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Murder / Zamora Trial / Television #46405

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) Defense in Ronnie Zamora murder trial decides against calling Telly Savalas of "Kojak" (TV show) to testify; defense attorney continue's. to use TV violence as defense.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Miami, Florida) Dr. Michael Gilbert, psychiatrist and neurologist, last witness for defense; also, last hole for proving Ronnie Zamora brainwashed by television violence. Film shown of trial. Dr. Gilbert tells court Zamora knew right from wrong until he committed his crime; he then blamed excessive viewing of television violence as preventing Zamora from realizing consequences of his actions. [GILBERT - feels excessive viewing negates significance of human death to the viewer.] Zamora excused from hearing testimony; Gilbert explains effect of television violence on emotionally disturbed youngsters. [GILBERT - feels that well-adjusted children aren't so affected but that the emotionally disturbed are.] Question remains whether television violence can be blamed for murder; case expected to go to jury tomorrow.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin

Sirkin, Bob;
Walters, Barbara

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