True crime fans will not want to miss the upcoming Netflix documentary, Trial by Media which follows the influence of the media in real-life court cases. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Trial by Media including release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.
When is Trial by Media out on Netflix?
Trial by Media will premiere on Netflix on Monday, May 11.
UK viewers will be able to watch Trial by Media from 8.01am British Summer Time (BST).
There are six episodes in the series, which will be available to stream in one go via Netflix only.
To watch Trial by Media, you can subscribe to Netflix from £7.99 per month.
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What is Trial by Media on Netflix about?
Trial by Media on Netflix is produced by Hollywood star George Clooney and author and lawyer Jeffrey Toobin.
Over six episodes, the documentary series follows six of the biggest trials to take place in US History.
One thing the trials have in common is that they were covered extensively by the American and worldwide media.
Some of the trials were even shown on television, which turned the courtroom into a form of entertainment for many.
The series analyses the impact of the media on public opinion and how victims and defendants can potentially use the media to their advantage.
Trial by Media also investigates how the media may have impacted the verdicts themselves
One of the cases to feature in the documentary is the case of Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office for corruption in 2009.
Another case includes the infamous ‘subway vigilante’ Bernhard Goetz, who was charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offences after he shot and wounded four African-American on the New York City Subway in 1984.
He argued his actions were in self defense was found not guilty of all charges except for one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence.
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The official synopsis reads: “In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, the Netflix documentary series Trial by Media reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history.
“Since televised coverage introduced a new emphasis on creative storytelling and showmanship into the legal system, the courtroom has never been the same.
“Over six compelling parts, Trial by Media explores the many ways in which the press have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during or after a trial.
“The series features cases reaching across different areas of the law including the unforgettable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, the sensational story of Rod Blagojevich’s political fall, and the case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot 41 times by police in New York City.”
Peabody Award-winner Tony Yacenda, Abducted in Plain Sight director Sky Borgman, Sundance Documentary prize winner Garret Bradley, Emmy Award nominee Brian McGinn, The Reagan Show’s Sierra Pettengill and Oscar nominee Yance Ford directed individual episodes.
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Is there a trailer for Trial by Media?
Yes, the two minute long trailers for Trial by Media is out now.
The trailer begins with a lawyer saying: “It doesn’t matter about the law; it’s about being able to tell a story.”
Another man says: “When you turn the courtroom into a studio, you have to turn reality into a story. With good guys, bad guys, drama.
A voice-over is then heard saying: “I’m not saying the trial’s a theatre but the court of public opinion is very important.
“Because if everybody in the building likes these guys, they must be the good guys, right?”
The trailer then flashes through clips of crime scenes, courtroom scenes, fights outside of court, archival footage and news bulletin’s from the time.
Trial by Media premieres Monday, May 11 on Netflix
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