Media Coverage of Criminal Cases: What Is the Responsibility of the Fourth Estate?26:49

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On this week's show, Massachusetts Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley talked about how gavel-to-gavel television coverage of high-profile criminal cases affects the American justice system.

A 1979 Boston University School of Law graduate, Coakley joined the Middlesex Distric Attorney's office in 1986 as an assistant district attorney. Five years later, she became chief of the "Child Abuse Protection Unit," which handled the famous 1997 trial of British au pair Louise Woodward. She was elected Middlesex County District Attorney in 1999.

This program aired on February 20, 2005.

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