Benjamin Crump, most well-known as the lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown Jr., is building on his fame in a new reality courtroom show premiering Friday on Fox.
According to Fox, You the Jury “will address hot-button issues that define America today. Whether it’s online trolling and the limits of free speech; the constitutional clash of gay rights with religious freedom; or whether someone’s death was the result of a tragic accident or something far more sinister, You the Jury will investigate the law and the intense human stories behind it. In a dramatic twist, the closing arguments will be presented by the plaintiff and the defendant as they sit across from one another.”
The true-crime reality show will be hosted by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, a former prosecutor, judge, and TV courtroom star. It “will give the biggest jury pool in history—America—the power to decide the outcome of some of the most explosive, real-life, ripped-from-the-headline civil cases.”
The contracts that litigants signed are binding, and the verdicts, which will be decided by viewers across the country American Idol-style, are final.
Jose Baez, the attorney who successfully defended the infamous Casey Anthony, the Florida woman who stood accused of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caley, will join Crump, Joseph Tacopina, Areva Martin, Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous in “question[ing] and cross-examin[ing] the litigants and expert witnesses, as they present their arguments to America and former judge of the Superior Court of California LaDoris Cordell,” according to Fox.
Cordell is Northern California’s first African-American judge.
Despite Fox’s billing, Crump is not a “celebrity” lawyer. His clients, the families of black children gunned down by law enforcement, are not “celebrities.”
Their children were victims of a white supremacist police state. And if this were a just world, we would have no reason to even know their names.
So this is an interesting choice for Crump, who also served as legal counsel for nine of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw’s rape victims, particularly since Fox News personalities took great pleasure in vilifying Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Technically, Fox News is a separate entity from Fox Network because of the corporation’s structure, but Rupert Murdoch cashes the checks just the same.
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SOURCE: The Root – Kirsten West Savali