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John Gibson Lets Guest Distort Judge's Actions

Reported by Judy - July 13, 2005

On "The Big Story" on Wednesday (July 13, 2005), John Gibson let a criminal profiler distort what happened when a sex offender arrested in the murders of Shasta Groene's family was let out on bail.

Gibson was interviewing Pat Brown, a criminal profiler from Minneapolis, about the case. Just last week, Gibson's show featured a discussion of the case in which it was noted that the accused was let out on bail of just $15,000, after the prosecutor failed to alert the judge to the existence of a prior conviction.

Brown said since the accused knew he faced being put away for a long time if he was caught, he was determined to go on a spree since he had nothing to lose.

"We can't allow judges to sit on a bench who allow this kind of predator back out on the street. There should have been no bail for this guy. ... When you put them back out there, you're taking this kind of risk and that's the kind of judge we need to get rid of so we can stop this kind of behavior," Brown said.

Gibson made no effort to correct her and note that it was the prosecutor's fault, not the judge's. Apparently he figured getting people outraged at judges for something they didn't do is OK.


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