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Catherine Crier
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Catherine Crier
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  • Before she was a TV journalist at CNN, ABC and Fox News, she was the youngest state judge ever elected in Texas history.

  • Her experience at the highest level of state law and on TV networks covering some of the biggest stories this century make her an ideal motivational and current events speaker.

  • Crier has the ability to break down even the most complex concepts and explain them in a simple and straightforward way that motivates and inspires audiences.

  • Crier has written five books, including her most recent: Patriot Acts – What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic.

At 30 years of age, Catherine Crier, a well-known TV journalist, was the youngest state judge ever elected in Texas history. Crier is a managing partner at Cajole Entertainment, but makes regular appearances as a guest contributor or panelist on news programs, speaks to groups across the country, and blogs for The Huffington Post. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts: What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, was published in 2011.

Crier began at the University of Texas at Austin when she was 16 and earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs, then received a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. In 1978, Crier began her career in the Dallas County District Attorney's office as an assistant district attorney. In the mid-1980s, Crier was a civil litigation attorney who handled complex business and corporate cases.

She was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County as a State District Judge, becoming the youngest elected state judge in Texas history. As she began her second term, a serendipitous meeting with a television news executive led to a career change.

In 1990, Crier began working at CNN as the co-anchor of “Inside Politics ’92,” which followed the 1992 political process, and “The World Today,” a premier evening newscast. Crier joined ABC News in 1993 as a correspondent for the network's primetime news magazine program “20/20.” In 1996, she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on a series that examined nursing home abuses in the U.S. She also was a correspondent and substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC's “World News Tonight,” as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel on “Nightline.” Crier became one of the founding anchors on the Fox News Channel with “The Crier Report.” Crier joined Court TV in 1999, where she served as the executive editor of legal news specials.

Crier has written five books: The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation, Contempt – How the Right is Wronging American Justice, Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case, and Patriot Acts – What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic.

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As a former attorney and judge, TV journalist Catherine Crier has a unique perspective on political events in the United States and how the country fits into the global picture. She strives to take a balanced approach in her presentations, educating audiences about both sides of an issue. Calling on her role as a state judge, she also has great insight into how cases are built and precedent established.

Patriot Acts—What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic
Based on her new book, Crier evaluates the domestic and international scene with historical context and political analysis to better understand this moment in history and where the nation is headed.

The Case Against Lawyers
Crier speaks passionately about the ways lawyers, politicians and bureaucrats have turned the law into an instrument of tyranny—and what we, as citizens, have to do about it.

The Supreme Court and You
This talk reveals the backstage maneuvering, political strategizing and extraordinary influence the nine justices have over our everyday lives. Crier’s timely topic will enable audiences to understand the importance of and weigh the impact of the fiery debates the nation will soon see as Senators battle over the future of this powerful institution.

Behind the Bench
This talk is based on many of the dramatic cases Crier has covered. She takes audiences behind the scenes of some of the biggest trials in recent history, including Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, David Westerfield and Winona Ryder. Crier also examines the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events.

The World is Watching: The Role of Media in Global Conflicts
Crier leads audiences through a fascinating look at the part media has played in dramatic world events in recent decades, and how that has changed over the years.

Examining Current Events
Crier gives audiences a balanced look at major domestic and international happenings and the current political scene. The goal is to leave audiences with a better understanding of these events and issues, and how they might impact future actions by the United States and globally.

Moderator
Crier is frequently called on to moderate panel discussions on a wide range of topics, including politics, education, technology, commerce, journalism, law and medical issues. For more than two decades, her preparation and ability to engage the nation’s experts on a variety of subjects have received rave reviews.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case
With extraordinary detail, Crier dissects this dangerous relationship between husband and wife, exposing their psychological motivations and the painful impact that these motivations had on their sons, Adam, Eli, and Gabriel. Drawing on sources from all sides of the case, Crier masterfully reconstructs the tumultuous chronology of the Polk family, telling the story of how Susan and Felix struggled to control their rambunctious sons and their disintegrating marriage in the years and months leading up to Felix′s death.

But the history of the Polk family is only half the story. Here Crier also elucidates the methodical police work of the murder investigation, revealing never-before-seen photos and writings from the case file. In addition, she carefully scrutinizes the many twists and turns of the remarkable trial, exploring Susan′s struggles with her defense attorneys and her shocking decision to represent herself.

Dark, psychological, and terrifying, Final Analysis is a harrowing look at the recesses of the human mind and the trauma that reveals them.
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Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation
Catherine Crier has been covering the Peterson case since Laci Peterson disappeared from her home on December 24, 2002. Crier, a former judge and one of television′s most popular legal analysts, was among the first to question the behavior of Laci′s husband, Scott Peterson. And with her network of journalistic sources, Crier was soon able to penetrate the core of the police investigation that followed -- gaining access to a huge and revealing body of previously unseen police reports, transcripts of recorded conversations, photographic evidence, and other exclusive materials. Drawing on these resources -- and extensive interviews with key witnesses and lead investigators -- Crier has written this astonishingly detailed and intimate look at the most notorious murder case since O. J. Simpson.

Among the revelations in A Deadly Game:

  • Dozens of actual conversations involving Scott, Amber Frey, the police, and his family, friends, and others -- filled with Scott′s chilling and incriminating behavior
  • The most complete account ever of Scott′s lies and manipulation -- in the words of those who knew him best
  • Accounts of Scott′s womanizing from his conquests themselves -- including the woman he was dating just before Laci, and two of his mistresses before Amber
  • How Laci′s mother confronted Scott with furious accusations -- while his own mother privately urged him to "deny, deny, deny"
  • How swift police work may have saved the case in the first twenty-four hours
  • The untold story of how Amber maintained contact with Scott without informing police, and was briefly considered a suspect
  • How Scott bragged to two different witnesses about how to kill someone
  • Many never-before-seen police photos, documents, and evidence files

Thoroughly engrossing yet highly disturbing, A Deadly Game is the definitive account of a murder that left an indelible stain on the American psyche.
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Contempt: How the Right is Wronging American Justice
You can′t play politics with people′s lives.

America′s federal courts have an enormous impact on the daily lives of Americans. They also make up the last relatively independent branch of government. But, there is a committed and well-organized confederation of ultra-conservative politicians, reactionary interest groups, and fundamentalist religious sects working to change that once and for all. And they are succeeding.

How?

They have a plan. They have money. And they have millions of "believers."

A majority of Americans strongly oppose the dogmatic agenda of this extreme right-wing onslaught, but that majority has remained silent.

Someday, you and your family may wake up in a very different country, a country re-made in their intolerant image, a nation governed by their inflexible laws.
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