Court TV Offers Debate Chairs to Dem Prexy Candidates


Court TV last Wednesday said it has offered to host debates among Democratic presidential candidates.

The invitation was made to Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, by Court TV chairman and CEO Henry Schleiff.

The network said the method, format, timing and location of the debates would be determined in partnership with the DNC.

Discussion would include the candidates' views on several key legal topics, among them the death penalty, immigration, privacy, racial profiling, tort reform, homeland security and the future makeup of the Supreme Court.

"As the only network dedicated solely to covering all aspects of our system of justice, we feel it makes tremendous sense to invite the Democratic nominees to debate these issues, and we hope they will take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach their constituents," Schleiff said in a release.

In other Court TV news, the network said Wednesday that it has named New York-based ad agency DeVito/Verdi to develop a third-quarter campaign for its signature series Forensic Files.

Estimated at more than $4 million, the account had previously been handled in-house.