A number of you have reacted to Kirk Nurmi’s recent opinion piece published in the New York Daily News about how live trial coverage can adversely affect a trial and its participants when it becomes a “reality TV show.” As far as I know, Nurmi’s experience is limited to Jodi Arias’s trial which he relies on to illustrate his point. He claims that justice takes a back seat when a trial takes centerstage in a ratings bonanza. Nurmi ends the piece, however, saying he is not suggesting that cameras be banned from the courtroom. So, what “reality TV show” is he talking about? I suspect his focus was HLN’s prime time coverage of Arias’s first trial in 2013. I covered trials across the country for 19 years for Court TV (later renamed In Session on truTV) and HLN. I was…

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