July 20, 2016
Dan Abrams reported this morning, Wednesday, July 20th on Good Morning America, that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told investigators of “multiple incidents” of alleged harassment by network Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Dan was told by a source close to the investigation that multiple Fox News female talent have spoken to investigators about potential harassment by Ailes. In addition to his reporting for ABC News, Dan specified to Mediaite.com that Kelly apparently told investigators about a series of incidents from a decade ago. Read the full story here.
May 26, 2015
Dan was on Good Morning America, Tuesday, May 26th to discuss actress, Kelly Rutherford’s latest legal victory. On Friday, a California judge awarded her sole and legal temporary custody of her 8 and 5-year-old children, whom, since 2012, have been living with their father in France when his U.S visa was revoked. The “Gossip Girl” star is now traveling to Monaco this week to get her kids back. Her attorney told ABC News she’s grateful for the decision rendered by the California court sand look forward to reuniting with her children. Dan commented, “I think there is a series of violations here that finally led the California court to say, wait a second, how about the fact that both parents should be able to see the kids? … I’m sure the father will appeal. It will continue. She doesn’t have the kids yet. He first has to get served with the California order. They have to inform him. Then they have the Monaco court. She’s going over there. That doesn’t mean she’ll physically take custody…The kids are ordered to come back to Los Angeles by June 15th for this hearing. Question will be, does he fight it?” Watch the full clip here.
May 18, 2015
Dan joined George Stephanopoulos on This Week, Sunday, May 19th to discuss the potential legal implications for the Amtrak train crash that occurred in Philadelphia. Dan commented, “There’s the possible criminal and there’s civil. Let’s start with criminal, which is could the engineer be charged with a crime? Theoretically, yes, but they would have to have found that he did something specifically wrong, meaning the crash itself doesn’t necessarily mean a crime was committed. There has to have been recklessness or intentional conduct or something that he did that would mean that there could be a crime. They’re going to look at that. Number two is civil, which is all these people that were injured are now going to sue. But what’s interesting is that in 1997, there was a law passed that basically said there’s a cap of $200 million total for every — for all the victims together in a train accident.” Watch the full episode here.
May 5, 2015
Dan discussed the latest on the Boston bomber trial for ABC News. During the most recent part of the trial Tsarnaev appears to cry, which is the first time people are reporting seeing any emotion from the accused. Will this have any effect? Says Dan, “As a practical matter when the goal is to just get one juror to say I’m not going to impose the death penalty, any bit of humanity that you can instill in him is of some doubt.” Watch the full clip here.
Dan appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos, on Sunday, May 3rd to discuss the latest from Baltimore and the Freddie Gray case. Watch the full episode here
May 4, 2015
Mediaite founder and ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams was on Good Morning America Saturday to weigh in on the charges brought against six Baltimore police officers by Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby in the death of Freddie Gray. Asked if he thinks the charges will “stick,” Abrams said he had his doubts.
“I think some of the lesser convictions will likely stick in certain cases, but I think most of the more serious charges, it’s going to be really tough to get convictions on a lot of these charges,” he said. “I think it is fair to say that this prosecutor, as a legal matter, has overreached.”
Abrams explained that two of the officers charged with manslaughter only came on the scene later and perhaps did not do enough to save Gray’s life. “That may be wrong,” he said, “but getting a jury to convict them of manslaughter for simply not helping enough is going to be very, very tough. And I think that once this case moves along, you’re going to see either the charges reduced or in the end a jury simply not convicting on the more serious charges.”
On the “conflicts of interest” issue raised over Mosby’s ties to one of the Gray family’s attorneys, Abrams said he doesn’t think there is a “serious claim” there for her to recuse herself. “But the rush to judgment is going to be at the heart of the defense,” he added, “that not enough time was taken to allow the prosecutor to fairly and objectively evaluate the evidence.”
“I think there are going to be some very powerful defenses here,” Abrams predicted.
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May 1, 2015
Dan was on Good Morning America, Friday May 1st to discuss the latest on goings in Baltimore with the Freddie Gray case. In the most recent update, police are handing over the results of their investigation of Freddie Gray’s death to prosecutors and revealing the van he was in made an extra stop that had not been previously reported. The driver of the van didn’t tell police and somehow hid it or forgot it. It is still unknown how Freddie got the head injury that snapped his neck. Dan commented, “What happened inside the van is the key question. The police have handed over their file to prosecutors. To the state’s attorney’s office. That doesn’t mean they’ll accept it as gospel … They’ll evaluate, does this story add up? Do they believe the police? Then comes the crucial question, let’s assume they believe there was some wrong doing, to the point where they think it was even criminal, do we believe it was intentional or do we believe it was negligent?” Watch the full clip here.
April 14, 2015
Dan was on Good Morning America, Tuesday, April 14th to discuss actress Kelly Rutherford’s passionate fight to get her children back. Rutherford has been embroiled in a 6 year custody battle that she says has “spiraled out of control” when a California judge sent her children to live in France with her German ex-husband who was refused reentry to the United States. Dan recently wrote an article on this on going legal battle and suggested the State Department get involved and now, based on the most recent court ruling, it may need to happen. Rutherford was denied a request asking a federal court to bring her children back to the United States despite the fact the children are American citizens and there is no allegation that Rutherford is an unfit parent. Dan commented, “…Make this political. Have the State Department get involved have some leading political figures make compelling arguments that this is ridiculous.” Watch the full segment here.
Dan joined Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Tuesday, April 14th to discuss the fatal police shooting that occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Robert Bates, a 73-year-old volunteer reserve deputy sheriff has been charged manslaughter after shooting an unarmed man. Authorities say Bates reached for his taser but accidentally grabbed his handgun while chasing 44-year-old Eric Harris, who was running from police after allegedly selling drugs and guns. Dan commented on the manslaughter charge, “It means it was a criminal mistake. He’ll say on the one hand this was a regular mistake, that any person could make. The prosecutors are saying, no, there’s more than that. There’s a reasonable duty of care you have to use. You didn’t use it. You violated it. You move from being just a mistake to a criminal mistake facing the possibility of two to four years behind bars.” Watch the full segment here.