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'Casey Anthony Is the Single Greatest Liar to Have Ever Lived' (Video)

Retired state prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who prosecuted the Casey Anthony case, was in Sarasota on Wednesday to talk about his new book and the trial.

Retired state prosecutor Jeff Ashton doesn’t pull any punches five months after Casey Anthony was found not guilty by a Pinellas County jury. 

“Casey Anthony is the single greatest liar to have ever lived,” Ashton told a packed room Wednesday evening at the Gelbart Auditorium in “… Can any of you remember the lie three months later? No. She could remember every single detail of that lie.”

His thoughts on Casey's father George Anthony? The opposite. 

“He is a lousy liar. George stinks as a liar,” Ashton said. “He’s one of the worst liars ever. Cross-examining him is like taking candy from a baby.”

Anthony was acquitted of murder charges and numerous other lesser charges the jury could have found her guilty for the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.

The verdict was read July 5 and after the sentencing, Ashton, a St. Petersburg native, retired. Five months later, Ashton is on the road promoting his book “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” written with Lisa Pulitzer. 

Ashton gave brief comments before taking questions for nearly an hour. The night was filled with deep analysis, filled with laughter at times, sometimes Ashton would joke about his own misgivings. 

But the last question of the evening asked by a young girl produced one of the most chilling responses. She asked, “If Casey did kill Caylee, do you think she regrets it?”

“I would imagine at some place, in Casey, there is a potential for feeling bad about it,” he said. “But I think she’s probably convinced 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.”

He added that the reasoning behind it was how Caylee became so good at lying, she could convince herself of her own lies.

“I hope it haunts her dreams,” he said.

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

Ashton also slammed defense attorney Jose Baez, whom the Florida Bar Association is investigating for his actions during the trial of not following court orders and for turning his back to the judge during sidebar.

“He can pretend to be Johnny Cochran if he wants. We call him Johnny Cockroach,” he said, before laughing. “Did I say that? That used to be a private joke.”

However, Ashton isn’t confident that the Florida Bar Association is fully investigating the matter.

“Unfortunately our Bar isn’t as good for enforcing lawyers for things other than stealing things from clients — as horrible as that is,” he said. “I think that people like that give people a bad impression of lawyers.”

One thing Ashton said he would like changed is having the state allow to turn in everything they have for the defense’s inspection, and have those documents open to public inspection before the trial if a case would get a lot of publicity. 

“I’m not suggesting we hamper the Freedom of the Press,” he said. “The press is doing what we want to do. We want them to give us information 24 hours a day.” 

He acknowledges one of the unfortunate consequences of the case if that were to happen — “For the next Caylee to get justice, you may have to not know that she doesn’t exist. It’s sad, but true.”

Ironically, he said the one thing that wasn’t in front of the public view but was shown to the jury would garner a big reaction. But that photo of Caylee’s decomposed skull with the duct tape on it was a non-starter.

“None. I remember looking at them for a reaction and seeing just nothing and thinking, ‘Wow, some people just don’t show their emotions,’” he said.

Marilyn Muesli Himmelsbach of Sarasota said she read more than 20,000 pages of documents on this trial over the last three years. She writes for the blog Humble Opinion about the case and other cases of murdered and missing children.

She feels Judge Belvin Perry let the public down.

“I believe we thought initially that Judge Perry was going to be a superior judge and we felt we were left down by him because he allowed Baez so many judicial errors,” the Boston transplant said.

Sharon Sanders of Sarasota added she thinks the jury selection processes needs to change. 

“I felt that lawyers in that did the best they could, but I think the judicial system has to change,” the Pittsburgh snowbird said. “I wasn’t very happy with the ending of this trial.”

The real purpose everyone comes out to these events is for the concern for justice for Caylee, Ashton said, and added he hopes that despite the case, people still believe in the criminal justice system.

“We have a very, very good system. It’s one of the best in the world,” he said. “It doesn’t always work the way it should. It doesn’t always work right. Anytime you have human beings involved it’s going to go a little haywire.”

Jim Casey December 15, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Casey Anthony is a pathetic human being, but Jeff Ashton isn't much better as he tries to make himself a star and lots of money off the dead girl.
michael December 16, 2011 at 03:05 AM
That was my 10 year old step daughter that ask Jeff Ashton that. When my wife told me I was blown away! The question was really, "Do you think Casey regrets murdering Caylee?" My girls smart enough to know there is no IF here...
maggie December 16, 2011 at 03:14 AM
I'm glad he has written a book solely on the truth. I'd rather see him profit than Casey. She won't get a penny of my money. If she claims she didn't murder Caylee, then why is she not trying to find the real murderer? Answer: because she did it.
frankie December 16, 2011 at 04:13 AM
I have NO confidence in the justice system since this trial. The defense attorneys repeatedly lied to the court. The judge failed to take effective action to enforce his own rulings. The jury was simply incompetent, lazy or tampered with....take your pick. The judge also failed to protect innocent individuals from harassment by the defense team. The anthony's openly perjured themselves in open court. And the entire bunch of them continue to refuse to obey the rules the rest of us must abide by. My question is.....what makes that bunch so special? Why are the rights of everyone else being subverted to please the anthony family? As to Mr. Ashton making money from the case....good for him! Keeps the money from going to the scamfam and their murderess.
Bill December 16, 2011 at 02:26 PM
The jury gave its verdict. The prosecutor should get on with his life.

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