Rodney King

Fourth Reich

California skinhead sect busted by the FBI in July 1993 for an elaborate plan to incite a race war in California through strategic acts of terrorism against Rodney King, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and other public blacks, Latinos, and Jews.

Fourth Reich also pled guilty to pipe-bomb attacks on the Spur Posse for “degrading the White Race.” The leaders, aged 20 and 17, were sentenced to a combined total of 13 years in jail and a psychological reconditioning program dubbed “Operation Grow Hair” that forced them to watch Schindler’s List (1993) and meet with prominent L.A. blacks and Jews.

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Court TV

Legal-eagle cable TV channel that melds the American appetite for judicial drama, celebrity spectacle, and remote-control democracy. Court TV was formed in 1991 by Steven Brill (b. 1950), a former journalist and founder of American Lawyer magazine.

Brill ignored focus group recommendations that a network devoted to live court coverage would fail, but a spate of sensational trials in the network’s early years confounded naysayers, as millions of armchair barristers ingested this meatier variety of daytime drama, following with intense scrutiny the legal theater of Rodney King, the Menendez Brothers, Lorena Bobbitt, Jeffrey Dahmer, and of course, O.J. Simpson.

The latter provided the largest audiences (136,000 homes) and, later, a new host in defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran.     While some legal commentators have criticized Court TV for highlighting tabloid subjects, the network insists that only a small percentage is devoted to the splashy stuff.

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