Nancy Grace predicted Michael Jackson would be found guilty of the child molestation charges he was facing. She thought the defense proved Jackson was not guilty of conspiracy. The alcohol charges she said were "gravy for the prosecution."
At Court TV, Nancy not only hosted the weekday afternoon trial coverage program "Closing Arguments" but also a series of primetime specials that started in 2004 during the Scott Peterson trial. She did a full week of specials during Amber Frey's testimony as well as many during the trial, verdict, and sentencing. In 2005, Nancy had an exclusive interview with Amber Frey during a Sunday night special. She also reported on the 2005 Atlanta courthouse shootings and the Michael Jackson trial. In October 2005, the specials were re-named "Nancy Grace Investigates" and she hosted three before leaving the network in 2007. Two were live from California on the Pamela Vitalie, wife of journalist Daniel Horowitz murder case. The last one focused on Taylor Biel, Natalee Holloway, and killers who profit off their crimes.
Nancy married investment banker David Linch in April, 2007.
Nancy was parodied on the television show Boston Legal in the form of a reporter named Gracie Jane. Most of her appearances consisted of Janie shouting 'Guilty! guilty! guilty!' into the camera.
Nancy was relentless in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, in her repeated proclomation that suspect Richard Ricci, a man who had been performing work on the Smart's house, was guilty,although there was little to no evidence to support the claim. Nancy also suggested that Ricci's girlfriend was helping him cover up the crime. She continued to accuse Ricci, even after his death. It was later revealed that Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee were responsible for Elizabeth's disappearance. The two had no connection what-so-ever with Richard Ricci.
Nancy was involved in 2006 in an incident involving the suicide of a 21-year old woman, Melinda Duckett. Melinda was being interviewed on Nancy's show, when Nancy turned agressive and pounded her fist when she felt that Melinda's answers were evasive concerning her missing son. Nancy continued to probe and push her, and the following day she shot herself to death, a death which relatives claim was influenced by media scrutiny.
Nancy is known for making her opinion known through public comments about ongoing trials. Some of the higher profile trials illicited a strong outrage for her comments, citing that she was indeed offering the community a bias: the Michael Jackson trial, Scott Peterson's trial, and the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping are a few examples.
Nancy has taken the heat from many who believe that she unfairly focuses more on the errors of the defense attorneys than those of prosecutors. Magnifying their indiscretions, as to imply unfair due process.
Nancy has been criticized for her agressive interviewing style and her tendency to announce an individual's guilt on the air without due process of a jury trial.
Nancy has been recognized for her work with various victim's rights groups, such as: the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation, Crime Victims United of California, and The Retreat.
Nancy is the recipient of two 'American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Awards', both for her Nancy Grace Investigates primetime report on Court TV and for individual achievement for Best Program Host.
Nancy was held responsible for explaining the following mismatched statements regarding her fiance's murder trial:
- Her fiance, Keith Griffin, was not shot by a random stranger on the street, but by a former employee.
- Tommy McCoy, who was convicted of the killing, didn't have a prior record.
- The jury deliberated for a few hours, not days, as Nancy said.
- The killing occured in 1979, not 1980.
- There was no ongoing string of appeals.
Nancy was accused of embellishing the story of her fiance's murder and ensuing trial in the New York Observer in 2006 to allegedly better support her image.
Nancy is a member of the Mercer University's board of trustees as of 2006, and also has adopted a section of the street surrounding the law school.
Nancy taught litigation at the Georgia State University College of Law, as well as business law at the University's School of Business.
Nancy spent time working as a clerk for a federal court judge, and practiced consumer protection and antitrust law with the Federal Trade Commision.
Nancy has written articles and editorials for various law reviews, The American Bar Association Journal being amongst the most notable.
Nancy worked for nearly a decade as a Special Prosecutor in the Georgia District Attorney's office, focusing on arson, serial rape, serial murder, and serial child molestation.
Nancy is a former prosecutor turned talk show host and author, who frequently discusses issues from a victim's rights standpoint.
Nancy won a permanent restraining order against a mental health patient, who she claims has been stalking her. Joseph Raymond Loegering claims that he is in love with her, and stalked her by E-mail, telephone, and attempted to enter her place of employment.
Nancy helped staff the hotline for the Atlanta Battered Women's Center for ten years.
Nancy compiled a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses, however some of those convictions were later overturned by higher courts.
Nancy Grace's latest book, Objection: How High Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal System was released June 8, 2005.
One of Nancy's passions is Shakespearean literature. Before her fiance' was randomly murdered, she was studying to become an English Professor.
She is from Macon, Georgia. Her mother and father still live there today.
Grace's university studies to become an English professor were suddenly changed once her fiance' was murdered.
This tragedy prompted her to enter law school where she became a Law Review graduate of Mercer Law School, received her LLM in constitutional and criminal law from New York University.