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You Call This "Legal Analysis"?

Reported by Melanie - June 13, 2005

Neil Cavuto didn't even show up today (June 13, 2005) for Your World. Shepard Smith transitioned from his 3:00 p.m. ET show (Studio B) directly into Cavuto's hour and it was wall-to-wall Michael Jackson (aside for a few seconds devoted to a small plane crash on a residential street in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) from then on.

My favorite part of the hour was this exchange between reporter Trace Gallagher and an off-camera "legal analyst" whose first name was Jim but whose last name I did not catch. Gallagher was explaining what would happen to Michael Jackson if he was found guilty and wondering aloud whether or not Jackson would go directly to jail to await sentencing, or if he would be released on bail.

"Jim" interrupted Gallagher and said he wouldn't put "all my money" on bail being set because "if Jackson's convicted, on even one count of molestation, I'll bet you right now he's [the judge] going to remand him. He's not going to take the chance that Jackson does flee or, frankly, even kills himself at that point." Gallagher then tossed back to Smith in NY with: "Okay, Shep, there you have it. The legal analysts. We have some of the best here."

Comment: Apparently, rumor and gossip passes for "legal analysis" on Fox.

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