At Issue; Beyond the Ruby Trial: Justice and the Press
This program explores the question of whether justice is being done in the courts of the United States in view of two controversial areas regarding trials the great amount of publicity and press before a case goes to trial and the use of psychiatric testimony in the courts. These two issues became an intense focal point of attention in the trial of Jack Ruby, convicted of the murder of the alleged assassin of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald. At Issue interviews the two principal participants involved in the Ruby trial, and representatives and jurisprudence and the press. The guests include Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade, prosecutor in the Ruby case, in the first EXCLUSIVE television interview since the trial ended in March; Melvin Belli, San Francisco attorney and chief defense counsel for Ruby, who was fired by Rubys family following Rubys conviction; Bernard S. Meyer, Honorable Justice of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, New York, who made the original school prayer decision that led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year on prayer in public schools; Turner Catledge, managing editor of the New York Times, who discusses the influence of the press on justice. Running Time: 29:00 (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche) At Issue consists of 69 half-hour and hour-long episodes produced in 1963-1966 by NET, which were originally shot on videotape in black and white and color.