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July 7th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

Anthony prosecutor Ashton: "You don't prosecute cases you don't believe in"

Jeff Ashton, one of the lead prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial, was in disbelief on Tuesday when the jurors found Casey Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her after less than 11 hours of deliberation.

"Being a don't prosecute cases you don't believe in," Ashton told AM's Kiran Chetry. "We started this case because we believed in what we thought she did. We respect the jury's verdict – it was their decision to make – but it doesn't change how we fell about the facts and what they meant."

Ashton speaks with Kiran Chetry and Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, this morning to discuss the logistics of the case, his relationship with defense attorney Jose Baez, and if he thought the outcome would be different if Casey Anthony took the stand.

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