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Advocates; Should Criminal Trials Be Televised?


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Should Criminal Trials Be Televised?
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A SERIES OF DEBATES with a moderator facilitating the discussion of national and international issues - using advocates who would introduce witnesses to support their point of view. Debates recorded at Boston's Faneuil Hall. Moderators included: Michael Dukakis; Marilyn Berger; Michael Harrington, Robert Maynard. (Premiered October, 1969; conceived by Prof. Roger Fisher.) Other participants included Barney Frank, Avi Nelson, Antonin Scalia, S.I. Hayakawa, Paul Simon, Albert Shankar, Richard Bolling, Pete McCloskey, Chester Crocker, John Anderson, Elmo Zumwalt, George Ball, John Kenneth Galbraith, William Colby, Eleanor Smeal, Phyllis Schlafly, Sam Ervin, Laurence Tribe, Daniel Schorr, Orrin Hatch, Morris Udall, Edward Kennedy, George McGovern, Jake Garn, Paul Tsongas, Alan Dershowitz. Series release date: 1969

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Moderator: Victor Palmieri Advocate: Howard Miller Advocate: Kevin O’Connell, Attorney Guest: Joseph Ball, member of the American Bar Association, Legal Advisory Committee on Television and Motion Pictures Witnesses: Thomas Brennan, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court Richard Jencks, Vice President, CBS Broadcast Group Marshall McLuhan, author, “Medium is the Message” Walter Cronkite, CBS broadcaster Grant Cooper, criminal defense attorney, Los Angeles, CA Dr. Charles Wahl, Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA

Taped live in Los Angeles.

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Public Affairs
Social Issues
Chicago: “Advocates; Should Criminal Trials Be Televised?,” 03/22/1970, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_5DD90F0A347146D88E934B59076389C3.
MLA: “Advocates; Should Criminal Trials Be Televised?.” 03/22/1970. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_5DD90F0A347146D88E934B59076389C3>.
APA: Advocates; Should Criminal Trials Be Televised?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_5DD90F0A347146D88E934B59076389C3
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