Blake juror releases CD of trial songs

April 8, 2005 at 12:38 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- A member of the Robert Blake jury has memorialized the high-profile murder trial in song with a new CD based on his experiences.

KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, said Friday amateur songwriter Roberto Emerick has issued a CD titled, "Judgment Day," that has authorities looking into the possibility it violates California state law.

Emerick said the songs don't make any allusions to Blake's guilt or innocence; however, California has laws prohibiting jurors from profiting from a criminal case until 90 days after the verdict.

Blake, a veteran actor who starred in the 1970s television series, "Baretta," was acquitted last month of charges he shot his wife to death outside a Studio City restaurant in 2001.

Emerick's CD includes six tracks and is offered to anyone who makes a $10 donation to the National Center for Victims of Crime. The organization told KNBC it did not endorse the recording.

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