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True Crime Addicts Will Love 'Trial By Media' On Netflix

True Crime Addicts Will Love 'Trial By Media' On Netflix

Oh Netflix, you do spoil us with true crime big-hitters.

Staying true to form, the streaming service drops Trial By Media on Monday 11th May - and the trailer alone has us ready to put our amateur FBI agent hats on.

The six-part docuseries is hooked to one big question: how much impact does the media have on trials?

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Each episode will pull apart a high-profile trial that won huge attention from the press, examining how big an influence the media may have had over the eventual verdict.

As the retelling of the trial unfolds, the series shines a light on the corresponding news cycle, looking at media storytelling and the press' ability to sway the court of public opinion.

We know what you're thinking, which landmark trials are covered?

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Well, episode one looks into the chilling 1995 murder of talk-show guest Scott Amedure. The case involved a guest on daytime talk show Jenny Jones Show, who admitted to having a crush on his friend, who later murdered him.

Elsewhere the series examines the money-laundering trial of former CEO Richard Scrushy, the 1983 rape case of Cheryl Araujo, the police shooting of Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo, the attempted killing of the 'subway vigilante', and the charges of corruption against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

Press and legal practitioners will discuss subjects like victim anonymity and the dangerous power of spin (Credit: Netflix)
Press and legal practitioners will discuss subjects like victim anonymity and the dangerous power of spin (Credit: Netflix)
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Along the way, attorneys and judges will discuss issues like the televising of criminal proceedings. Filming is permitted in many US courtrooms, and the presence of cameras in the court room has turned many trials into reality-style shows.

You'll also hear members of the press and legal practitioners discuss subjects like victim anonymity and the dangerous power of a good spin.

Trial By Media is directed by Tony Yacenda, who directed the acclaimed true-crime docu-parody series American Vandal, and exec-produced by none other than George Clooney.

We're ready to binge what promises to be a timely and gripping watch.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment, Documentary, Netflix

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.