Are these court shows getting to you where these women interject their personal projections, even before the jury is in?
You would not believe their "professional panels"
I Have A Bone To Pick
A week or two ago I was watching the Jane Valdez Show. Her topic being the wife who drove
two miles the wrong way on a highway, killing herself, her four children and others in this
horrific accident. Her husband miraculously survived. Miss Valdez had on her show an “expert
panel.” To my shock, Ms. Valdezs' expert panel, whom includes no lawyer's, no ex police
officer's and shockingly enough, a movie critic, yes people a movie critic.
Appalled, I had to keep watching.
This is my view: The Mothers BAC Level was 1.8 and the whole panel including Jane said the
normal person would be unconscious with a BAC of 1.8 or near coma. Last I checked 4.0 was
coma and near the death level; though I could be wrong. I remember for years the legal limit
was 1.8 then went to 1.2 and finally not long ago to 0.8. ( I'm sure for the state's to
create revenue for all the towns and cities) It would not take long for a woman to get her
blood alcohol level to a 1.8 - and Medical Examiners make mistakes from time to time on these
tests in the lab. I see no reason, other than a smart choice, regarding the request that the
Husband made asking for an independent autopsy.
The deceased's wife, was reported as saying she was "feeling dizzy and I'm having a
headache" when one of her relatives asked if she had been feeling okay at some
point during the last day of the family gathering. The panel had quite a giggle over this
quoting - something about “well yeah she was stoned.” The Husband mentioned another
theory of a transient stroke. People can die of and often do of blood clots after sitting on
airplanes for too long or of a clot, partially blocking the carotid artery until finally maybe
another clot is thrown and blocks the carotid wich would stave the
brain of 02 and headaches and dizziness would certainly be a symptom while this takes place.
This is very plausible except to her "expert panel;" who only want to make light of the bottle
of Vodka in the car and, where this doesn't prove a thing where this is no way to prove who all
drank it and on what date it was consumed. And I believe the pot is pointless, had she
smoked prior to driving home the kids would have said "Aunt Diane is only driving 17 miles per
hour on the highway." I'm not trying to be funny, but it's so absurd to me they'd think this had
an effect on this horrible accident, most people, well, the people I know whom smoke pot
do so before bed or after dinner when they plan on lying on the sofa, not in the morning prior
to driving a car load of kids home from a weekend trip. And, since we all know that pot is
stored in ones fat cells up to a month after used pot two weekends before the accident and it
would still show up.
When the husband trys to bring up a blood disorder- now the whole pane, that again, has
no medical degrees of any kind. All jump in and say, “no way, her husband and lawyer
are grasping at straws.” Apparently they think because she was thirty-five that she is too
young to have a medical condition such as this. Well, news (honest) flash, there are many
blood disorders that have been discovered in the last ten or so years which can be completely
undetected until and episode or a mini stroke happens. Or, it shows up in say like a pre-op
test. I too have a blood disorder discovered at the ripe old age of thirty-five. The medical
description escapes me but, in layman’s terms, it is known as Sticky Blood syndrome. What
happens is your platelets increase in volume and clump together, sometimes causing a clot,
while your other blood products such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, etc. stay
the same. I had an extremely high platelet count and my doctors caught it on a pre-op test.
The levels of my platelets were so high, 1.9 million per milliliter (or whatever the ratio is they
use to measure it but, you get the point). The normal level is one hundred thousand and the
top of the normal is 400,000. The kicker is, I had eight major surgeries prior to this being
caught, and my last back operation put me in a coma for three and a half months and in the
hospital a considerable time to recover and learn things over. My point here is this - my blood,
being monitored constantly, especially since I did develop a blood clot while lying in a hospital
bed for so long. However, Sticky Blood can hide at times and you test normal; or like me if
when I am dehydrated, not taking one aspirin every morning, it may be detected. In addition, it
has the ability to go the other way, your platelets decrease, and you can spontaneously bleed
and potentially bleed out with a severe wound.
This absurd panel vilifying the husband after this horrible accident, that killed his wife
and four children plus other people their car hit, over the course of an hour; before all the
evidence was out. Moreover, this is the problem with all these news shows. I can only think that
the prosecutors and personal injury attorneys want the waters muddied so a juror won’t be left
in the land who hasn’t heard all these unqualified “expert guest panels absurd comments.”
Ms. Valdez and Nancy Grace, who also is guilty of the above, but, she cannot keep her
personal comments from contaminating a case she is discussing with her goofy panels. It
makes one wonder if some of theses large law firms do not have these women in there hip
pocket. Nancy Grace, a former lawyer herself, who you’d think would know better than
interjecting her personal point of view before the evidence, is in or before the case (which ever
case she’s covering) has gone to trial. She has to be aware of the damage she is causing by
discussing elements or the case - she is tainting the jury pool, which in most respects has yet
to be picked.
I believe this cannot go on while we guarantee the right to every American - the
right to have a fair and impartial trial - and sadly many Americans still believe because they
viewed the information on a news type show, that it must be true. Unfortunately, nothing could
be further from the truth.
And, Nancy quit with the baby photos. Having a web page for her
fans where they could view her kids if they so choose, would be much more professional. We
all have kids or have relatives with kids and are inundated with baby photos of our own.
People need to think for themselves and maybe there should be fines for reporting on events
too early especially when the facts they go on and on about are just there own speculative
opinions’ that turn out to be one hundred percent wrong. Shame on the both of you supposed
professional journalists. In addition, Jane was shamelessly hocking her book on getting sober
while persecuting the deceased wife and her four deceased children before this drunken
driving event even had all the evidence. While I applause Miss Valdez on her sobriety, did she
ever stop to think or even mention how many nights this could have been her. I thought about
that, apparently it had not entered her mind.
What ever happened to honest, unbiased journalist giving Americans a report without
disrupting a defendants or a victim’s chance of a fair trial. I hope it does not have to do with
ratings but I am afraid that it does. I think their ability to assemble a qualified panel just goes to
show the viewers - qualified people do not want to be involved in these shows. I Think
unresponible shows need to be monitored where lives are at stake and our constitutional
rights infringed apon. Am I over reacting? I think not. I am sure some of the shows are correct
in their content, But, it is not up to these pseudo newscasters to broadcast their personal views
and allow their panels’ to do the same on national television. This is what Courts are for and
the right for every American to receive a fair and impartial jury to decide their fates without
hearing these women jabbering about the case weeks before it even comes to trial.
Signed by someone qualified to be on either of their panels or a guest with a point of view,
Because if being a former Movie Critic is a qualification than I assure you I am more than
qualified. Which brings me to my last point - with Miss Valdez using a Movie Critic on her panel
that night, does she realize she was asking him his opinion on a real life horrific event? Does
he realize he was being asked about a real life horrific event that will forever change the
people involved or was he giving his usual opinion on a fictitious movie that he has spent his
entire adult life doing and still does.
I give these women two thumbs down in taste, professionalism and I pray the vast majority saw,
and see these shows for what they are.
Written by Ellen Karan