NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) Miami murder trial of teenager, whose defense is insanity by overexposure to TV, conts.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Miami, Florida) Defense Ronald Zamora is excused from court during testimony of physicians who examined him. Dr. Albert Jaslow says boy was influenced by television violence, but still knew right from wrong. [JASLOW - notes that even with all television violence in programming, concepts in right and wrong rarely distorted.] Dr. Michael Gilbert conducted most extensive exam. of Zamora and disagrees with Jaslow. [GILBERT - notes Zamora's choice of programming centered around violent horror stories and that boy's fantasies with regard to Dracula, killings, detectives, robbers, and so on, are part of identification with television world.] Gilbert says Zamora particularly susceptible to violence on television because he's mentally disturbed anyway.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones