As the Los Angeles Superior Court’s media liaison and information officer, Jerrianne Hayslett had unprecedented access to the Simpson criminal trial. She met with Judge Lance Ito and media representatives daily as she attempted, sometimes unsuccessfully, to mediate between the court and the media and to balance their interests.
During her tenure with the Los Angeles court, she dealt with media issues and coordinated media logistics for numerous other high-profile cases, including the Menendez brothers, Heidi Fleiss, Rodney King beating, the O. J. Simpson civil trial and two cases involving Michael Jackson.
Since leaving the court in 2002, she has worked as a writer and media-relations consultant specializing in national and international court programs and projects. She assisted with Michael Jackson child-molestation case in Santa Barbara County, California, and the Green River murders case in Seattle, Washington. She has consulted on projects in Indonesia and the Balkans where her focus included improving public access to courts, conducting media training for judges and prosecutors, and presenting seminars for journalists on covering the courts.
Her articles have been published in California Lawyer, Court Manager, Courts Today, NJC Alumni, California County and The Judges’ Journal.
She serves as faculty for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno, which presents courses for judges, journalists, and court administrators. She is a member of the Conference of Court Public Information Officers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association for Court Management. Before joining the Los Angeles Court, Hayslett was a newspaper reporter and editor for dailies in California and Nevada. She earned a journalism degree from California State University, Fullerton, where she is listed on the Department of Communications Wall of Fame.
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Many thanks to ABHM and Fran Kaplan!