TV or Not TV: Television, Justice, and the Courts

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März 1998



In the last quarter century, televised court proceedings have gone from an outlandish idea to a seemingly inevitable reality. Yet, debate continues to rage over the dangers and benefits to the justice system of cameras in the courtroom. Critics contend television transforms the temple of justice into crass theater. Supporters maintain that silent cameras portray "the real thing", that without them judicial reality is inevitably filtered through the subjective minds and pens of a finite pool of reporters.While television in a courtroom is clearly a double-edged sword, both invasive and informative, TV or Not TV argues convincingly that society gains much more than it loses. To support his verdict, legal expert Ronald Goldfarb offers a lively analytical history of highly publicized court cases from the eighteenth century to O. J. Simpson. These include the raucous 1935 trial of Bruno Hauptman for the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby and the infamous 1954 trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard, the Cleveland physician whose conviction for the murder of his pregnant wife was reversed on the basis of press interference. Goldfarb also presents all available studies on the subject, gathering together for the first time all existing scientific evidence on the impact of cameras on trial practices. Revealing the potential of the televised court as a classroom, Goldfarb also tells the story of the popular Court TV, an imaginative and successful mix of law and communications media.TV or Not TV demands that we not lose sight of the fact that concerns about the perceived conflict between the media and the courts are cyclical and inevitable. Vigorously defending the public's right to know, Ronald Goldfarbhere makes an incontrovertible case for cameras in the courtroom.


"Goldfarb argues persuasively for cameras in the courtroom, O.J. notwithstanding. He is aware of the problems but believes strongly that the more open a courtroom, the more open and free our society. The challenge, which he describes so well, is to balance the new demanding technology against our traditional dedication to democracy." -- Marvin Kalb, Director, Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, Harvard University. "A tour de force, a one-stop repository of the history, facts, and the law of the matter. I plan to plagiarize from it shamelessly. This is an important subject, and Goldfarb's book provides the first comprehensive, in-depth study of the issue." -- Fred Graham, Chief Anchor and Managing Editor, Court TV "Going beyond the ovious controversies of recent years, Goldfarb surveys the role of television in courtrooms with cool but crisp detachement. He brings historical context, legal analysis, and rich experience to bear on the issue, concluding that courts are public institutions that do not belong exclusively to the judges and lawyers who run them. His persuasive argument for greater openness is bound to influence future debate on the topic." -- Sanford J. Ungar, Dean, School of Communication, American University
EAN: 9780814731123
ISBN: 0814731120
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 1998
Seitenanzahl: 264 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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