Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, February 26, 2004 8:59 pm

Government-funded soft porn

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 8:59 pm

As a working journalist and as a believer in open, accountable government, I see no reason not to admit television cameras (or at least one “pool” camera) into courtrooms as long as the trials themselves are open.

But I have to admit that those who predicted that cameras in the courtroom would lead officers of the court to play to the cameras have, at least anecdotally, seen their fears come true. We saw it in the OJ trial, although — say what you will about that legal travesty — at least lawyers weren’t tying one another to beds in front of a jury.

They are now, though, in this Texas case in which a woman is accused of tying her cocaine-intoxicated husband to a bed, promising to have sex with him, and then stabbing him 193 times.

Prosecutors, however, acted out on Wednesday their version of how she stabbed her husband 193 times on her bloodstained bed, which was brought to the courtroom for the demonstration. Wide-eyed jurors watched as an assistant district attorney lay sprawled on the bed with his wrists and ankles tied to bedposts with neckties and terrycloth sashes. Lead prosecutor Kelly Siegler climbed on the bed and straddled her colleague as she continued to question a homicide detective about the crime scene.

There’s even video. (Registration required.)

I have no idea how this bit of theater will help the prosecution’s case, let alone what it will do for Ms. Siegler’s career. But I’m betting her social life just got a ton better.

(Thanks to Trivial Pursuits for the link.)

Advertisements

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: