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Segment 3 (The Television Trial) #491211

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 07, 1977
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(Studio) Miami murder trial of teenage boy, whose attorney used television insanity as defense, is also available for coverage by local TV.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Miami, Florida) [Defense attorney Ellis RUBIN - says television has changed when people eat and sleep, and when and how people kill.] Jury in trial of Ronald Zamora bring back guilty verdict, despite defense argument that Zamora was temporarily insane from overexposure to television violence and own emotional disturbances at time of killing. [WOMAN - reads verdict.] State doesn't ask for death penalty, but Zamora will have to serve minimum 25 years in state prison unless appeal is successful. Rubin says judge cut defense apart by excluding testimony with regard to effects of television violence on human behavior. [RUBIN - thinks appellate courts should hear case, because issue could forge new frontier in American jurisprudence.] Prosecutor Tom Headley characterized television insanity defense as nonsense, but says he can't discount possibility of its use again elsewhere. This trial is 1st time TV coverage of criminal trial has been allowed from beginning to end, without prior approval of prosecution and defense Details of guidelines for coverage, set by Florida supreme court, noted. Judge in Zamora trial, Paul Baker, says he was concerned at first, but has changed his mind. [BAKER - cites possible problems, but found

Reporter(s):
Brinkley, David
Duration:
00:04:10

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