A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Conservative Media Hypocrisy and Nancy Grace

The buzz is that this woman who's kid went missing, shot herself after being grilled by Nancy Grace about whether she was the killer of her own child. The story is here.

Highly possible.

I've spoken before about Nancy Grace. ("Your Objection is Overruled") who I think does nothing more than irresponsibly play into the mob mentality of Americans who think the criminal justice system should operate without defense lawyers, and without a constitution.

But honestly, I'm not ready to blame her for this woman's suicide. Maybe after the interview the woman came to terms with the fact that she killed her kid. I don't know, and either does anyone else. The only two people who know are her, and her kid, and they're both dead.

My interest in this story is with the conservative media pundits who jumped on the "how dare she" bandwagon last night. Even Joe Scarborough, whom I happen to like, was talking about the story with the phrase "Nancy Disgrace?" on the screen.

What's the deal? Is even the conservative right tired of her espousing hate for the criminal justice system? I thought you guys all quietly loved her.

Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com


  1. I can't stand her. I can't even watch her show for two seconds. Unethical.

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  3. Anonymous12:33 AM

    "came to terms that she killed her child"????? What the heck are you talking about? As I mentioned from the first day of the reported suicide, Melinda likely gave her child to someone she altready knew for "safe-keeping." Melinda knew hundreds, if not thousands of people, she could have arranged that with. The charge against Nancy has already been filed, and will likely suceed with a Judgement against Nancy. She (Nancy) actually needs some time in prison for her wrongful actions against victims. If you eliminate the accusatory-interview that Nancy had with Melinda, then Melinda would likely be alive today. CHA-CHING for the grandparents! Go get her!

  4. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Nancy Grace is going to Hell for sure, no doubt at all. Nancy has victimized tooooooooooo many victims already. She needs some time in prison for her crimes Nancy has perpetrated against victims. Because Nancy was never a victim herself, she has no clue at all. Nancy "claims" she was a victim before, but the facts are that Nancy has never been a victim of a crime. Her fiancĂ© was, but not Nancy. And, Nancy was never even related to Keith (her fiancĂ©). Nancy should expect to pay huge in the lawsuits filed against her by Melinda’s parents. What Nancy contributed to, resulting in the death of Melinda IS a crime. Things are finally catching up to Nancy. Hope Nancy’s TV-replacement will cover Nancy’s incarceration down the road, and maybe criticize what Nancy gets served for meals while Nancy is in prison. We will be sure to tune into that show. Here is another website Petition for Nancy to be charged with Negligent Homicide. http://www.petitiononline.com/nopetit1/petition.html

  5. Anonymous10:28 PM

    On Friday Dec 8th, Nancy Grace was a guest on the Glen Beck show where she tried to come across as being “confident” regarding the Duckett lawsuit against her. But, Nancy only came across as someone in great fear of the likely upcoming outcome of that case. Sorry Nancy, don’t forget to bring your check-book with you to court. You are going to have to pay huge bucks on this case. Perhaps, Nancy, it may be cheaper for you just to not victimize the victims. It would also save lives if you did that Nancy.

  6. Anonymous3:13 PM

    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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF-w00BfRS0

  7. Anonymous9:21 PM

    She tries people in the court of public opinion, as jury and judge. She wears opulent jewelry that would make the Queen of England blush to wear. And if Nancy Grace is indicative of the judicial system, no wonder justice has fled in America, and there is no justice any more. Anyone that would watch her, has no brains, if you ask me.

  8. Anonymous7:27 AM

    Just another Puritan relying on hate and fear to maintain her name and fame.