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Move over, Howard Stern Before he made an appearance in court last week, Houston criminal defense attorney Robert F. Alexander donned a short pink nightgown, leather underwear, a black synthetic wig and sunglasses to win a Howard Stern look-alike contest sponsored by radio station KIKK-AM. The contest, which Alexander said drew only one other contestant, launched Stern’s debut on the Houston station. “I blame my wife,” Alexander said when asked why he entered the competition. Alexander said his wife, Baylor College of Medicine scientist Barbara Stoll, told him to do it. “She called and said, ‘If you don’t go, I’ll be disappointed,’ ” he recalled. Alexander said he is a long-time Stern fan and dressed up like the shock jock to run the Boston Marathon in 1992 and the New York Marathon in 1998. “ This country needs strong voices no matter what persuasion, no matter what amount of shrillness they provoke,” Alexander said. But Alexander dropped his Stern demeanor immediately after the KIKK contest ended, changing into a suit before he went to court. � American Lawyer Media Beware the ‘CSI effect’ Baltimore (AP)�In Hollywood, the crime, investigation and trial are all handled in an hour. Complete with DNA, fingerprints and other irrefutable scientific evidence of guilt� voil��cases are handled from start to finish, even with commercial interruptions. In Baltimore, jurors are expecting that kind of speediness, prosecutors say, and they’re not getting it. Prosecutors call it “the CSI effect.” It’s named after CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the No. 1-rated show in the country, reaching nearly 30 million viewers weekly, according to Nielsen Media Research. Lawyers and scientists have noticed an unintended consequence: Jurors increasingly expect to encounter in the courtroom what they’ve seen on television. “Jurors are so influenced by television to the point that it makes it nearly impossible for us,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Haven Kodeck of Baltimore. When Kodeck conducts orientation for grand juries, the first thing he does is explain the difference between real cases and made-for-television plots. “I tell everyone, ‘If you watch CSI, please put it out of your mind,’ ” he said. “ People expect us to produce what TV produces, and that’s just not reality.” But in two recent cases, Baltimore jurors said they needed more physical evidence to convict. In one case, they disbelieved a priest’s testimony about who robbed him at gunpoint. In another, they refused to convict despite the word of an 11-year-old girl who came to court and pointed out the man who she said shot her father. “I would have liked some kind of evidence, like finding the gun with fingerprints,” said Phil Cunneff, an alternate juror in the DeAndre Whitehead murder case, which included the child as a witness. After the verdict in the priest’s case�in which a man was charged with holding up a parish�jury forewoman Candace Blankenship said: “There should have been some other evidence from the church.” Fewer than 10% of the homicide cases in the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office involve fingerprint or DNA evidence, according to Donald Giblin, deputy chief of the division. “I don’t watch the shows because it raises the hair on the back of my neck,” he said. Baltimore State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, who is on the board of the National District Attorneys Association, said “the CSI effect” is reaching across the nation. “Everybody is complaining about it,” Jessamy said of her peers in other states. “It’s become a standing joke.”

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