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From Boardroom to Courtroom to Newsroom: The Media and the Corporate Governance Scandals* by ProQuest

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Enron and its progeny spawned an unprecedented amount of press coverage. To their credit, the media comprehensively covered allegations of widespread accounting fraud as serious and important news. While it was a safe assumption that the sagas of Enron and -- to a lesser extent -- media icon Martha Stewart would receive sustained media attention, the sheer magnitude of the corporate governance scandals fueled extraordinary coverage of massive frauds at WorldCom, Tyco, HealthSouth, and Adelphia, to name but a few. Part II of this article focuses on the jury deliberations in the trial of Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski and the jury selection process in the Martha Stewart trial. Part III explores the growing phenomenon of high-profile defendants' use of well-orchestrated and increasingly costly multi-media campaigns to "set the record straight." Part IV poses a series of questions raised by the analyses in Parts II and III.

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  From Boardroom to Courtroom to Newsroom: The Media
        and the Corporate Governance Scandals*

                                        Kathleen F. Brickey**

                            The first trial is always in the court of public opinion.1

   I. INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................................ 625 
  II. JURIES, THE MEDIA, AND THE COURTS .................................................................... 629 
     A. Mistrial by Media: The Tyco Trial ..................................................................... 629 
     B. Trial Without Media: The ImClone Trial ........................................................... 632 
     C. Implications for the Future................................................................................. 635 
 III. THE MEDIA AS PUBLIC RELATIONS MACHINES ....................................................... 636 
     A. The Demon Card: The Andersen and Enron Trials ............................................ 637 
     B. The Race and Religion Card: The HealthSouth Trial......................................... 643 
IV. PRAISE OR BLAME?.................................................................................................. 652 
APPENDIX A: TRADITIONAL PRINT SOURCE COVERAGE ................................................. 654 
APPENDIX B: THE CHANGING FACE OF MEDIA COVERAGE .......................
								
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