By Valder Beebe
I had the distinct opportunity to have in the Valder Beebe Show studios, Dan Abrams, the Chief Legal Affairs Correspondent for ABC News. We’re talking about his newest project. Court Cam Presents Under Oath” tells the story of a crime from the unique lens of the accused as they take the witness stand. It is hosted by Dan, as each episode will cover everything from first-hand defendant testimony, juxtaposed with the contentious cross examination to the final verdict. There is a reason that taking the witness stand in your own defense is a gamble that very few criminal defendants ever take. In addition to interviews with key members of the investigation, the series features original video from law enforcement, surveillance camera footage, 911 audio recordings, digital forensic evidence and some exclusive interviews and responses from the defendants themselves, to provide an in-depth look at dozens of raw and real cases.
Dan Abrams is the founder and CEO of Abrams Media, and the host of SiriusXM’s The Dan Abrams Show: Where Politics Meets The Law. He was previously co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, host of “The Abrams Report” and the acclaimed “Verdict with Dan Abrams” on MSNBC. Dan also served as General Manager of MSNBC, where he presided over a period of unprecedented growth.
Dan’s many project include the new A&E series ; new book, Kennedy’s Avenger; A new Lifetime Movie, Gone Mom; and a new documentary on Lifetime, Beyond the Headlines: The Jennifer and Fotis Dulos Case. Dan Abrams publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show
VBS: Dan Abrams, I love watching you on TV because it looks like you give unbiased information. It seems that you just give the facts. How do you do that when we are in a time when everyone has opinions?
DA: I try. Particularly on legal stories when so much is at stake.
VBS: How does Under Oath get to the truth and not succumb to the theatrics?
DA: I guest having covered trails my entire career, many that have been televised, I find that defendants whose life is on the line is not playing to the camera. The last thing they are worried about is how they look on camera. They are playing to jury.
VBS: There have been cases tried where the camera became a part of the trial.
DA: My position is that most cases, exceptions yes; O.J. and recently the Derek Chauvin trail. I would argue the Chauvin trial unfolded like it would have, with or without the cameras.
VBS: Let’s move on. You’ve got a lot of good things going on; you’ve got a new book, a new movie and a new documentary.
DA: Particularly for Dallas my new book on Jack Ruby………..
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