Monday, August 9, 2004

TV peeks into jury room

Cleveland trial first of 6 in ABC News series

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A former police officer-turned lawyer tells his client to start praying the night before he goes on trial for his life.

The private conversation, recorded in the back room of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, will air on network television as a scene in a six-episode series, In the Jury Room, which chronicles six murder trials in three states.

Executive producer Michael Bicks said this is the second time in American history that cameras were allowed in a jury room for a death penalty case. Bicks wants to emphasize that the show is not "reality TV" but a product of ABC news.

The first show, shot in Cleveland, records prosecutors, defense attorneys and 47-year-old Mark Ducic, a Euclid man charged with killing two people with drug overdoses.

A jury recommended against the death penalty for Ducic, who was sentenced in June to life without parole.

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