It was inevitable. Prosecutors have frequently used a compliant media. The perfectly timed leak. The perp walk. And the press conference. All to gain public attention and sway any potential jurors before a trial begins.
But why bother with the mainstream media when you can go straight to the public using social media, especially video?
Embattled District Attorney Tony Rackackas decided to embrace the social media era by using YouTube to fight back against what the Orange County DA’s office feels is unfair and biased reporting in a murder case as well as social media postings from the felon’s defenders.
Kenneth Clair was sentenced to death for the sexual assault, beating and strangulation of babysitter Linda Faye Rodgers in 1984. That sentence was overturned, and Clair is facing life without parole. Supporters of Clair argue that at least he should get a new trial. Something Rackackas is against.
As part of the DA’s offensive is a series of videos detailing the crime.
By taking the Clair case to the general public, Rackauckas is appealing to people in a way that will become the norm, Lawrence Rosenthal, a professor at Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, told the Register.
“I think what you are looking at is the future,” he said.