No Repeat of O.J. Trial for BART Cop

It’s widely accepted that the media circus surrounding the 1995 murder trial of O.J. Simpson in Los Angeles intensified when Judge Lance Ito allowed the case to be televised. The conventional wisdom is that the resulting “observer effect,” in which the outcome of an event is changed by the fact that it was observed, affected the judge, the attorneys, and the jury. But that apparently won’t be an issue in the murder trial of ex-BART cop Johannes Mehserle, because the Los Angeles judge overseeing the case has banned cameras in his courtroom, the Chron reports.

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