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Law & Crime Network Expands Internationally

August 15, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 8:44 pm

CEO Dan Abrams announced on Wednesday, August 15th, the international expansion of his live trial network, Law & Crime Network. The trial live-streaming service will now be available through several distribution platforms across the UK and Ireland, including leading television service TVPlayer, as well as Klowd TV and coming soon to XUMO.

The Law & Crime Network is the only live trial network streaming 24/7, and covers a broad range of high-profile criminal trials, complete with commentary from experts in the field. Dan credits the expansion to a growing interest in law and true-crime, with eminent American cases sparking interest internationally.

Read more about the expansion on Multichannel News here.

Will Mueller Actually Subpoena President Trump?

August 9, 2018
Filed under: Blog,Writing — Stephanie @ 8:00 pm

One thing that anyone following the Trump/Giuliani/Mueller interview dance has to realize at this point is that there is really no way that the President is going to voluntarily sit down with the Special Counsel. While Giuliani has flip-flopped on the question, when asked this week if the President would agree to testify under oath he candidly responded: “Come on, you think we are fools?”

The bottom line is that despite the public gamesmanship and talk of possible terms, under oath or not, the President almost certainly can’t and won’t take the risk.

So the question that will have to be resolved in the days to come is whether Mueller will subpoena– try to force– the President to testify in front of a grand jury. Independent Counsel Ken Starr prepared to subpoena President Clinton before he ultimately agreed to answer questions, under oath.

I have been publicly predicting that Mueller would not take the subpoena plunge. Not because the President would succeed in any legal challenge. The Supreme Court in the Nixon case ruled: “Neither the doctrine of separation of powers, nor the need for confidentiality of high-level communications, without more, can sustain an absolute, unqualified presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process under all circumstances.” Yes, there are differences here from both the Paula Jones/Clinton case (civil v. criminal) and the Nixon ruling (subpoena of tapes v. testimony) but in the end, Mueller’s legal odds would be more than good.

The primary reason Mueller wouldn’t move forward with a subpoena is because the President has likely become what is called a target of the investigation. There are three designations used by federal prosecutors: witness, subject and target. If he was just a witness, there would no obstacles to issuing a subpoena. The president’s lawyers have claimed that he has been deemed a “subject,” which is defined in the US Attorney manual as “a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury’s investigation.” Think of it as legal purgatory. A target, on the other hand, is “a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a putative defendant.”

Even though few expect Mueller to seek to indict a sitting president, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t investigating him the same way they would anyone else. And typically a prosecutor would not subpoena a target because, in essence the defendant would be called in front of a grand jury just to invoke his/her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination. The goal of a subpoena is not to just create a constitutional show, but to get testimony and evidence which you won’t get from a target.

But what has me questioning my previous assessment, is that Giuliani now seems to be working off a timeline. While on the one hand publicly admitting that delaying the process works to the president’s advantage, he rushed to submit his response to Mueller yesterday. So has Mueller threatened to subpoena the president? Almost certainly. Will he actually do it? I am still betting no but with far less confidence than I initially had.

I asked my followers on twitter who are lawyers and legal geeks to weigh in on the question and they were similarly divided. Here is a sampling of the responses on both sides.

Yes, Trump will get subpoenaed

No, Trump will not get subpoenaed

 

Lincoln’s Last Trial named New York Times Bestseller Five Weeks in a Row

June 28, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 4:05 pm

Dan’s newest book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency, was named a New York Times Bestseller for five weeks in a row. Under Non-Fiction Hardcovers, the book debuted at #9 the first week, the second week it came in at #7, the third week it placed #8, landed at #13 the fourth week, and was #9 the fifth week.

Amazon books names Lincoln’s Last Trial one of the “Books of the Year”

June 19, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 8:54 pm

Dan’s newest book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency was named by Amazon as one of their best history books of the year so far, alongside acclaimed author Zora Neale Hurston and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

Get your own copy from Amazon here.

Lincoln’s Last Trial named a NYT Bestseller

June 18, 2018
Filed under: Writing — Stephanie @ 2:39 pm

On this week’s New York Time’s Bestseller List, Dan’s new book Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency was listed as number nine in the bestselling non-fiction books, just below John McCain’s memoir and edging out James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty for a spot in the top ten.

Dan Profiled on Law 360

June 11, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 5:17 pm

Randy Maniloff, an adjunct professor at Temple University Law School, recently sat down with Dan for a profile on Law 360, a subscription-based, legal news service. They discussed each of Dan’s endeavors, from Live PD, Grace vs. Abrams, to his new book, Lincoln’s Last Trial, and his media company, Abrams Media. Check out the interview below, courtesy of Law 360:

Law 360 Profile

Dan Promotes New Book on GMA

June 4, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 7:34 pm

This morning on Good Morning America, Dan promoted his newest book, Lincoln’s Last Trial, which hits stands tomorrow, June 5th. Dan discussed the transcripts that inspired the book, which are the only ones of their kind, as well as his own passion for American history. The book explores the lesser-seen side of Abraham Lincoln as a lawyer, offering an in-depth look into a murder trial of the times.

Check out the clip here, courtesy of ABC.

The Finale of Grace vs. Abrams Premieres Tonight

May 8, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 7:45 pm

Tonight at 10 PM ET on A&E, catch the season finale of Grace vs. Abrams, where Dan and his co-host Nancy Grace will discuss the Scott Peterson case. Peterson, who was convicted in 2004 for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson, is currently on death row in San Quentin State Prison. Tune in to watch as Dan and Grace interview key players of the trial and debate evidence, taking a closer look at the case.

Publisher’s Weekly Review of Lincoln’s Last Trial

April 30, 2018
Filed under: Writing — Stephanie @ 4:27 pm

Set for a June 5th release date, check out Publishers Weekly’s advanced review of Dan’s new book, Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency, below.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dan discusses Trump v. Stormy Daniels case on GMA

March 21, 2018
Filed under: Blog — Stephanie @ 2:48 pm

On Monday, Dan talked with David Muir of ABC News on Good Morning America about Stormy Daniels’ legal battle with President Donald Trump. Daniels (born Stephanie Clifford) is attempting to nullify an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) she signed regarding an alleged affair she had with the president in July of 2006 and to return the $130,000 she received as “hush money” in January 2018 from Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen. As of yesterday, Daniels has passed a polygraph test at the request of Bauer Publishing, the owner of Life & Style and InTouch magazines, and while polygraphs are typically inadmissible in court, Daniels appears to be telling the truth regarding her encounter with Trump. However, Dan argues that critics of the president should not be quick to dismiss the legal safe-holds he has in place against the adult film actress. “Don’t minimize the possibility that Trump and his team could have an argument against her,” Abrams said. “There was a deal in place. You can say it was invalid, but they had a contract that she wouldn’t talk about this…does that mean he’s going to win millions of dollars against her? Not necessarily. But don’t immediately dismiss this. This is going to be a long, it seems like, protracted fight.” Watch below, via ABC News.

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