What a Difference a Year Makes!

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Want to feel really good going into the weekend? Then click here to check out today's video blog. I don't want to give too much away — I want you to watch the video — but the video shows the surprise visitor I had in my office last night... and here is a clue: What a difference exactly one year, one month makes!

Thursday night we aired part of our interview with Taz, the nurse who was in Anna Nicole Smith's room the day she died. I learned many things talking to her — including that she was not there as a nurse that day to care for a sick Anna Nicole and that her occupation was a coincidence. She is the wife to Anna's former bodyguard, who was there as a friend. He was not working as a bodyguard for her at the time of her death. The things Taz told us did not answer all my questions. I don't know if they answer any questions you may have lingering. Here is what sticks with me: Taz was right there and she specifically says has questions. She seemed like a smart decent woman who is not trying to stir up trouble, but genuinely has questions about the death. This is one of those deaths that may be a totally explainable, non-negligent death, but the lack of information and some odd facts makes me wonder if we have done justice to this investigation. No matter what you think about Anna Nicole Smith or anyone attached to her story, the investigation should be thorough and fair.

There should be an explanation for why Anna Nicole was pumped full of so many drugs causing or contributing to her death. Did she take them herself? (It has been reported she could not get to the bathroom alone.) If she took them herself, why were they not right next to the bed? Or were the drugs next to her bed and just not noticed? Did she bully people into giving her drugs? Were the drugs prescribed in a medically responsible way? When did she die? Was she already dead when Taz was sent into her room to be with her? (Is the clue the dry fecal matter and the unmoving baby bottle resting on her body?) Does it matter when she died? Why was she covered up with the blankets? Was it chills from a fever or to cover what was known — that she was already dead.

Here is a question I have: Why have the Bahamas not gone forward with the inquest into Anna Nicole's son's death? He died last September and the inquest, while called for, keeps getting put off... what's with that? There may be a good explanation, but without more information, it is difficult to simply think there are good reasons.

And while I am on the topic of unexplainable delays: What is with Alabama? Wrestler Sensational Sherrie Martell died in mid-June. She was only 49 and seemingly in good health... and her toxicology results? The family was told it would take ONE YEAR for the results. What is with that? It will take one year for her family to get answers? That sounds nuts to me. It makes the Bahamas constant delays in Daniel's inquest to look... well, you decide. E-mail your thoughts about this Alabama delay to ontherecord@foxnews.com.

Don't forget to tune in Monday for our special guest: the first lady. Incidentally, Friday is the president's 61st birthday.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Good morning!
I think it's great that you and FOX News are not letting this tragic story of Anna Nicole go away to quickly. It seems that as soon as Mr. Stern hired that "Pit Bull" attorney everyone backed away but to may questions still need to be answered (a hearing in front of a Florida grand jury would do a lot to solve that problem).
If Florida would have pursued Anna Nicole's doctors and enablers and made them accountable for their actions, maybe this deadly story of the Benoit family and who knows how many other families, could have been avoided.
Keep Diggin'
Rochester, NY

E-mail No. 2

Just watched your interview with Taz. Wow! Disturbing stuff. All I could do is sit there with my mouth open during the last segment of it. A baby bottle on top of Anna? Feces in the bed? It really sounds like she might have already been dead when Howard left [the second time]. And if Taz and Moe wouldn't have seen Howard in the elevator when they did... would he have ever gone back to the room? Was she fed drugs through the bottle? This is heavy stuff.
It just seems odd that the two people Anna trusted the most, Howard and her psychiatrist, left her when she needed them the most. This does not sound good. I believe that Tas has an idea of what really happened. She seems like a genuine person. It was like she was answering your questions the way she did, but wanted to tell you more.
I missed your show tonight the first go around (was out to dinner). This was worth staying up for!
Great job (once again) with this interview!
Have a good night,
Elizabeth Ezzell

E-mail No. 3

Yes, Smith's doctor should be investigated, but... AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN.
The Seminole police don't care why she overdosed. The next best thing was her living in the Bahamas. Why do the Bahamians care about all the drugs she had? She died in Florida.
So then what do you need; a California prosecutor willing to try and butt heads with the Seminoles and the Bahamians to release evidence? The prosecutor could ask the Tribal Council to release the findings, but if the Council says no, he can't fight them in a U.S. Court.
Karen Kirwan
Plantation, FL

E-mail No. 4

Hello Greta,
Anytime there is a question of a physician dispensing medication like it was candy they need to be investigated by people qualified to determine whether their practices are excessive or within reasonable limits. While they must be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, they must be held accountable for any failures intentional or otherwise.

E-mail No. 5

I really do believe these doctors for Anna should have already been investigated. It seems like everything has been shoved under the rug. Anna may have not been the perfect lady, but she has a right to live! The doctors and Stern took that away from her with the drugs. Erosovitch was told, even by Kapoor to get Anna help, that Erosovitch was in over her head. I think she deserves more than her license taken away. Also if you could find out if she or Dr. Kapoor prescribed anything for Daniel either in his name or someone else's name would be great also. Thank you Greta for caring. God will bless you.

E-mail No. 6

Melanoma is the worst cancer that I've ever heard about and wonder why there aren't more people exposing this for greater research.
My neighbor was 32 when she had her first tumor on her back. Eight years later she had a lump under her arm, and more operations. Now, just turned 40, she's stage 4+ and the tumors are growing out of her body! There is such sadness, fear and pain in the eyes of her children 7 & 11. She's getting top care in NYC top cancer hospital but nothing is working! I'm praying now that the hospital isn't so gung-ho that they don't offer counseling to her, her kids and husband before it's too late.
I'm so happy that you have highlighted this on your show!
As far as Anna Nicole's doctors, they should be held accountable for her prescription drugs. First hand on tape that doctor is holding Dannielynn while Anna is high as a kite!
This is what these doctors go to medical school for? Maybe it is just the ca$h!
Keep doing what you're doing!
Nancy L.
Long Island, NY

E-mail No. 7

Most certainly, Anna Nicole's doctor should be investigated as well as the wrestler's doctor! In fact, I still think there is more to Anna Nicole's death than ever came to light.
Gayle Kretschmer
Fernley, NV

E-mail No. 8

Yes, Greta, the doctors of Anna Nicole, Chris Benoit, and anyone else regardless of “celebrity” status, should be investigated for prescribing too many drugs. They are accountable to the public and to the AMA for living up to their Hippocratic Oath; they are required by law, ethics, and integrity “to do no harm.” Elvis Presley’s doctor was under scrutiny for a long time (though I do not at the moment recall the outcome). Too many people tragically die from overdoses of prescribed drugs-most of whom we hear nothing about through the media. It’s time something was done to curb this crime.
Robin Porcelain
Atlanta, GA

E-mail No. 9

Don't care what your name is or what you do for a living. If a doctor prescribes too much medication... there should be an investigation into it! Doctors are not above the law (similar to Paris Hilton's saga) and they are not God! If God thought human beings should look like those professional wrestlers look... he would have made them look that way!
Jeanie in the UP of Michigan

E-mail No. 10

Dear Greta,
The accusation of Chris Beniot's mother-in-law against law enforcement undoubtedly come from a woman grieving a terrible tragedy and loss. The question we should all be asking ourselves is, was there anything she could have done? Those of us not caught up in such terrible grief should look at ourselves, our loved ones, and neighbors and ask if there is anything we can be doing to intervene, to prevent another tragedy. It's much easier to blame others. Those of us not in this nightmare need to think about what we would do if faced with similar circumstances? Would we try to intervene, which has it's own risks, or would we wait for someone else to take the responsibility? Would you step over a dying woman's body? Would you ignore hints of abuse in your neighbor's house? How many times have you walked past a person that needed your help? I know I have, and felt terrible about it, but apparently not bad enough to go back and risk embarrassment or anger for getting involved.

Finally, an article that caught my attention:

• Lawsuit against Iverson over nightclub brawl goes to jury
By STEPHEN MANNING, Associated Press writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal jury began deliberations Thursday in a $20 million lawsuit against Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson over a 2005 nightclub fight that two patrons say was sparked by Iverson's entourage. The NBA player testified that he had no role in the brawl.

A lawyer for the men suing Iverson and his bodyguard said in closing arguments Thursday that Iverson has demonstrated little concern about the case against him. He noted that Iverson only appeared in court Monday to testify for about two hours in a trial that is now into its second week.

"He doesn't respect the court. He ain't here," attorney Gregory Lattimer told the U.S. District Court jury, motioning toward an empty chair next to Iverson's lawyer at the defense table. "He doesn't respect anything that isn't Allen Iverson."

Jurors deliberated for about two hours Thursday before recessing for the day. Deliberations were set to resume Friday morning.

Marlin Godfrey and David Anthony Kittrell say the fight was started by Iverson's bodyguard and entourage when the pair refused to vacate a VIP section for Iverson at the Eyebar nightclub in Washington. Iverson, 32, testified that he didn't see the fight.

Godfrey and Kittrell claim the bodyguard, Jason Kane, and Terrance Williams assaulted them. They allege that Williams, a friend of Kane, was acting on Iverson's behalf.

Godfrey was badly beaten during the melee, suffering head and other injuries. Lattimer said he suffered depression and other long-term health problems from the incident.

The lawsuit says Iverson is responsible for the brawl because he failed to properly supervise Kane and Williams — but it does not claim he took part in the fight. The suit also accuses Kane of assault and battery for allegedly beating Godfrey with items that include a bottle.

Iverson said Monday the suit was a get-rich-quick scheme by the two men, who targeted him because of his wealth and fame. Kane testified he wasn't involved in the fight and hustled Iverson out of the club when a brawl appeared imminent.

Iverson's lawyer, Alan Milstein, told jurors Thursday that Kittrell and Godfrey lied about details of the fight and who instigated it.

Iverson had no role in the melee, and wasn't responsible for Williams, who was not working for him, Milstein said. He echoed Iverson's claim that the case was an attempt to fleece the wealthy NBA star.

"The only reason Mr. Iverson is sued is because he's got the money. This whole case is about who's got it and how do we get it," Milstein said.

Iverson faces another lawsuit for another nightclub fight involving his security in Hampton, Va. That happened less than two weeks before the Washington fight.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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