Remember Televised Trials?

TV networks are desperate for a return to cameras in the courtroom

The days when America gathered around the TV set to watch celebrities like O.J. Simpson on trial now seem as distant as Father Knows Best. The Michael Jackson case is the latest in a long string of recent high-profile cases--Martha Stewart, Scott Peterson, Kobe Bryant, Robert Blake, Bernie Ebbers and more--in which cameras have been banned or severely restricted. So desperate is TV for at least a semblance of in-court coverage that the E! cable channel is planning to air daily re-enactments, with actors playing Jackson, the lawyers and the witnesses.

What happened to the once seemingly inexorable march of cameras...

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