree! Jose Baez and Casey Anthony belong together!!!!!! Like Birds of a Feather!! I am so sorry about Little Caylee Anthony. So many people would have loved to have her has their Daughter.
JMHO December 30, 2011 at 06:55 AM
You should have left it on the cutting room floor. Even the stuff you kept should have been left on the cutting room floor and then taken out with the trash. On the Today show, Ashton said Baez has the potential to become a great lawyer. Now he has resorted to name calling. He is unprofessional and a disgrace to his profession, IMO. Newsflash Ashton, Baez won. You lost. Guess Baez has proven he is already a great attorney. Everybody does not give Ashton a free pass on his lying, unearned arrogance, and childish antics. Pretending his behavior and ethics are above reproach is nothing more than hogwash. How does he expect people to believe that duct tape remained on a bare skull when it was clearly explained one piece of tape was found 8 feet or so away from the skull and the other tape was hanging on hair. All of the skin was explained to have liquified and slid down the skull but yet he wants you to believe the tape was stuck to the skull across the mouth and nose from ear to ear. How ridiculous is that? The jury must have been baffled by the picture. We watched the trial Ashton and we don't all buy your lies. Starting, but not ending, with the chloroform computer search lie. You remember. The one you built your entire case on. Casey lies, no doubt about it. So does Ashton. No doubt about that either and no free pass. Ashton is very grateful to his gullible, adoring audience. They, and a dead child, are making him richer than he could imagine in his wildest dreams. JMHO
JMHO December 30, 2011 at 07:00 AM
"Casey Anthony trial prosecutor Jeff Ashton got plenty of jabs, zings and one-liners in during his promotional appearance for his book." Is that professional behavior? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Shameful. That's what it is. JMHO

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