|The OJ Simpson Murder Trial|
Dubbed the case that changed modern courtroom coverage, over a 100 million people tuned in on October 3, 1995, to watch Simpson receive an acquittal verdict for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. It was the trial that Lawyer Jonnie Cochran coined the phrase, “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.”
|The Menendez Brothers|
In 1993, in one of Court TV’s first high-profile broadcasts, millions of
viewers tuned in to the t trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez for the shotgun
slayings of their parents. On January 13, 1994, after jurors could not agree on
a manslaughter or first-degree sentence, the judge ordered a mistrial. The
second trial, however, returned a guilty verdict for both brothers for murder
in the first-degree and two consecutive life-in-prison terms.
Over 60 news organizations from around the world, including Britain, France and Australia were present for the February 17, 1992, verdict of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer. He was found sane and guilty on 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 957 years in prison. Dahmer was later murdered in prison by another inmate.
Anna Nicole Smith Custody Trial
Arias gave several different accounts about her involvement in her on-again off-again boyfriend’s (Travis Alexander) death, including that she was not there during the time of the murder and that two intruders had broken into Alexander's home, murdering him and attacking her. Two years after her arrest, however, Arias told police that she killed Alexander in self-defense, claiming that she had been a victim of domestic violence. In a bizarre and salacious trial, Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder that gained international attention over several months. Alexander sustained multiple stab wounds, a slit throat, and a gunshot to the head. Arias is still waiting for sentencing, which is scheduled to occur on March 17, 2014.