USA Talk Network is creating a provocative, 30-minute, weekly program initially for broadcast on Colorado Public Television station KBDI – TV 12 in Denver (the nation’s 18th largest television market, serving 3 million people, and reaching almost 500,000 households every week) as well as on affiliated PBS stations and signals in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Pueblo. It also is scheduled for simulcast on the World Wide Web. The program also will be offered to all Public Television networks and stations in the U.S.A.
Discussions also may begin with national cable channels after the initial broadcasts of the series.
"Blind Justice" is a dynamic and fast-paced 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 and journalists, as well as plaintiffs and defendants.
"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 18 th largest media market, serving almost 4 million people and able to reach almost 2 million households weekly) as well as on affiliated Colorado PBS stations and signals in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley, and Pueblo. It also is scheduled for 24/7 broadcast on the World Wide Web. The program simultaneously will be offered to all Public Television networks and stations in the U.S.A. as well as to national cable channels.
"Blind Justice" intends to transform the U.S. Legal System in a positive 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. Lexis/Nexis already is a major sponsor and two law schools already have made commitments to participate. 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:
"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 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. After winning the federal case, thanks to the publicity garnered by his victory, Harber moved from the Talk America Radio Network (where he was heard on 51 stations nationally) exclusively into television and was given his own 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, 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 call USA-Talk Network at (303) 666-6161 or go to www.HarberTV.com for more information. Thank you.
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