My knowledge of TV talking heads is somewhat scattershot, largely dependent on the video clips that come my way when I am surfing the web, usually in relation to news stories. I was vaguely familiar with the name Nancy Grace as a former lawyer as a legal analyst on cable news, but that was about it. So when in response to a post commenter Crudely Wrott said of her that she “seems to thrive on, no, display an actual need for, human suffering and callous, horrific crime. Like a vampire’s dependence on blood”, I thought it was perhaps a tad harsh.
But then I read the link provided by another commenter slc1 to a post by Jonathan Turley where Turley excoriates Grace’s actions when she was a prosecutor and says that her ‘presumed guilty’ approach has been a pernicious influence on the legal profession.
The Grace effect is not lost on aspiring young prosecutors who struggle to outdo one another as camera-ready, take-no-prisoners avengers of justice. Grace’s controversial career also shows how prosecutors can routinely push the envelope without fear of any professional consequences. Often this does not mean violating an ethics rule, but using legally valid charges toward unjust ends.
I then saw this clip on The Daily Show and I think that if at all Crudely Wrott was being a little too kind to Grace. As Jon Stewart points out, there is something truly creepy about her, an Elvira without the campy humor.
(This clip was aired on May 9, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)