Casey Anthony Charged With Murder

15 10 2008

Things got pretty heated on Tuesday when I appeared on CNN Headline News with an attorney,ilaw enforcement analysts, and a field producer as news broke that Casey Anthony (Florida mom of 3-year-old Caylee Anthony who has been missing since June 15th) had been indicted for murder by a grand jury.
I was asked about her state of mind after finding out she had been indicted, but also her state of mind over the past few months -Caylee. A spokesman for Casey Anthony’s attorney was concerned about some things that were said in the segment. He commented on the host, the law enforcement analysts and myself. He even referred to me by name.

I actually think he was complimenting me and the host, Mike Galanos (who is really good), but because emotions were running so high, it was hard to be sure we had been talking about the case on and off for two hours as breaking news on the murder indictment trickled in.

It got me wondering…what is it about THIS case? I’ve discussed it on Nancy Grace (who is also really good) three, maybe four different times. Nancy has been covering the case very thoroughly for months. And viewers tune in. It seems there’s something new everyday. Read the rest of this entry »


Dr. Lisa Goes Head-to-Head With Owner of Brothel on CNN

19 09 2008

Last week I appeared on CNN with Dennis Hof, the owner of the most famous legal brothel in Nevada. The topic was a 22-year-old who was auctioning off her virginity to help pay for graduate school-she wants to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. Yikes! Things got pretty heated on the show…..

As you can imagine, I wasn’t a fan of the idea. It’s her body and her choice as to what she wants to do with it (this is NOT the first auction of this kind). But what effect will this very public auction have on young girls graduating from high school-especially  if their family doesn’t have money to send them to college?

Will these girls decide to finance their education by auctioning off their virginity to the highest bidder?

I have a Ph.D in Psychology and paid for my education with a combination of waitressing, student loans, and low-paying counseling jobs. What about those options?

This public “virginity auction” comes at an interesting time. Virginity is actually fashionable again now that The Jonas Brothers and other pop stars are talking about the virtue of waiting until marriage to have sex. Even if teens can’t wait until marriage, don’t we at least want them to wait until they’re in a committed relationship-rather than the one with the most CASH?

I find it sad….for the auctionee, but mostly for the young people who will hear about her and think it’s a good idea.