Television: Courtroom Drama

A tour of jury duty leaves many Americans let down enough to sue Perry Mason for perjury. TV has not exactly prepared the U.S. citizen for the unheroic, humdrum grind of the mills of justice. But this week National Educational Television is making up for that lack by broadcasting a four-part study of the judicial process. The unprecedented series of 90-minute shows is entitled Trial: The City and County of Denver v. Lauren R. Watson.

Denver v. Watson was an actual case, filmed with all the participants' consent last March in Colorado (the only state besides Texas that allows cameras in the...

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