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Dan Discusses OJ Simpson Parole Hearing

July 21, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 2:14 pm

On Good Morning America June 20th, Dan joined the studio to discuss the factors that ultimately led to the release of perhaps the nation’s most infamous parolee, OJ Simpson. Dan mentions that the public has largely forgotten that Simpson was previously granted parole on five out of twelve of the charges lodged against him in the 2007 robbery he is currently incarcerated for, which improved his chances for an October 2017 release. As Dan notes, there are eleven factors parolees face when facing the commissioners–aspects such as the crime itself, behavior while in prison, age, gender, and criminal history. Some of these helped to work for Simpson- for example, in his 2013 hearing, Simpson pointed to his disinfecting of prison weight-room equipment and coaching of other inmates as examples of his good behavior and rehabilitation. In addition, despite public opinion, Simpson legally has no criminal history–just notoriety.

See Dan discuss the case below:


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“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli Can’t Find an Impartial Jury

June 28, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 8:23 pm


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On today’s Good Morning America, Dan discusses the difficulties the court is facing in finding an impartial jury for the trial of investor Martin Shkreli, who was arrested in December of 2015 on security fraud charges, among others. Shkreli, who founded Turing Pharmaceuticals and in 2015 infamously raised the price of the HIV treatment drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, has widely been called “the most hated man in America”–a title nearly 250 potential jurors are finding difficult to ignore. Yet Dan points out that the 5,000% price-gouging increase is not what Shkreli is on trial for–it is just what he is most well-known for. Shkreli’s investors are accusing him of running his companies “like Ponzi schemes,” charging him with security fraud, wire fraud, and defrauding his investors.

Despite the unrelated charges, many jurors are admitingly unable or unwilling to forgive Shkreli’s past, referring to him as “the face of corporate greed” and “a snake.” However, Dan notes that most people do not know who Shkreli is and what he has done–the real problem the judge faces will be keeping Shkreli’s outspoken detractors from tainting the whole jury pool. Shkreli’s lawyers’ call for a mistrial have already been dismissed, and–provided the court is able to find an unbiased jury of his peers–Shkreli could face up to 20 years in prison.

Dan’s Take on Megyn Kelly’s Controversial Alex Jones Interview

June 16, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 4:38 pm

On Sunday, June 18th, NBC is set to air what is already a controversial interview between anchor Megyn Kelly and far-right radio show host Alex Jones. Kelly has received widespread backlash for giving a mainstream platform to Jones, whose contentious views include that the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a staged event. Yet regardless of Jones’ beliefs, Dan argues that the backlash against Kelly is unwarranted. Although Dan notes that what much of Jones says is “reprehensible” and “crazy”, he maintains that asking the hard questions of someone like Jones is indeed necessary, as praise from President Donald Trump boosts his notoriety. “The notion that the answer to that is to ignore him is absurd,” Dan says. He agrees that should Kelly go easy on Jones the criticism will be valid, but until then Kelly is upholding her duty as a journalist- to ask tough questions, point out inconsistencies, and highlight flaws. Dan states: “The key is, you have to expose people like this. You have to challenge them.”

Comey Hearing: Trump’s Word Against Comey’s–Dan Weighs In

June 12, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 4:27 pm

On Thursday, June 8th former FBI director James Comey gave testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding private meetings that occurred between him and President Donald Trump. Corresponding as Chief Legal Analyst during ABC News’ coverage of the hearing, Dan Abrams weighed in on the legal obligations Trump faces, should he maintain that Comey lied on the stand.

During the hearing, Comey testified that Trump expressed his desire for the FBI to cease their investigation of a portion of the Michael Flynn investigation. In addition, he also stated that Trump indicated that loyalty from Comey to the President was needed and expected. Both points are being contested by the Trump administration, which leads Dan to ask the question: is Trump obligated to prosecute Comey for lying under oath? Dan notes that the legal ramifications of accusing someone of perjury, as Trump is accusing Comey, extend beyond mere heresy; if Trump truly believes Comey falsified his statements, Trump is indeed obligated to follow through with a perjury charge.

Tiger Woods’ DUI Repercussions

June 1, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 7:46 pm

On Good Morning America June 1st, Dan discusses the repercussions pro-golfer Tiger Woods may face as a result of his recent DUI charge. Dan notes that while Woods told the truth to police–alcohol was not a factor as evidenced by his Breathalyzer results–he will still face legal charges, as the term “DUI” does not necessarily always imply alcohol. Woods released a statement, maintaining that he experienced “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” And while that may be the case, Dan points out that the “unexpected” nature of Woods’ reaction does not defend him from the consequences of the law, which may include a license suspension, community service, and/or up to 6 months in jail. Dan suggests that we can expect to see a plea deal from Woods’ lawyers due to the high-profile nature of their client.

See the full clip below:

What Legal Vulnerabilities Jared Kushner Faces: Dan Talks Russian Back Channels, Logan Act, and More

May 31, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 4:02 pm

On Good Morning America yesterday, May 30th, Dan discusses the Trump-Russia investigation centering on Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. Defenders of Kushner may allege that back channels are normal in politics, but Dan maintains that such integrity hinges on who is ordering Kushner to communicate with Russian officials. Kushner has recently come under fire for meeting with Russian banker Sergey N. Gorkov, a known ally of Putin, but the reasons for the meeting differ between Gorkov himself and the White House. Gorkov alleges that the meeting took place in relation to Kushner’s own business affairs, while the White House has stated that Gorkov was acting as a transition official. Dan offers his legal expertise, suggesting that Kushner is better off maintaining that he took the meeting a private citizen, as he otherwise may be violating the Logan Act which states that unauthorized citizens will be fined and/or imprisoned for communicating with foreign governments in dispute of the US.

See Dan’s GMA clip below:


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Dan talks James Comey firing; Michael Flynn pleading the 5th

May 25, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 9:11 pm

On this week’s Good Morning America, Dan discusses how Trump’s alleged ties to Russia fit into the firing of FBI director James Comey. Consequently, Dan unpacks how Comey’s firing has impacted the investigation of said allegations–was Comey fired due to his investigating? In addition, Dan talks about Michael Flynn pleading the 5th regarding whether or not he lied while obtaining his security clearance and the legal ramifications of doing so. Will he still be responsible for turning over documents that may prove so?

See Dan’s take on both situations here:

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Good Morning America: Dan weighs in on Colorado cop slamming woman to the ground

April 10, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 9:45 pm

Colorado police are investigating the takedown 22 year old Michaella Surat of by an officer, which critics are calling an “excessive force.”  Here you can see the video which was viewed over half a million times in 4 hours, as well as Dan Abrams on this morning’s Good Morning America with his take on the situation.

Police stand by the “standard arrest control” action taken by the officer, and will release his body-cam footage showing the moments preceding the 9-second clip. Dan said that it is important to see this footage to learn the full story to assess this seemingly “excessive” maneuver in which the 5’9, 115 pound woman was slammed face first into the ground.  He stated that it could be an “uphill battle” for the officer, given the 9-second clip, but that judgment cannot be made until we can see if Surat posed a threat to the officer.  Questions will be answered once the footage is released.

LawNewz Network Launch!

February 24, 2017
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 10:47 pm

This Monday, February 27th, LawNewz Network will finally launch.  With an all-star legal analysis team and a brand new studio, Dan is thrilled to take this step toward expanding LawNewz and providing live coverage and commentary on criminal and civil trials.

Trials are scheduled broadcast live between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with coverage then repeating overnight.

The network will kick off  with the controversial rape and assault trial of Nevada v. War Machine (the legal name of the MMA fighter).  We can also look forward to trials such as the the ongoing “Stand Your Ground” hearing of Curtis Reeves who killed a man in a movie theater after a fight over texting, the double murder trial of former New England Patriot star Aaron Hernandez which begins March 1, and the ongoing Michigan trial of Kelly Marie Cochran accused of being involved in the brutal murder of her ex-boyfriend.

Check out the announcement on The Hollywood Reporter, and learn more on LawNewz.com

 

 

Dan Abrams Hosts “Live PD” on A&E – Tonight

October 28, 2016
Filed under: Blog — Charlotte @ 2:08 pm

Tonight, OCT 28 9/8c, the new documentary series Live PD premieres on A&E.  America has been yearning for transparency within our police forces, and for the first time ever – viewers will have real-time access into the world of 6 of the country’s busiest police departments.  Dan has been gearing up to host in-studio alongside Dallas Police Department Detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson to provide insight and guide us through eight two-hour episodes following the activities of police officers with dash cams and handheld cameras.

This bold approach is sure to spark discussion and potentially controversy.  Click here to learn more and check out teasers.

 

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