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NEW A&E TV SERIES ON 'AMERICAN JUSTICE' PRODUCED WITH ABA ASSISTANCE

 NEW A&E TV SERIES ON 'AMERICAN JUSTICE'
 PRODUCED WITH ABA ASSISTANCE
 CHICAGO, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, Sept. 16, a new reality-based series about the law will have its world premier on the Arts & Entertainment Network. The series, "American Justice," is produced with the assistance of the American Bar Association.
 The Lindbergh kidnapping trial, "Son of Sam," the tax conviction of Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and the start of the modern mob, the Boston Strangler, Charles Manson, the Rev. Jim Jones, John Dillinger, the Hillside Stranglers -- all of these history-making crime cases and more will be explored in A&E's new half-hour weekly series. "American Justice" will air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CT, 9 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT.
 The host of the series is Bill Kurtis, veteran newsman and also an attorney, who has covered several landmark cases. Kurtis is also host of A&Ed's ongoing and highly acclaimed "Investigative Reports" series.
 "American Justice" explores some of the most significant crimes of the 20th century, legal cases that have become classics of American justice and in many cases have altered the American system of jurisprudence. Each episode combines archival footage with new interviews to focus on one crime, examining the criminal and his motives, how the crime was committed, how it was solved and the final act in the courtroom.
 The American Bar Association has provided "American Justice" with research assistance and experts to discuss the cases, both onscreen and off, throughout the series.
 "'American Justice' is fast-paced, high-quality historical programming with a contemporary legal dimension," says Brooke Bailey Johnson, A&E's vice president of programming and production. "Bill Kurtis' involvement, with his combined legal and news background, brings an invaluable additional depth and scope to the series."
 ABA President J. Michael McWilliams of the Baltimore law firm of Tydings & Rosenberg says that the American Bar Association believes that quality efforts by the mass media to enhance public understanding about the law and how the justice system works to effect justice should be encouraged. "We welcomed the opportunity to provide the benefit of our legal expertise to the producers of 'American Justice' and hope that the series will help the general public gain a greater appreciation for its criminal justice system."
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