Even if you were only paying cursory attention to the explosive Casey Anthony trial you likely cross television paths with Nancy Grace at some point.
The fiery, relentlessly over-the-top HLN host dominated the coverage of the trial and enjoyed blockbuster ratings as a result.
But who is she?
With all of this attention, we decided to take a closer look at Grace and her career so far.
As a student at Mercer University, Grace considered becoming an English Professor. After the murder of her fiance in 1979, however, she enrolled in law school to pursue her new interest in victims' rights.
Grace went on to work as a Special Prosecutor in the Atlanta-Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney's office. Grace focused on felony cases that involved murder, rape, child molestation and arson.
Grace's conduct as Prosecutor caught the attention of the Supreme Court of Georgia. In 1997, the court overturned a conviction due to questions over evidence and criticised Grace's behaviour, saying 'the conduct of the prosecuting attorney in this case demonstrated her disregard of the notions of due process and fairness, and was inexcusable.' She stepped down from her position after the D.A. she had been working under decided not to run for reelection.
Soon after her work with the Fulton County prosecutors' office, Grace accepted an offer to do a legal commentary show with Johnnie Cochran for CourtTV.
Granted her own show following Cochran's departure from CourtTV, Grace also became host of a prime-time legal analysis show on HLN in 2005. Grace left CourtTV on June 19, 2007 to focus on her work with HLN.
Grace co-wrote her first book 'How High-Priced defence Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System,' which was released on June 8, 2005. The book attracted controversy with disparaging statements about defence attorneys and a plagiarism claim regarding a New York Times article.
On September 7, 2006, Grace interviewed Melinda Duckett, mother of missing two-year-old child, during which Duckett refused to answer Grace's questions about her whereabouts at the time of her son's disappearance. She committed suicide the following day. Duckett's family blamed Grace and her insistent line of questioning for her death; Grace, however, refused to take any part of the blame.
Grace's interview with 'Good Morning America' below.
In November 2006, Duckett's family filed a wrongful death claim against CNN and Grace. Two years later, Grace reached a settlement with Duckett's estate to create a $200,000 trust fund dedicated to locating the missing child.
In 2006, Grace took an aggressive stance on the Duke University lacrosse rape case, making clear she sided with the prosecution. Following the innocent verdict, Grace did not appear on her show. Instead, Jane Velez-Mitchell announced the removal of charges.
Video of Grace's early (and angry) take on the case below.
Grace interviewed Elizabeth Smart in July 2006 as she promoted a legislative bill. Grace, however, just couldn't help herself from asking Smart about her abduction. Smart didn't appreciate the questioning.
On August 11, 2009, Grace's first fiction book 'The Eleventh Victim' was released. A year later, her second novel 'Death on the D-List' was published.
Grace often lends commentary to various shows. In October 2009, she appeared on 'The Insider' to tear into reality TV dad Jon Gosselin.
Over the last few months, Grace saw her HLN ratings skyrocket in her coverage of the Casey Anthony Murder Trial. Her reporting of the trial culminated with the jury's verdict on July 5, 2011. Grace was NOT happy.
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