The O.J. Simpson case was a different one because he was a celebrity. The celebrity status made all the difference in the case, as most people had diverse views on the case. As a famous individual, the media also had the chance to broadcast the trial and give differences of opinion on the case. The celebrity status had a significant influence in the O.J. Simpson case as the public had to struggle with an image he had created for many years. People knew O.J. Simpson as a footballer and an actor with a charming character impossible to hurt anyone. Consequently, the image that he had created to the public eye made it especially difficult to determine whether he was a violent man who beat his wife and would have killed the two innocent people.
The way the human brain works is marvelous, but often people alter the reality of a situation making false accusations and statements. Ronald Cotton was accused of breaking into Jennifer Thomson-Cannino home and sexually assaulting her. They both lived
Before the media becomes involved with a case, the media needs to determine if the case will be worth their time. The negative influence of media comes in the form of their ability to convict a person using their influence as a media outlet. The media will tend to exaggerate a case to make the story more compelling and get people 's attention. That type of system of
In contrast, Eramo immediately took action in Jackie’s case and arranged meetings with the victim and the Charlottesville Police Department to make the rapist accountable for their actions. In result, Jackie did not want to cooperate with law enforcement in describing the rape or give any names of the men involved – which concluded to no official police report. ISSUE Eramo had to prove that the defendant’s, the Rolling Stone and Erdely’s information in the article was actual malice. COURT’S
Fans of veteran comedian Bill Cosby took to social media on January 23 to voice their support and celebrate a big legal win. Fans tweets well-wishes to Cosby 's official Twitter account and gleefully said they knew all along that he was innocent of raping 40 women. The news broke on Thursday, January 21, but didn 't receive media attention until Saturday morning, prompting some supporters to accuse the media of deliberately tarnishing Cosby 's image and refusing to acknowledge his innocence. Even those on the opposite side of the subject, who believe that Bill Cosby raped at least some of the women who accused him took to social media to weigh in. It 's unlikely that either side will change their opinions on Bill Cosby and his guilt or innocence anytime soon.
Notoriety a Modern Myth High profile court cases have been getting increasingly popular as time goes on. Court cases like the Casey Anthony and Scott Peterson trials are media dynamite. Although the media is legally allowed to be a part of these court proceedings, they still cause drama and stipulations that many feel would not be a factor if their presence were withdrawn. Notoriety, or being famous for bad deeds, is a characteristic engulfing many of Hollywood’s elite personnel; for this reason, many high profile cases have become even more of a media magnet. Many may believe that notoriety is a determining factor in high profile cases, but all legal proceedings are conducted in the same manner whether heavily documented in the
Although many may argue that the accusations presented by the plaintiffs seemed quite plausible, further investigation proved many such claims to be false. For example, although Price and Bates accused the young African-American men of raping them on the freight train, “the Scottsboro doctor who examined the girls less than two hours after the alleged rapes […] was able to show on cross examination that the girls were both calm, composed, and free of bleeding and vaginal damage” (Linder). The fact that a certified doctor was able to prove that the young women were virtually unhurt after the supposed rapes shows that the girls were lying to the court. Although their claims made sense to the prejudiced judicial system, Price and Bates were simply using their positions in society as young white women to gain unwarranted sympathy from the all-white jury. Because scientific evidence was able to contradict the prosecution’s allegations, it was evident that false accusations were being made by the plaintiffs.
This may cause the jury to be indecisive between what the actual case and what the media portrays it to be. The amount of media released for cases creates a negative impact within the courts and makes it difficult for a fair trial. When juries are uncertain about a case or a suspect, they result to social media platforms and news coverage that will provide them with more information and depth into the case. ‘’But if the case unfolds in the media, by the time a case gets to court, the supposedly impartial jury (or even the judge) may have already heard information and allegations (not admissible by court standards) that have caused them to seriously prejudice the parties’’. (Nedim, 2014).
Mass hysteria swept our nation off of its feet in the 1980s and 1990s. Except this time, it was not about communism or witchcraft. It was something just as eerie--child molestation at day cares. Yet with all of this chaos going on in the United State, there were instances of false accusations which lead to innocent people being locked behind bars for years. Insufficient evidence, confirmation bias and false accusations all contributed to the injustice.
Didn’t she know what to expect?” (Katz, 2006, 154). It seemed like the majority of people were on Bryant’s side of things just because of the fact that he was a popular (powerful) male athlete that most people loved, and because of that people could not see him raping anyone. Another example of a celebrity who has purposely or un-purposely perpetuated rape in today’s culture is rapper Eminem. In many of his raps, Eminem uses extremely vaguer and violent language, mainly against women.
Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), 60 Minutes put out an interview piece about Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton and attempted to show how eyewitness testimony is flawed. Thompson was the victim and survivor of a rape and Cotton was the accused. Cotton served nearly 11 years before his exoneration, the eyewitness conviction deemed flawed. However, not flawed eyewitness testimony only convicted Cotton but the power of suggestion, finger pointing, and some unconscientious persuasion as well.
“The Cosby show” by Ta Nehsi Coates. The reason for choosing this topic instead of all the other options is due to the fact on how people put people on high pedestal’s people who are famous celebrity’s that have accomplished so much and well known by many as their role models . In this specific article bill Cosby is accused for being a rapist not to only one female but to 30 in total. He is accused of drugging and then raping all of these girls. To most people this is something that is unbelievable it can’t be some might say. Literally Cosby was and is the first man of color to come up and be accepted in the comedy television world in his show he was portrayed as a nice friendly helpful family man but in real life he is accused of being the
His lawyer told him that was the thing for him to do especially with having an all-white jury. He spent five years and two months in prison and it wasn’t until 2012 that his accuser renounced her story. This may have gotten him of jail, but he had already lost half of his life to a crime he didn’t commit. Luckily during prison, the twice his age men never asked what he did. In the usually case people that are locked up for any sexual charge are in some form are sexually assaulted.
As with any criminal case, there are always a number of issues pertaining the stages of the crime and also the media and the general public’s opinion of the case. Many of the issues and explicit actions of certain individuals that had happened during the Corryn Rayney case had affected the interpretation of the case in someway for both government workers and the general public. By analysing the issues of the case, it allows a much more detailed view on the case and how most of the issues are linked in one way or another. One of the issues regarding this case was where a police officer had been found attempting to pressure forensic pathologists to alter their case reports to align with their best interests.
Media bias is a real problem. When people are not aware of the facts alone, rather interpretation of facts, they are being manipulated. Media should report facts concisely and promptly with as much accurate information as possible. When networks allow to dictate how they report news, there is a much greater chance to be biased. When networks accept monetary incentives to report in a specific manner, there is a much greater chance to be biased.