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Rape Trial Coverage #89626

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 24, 1984
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(Studio) Recent Fall River, Massachusetts, rape trial and conviction of defs. recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Senate subcommittee hearing on role of media in covering rape trials examined; rape victim Ellen Guyker's experience cited as example [GUYKER - felt raped by press as well as rapist.] [Rape victim Jennifer BARR - would not have testified if television cameras had been allowed in courtroom.] No. states currently allowing cameras in court and growing concern that television coverage will discourage witnesses noted. Impact of Fall River, Massachusetts, trial, broadcast unedited by cable TV as well as edited national coverage, discussed. [New Bedford district attorney Ronald PINA - doubts if many rape victims will submit to second rape by TV.] Response of television news executive mentioned; Cable News Network, which covered Massachusetts trial, said applying for coverage of California nursery school child molestation case.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

Compton, Ann;
Jennings, Peter

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