Now I'm all for justice being seen to be done but I'm troubled somewhat by any trial being turned into a circus such as the OJ Simpson and the Louise Woodwood (the English au pair accused of killing a baby she was looking after) cases.
It is quite clear looking back on those two cases that both ended up with the wrong verdict - OJ, an extremely popular black athelete was found innocent and Woodward, widely perceived publicly to be a child killer found guilty - almost if you will that the widespread public views of how the two were seen be, directly influenced the jury more than the evidence?
(Before the trial on May 7, 1997, Woodward decided to undergo a polygraph examination conducted by Dr. David C. Raskin, a polygraph examiner hired by her own lawyers. During the course of the examination, she was asked questions about whether she caused injury to Matthew while he was in her care on February 4, 1997. She denied having caused any injuries to him, and Dr. Raskin concluded that her answers to these questions were truthful to a confidence level of 95 percent. Dr. Raskin's results were evaluated by Dr. Charles Honts, another polygrapher hired by her defense lawyers, who also claimed that she had answered truthfully when responding to relevant questions about whether she had injured him)
Already before the trial as even starts we have a civil rights lawyer on the steps of the courtroom publicly saying that Floyd was 'tortured'!
Civil rights lawyer: 'This was torture'
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is speaking now on the courtroom steps ahead of Derek Chauvin's trial - which will begin shortly.
Crump rejects the notion that the case against Derek Chauvin is "hard".
"We know if George Floyd was a white American citizen... nobody would be saying this is a hard case," Crump says.
"This murder case is not hard when you watch that torture video of George Floyd."
"We have to call it what it was," he says. "This was torture."
So what is the best way to find justice - and for it seen to be fair - should trials be televised and livestreamed as they are in America or should the cameras be kept out like they are in the UK?