No Rest for the Weary

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Who needs sleep? Apparently no one on our show! By the time you read this blog, we are so up and gone! We have/had early flights to North Carolina from New York to cover the hearing today in the Duke case. The hearing should be very short, but we have other matters to attend to while we are in Durham. So we need to get there early. We will do the show from Durham tonight.

As soon as our show is over — yes, 11 p.m. ET — we'll race to back to the airport. We have a very, very late flight that lands in Florida about 3 a.m. We have early work plans in Florida tomorrow, I think we have to be at work at 7 a.m. — yes, a.m. — Friday. Do the math: Arrive in Florida after 3 a.m. and up and at work at 7 a.m. You might want to factor in the transportation from the airport to the hotel and to work at 7 a.m. So, if I look tired on Friday — I am! At best, we will have 3 1/2 hours of sleep... after a sleepless week.

As you know, this job can be exhausting. On Sunday afternoon we flew to San Diego, drove to Tijuana, Mexico and worked until 3 a.m. ET walking the U.S./Mexico border with the U.S. Border Patrol. We slept a few hours, then very early drove about 100 miles east to do an interview with a Minuteman in very hot sun. We drove back to Tijuana/San Diego border, did the show and raced to the airport in San Diego. We flew all night flight to New York, arrived at Newark airport at 6:05 a.m., slept about 30 minutes and then interviewed the U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Then we prepared for our show, did the show and got off work at 11 p.m. ET. We were up early to work the next morning and spent part of day in court watching the arguments in the Holloway/Van der Sloot civil trial. Then I worked on special that airs next weekend, prepared for and did our show until 11 p.m. ET. Today, we're up very early and on an early flight to Durham, North Carolina. We'll be in court in Durham, do the show and some other work and tonight we leave Durham after 11 p.m. for a 3 a.m.-ish arrival in Florida. Tomorrow morning we have to be up early and meeting some people at 7 a.m., at some distance from our hotel. We expect to work all day and then do the show from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight. At 11 p.m. on Friday everyone on our show can stand down. It will have been a busy and exciting week. And yes, amid this schedule, I found time to write this blog every day.

Despite this schedule — which I do by choice — this job is easy compared to so many other jobs. Try emergency room nurses, firefighters, police, military, border patrol, day care centers, etc. There are so many jobs that are really hard. I only write about this travel to give you the behind the scenes of the job, which is what I promised in this blog. (One other thing: our schedule is not unique. There are others in the business who do these schedules.)

Not only is my job easy, but it is exciting. Plus, I am really good at sleeping on a plane. I am very lucky to get to see first hand so many fascinating things. I only hope that with our cameras we bring you to these places and that you have the same fascination.

As noted, yesterday we went to the New York state court to watch the lawyers for both Natalee's parents and Joran and Paulus van der Sloot battle it out over the civil suit. The question: Will the judge throw the case out of New York court or will she allow the case to go forward in the New York state court? The judge heard the lawyers argue the law and is now taking the matter "under advisement" — in other words she did not rule from the bench, but will issue a decision later. When is "later?" No idea... there is no time limit. Incidentally, I argued a motion in the early 1980s that the judge took under advisement and never decided... I heard a few years ago he died. I do not expect that to happen here. This judge will decide the case.

After watching the hearing, I could not read the judge. I have no idea what she will decide. It was evident, however, that she is very familiar with the pleadings the lawyers filed. She seems smart and wants to study the matter further to make sure she makes the right decision — whatever that is. I don't envy her. This is not an easy case to decide. In fact, I think I could write an airtight decision on the law and the facts going either way (either throwing it out of New York court... and keeping it in.) After she decides this case, some will praise her and some will trash her. I do wonder sometimes why someone wants to be a judge.

One question to you: What do you think you would do now if you were Natalee's parents?

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

I hope something good comes out of this civil suit because I feel the Holloway family needs some kind of answer of what happened to Natalee. And my thoughts and prayers are with the Holloway family.
Donald E. Foor Jr.
Defiance, PA

E-mail No. 2

Why isn't our government, as well as animal organizations trying to find a solution to the alligator problem in Florida? It's foolish to keep killing these innocent, prehistoric animals when the fault lies with human beings who know how to reason. People are the perpetrators and should stay out of their habitat. They're God's creatures and are just trying to survive, while human beings keep encroaching on their territory. These animals do not know that they are not supposed to kill people, they just look at us as a food source. Move them to a remote place and stop the killing of innocent creatures. As the Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3, 18-20, that man has no preeminence over the beast and shouldn't boast, as he too is a beast, as we all come from the same place, have the same breath of life and will return to the same place, the dust.
Joyce Owens
Cincinnati, OH

E-mail No. 3

I honestly believe that Greta would sensationalize a stop sign. In fact I think FOX in general is becoming that way!
Artis Hudnall

E-mail No. 4

Hey Greta!
This is a tongue-in-cheek letter!
I live in Florida and the 'gators say these southern people taste just like chicken... Researchers from somewhere say the percentage of people with common sense is less than 6 percent. I guess common sense wasn't one of your top 10 requirements for your fiance to become your husband! No way should the murdering teacher be given bail! Your husband has to be smart — he picked you for a spouse! LOL
Love your show and EAGERLY look forward to tonight's Natalee Holloway update... battle of the "legal battering rams."
Darla Wickham

E-mail No. 5

My question is why would a mother put up a dime to get her son out of jail when he basically admitted to what he did? No one loves their children more than I love mine, but I cannot support them if they did something so heinous. I'm sure his mother probably mortgaged her house or something to put up the money. When he admitted it and led the police to her, are you kidding me? This girl is alive and in the hospital by a miracle — he didn't care for 30 hours what happened to her — why would he not still be a threat to her? That's enough reason not to let him out on bond.
J. Hill
Kingsport, TN

E-mail No. 6

As I was watching your interview with Alberto Gonzales last evening, I was getting extremely upset by his circumventing your questions on illegal immigrants. When you tried to pinpoint him a few times, he repeatedly evaded answering. He basically just kept saying that the administration knows this is a problem and is trying to fix it. So, now that 20 years have elapsed since the last amnesty, it is suddenly a big issue and virtually unmanageable at this point. To blame is the prior and present administrations for not enforcing immigration laws. Nobody can tell me that employers don't know the legal status of the people they are hiring and they need to be held responsible. If there are no laws currently on the books requiring employers to check potential hirees [sic] then laws need to be enacted on this issue ASAP so they can't feign innocence. Also, besides employers hiring illegals, what about all of the self employed illegals in such businesses as restaurants, groceries, variety stores, cart vendors, etc.? They are living the American dream with no consequences and word needs to get out that they there is also going to be a crackdown on them too. I don't know the all the answers, but Pres. Bush's proposal for a guest worker program is totally unacceptable to me. Under any circumstances, the border has to be secured first and fast. What to do about all the illegals here now needs to be debated further but no rash enactments should be made just to get a comprehensive bill passed that will come back to bite us in the future by not discouraging illegal immigration.
I enjoy watching FOX News cause it keeps me informed about current events and your guests keep it balanced, as O'Reilly would say.
Truly yours,
Bridget Gorman

E-mail No. 7

Hi Greta,
I was reading the transcript of your panel discussion regarding David Evans and his statement and how it seemed so sincere yet one person questioned whether it was rehearsed because he was using phrases like “exculpatory evidence” and whatnot. I totally agree with the rest of the panel that he is a Duke graduate and has been involved in this case now for several months so it wouldn’t be so strange for him to pick up the lingo but I think it’s also important to point out that his dad is a high profile D.C. lawyer. There’s no way that I would not impart some kind of knowledge, info on my son who is being accused of a vicious crime. And with a mom who is a high profile lobbyist I’m sure this family is, rightfully so, well gifted in the art of presentation.
Amanda Darnley

E-mail No. 8

Dear Greta,
Regarding the Duke case, the accused's use of the word "exculpatory" does not surprise me. When a person is thrown into a situation the amount of terminology he/she learns in a short time is amazing.
Regarding the matter of bail in the teacher/student strangling case, I become rather fascist in my attitude toward this particular type of perpetrator. I don't think he should be out on bail. But, I am not the judge and I did not hear any mitigating evidence that might have been presented at the bail hearing. I can't imagine that I would have been swayed by any glowing reports of his former wonderful acts as a Boy Scout, altar boy or good samaritan in general. It appears to me that the man is a degenerate and should be given the same treatment his victim received. I fear that his mom can kiss her $80,000 goodbye. Sonny boy has not exactly shown much moral fortitude up to this point.
I have a few questions regarding this case. Wasn't the teacher a wrestler? Was any drug testing done on him? Might steroid use be a factor in this case?
Jennifer Watts
Pahrump, NV

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