The Court TV team’s p.o.v. is an exploration of the power of the media, and even though Dolcefino’s facts seem in order, archive tapes of courtroom testimony present a damning case against KTRK. The hour is constructed well, as law-junkie viewers will be kept in suspense until Dolcefino takes the stand. His abrasive, arrogant testimony, and his verbal abuse of the plaintiff’s attorney, embody the arrogance of some sectors of the media that public opinion polls decry.
For trial-watchers, docu is fairly compelling, but a little lightweight. It’s never explained what the jurors must look for in reaching a judgment, and the complexities of libel law are not explained.
Next three installments deal with the Joan Collins-Random House suit, DNA in a rape case and a wrongful death suit vs. New York Hospital. This last case, in which Libby Zion died after being given a “deadly dose” of medicine, has been written about and covered by many news outlets, including “60 Minutes,” so it will be interesting to see if Court TV can add anything to the saga.