|Participating Law Schools
University of Baltimore
University of Colorado
Columbia Law School
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Illinois
John Marshall Law
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri --
University of Nebraska
Northern Illinois University
University of Richmond
St. Mary’s University School of Law
University of Washington
Wayne State University
is the time and 'Blind Justice' is the program. Increasingly
the courts in this country have been subjected to new issues and
to criticism, much of it political in origin from both the Right
and Left. Confidence in the fairness and objectivity of court decisions
-- an essential element of our democratic society -- is increasingly
coming under strain from these attacks. We cannot afford to have
our courts politicized.
Justice' will help the public understand the problems courts
face, the political forces attempting to push judges one way or
the other, and what is at stake for all of us.
a program is long overdue and, under the skillful leadership of
Aaron Harber, should go a long way toward improving public understanding
of what law is all about in our modern society and restoring the
trust so essential to both order and justice."
United States Attorney General
Do you believe the current Legal System often fails to deliver justice?
Do you believe the Legal System negatively impacts American creativity and productivity?
Do you believe the chaos of today's long, expensive legal battles primarily benefits attorneys and not their clients?
Do you believe it is time to dramatically change our Legal System so it achieves the objectives it espouses?
If you answered "Yes" to any of
the above, you should be watching "Blind Justice ™"
-- a dynamic new television show produced in Denver, Colorado,
and broadcast on PBS Station KBDI-TV Channel 12, and hosted by USA
Talk Network's nationally-known commentator, Aaron
Sample Of Key Participants
D.A. Norm Early
Hon. Nicholas Katzenbach
Professor Arthur Miller
Author Walter K. Olson
Judge Charles Renfrew
Hon. Janet Reno
CO A.G. John Suthers
Pete Coors, Chairman,
Coors Brewing Company
Tom Strickland, Former
Other Participating Organizations
Community Legal Resource Network
Other TV Programs and Related Websites:
"Blind Justice" is a fast-paced, nonpartisan, no-holds-barred critique of the American Legal System. It features nationally-known Talk Show host Aaron Harber. Harber can be very critical of the legal profession but uses humor to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a system which encourages fights rather than finds solutions - while ironically being led by some of the most intelligent and capable people in the nation. "Blind Justice" appeals to the public's broad interest in legal affairs by leveraging America 's fascination with cases, the Law, and the legal realm. It features regular panels of lawyers, judges, academics, elected and appointed officials, businesspersons and journalists as well as witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants.
WHAT MAKES "BLIND JUSTICE" DIFFERENT?
While USA Talk Network recognizes there are many efforts underway to reform the Legal System -- both inside and outside of the System itself -- few will have success unless the citizens of the United States are provided with more information about the Legal System and what can be done to improve it. Those persons seeking to change the System -- whether they be attorneys in bar associations or businesspersons seeking tort reform legislation or individuals seeking to maintain or expand their rights -- need the support of a majority of Americans. Without that support, improvements will falter.
In particular, they will fail because for every law corrected by reform movements, ten new ones spring up in its place. Legislators, dominated by special interests, cannot control themselves and, rather than simplifying the Law to make it understandable, only work to complicate even more. Although this is not their intent and, at times, simplification does occur, the number of pages of laws, rules, and regulations in the United States grows daily. Hence, true reform has to occur not just in the judicial halls of America but in the legislative and executive ones, as well. Using the Mass Media is an absolutely critical component to positive change.
USA Talk Network has a reputation of providing the public with television programming which engenders thoughtful discussion. "Blind Justice" continues that tradition of reasoned debate by ensuring balance is achieved in presenting diverse perspectives. This means conflicting critical viewpoints are proactively sought and presented. Ensuring that all sides are aired is an important element of "Blind Justice." This approach will add to the program's potency with members of the public who, ultimately, will be the arbiters and agents of change to improve the Legal System. In addition to its primary educational mission, "Blind Justice" recognizes that public support is the foundation of positive change.
THE PROGRAM'S GOALS AND DESCRIPTION
One of the objectives of "Blind Justice" is to inform and educate the American Media and the nation's citizenry so they can make well-informed decisions. It is American citizens, through their own political will and power, who ultimately will reform and reshape the Legal System. This has to be the foundation of any truly permanent change. It can be best advanced through the most effective form of Media today -- television. It will be the power of television and other video forms which creates the basis for change. This is what makes "Blind Justice" differ from every other effort in America. "Blind Justice" brings the debate directly to the people and, as a result, forms the basis for systemic change.
"Blind Justice" is a provocative, 30-minute, weekly program initially developed for broadcast on Colorado Public Television station KBDI-TV Channel 12 in Denver (the nation's 18th largest media market) as well as on affiliated Colorado PBS stations and signals in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Pueblo, and other communities -- potentially serving almost 4 million people and able to reach nearly 2 million households weekly).
"Blind Justice" intends to transform the U.S. Legal System in a positive and nonpartisan manner. Unlike most legal shows, which focus on criminal cases, "Blind Justice" examines both civil and criminal cases. Prominent members of the legal profession - ranging from district attorneys to state Attorneys General to federal judges to former U.S. Attorneys General - already have agreed to participate. The program will use news clips, video, and state-of-the-art graphics to keep it informative, entertaining, and fast-paced.
ROTATED PROGRAM SEGMENTS
Segments, including "person-on-the-street" and expert interviews, are used to underscore the problems people have with the Legal System. Major segments include reviews of current cases with national implications and celebrity interviews about their personal experiences with the Law. Two-minute segments will include a rotating combination of the following:
"Knowing The Law" -- highlighting a law or regulation about which most citizens are unaware.
"The Constitutional Minute" -- focusing on a particular aspect of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance.
"America's Attorneys General" -- featuring interviews with the past and present U.S. Attorneys General.
"Ethics And The Law" -- exploring differences between types of ethical and legal behaviors.
"Privacy In America" -- examining a wide range of privacy rights and issues from different perspectives.
"Drug Laws" -- revealing the extraordinary impact drug-related laws have on the Legal System.
"The Prosecutors' Corner" - featuring prominent District Attorneys talking about the Law and major cases.
"The Defenders" -- presenting Defense Attorneys talking about how they believe the Legal System works.
"Changing The Legal System" -- looking at ways to improve the Legal Systems and effect change.
"Global Law" -- focusing on international law and how legal systems work elsewhere (i.e., comparatively).
"Your Legal Relationships" -- examining the business relationships between attorneys and their clients.
"The Good Side Of The Law" -- highlighting unheralded good deeds by attorneys via their pro bono work.
THE PROGRAM'S PHILOSOPHY
"Blind Justice" is a nonpartisan program which seeks to educate the Media and the general public about the U.S. Legal System in a manner which will engender positive change. It will include the full spectrum of points of view -- including those who believe America's Legal System works well in its current form. The primary purpose of the program is to engender debate and discussion as well as explore alternatives and methods to improve the current system. The entire endeavor is not aligned and will not be aligned with any particular political party, business group, or organization. It is committed to seeking and revealing the truth about the Law in America, wherever that path may lead.
THE HOST OF "BLIND JUSTICE"
The show's host, Aaron Harber, gained national notoriety when he was sued frivolously for $20 million by Rush Limbaugh, et al, for using the word "Rush" in the title of his national radio show ("After The Rush"). With broad-based support across the political spectrum, Harber defeated Limbaugh and his minions. Thanks to that victory and the publicity that followed, Harber was able to go from the Talk America Radio Network and its 51 affiliates to his TV show.
In 1997, the talk industry's leading publication - "TALKERS MAGAZINE" - selected Harber out of 5,000 hosts across the country as one of America's "100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts" along with others such as Don Imus, G. Gordon Liddy, Rush Limbaugh, Laura Schlesinger, Howard Stern, and Bruce Williams. Harber is well-known for his outspoken defense of the First Amendment and for his long-time support of Open Records and "Sunshine" laws. He now hosts the weekly TV program, "The Aaron Harber Show." Please go to www.HarberTV.com for more information.