Commentary

What You See Is Not Always What You Get: Thoughts on the O.J. Trial and the Camera

Byline:

Roger Cossack

Issue:

VOL. XIV • Spring 1996 • NO. 3 (table of contents)

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Abstract:

This commentary is from the unique perspective of Roger Cossack, host of CNN’s “Burden of Proof.” In it, he reflects on the O.J. Simpson trial and the effect televising it had. He concludes that televising the trial revealed the depth of racial conflict that divides our country. This was shown by issues involving pre-trial publicity, control of the courtroom, racism in reporting, the failure of DNA evidence and prior spousal abuse to convince the jury, and the effectiveness of counsel.

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