Today's New York Times features a grotesque hagiography of Nancy Grace—self professed undefeated prosecutor and Court TV star anchor. Nancy, flacking for her new book explains that she, unlike everyone else "speaks for the victims."

First, a note of confession: Nancy Grace is indeed, as the article suggests, personable. I've been a guest on her show several times and she's utterly pleasant.

But arguing (with a straight face no less) that "no one speaks for the victims" is absurd, and even offensive. Everyone speaks for the victims--there's not a soul out there who doesn't. Sorry Nancy, when was the last time you saw a crowd outside a courtroom rooting for an acquittal. Just doesn't happen.

On a related note: My last murder case was dismissed yesterday--not on any technicality, but because my client, who was in jail for months until a righteous judge let him out, was utterly and completely innocent. The case is a nice object lesson in why Nancy and her ill-considered if popular prosecutorial zeal is so dangerous. The first ADA (who himself wasn't as much of a zealot as Nancy) hardly bothered to review the mass of material that supported my client's innocence: Let the jury figure it out seemed to be his position. The problem is, as even Nancy might admit, juries make mistakes sometimes--especially when zealous prosecutors go after them mistakenly thinking that they are just there to prosecute rather than do justice.

Mercifully, a year later a new ADA took over. This one, a thoughtful sober ex-military guy, spent an extraordinary amount of time looking over the case and concluded, rightly that my client was innocent. He then had the courage to go all the way up the chain of command and get authority to dismiss the case. Justice was done.

Nancy's preferred version: Innocent guy goes to prison for life.

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Michelle from Madison said...

Nancy Grace does NOT have a good intellect in Law, that is one of the many reasons the city of Atlanta threw Nancy out on her butt, and why she can no longer practice Law any more. It comes down to basic LAW, which Nancy has no comprehension of. You see, when she “claims” she was a Prosecutor in Atlanta for a number of years, she was never a Prosecutor. Only an assistant prosecutor (even after more than a decade). The only cases she took to court were the “monkey cases” as her superiors say, They were all the “slam-dunk” wins for the county, nothing more. Nancy just didn’t stand a chance in the real legal world. As far as her claim she was a victim of a crime, Nancy was NEVER a victim of any crime (although her fiancé was ). Nancy was not even related to that guy, she was never a victim of anything. And, as far as that boyfriend, Nancy changed boyfriends like most people change their socks. Now, Nancy is responsible for the taking of more innocent people’s lives, she needs to be stopped now. Prison might be a good option for someone guilty of Negligent Homicide, or Assisted Suicide. Don’t forget the Petition-drives. Here is a link to one of many of them against Nancy Grace.

And, do not forget to see another award Nancy won.

Michelle from Madison said...

Joe Scarborough’s show of MSNBC broadcasted another show that indicates that there is now a “suspect” (person-of-interest) in the Trenton Duckett case, and that the investigation is still on-going as of this date. The clip also confirms that “Nancy Grace is scared to death” about the Duckett lawsuit (and more lawsuits) coming against her and CNN for Nancy’s unprofessional and illegal conduct documented thus far in the Duckett case. If criminal charges come against Nancy, wonder if CNN will cover what Nancy gets served for dinner after she goes to prison? Hope the tickets are available soon for the upcoming trials against Nancy for her direct connection in the deaths of more people who were never criminally convicted including Melinda Duckett. Maybe Nancy will receive “chicken-on-bone” meal with a small cup of ice-cream.” If that is the case, maybe the public should conjure up a public-out-cry against Nancy for getting chicken and ice-cream in prison where she will likely also have access to a television too, but not to cable-television to watch Nancy’s replacement on her show. Ohhh, too bad Nancy. People have told you Nancy, you cannot continue to victimize the victims. Sounds like Nancy’s civil-illegal actions are finally catching up to Nancy, as it does with most criminals.