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Subseries 6. Media Interviews and Background Information

Scope and Content Notes:

During the years following Thornburgh's work at the United Nations, he "embarked upon a new mini-career as a television 'personality'" ( Evidence, p.352). Thornburgh, of course, as a political figure, had much experience appearing as guest on network news shows, but the 1990s explosion of twenty-four-hour-a-day news networks, such as FOX News, CNN, CNBC, etc., drastically increased the news shows and their coverage.

He first received a phone call from the producer of CNN's "Larry King Live" show on July 6, 1994, requesting Thornburgh to appear on the show to discuss some of the legal implications of the O.J. Simpson case, which was already promising to become a huge media blitz of both analysis and hype over the next year and a half, until a verdict would be reached. Thornburgh writes, "I was about to become engrossed in 'the trial of the century'" ( Evidence, p.352). Thornburgh and two others became "regulars" regarding the trial, Thornburgh consistently interpreting the actual legal issues involved. Thornburgh had occasion during the months of the trial to advocate and argue for several improvements to the criminal justice system, including the "removal of racist policemen like Mark Fuhrman from police forces across America; closer scrutiny by prosecutors on the background of all witnesses ... judicial appointment of scientific experts to replace highly paid, partisan 'hired guns' engaged in scientific swearing contests; restrictions on the number of lawyers permitted to participate on either side" ( Evidence, p.352) and other issues. Thornburgh also dealt with the hot debate topic of camera surveillance in courtrooms, but found himself in the minority of those in favor, noting Judge Lance Ito's courtroom during the trial little different that the venues in which Thornburgh had tried cases-"Barely perceptible cameras unobtrusively recorded the proceedings" ( Evidence, p.353).

His successful, and highly regarded appearances on CNN resulted in a number of opportunities to host the show after the Simpson trial, when King took the night off. These gave him an opportunity to examine legal aspects of other high-profile criminal cases such as Gotti and the Unabomber, as well as varied topics such as elections, DNA evidence and wrongful convictions, Bosnia and Ireland, and gubernatorial issues of economic development and welfare reform. Thornburgh also appeared on other shows, such as CNN's "Burden of Proof" and CNN's "Late Edition," hosted by Wolf Blitzer.

These files are organized as follows: 1) Thornburgh's show appearances on CNN's "Larry King Live," as host as well as panelist. These files include Ginny Thornburgh's notes, Thornburgh's notes in preparation, and some post-analysis, and background research; 2) Thornburgh's show appearances on other CNN programs; 3) Thornburgh's files on the O.J. Simpson case, including notes, correspondence, materials relating to Thornburgh's "Larry King Live" appearances and work, and other files of Thornburgh on the case; 4) Newswires, clippings, and journal articles regarding O.J. Simpson and related cases.

Section: Thornburgh's Appearances on CNN's "Larry King Live," including as host


Box 1004
Folder 1-48 Regarding O.J. Simpson case July 6, 1994-October 20, 1995
Folder 49 Regarding Bosnia and presidential primary elections (Arlen Specters' withdrawal from race): Thornburgh as guest host November 21, 1995
Folder 50 Regarding primary elections and Newt Gingrich, budget issues, Bosnia and Ireland: Thornburgh as guest host November 30, 1995
Folder 51 Regarding O.J. Simpson civil trial December 20, 1995

Box 1005
Folder 1 Regarding DNA evidence and wrongful convictions January 3, 1996
Folder 2 Regarding Governors' positions on welfare reform, crime, economic development, and the presidential race: Thornburgh as guest host February 3, 1996
Folder 3 Regarding Unabomber Ted Kaczynski: Thornburgh as guest host April 16, 1996
Folder 4 Regarding John Gotti September 16, 1996
Folder 5 Regarding O.J. Simpson, Robert Bork and Polly Klass: Thornburgh as guest host September 27, 1996
Folder 6 Regarding Richard Jewell, Paula Jones, O.J. Simpson, and other major legal cases of 1996 January 2, 1997

Section: Thornburgh's Appearances on Other CNN Programs

Folder 7 Appearance on CNN regarding the criminal justice system October 8, 1995
Folder 8 Appearance on CNN's "Burden of Proof," regarding Paul Butler and racially-based jury nullification January 15, 1996

Section: Thornburgh's Files on the O.J. Simpson Case

Folder 9 Chronology of the O.J. Simpson murder, investigation and trials 1994-1999
Folder 10 Correspondence to Thornburgh regarding the O.J. Simpson case 1994-1997
Folder 11 Additional notes by Thornburgh on O.J. Simpson and case 1995
Folder 12 Clippings and materials regarding Thornburgh's work on "Larry King Live" in relation to the O.J. Simpson case, including article by Thornburgh prepared for K&L newsletter 1995
Folder 13 Memorandum to Thornburgh from Roger Adelman regarding evidence issues in the O.J. Simpson case January 11, 1995
Folder 14 "Facts and opinions about cameras in courtrooms," published by CourtTV July, 1995
Folder 15 Legal case research regarding expert witnesses, evidence and murder scenes 1995-1996

Section: Newswires, Clippings, and Journal Articles regarding O.J. Simpson and Related Cases

Folder 16 Newswires regarding O.J. Simpson case 1994-1995
Folder 17 Clippings regarding juries and jury selection in relation to O.J. Simpson case 1995
Folder 18-19 Clippings regarding O.J. Simpson case and trial 1994-1996
Folder 20 Clippings on other legal topics and issues, not O.J. Simpson 1994

Section: President Clinton Investigation and Independent Prosecutor Issues


Box 1011
Folder 1 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, January 25, 1998
Folder 2 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, June 20, 1998
Folder 3 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), June 28, 1998
Folder 4 Fox News "In Depth", July 1, 1998
Folder 5 News with Brian Williams, July 1, 1998
Folder 6 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), July 5, 1998
Folder 7 "Larry King Live" (transcript included), July 7, 1998
Folder 8 CNN "Late Edition "with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), July 26, 1998
Folder 9 "Money Line": Presidential subpoena, July 26, 1998
Folder 10 WABC Radio, New York Call in interview, July 27, 1998
Folder 11 KQV Radio, Pittsburgh, Call in interview, July 29, 1998
Folder 12 CNN "Morning News", July 29, 1998
Folder 13 MSNBC News with Ed Gordon, July 29, 1998
Folder 14 Fox Morning News, July 30, 1998
Folder 15 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), August 2, 1998
Folder 16 MSNBC with Brian Williams, August 6, 1998
Folder 17 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), August 9, 1998
Folder 18 Special Edition of "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), August 11, 1998
Folder 19 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, August 16, 1998
Folder 20 Fox Morning News, August 17, 1998
Folder 21 Fox Morning News with David Asman, August 17, 1998
Folder 22 KQV Radio, Pgh, On-air Interview with Joe Fenn, August 17, 1998
Folder 23 "Larry King Live" (transcript included), August 17, 1998
Folder 24 ITN British Television, August 18, 1998
Folder 25 CNN Interview, August 19, 1998
Folder 26 WJR Radio, Detroit, on-air interview, August 21, 1998
Folder 27 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), August 23, 1998
Folder 28 Fox News, channel 1, August 24,1998
Folder 29 MSNBC News with Brian Williams, August 24,1998
Folder 30 Fox News - Daytime News Program, September 9, 1998
Folder 31 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), September 13, 1998
Folder 32 Fox News with David Asman, September 14, 1998
Folder 33 Fox News - Crier Report, September 14, 1998
Folder 34 MSNBC Special Report with Jack Ford, September 15, 1998
Folder 35 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), September 20, 1998
Folder 36 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), September 27, 1998
Folder 37 CNN "Late Edition", October 4, 1998
Folder 38 Fox News with David Asman, October 15, 1998
Folder 39 CNN "Late Edition", October 18, 1998
Folder 40 MSNBC Special Report with Edie Magnus, October 21, 1998
Folder 41 Fox News with David Asman, October 22, 1998
Folder 42 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), October 25, 1998
Folder 43 CNN "Late Edition", November 15, 1998
Folder 44 MSNBC News with Brian Williams, November 16, 1998
Folder 45 CNN Cable News Interview, November 17, 1998
Folder 46 "CNN" Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), November 22, 1998
Folder 47 CNN "Late Edition", November 28, 1998
Folder 48 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), November 29, 1998
Folder 49 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), December 6, 1998
Folder 50 News with Brian Williams, December 7, 1998
Folder 51 The O'Reilly Factor with Bill Reilly, December 10, 1998
Folder 52 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, December 12, 1998
Folder 53 MSNBC News with Brian Williams, December 19, 1998
Folder 54 WABC Radio, New York Call in interview, December 21, 1998
Folder 55 Taping: CNN "Late Edition" for December 27, December 22, 1998
Folder 56 "At Issue" with Edie Magnus, December 22, 1998
Folder 57 MSNBC with Brian Williams, December 23, 1998
Folder 58 CNN "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), December 27, 1998
Folder 59 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), January 3, 1999
Folder 60 MSNBC Noon News, January 6, 1999
Folder 61 MSNBC with Edie Magnus, January 7, 1999
Folder 62 Fox News Special, January 17, 1999
Folder 63 MSNBC: John Hockenberry Show, January 19, 1999
Folder 64 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), January 24, 1999
Folder 65 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, January 31, 1999
Folder 66 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer, February 7, 1999
Folder 67 MSNBC "John Hockenberry Show", February 8, 1999
Folder 68 Fox News interview with John Scott, February 10, 1999
Folder 69 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), February 14, 1999
Folder 70 MSNBC with Brian Williams, and report: "Independent Counsel: Theory and Practice", February 18, 1999
Folder 71 MSNBC with John Seigenthaler and NBC "Evening News", February 24, 1999
Folder 72 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), March 7, 1999
Folder 73 CNN "Late Edition" with Wolf Blitzer (transcript included), March 14, 1999