Love her or loathe her, Nancy Grace has been responsible for more than her fair share of compelling television moments. There was the time in 2003 during a Larry King Live broadcast when she found herself on the receiving end of a tirade courtesy of Scott Peterson's father, Lee, when he accused her of having a "personal vendetta" against his son (one of the rare instances she didn't strike back because, she says, thoughts of how her own father would have defended her made her hold her tongue). Her interview with Michael Jackson jury foreman Paul Rodriquez where she did little to hide her disgust and disbelief at the not guilty verdict garnered its fair share of criticism from the media but was a ratings winner. Last year, after her now-infamous grilling of Melinda Duckett, the mother of the two-year-old missing Florida toddler who killed herself after the interview, Grace wound up having to defend herself to other reporters for her prosecutorial approach -- which she did without apology. Duckett's family has since brought a wrongful death suit against her.
Grace, who was characterized earlier this week in the New York Times as the "former Georgia prosecutor with the chain-gang-and-magnolia Southern drawl," has remained resolutely undaunted.