Watchful Eye

Watchful Eye

by Paul Thaler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275951332

ISBN-13: 9780275951337

Pub. Date: 11/30/1994

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

According to Thaler, the presence of cameras in the courtroom is a pervasive technology that can affect public perceptions of the judicial process, change the behavior and attitudes of trial participants, and ultimately transform the sober process of justice into a media event designed for maximum public exposure. The author has interviewed more than 50 people—

Overview

According to Thaler, the presence of cameras in the courtroom is a pervasive technology that can affect public perceptions of the judicial process, change the behavior and attitudes of trial participants, and ultimately transform the sober process of justice into a media event designed for maximum public exposure. The author has interviewed more than 50 people—prominent journalists, academics, and members of the legal system—and brought together their observations in a fascinating historical and psychological profile of the televised courtroom. Thaler provides a historical overview and theoretical perspective, and discusses the new cable courtroom network and the current and continuing camera debate in New York City. He makes reference to the recent celebrated cases involving Amy Fisher, William Kennedy Smith, and Rodney King, then turns to an in-depth case study of the Joel Steinberg murder trial, including insights from the presiding judge, trial attorneys, witnesses, jurors, and the defendant himself, as well as journalists who covered the trial. The author concludes that the process of justice is slowly being turned into an entertainment vehicle, not unlike the show trials of bygone eras.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275951337
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Faustian Bargain

The Age of the Television Trial

The Theater of the Television Trial

The Early Years

The Defendants: Claus von Bulow, William Kennedy Smith, and the L.A. Police

The Electronic Courtroom: The Rise of Court TV

The Forty-Fifth State

The Steinberg Trial: A Case Study

The Beginning

The Trial

The Self-Consciousness Factor

The Hedda Nussbaum Testimony

Feedback: Television's Mirror

Mediated Feedback: The Participant and the Public

The Steinberg Interview

Reflections: Television and the Steinberg Trial

Postscript: Gray Endings

Appendix

Selected Bibliography

Index

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