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Hello friends. I'll be travelling today and won't be able to post until this evening even if there is stunning, huge, breaking legal news in the meantime. On the bright side, there wasn't anything remotely close to any breaking legal news th is weekend so you won't be missing much. Have a good Monday. I will talk at you soon.

By Andrew Cohen |  September 18, 2006; 7:59 AM ET
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This is so good, in a way... we get a 3rd chance to talk about Nancy Grace!

Nancy Grace: Per se Vox Pop via Oh...

Nancy Grace should feel a great amount of guilt over her scoldings. After going on and on as though she was judge, jury, and executioner, when really she was talk show host on CNN Headline News... something did not go well. That formula for Nancy Grace's television show... conflicted with one of her phone guests...

Then 1 hour later... the person that she was trying to GET ANSWERS OUT OF... killed herself. I place lots of blame on Mrs. Grace. Just 1 hour! This is merely no coincidence. Nancy Grace's mantra is not to be taken lightly.

You think that Nancy Grace is really getting justice everytime she sits there pushing the envelope and yelling perfusely and making a scene, but it is in no way any reprisal for any crime. All it is is what so many entertainers do constantly: they take a battered person whom are easy to condemn, wether it is of prostitution, or the way they act, or in this case, a potential murderer... and make their flaws come out like candy from a pinata.

The spin here is, Nancy Grace does it for truth and honor and to help the court system and our community. When we have this outcome (suicide), none of these ideals get helped whatsoever. The ugliness of humiliating people comes through loud and clear, and this should never be refuted:

This lady is earning a reputation hurting those that are the easiest to hurt trampeling on the poor person's emotions again and again, then once it is all over, the person's image is forwarded with what the person managed to get in edgewise, and this supposedly is apart of the standards of the prosecutor from Georgia.

The last thing that I ever want to see is somebody embaressing a person on television... but we are seeing it more & more... We do not see the suicide of Melinda Duckett? We never hear about the suicide only in the most transgential of terms. Melinda Duckett comited suicide ['on this program'].I can tell of what Grace is doing... she is trying to pretend that she did not do anything. That everything is business as usual. It is not. It will never be business as usual. Only until the courtroom, Then it will be so. Nancy Grace should keep the trials there.

Posted by: Oh, to have a Blog | September 19, 2006 12:12 AM

Interesting column on the two recent sentencing rulings, but you overlooked the most salient point: Young's ruling and Merritt's ruling are squarely in conflict with one another. Young's ruling says to trust the jury to pass sentence based on the facts adduced before it, while Merritt's ruling says not to trust the jury to pass sentence because it will act arbitrarily.

You wrote, "Either your elected officials ... trust you to be jurors or they don't. Either they believe that people who commit the same crime ought to do the same time, all other things equal, or they don't." The problem is that these two goals are at odds with one another. If you decide that you have to trust the jury, then you have to accept the fact that sometimes two juries will return disproportionate verdicts (for all we know, the Santine jury might have been a case of nullification). If you decide that sentences for people involved in the same crime must be proportionate, then you have to take away the jury's discretion to find otherwise.

You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: Tom T. | September 20, 2006 01:55 AM

My mistake, what should read in the brackets are "following a conversation that aired on this program".

Posted by: Oh, to have a Blog | September 20, 2006 09:55 PM

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