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Trial by Television [electronic resource]

Driscoll, Emily V.
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This program examines how TV has influenced our justice system. Experts and crime victims discuss how tabloid-style news coverage, cameras in the courtroom, and dramatized movie versions of scandalous crimes all conspire to corrupt justice. Host Bill Kurtis examines how the media affected several sensational cases, including those of Pamela Smart, the woman who convinced her 15-year-old lover to kill her husband, and New York's subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz.
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45 min.
9 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 30, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • True Crime in Prime Time (0:53)
  • Media Coverage of Pam Smart Case (2:46)
  • Pervasive Press Coverage (4:04)
  • Role of Greed in the Courthouse (2:34)
  • Media Coverage and the Pam Smart Case (0:58)
  • Trial of Robert Chambers (3:27)
  • Alice Case: Unfit Mother or Not? (2:02)
  • Headlines: Courtroom Drama (2:15)
  • The Peep Show of Justice (2:54)
  • Influence of Cameras in a Courtroom (2:29)
  • Cameras in the Courtroom (2:51)
  • When Crime Pays (2:54)
  • Crime Drama Is Profitable (2:40)
  • Money and Justice (2:30)
  • Defense Strategy Using Television (1:21)
  • Media: Can It Be Controlled? (3:13)
  • Trial Interference by Media? (4:08)
  • Credits: Trial by Television (1:04)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c1993.
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45478 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (45 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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