When the fourth estate becomes the fifth court
The media can sometimes cross the line of accountability, says criminal barrister Michael O’Higgins
In 1996, Tom Nevin was blasted by a nine-pellet shotgun while counting the day’s takings at Jack White’s Inn, the bar he ran in Co Wicklow. The killer had been hired by his wife, Catherine Nevin.
Her murder trial was a media frenzy. While the television cameras remained outside the courtroom, no detail was too small to report. The appearance of the woman dubbed the “Black Widow” was pored over, right down...
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