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Lis Wiehl’s Civil Rights ‘Snapshot’

Lis WiehlThink you could uncover the only evidence of a widespread government conspiracy by going through some of your old photos?

That was the inspiration for Lis Wiehl‘s legal thriller “Snapshot.” The Fox News legal analyst got the idea for the book after uncovering an image of her as a child talking to an African-American little girl at a 1960s Civil Rights march in Fort Worth, Texas.

“There’s a Civil Rights march behind us, that’s all fact,” Wiehl tells TVNewser about the pictures her FBI agent father took. “What happens behind the scenes, I create: the assassination of an up-and-coming civil rights leader, a Martin Luther King Jr. redux.”

Wiehl’s fictional novel fast forwards to today. The little girls, all grown up, are tasked with finding out who the real assassin is before a wrongfully convicted man is put to death.

The book also has some TV news flavor. One of Wiehl’s characters is a top TV news anchor named William O’Ryan — modeled after you know who.

The lawyer/prosecutor character, modeled after Wiehl, has an African-American boyfriend. Her relationship with the other lead character, the little girl from the picture, provokes some serious questions: “They go through their journey, what’s happened since 1965, where are we as far as race goes?”

“This is the most personal book I’ve ever written because my father gave me these pictures,” Wiehl tells TVNewser. “The core is really these two little girls.”

Wiehl hopes the book, released last week, might result in finding the real-life little girl featured in that snapshot, taken at a very different time.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuses Jeffrey Toobin of Bias, Demands Apology

ToobinRFKRobert F. Kennedy stood up for his cousin, Michael Skakel on CNN last night, then faced off with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin was “stunned and amazed” that a Connecticut judge ruled Skakel is eligible for a new trial. Toobin thinks Skakel, convicted in 2002 for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, could be out of prison by the end of the week.

The judge ruled that Skakel had an inadequate defense attorney in Mickey Sherman. Before he was sent to prison for tax evasion in 2011, and released in 2012, Sherman was a regular talking head on cable news. Sherman is married to Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl.

As for Kennedy said Toobin, there’s a long history attached to this case. Kennedy said Toobin has been biased against his cousin from the start, then demanded an apology for “besmirching” the name of another Kennedy cousin, Tommy Skakel. WATCH:

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Buy O’Reilly, Get Wiehl Free

On Sunday, Bill O’Reilly will notch his second week atop the New York Times Best Sellers list for his non-fiction book “Killing Lincoln.” And while O’Reilly may top the list, one of the big benefactors may be Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl. O’Reilly has been hawking “Killing Lincoln” on his #1 cable news show every night with the deal that if you buy his book from BillOReilly.com, you’ll also get a copy of Wiehl’s legal thriller “Waking Hours.” So far, Wiehl’s book has yet hit the Best Sellers list.

Lawyer/Legal Analyst Mickey Sherman Sentenced to Prison

Mickey Sherman, who turned a successful law career into a second job as a cable TV news legal analyst, is himself the center of a legal drama which will result in prison time.

Sherman, best known for representing Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in his murder trial, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for failing to pay around $420,000 in income taxes. Sherman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay income taxes last summer.

Sherman has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, HLN, Fox News, and CNN. He has also been employed as a legal analyst on CBS News. According to a TVEyes search, his last TV news appearance was December 13 on HLN.

Sherman has repaid $400,000 but still owes about $1.2 million in taxes, penalties and interest from 2001-2009.

Sherman married prosecutor-turned-legal analyst Lis Wiehl in June 2006. Wiehl works for Fox News Channel and was on “The O’Reilly Factor” just last week.