TV host Nancy Grace called the other day as she was wheeling into Jay Leno’s parking lot. Gone was the aggressive bark that characterized her coverage of the Casey Anthony trial on HLN.
“We’re all just exhausted,” said Grace, who, believe it or not, is quite soft-spoken in person.
While encamped in Orlando for the blockbuster trial, she said, she and her husband David Linch found time for some family fun.
“When I wasn’t on air we spent time at Disney, Sea World,” said Grace, the mother of 3-year-old twins. “After the verdict I got in bed with John David and Lucy and just held them and thought about Caylee, God rest her soul.”
At the mention of the adorable child at the center of the trial, Grace started picking up steam. She won’t call the little girl’s mother by her name.
“I believe Tot Mom wanted a whole new life. She wanted to be free and single,” Grace said. “She used Chloroform as a babysitter.”
As the trial wore on and concluded Grace became more animated. After the verdict, when Anthony was acquitted of murder and other serious charges (being found guilty only of providing false information to law enforcement officers), Grace memorably commented, “The devil is dancing tonight.”
The Macon native’s colorful language has resulted in criticism from some circles. Here’s a link to an Atlantic story detailing some of that sentiment. Its headline is “Nancy Grace Under Fire.”
Grace, as you’d imagine, is untroubled.
“So be it. My viewers have stuck with me through thick and thin,” said the HLN host, who racked up historic ratings during the trial. “The only people commenting about me, my show or my style are TV pundits or media critics.”
Grace predicts long-term implications from what she calls “a miscarriage of justice.” She thinks it will diminish people’s faith in the legal system.
“It will have the same affect that the OJ acquittal had,” she said. Although Casey Anthony is keeping a very low profile now, Grace wouldn’t be surprised to see her land a book deal or some other lucrative opportunity.
“It just adds insult to injury,” Grace said. “I don’t like to see people profit over crime. The only thing she’s told the truth about so far is Caylee’s DOB. [A book] would really just be another pack of lies.”
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