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Zamora Trial / Television Insanity / Television Coverage / Guilty Verdict #249336

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) Miami trial of teenager, whose defense was addiction to TV, ends.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Miami, Florida) [WOMAN - reads guilty verdict.] Defense attorney for Ronald Zamora, on trial for murder, tries to build case around television intoxication, but jury doesn't buy it. One juror talks to reporter from WTVJ. [Juror Irving WINER - says jury read testimony, but facts just not there. Believes Zamora has emotional problems and needs help, but not that television had effect on him.] Some jurors objected to television coverage experiment during trial, not because it distracted them, but because of possible effect on Zamora. [WINER - thinks most jurors against camera. Thinks this was bad case to put on TV, though public has right to ctroom.] Judge Paul Baker had been concerned with regard to television coverage in beginning. [BAKER - thinks common ground found for press to be in court without giving up right of defense to fair trial.] Sentencing will be next month; there will be appeal.
REPORTER: David Dick

Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David

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