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MARV ALBERT TRIAL TO BEGIN TODAY IN VIRGINIA
Published September 22, 1997
Marv Albert's trial on sexual assault charges begins today with jury selection, according to Howard Manly of the BOSTON GLOBE. An NBC exec said the network "will cover the trial as news." The exec: "We're treating it like any other celebrity trial. No more, no less" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/21). In DC, Brooke Masters wrote that around two dozen TV trucks will be outside the Arlington courthouse for the duration of Albert's trial, and "more than" 50 media organizations have picked up credentials (WASHINGTON POST, 9/21). Albert's attorney, Roy Black, "expects this trial to last a week to a week and a half," according to USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke. Media buyer Paul Schulman: "If he's innocent, I believe NBC puts him back on the air as soon as possible. ... If it ends up in the grey area, then it's a tough decision." Grey Advertising's Jon Mandel: "Even if he's not guilty, he still has done harm to himself by not removing himself from the air until this is cleared up" (USA TODAY, 9/22).