CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Arguments begin in Miami murder trial in which defense claims insanity from overexposure to television violence and which is being televised.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Miami, Florida) Prosecution reveals it won't ask for death penalty, but because teenager Ronald Zamora is accused of 1st degree murder, he could get life imprisonment. [Prosecutor Thomas HEADLEY - expects to prove defense guilty of all charges, beyond any doubt.] Defense attorney will attempt to prove client not guilty by reason of insanity from being involuntarily intoxicated from prolonged exposure to violence on TV. [Defense attorney Ellis RUBIN - notes varying reports of psychiatrists who examined client.] Details of Florida's I year experiment in allowing televising of trials noted. [Judge Paul BAKER - asks jury if anything about trial being televised will upset any one of them.] Zamora trial is considered landmark test of program, because of extensive coverage it gets. On Tuesday night, tape of day's proceedings in trial was shown almost simultaneously with rerun of television show "Kojak", program which defense claims provided major portion of Zamora's diet of television violence. Other details of trial noted; Baker has said his court won't be circus and has already demonstrated it. [BAKER - tells opposing attys. to stop arguing with each other.]
REPORTER: David Dick