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Zamora Trial / Television Intoxication Def. #46387

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1977
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(Studio) In Miami murder trial of teenager Ronald Zamora, defense suffers setback in its plea of insanity due to television violence.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Miami, Florida) Of all defense witnesses, Dr. Margaret Thomas, Orlando psychologist whose specialty is effect of television violence on children, was considered expert. However, when defense attorney Ellis Rubin calls her to stand, Judge Paul Baker excuses jury, and orders Rubin to prove Thomas' expertise. Baker asks if there's ever been scientific evidence gathered which links television viewing with insanity or crime. [BAKER - asks if Thomas has ever linked particular television show or amount of television violence directly to homicide.] [THOMAS - says no, because they are always after fact.] [BAKER - rules testimony excluded from trial.] Baker says he hasn't totally ruled out defense of insanity by television violence, if it can be properly presented.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin

Reporter(s):
Reasoner, Harry;
Sirkin, Bob
Duration:
00:01:30

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