Americans Enjoy Seeing Celebrities Falter In Court

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Just yesterday, a flurry of celebrity court cases hit the news. The Associated Press notes that Michael Jackson returned to court in his child-molestation case as supporters cheered, Courtney Love received a date for her drug trial, and prosecutors lost a key appeal in the rape case against NBA star Kobe Bryant. The woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones was ruled fit to stand trial, and Alexis Hornbuckle, the Women’s Basketball Association Player of the Year, agreed to 50 hours of community service in a West Virginia shoplifting case.

The AP says theat millions watch the television program “Celebrity Justice.” “The fact that… a half-hour show could be derived from this single subject not only tells you the state of things but the level of interest,” said film critic Leonard Maltin. Why all the interest? “There is a real delight to seeing celebrities falter,” said psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers. “There is a really warm, embarrassing side that you’re thankful it’s not you. They are all going through our worst nightmares, the worst things you can think of. There’s a part of us that says `See, they have money and look at them.'”

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7057-2004Aug17.html

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