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Casey Anthony Case to Become Movie

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The book by one of the attorneys who prosecuted Casey Anthony is now in the works to be adapted into a TV movie.

The movie will be based on the new book Imperfect Justice, Prosecuting Casey Anthony by retired Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton, according to Fox Television Studios spokeswoman Leslie Oren, who said that the studio has optioned the book.

Oren said that the film is being developed for the Lifetime cable network, but is in its early stages.  Lifetime has yet to give the green light to the project.

Ashton spent three years preparing for the prosecution of 25-year-old Anthony, who was accused of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008.  The prosecution asked for the death penalty in the case, but Anthony was eventually acquitted of the murder charge.

In the book, Ashton gives insider information into the investigation, the criminal trial and eventual not guilty verdict that captured the attention of the nation.  The prosecutor feels that Anthony got away with murder, according to People magazine, and in the book takes jabs at Anthony’s defense attorneys and jurors.

“I have seen my share of liars, but never one quite like this,” Ashton writes in the book, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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Amanda Knox's Family Contests Movie's Accuracy

Photo Courtesy - Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The directors of the Lifetime channel's Amanda Knox movie may have employed some artistic license, but some people might call them whoppers.

Billed as "based on a true story," the film which aired Monday night, drew the ire of the Knox family, who lashed out at Lifetime in a statement released Tuesday for what they see as "a selfish, profit-making motive behind their decision... The story they have told is riddled with a multitude of inaccuracies and we are deeply upset at its airing."

The film, Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, also upset the family of the murder victim, Meredith Kercher, and Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was convicted of murder along with Knox.

The lawyer for Meredith Kercher's family, Francesco Maresca called the movie "inopportune and inappropriate."

"Because the appeal trial is ongoing, and because Meredith's family has expressed its desire more than once to be allowed to remember her far from the media," Maresca said.

Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, told Italian news agency ANSA Tuesday that his client was "disgusted" after having seen parts of the Lifetime movie in his prison cell.

Sollecito's lawyers have also sent warnings to Lifetime in recent days.  "If someone has acted wrongly, now they will pay because the film offended the memory of the victim and offers an incorrect reconstruction of events," Maori told ANSA.

Filmmakers blended the facts of the case, and actual statements from Knox and other trial testimony, with some new interpretations of the events in the hillside cottage three years ago that led to Kercher's death and Knox and Sollecito's conviction.  Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito got 25 years.

At least 15 scenes or lines are false or fabricated. 

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