Again Bernie and I stayed late last night and answered your show e-mail questions about the Peterson case. Click on the text to the right in the video box and hear the e-mails and answers. Because of the enormous interest in the case, I figured I should try and answer your many questions and thus the reason we stay and do this. Of course I can't get to all of them, but we are doing our best. I very much appreciate you watching the show and I want to try and answer all the questions — hence the late hours at work.
Last night former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (search) and I had an exchange about lawyers on the show. I won't rehash here — but, for those of you who wrote, I thought you might like to know that when he got up, he was not unhappy and we shook hands. Likewise, I was not unhappy and shook hands with him. There were no "hard feelings" on either side. We simply are passionate and it is too bad we did not have more time to "duke it out." As for e-mails, most who wrote me, hate lawyers. Below are two e-mails I picked but, as just noted, it was not 50/50 in terms of the views presented in the e-mails overall.
As an aside, if you really want to know my view of the legal profession, go to the library and read the chapter in my book on tort reform. The book is "My Turn at the Bully Pulpit (search)." Those of you with strong views about the legal system — and there sure are problems with it — might find this chapter interesting and might learn something.
Even if you hate lawyers — and most who wrote me last night do — it never hurts to read more and learn more about the legal system. After reading this chapter in the library, you might hate lawyers more than you did before reading the book ... but at least you will have more information.
The chapter provides greater depth about the system (and an insider's view) than the Speaker's and my exchange last night. TV, of course, is limited in time and scope and the Speaker and I really could have gone on and on and on about the topic.
E-mail No. 1
Never was your liberalism more clear than when you got into your heated defense of all the bottom feeders of America-the lawyers-with Newt Gingrich. I wasn't sure if you were ready for Fox News and now I'm sure. Have they filled your old position at the Clinton News Network (CNN)? If not, why don't you apply?
Signed, Jerry P., NC
P.S. John-John will be clobbered in North Caroliona in November!!
E-mail No. 2
Trial Lawyers do lie and you are one. It seems in a rush to be fair and balanced they (fox news) have forgotten about being truthful and honest. Good bye "On the LYING Record" and Fox News as well. I have been a fox fan for nany years.
John A. J.
E-mail No. 3
Greta - Thank you for defending the legal profession during your conversation with Newt Gingrich. Without trial lawyers, like John Edwards, the average American would not have a fighting chance. He speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves and I applaud him. Newt, along with the
current administration, is so far removed from everyday life, that they just don't get it. Come November, they'll get it - a swift kick back to Crawford.
Love your show
E-mail No. 4
I like the fairness of your questions and the fact that you don't take a lot of crap from some of your guests. I just saw you defend trial lawyers to Gingrich. You go, girl! I am up early in the a.m. and get the re-run. I enjoy it. Keep up the good work.
Nan in the A.M.
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