“CNN talk show host Nancy Grace has reached a settlement with the estate of Melinda Duckett to create a $200,000 trust dedicated to locating Duckett’s missing toddler, Trenton.”
“Duckett’s adoptive parents sued Grace in a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the television host’s aggressive interview of the young mother in 2006 led the 21-year-old to take her own life the next day.”
“In a statement Monday, lawyers for plaintiffs Bethann and William Eubank, residents of New York, indicated the parties in the lawsuit “now agree that Nancy Grace, the producers of her program, and CNN engaged in no intentional wrongdoing in the course of dedicating a program to finding the missing toddler.”The statement went so far as to offer an apology to the network and Grace, “to the extent that any suggestion has been made that anyone deliberately caused the family distress or Melinda Duckett’s suicide.”
I disagree. I think Nancy Grace did indeed deliberately badger the young mother.
“The network, meanwhile, has agreed to create the Trenton John Duckett Irrevocable Trust for the purpose of finding the missing toddler, who disappeared from his Leesburg home on Aug. 27, 2006, at age 2. If the young boy is found alive before he turns 13, the remaining proceeds in the trust will be administered by a trustee — Trenton’s great-aunt Kathleen Calvert — until he turns 18 and the funds are transferred for his use. Trenton would be six today.”
“The dispute arose from an interview Melinda Duckett gave on Nancy Grace’s criminal justice-themed show days after her son’s disappearance. Duckett, who was interviewed by telephone, was subject to repeated and often abrasive questioning by Grace, a former federal prosecutor, including multiple queries about why she had not agreed to a polygraph test.
A day after the Sept. 7, 2006, interview, Duckett killed herself with a shotgun at her grandparents’ home in The Villages. The show aired later that evening, with a box updating viewers about Duckett’s suicide.”
“The lawsuit claimed that Duckett was subject to hostile interrogation and thinly-veiled accusations by Grace that she had something to do with her son’s disappearance. Duckett had told authorities Trenton had been snatched from his bedroom window the night he disappeared.”
“As to assertions that the young mother suffered from mental illness, the defendants in the lawsuit claimed they were “without knowledge” of Duckett’s prior mental health history.”
Nancy Eubank, Duckett’s grandmother, who lives in Lady Lake but who was not party to the lawsuit, said she was not altogether consoled by the outcome of the lawsuit. “I wish that Nancy Grace would be taken off the air, totally and completely, because she just destroys people,” said Eubank, who said she had been listening on the other line as her granddaughter was interviewed by Grace in 2006.”
I agree with the grandmother. I also feel Nancy Grace has outlived her place on CNN’s talk show. She used to help people and used to have compassion and was much more fair-minded. Something happened to her in the past few years that has turned her into an ugly human being who cares little about truth and justice.
“This case will never be put to rest in my heart, because my granddaughter is dead, and little Trenton, I have no idea where he is,” she added. “My granddaughter did not kill him.”
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In response to this news story, one of my readers, “Michellefrommadison” writes:
“Nancy Grace concedes to causing the death of Melinda Duckett by settling the federal lawsuit against her for cash designated to one of her victims.
With overwhelming and irrefutable evidence against Nancy Grace that Nancy contributed and indirectly caused the death of a victim of a crime, Nancy finally settles the case against her filed in both state and federal courts over one victim she victimized to death.
Unlike what Nancy preaches on her show demanding punishment and penalties against those that victimize victims, Nancy goes against her own preachings and simply agrees to provide some cash to a victim instead of demanding Justice against the actions she agreed (through the means of a settlement) were unprofessional and improper on her part. How ironic?
Now, after Nancy denied her own responsibility for years and years, Nancy is now held potentially liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars as she finally settles this Duckett lawsuit case. Nancy repeatedly denied her role in victimizing a victim and is now liable for damages to the son of the mother that committed suicide after Nancy verbally attacked this victim that resulted in the victim’s death just one day after the verbal beating Nancy documented against herself.
As of today, the settlement still has to be approved by the presiding federal Judge before Nancy is able to be remain free of any more consequences for the damages, and for the loss of life she admitted to via the settlement offer she has submitted to the Judge.
Like Nancy has said so many times before on her show, money talks, and obviously Nancy must seemingly believe that the value of a human life of a victim she has contributed to the death of is a price costing just a couple hundred thousands of dollars, apparently. I, personally, would have placed a much higher dollar amount on the value of a human life than Nancy has done.
But, that’s why some people are destined for Hell in the after-life. She’ll have lots to talk about with lots of other criminals where she’ll ultimately end up. May God have mercy on her soul. As Nancy would say herself, no one settles a lawsuit if they were not guilty in the first place. Going to be a hot place for Nancy for sure. I think I smell bacon simmering.”
No one is free of consequences. As you say, Nancy Grace will have to answer to God.